Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
Disturbing high school love story is never what it seems.
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Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doki Doki Literature Cub Plus! is a psychological horror game available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. The game's an expanded version of the original Doki Doki Literature Club! game that was released on PCs back in 2017. The dialogue does include some strong profanity, as well as numerous sexually suggestive lines. Although it initially presents itself as a cute, bubbly dating simulation visual novel, the story quickly spirals into a dark psychological horror dealing with subject like depression, abuse, self-harm, and suicide. There's some blood shown onscreen, but the violent imagery is what's more disturbing, including a shot of one young girl having hanged herself and another stabbing herself to death with the player trapped with the body for a weekend. The fact that this happens to teenage high school girls makes the violence even more disconcerting.
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What’s It About?
Welcome back, students, to the most romantic (and disturbing) extracurricular club on campus in DOKI DOKI LITERATURE CLUB PLUS! As the latest member of the tight knit group, you've managed to catch the attentions and adorations of all the other members. Using your charismatic charms and a bit of poetic persuasion, you'll find the keys to unlock your crush's affections. But what happens when the seemingly bubbly dating sim starts to take a more sinister and deadly turn? And what happens when the game you're playing decides to play you instead? The dark psychological horror game is back, expanded with six new side stories, full HD graphics, more than 100 unlockable images, a built-in music player with 26 tracks, and, for console players, a unique new virtual desktop interface. Packed with more content and new ways to play, the Literature Club is bigger than ever. But will you be able to navigate the nightmare of high school love and find your way to the game's true ending? Or will you suffer for eternity in an obsession-fueled abyss?
Is It Any Good?
There's an age-old idiom that warns to never judge a book by its cover, because after all, things might not be what they first seem. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is a perfect example of this. On the surface, this seems like your standard, garden variety anime dating sim themed visual novel. The player jumps right into the role of a new member to the high school Literature Club, where they immediately gain the affection of three of the club's other members. There's some cute flirting and such, with everything seeming relatively innocent outside of a couple lines of risqué innuendo. But it's not long before there's a bait-and-switch, and the game spirals down into a dark abyss of depression, obsession, jealousy, and death. And that's just for starters. Things quickly shift gears, taking the focus away from the player's in-game character and instead focusing on the actual player.
As the game progresses, you're forced to restart multiple times, with apparent glitches and bugs popping up along the way. The original PC release required players to leave the game and alter installation files on their systems, something that's not only risky to do on the computer, but impossible in a console environment. DDLC Plus! solves this problem by creating a fake desktop environment for players, including a music player, picture viewer, and email program. While not as immersive as altering actual computer files, it's made up for with new creepy additions like mystery text and data files or random emails getting added to the experience. Other additional content in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! includes six new side stories that serve almost as a prequel to the main game, detailing the lives of the club members leading up to their coming together. These add another layer to the characters' personalities, making their fates all the more disturbing. And that's both the ultimate appeal of and repulsion to Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! It's a creepy and unsettling experience on a psychological level, fuel for nightmares on an emotional level that's nothing remotely like it first appears.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about mental health. What are some signs for to look out for regarding childhood depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues? What can parents and/or teachers do to help kids feel more comfortable discussing their problems?
What are some of the ways that the horror genre is represented in entertainment? Is explicit, visceral violence always more shocking, or does a more psychological horror cause a deeper emotional impact?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Serenity Forge
- Release date: June 30, 2021
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Arts and Dance, Friendship
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: July 11, 2021
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