User:GIR556/Izumo (game franchise)
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|Publisher||Studio E.go! (PC)
Symbio Planning (Dreamcast)
GN Software (PlayStation 2)
|Genre||Eroge, Visual novel|
|Platform||PC, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2|
|Original video animation|
|Released||January 25, 2003 – October 25, 2004|
|Runtime||30 minutes each|
Izumo (イズモ) is an adult Japanese video game franchise developed by Studio E.go!. The first game was a visual novel called Izumo which was released for the PC on December 21, 2001. It was later ported to the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. A sequel visual novel titled Izumo 2 (イズモ2) was released for the PC on July 20, 2004, and later for the PlayStation 2. A fan disc called Izumo 2 ~Gakuen Kyousoukyoku~ (IZUMO2 学園狂想曲, literally: "Izumo 2 ~Rhapsody of Campus~") was also released for the PC and PlayStation 2. Izumo 2 was adapted into a 12 episode anime television series called Izumo: Takeki Tsurugi no Senki, and manga. A third visual novel called Izumo 0 (IZUMO零) was released for the PC and PlayStation 2. Lastly, the fourth and final visual novel titled Izumo 3 (イズモ3) was released for the PC on July 27, 2007.
Izumo is an erotic visual novel series where in whichever game, the player assumes the role of the protagonist. Its gameplay mainly consists of reading and progressing through the story's narrative and dialogue. The game's text is accompanied by character sprites, which represent who the protagonist is talking to, appearing on top of background artwork. Throughout the game, the player encounters CG artwork at certain points in the story, which take the place of the regular background art and character sprites. North Wind follows a branching plot line with nonlinear sequences and multiple endings, where the plot's direction is affected by the player's decisions.
Throughout gameplay, the player is given multiple options to choose from, and text progression pauses at these points until a decision is made. These decisions determine the sequence in which the story's events will occur, and progress the plot toward a specific heroine's ending. In order to view all plot lines in their entirety, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and make different decisions to progress the plot in alternate directions. There are also various scenes depicting the player character and a given heroine having sexual intercourse.