Favorite dating sim
It’s a troubling view of human relations in general but it’s one that simple gameplay mechanics can handle.So now we come upon the quantum conundrum of dating sims.Many folks never see Hatoful Boyfriend subtly transform into its final revelatory route that blows everyone's minds.
They shop around like they would when playing a Bio Ware game, interacting with all the different available characters for too long and find they are suddenly railroaded along a generic path that usually results in a normal ending where you don't kiss anyone, or worst-case-scenario: a harsh death.This is a very different philosophy from Western-style role-playing games, where one generally finds it more satisfying to select with your gut and accept how the die is cast.Both approaches have merits, but I enjoy digging into a dating sim and seeking out all the various endings and full gallery completion.Some dating sims even go as far as avoiding a common-route affection rating approach entirely, like that found in Hatoful Boyfriend, by prompting the explicit choice of what character you want to pursue during the beginning of the game.
This is usually done after a short introductory prologue and being given a narrative reason for the choice presentation, such as picking a classmate for a school project.
At this stage I advise friends new to the genre that they need to focus on a chosen character early and aim for that goal ceaselessly.