Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! brings expanded content to consoles and PC
Come for the cute anime aesthetic, and stay for the creeping sense of of existential dread.
Not every game is as it seems, and visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! on Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC is ready to prove it. Despite a sugary sweet exterior, complete with an anime art style and seemingly innocent subject matter, a dark core lurks at the center of this seemingly lovely apple.
Available starting today, the game's "Plus" version expands on the original PC release (which was a free download) to offer HD visuals, new side stories and music, and in general a "ton of new content" to explore.
In Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! you will assume the role of a young man who joins the school literature club after prompting from his good childhood friend, Sayori. There he meets Natsuki, Yuri and Monika, and they all set about writing poems as they get to know each other better and maybe even feel the faint tingle of romance.
There's obviously more to it, as some have described it as "one of the most disturbing games in a generation." It may seem like just another cutesy visual novel with bubblegum tones, but the ultimate goal is the sort of psychological horror that only truly subverted expectations can bring.
"DDLC Plus is bursting at the seams with hours of Side Stories that expand the world of Doki Doki Literature club, exploring themes and ideas that will give players a deeper understanding and sense of connection to each and every character and their individual relationships with one another," promises a press release issued earlier today by publisher Serenity Forge.
You can find out more about the game at the official Doki Doki Literature Club Plus site, or you can just buy it for $14.99 USD at one of the relevant storefronts and go in knowing very little. It's your choice, and there's very little pressure because it's not like anyone will die if you choose poorly. Probably.
Staff article by Jason Venter (June 30, 2021)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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