Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! on Nintendo Switch is an amazing psychological horror game! But it’s neither perfect nor worth it! Judging by the amazing main story, slightly worthless side stories, and REALLY worthless bonus pictures and music, this game is only made for the people who don’t have a PC.

If you didn’t know (if you REALLY didn’t know, then you didn’t use YouTube in 2017 as much as me) this was originally a freeware game by Dan Salvato (with his team Salvato Team) on PC (if you want to download it: https://store.steampowered.com/app/698780/Doki_Doki_Literature_Club/ ). The game later got ported to PC (again), PlayStation 4/PlayStation 5, Xbox One/Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch by Serenity Forge. But, who is Serenity Forge? I’ve only heard of their game Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse via an IGN review. But their other games, who wants to play a Soviet-style No Man’s Sky game called Lifeless planet? And you may ask “how do you play DDLC with the whole ‘files’ schtick?” I will answer that for you.

Moving on to the actual game, booting it up, was confusing. I thought I was booting up to a computer. But then I realized about both, the ‘files’ schtick, and the bonus content such as the unlock-able soundtrack, unlock-able pictures, and unlock-able side stories, because why not put the side stories into the actual game? NOW we move on to the game, it’s a Japanese-style visual novel. You meet your long-time best friend, Sayori. You’re not interested in joining any clubs, which makes her angry at you, proving again the characters feel realistic, and when you try to join the anime club, Sayori had high hopes for you to join the Literature club, and one of the other current members makes cupcakes for you, so you get lured into going in just to see, and for a cupcake. You then meet three other girls, Yuri, the shy girl, Natsuki, the cliché “cute on the outside” girl, and Monika, the club president. After some shenanigans, you decide to join. Then, you go through a mini-game where you choose words for a poem, and you have to strategically decide which words to choose based on who you like more. It’s really fun. Later, you get to choose between Yuri or Natsuki to help with the upcoming festival. I chose Natsuki. When we were together, I got to like her a lot more. Even though she’s cold, she starts to like me for teasing her a little. But when I went too far, she was a little less happy, proving again the in-game characters feel like real people. A few days later before you get suspicious about Sayori because she hasn’t been in school as much. So you go into her room, then…
she…
kills…
herself…
by…
hanging…
herself…
on…
a…
noose.

That’s when the psychological horror elements kick in. Then, it ends. But Sayori’s character file gets deleted, and when you start a new game, the game is like if Sayori never existed, and a lot more psychological horror elements kick in, sometimes a little excessive. The ending was also really freaky! And I won’t spoil anymore of the main story.

The side-stories are short stories about some of the characters right before the events of the main story. Here’s my problem: there’s no interactivity, unlike the main story. It’s just images and text. You can watch it on YouTube, and just enjoy it as much. I have the same problem with the unlock-able images and music. They’re just images and music. Someone can just upload the images online, and upload music on YouTube. It’s nowhere close to worth the $15 it’s currently selling for. I adore DDLC, but DDLC Plus! is overrated. If you don’t have a PC, and HAVE to play DDLC, I recommend getting it on sale for $5-$10.

Pros:
1: Great story!
2: REALLY scary!

Cons:
1: Overpriced side-stories, pictures and music.
2: Main story free on PC, removing most of the worth of this “expanded” game.


This article was originally posted on metacritic.com. Read it here

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