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Review: Doki Doki True Route

Doki Doki True Route is an incredibly long but nevertheless unfinished mod. Sadly it looks like it will never be finished, since the last update was 9 months ago (as far as I'm aware). Still, I'd say it's worth playing. It starts with Act 1 of the original game, and your objective is to convince Monika to not delete Sayori, and you have the choice to write poems for Monika. It actually took me a couple tries to figure out how to play my cards to make Monika have a change of heart. Once you do, you'll find yourself in an alternate future where Sayori is the club president, and you help her and Monika save Yuri and Natsuki from their problems.

As far as the secret-keeping thing, this mod avoids the moral perversion by giving a reason for it: the more characters know the truth, the more the game starts to break. So that's very good news.

I also like how the mod handles Natsuki's dad, turning him into a real character with a .chr file. (And he has a real name.) His cruelty was a little overplayed from how it needed to be*, but it wasn't terrible. but it wasn't terrible. Oh and he even has a wife! Shoutout to this mod for being the only DDLC mod I've ever seen that doesn't give Natsuki no mother for no reason.

*This video is what I consider the ideal portrayal of Dadsuki

Sexist tropes

My biggest criticism is that once you get into the main part of the game (post-restoring Monika), the poem writing and sharing becomes incredibly repetitive and boring. I'm not even sure if any of your poem choices matter at that point (I know the last few don't). And after saving both Natsuki and Yuri, the day structure becomes the same way, to the point where the last 5 or so days of the game all seemed like the same day repeating. I was soooo ready for the plot to just move on already.

The whole acting thing Sayori makes everyone do is pretty cringe, and not really believable that everyone goes along with it. This is a literature club, not an acting club.

As a smaller criticism, it's a little unbelievable how obvious Sayori's able to make it that she's hiding something without MC and the others getting suspicous enough to press her about it.

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