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Review of Doki Doki Literature Club!

SubjectDoki Doki Literature Club!
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ThomVD on 2022-11-19
ReviewA VN that needs no introduction. What a unique experience this is, wildly ambitious yet flawed in equal parts. I think DDLC feels like two separate games that are both good in their own right. First half is a more traditional dating simulator with characters that are surprisingly interesting and full of potential. I love how they express themselves through a nice variety of poems (which are delightful to read). It's a unique and creative way of characterizing the cast. The second half is more of a meta horror experience with Eternal Darkness esque elements. I like both halves of the game, but I think instead of complementing each other, they end up wasting the potential of the other. The characters that were so neatly characterized in the first half all squander their potential in favour of shock value, with the only character that ended up being truly well realized being Monika.

That aside though, the concept and the direction DDLC goes in is massively interesting and makes for an unforgettable and one of a kind experience if you overlook the problems it has.

+Unique narrative experience.
+Just Monika.
+Clever characterization through poems.
+Has the capability to be genuinely chilling at times.
+Unforgettable ending.

-Using real mental health issues as fuel for shock value feels a bit tasteless.
-Squanders potential of most characters after the first act.
-Some repetition in the dialogue, having to read the same thing several times.

Best girl: Monika.

Best route: Does Monika's count? Uh, I don't really know.
1 point

Comments

#1 by milkdrinker69
2022-11-20 at 05:15
< report >great review! you did a really nice job sharing your thoughts on the series.

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