[PS4] Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! Review
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! from Serenity Forge and Team Salvato is a visual novel you don’t want to miss on PS4. Find out why in our Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! review!
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! from Serenity Forge and Team Salvato is a psychological horror visual novel that is now out on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The game was originally released on Steam back in 2017, and it has now been revamped for its console debut with HD graphics, new features, and additional content by way of Side Stories, making this the definitive experience – hence the Plus at the end of the game’s name. This is a Rated M for Mature experience, which is why it’s not suited for everyone.
Since this is a visual novel psychological horror experience, there’s going to be a lot of reading in your future. The game does not feature any voice acting, so it really is going to be an all-you-can-read buffet. Because of this, the controls are simple and won’t be getting in the way. You can press the X button to move from dialogue to dialogue, pause and select the Auto feature to have text move forward at a steady pace, or even go into the settings and select how the Skip function will work along with all of the reading… and that’s it! And you can, of course, save your progress and load your saves as needed.
Before you start to play the game, there are a couple of warnings that do need to be considered. The first one states that the game is not for children or people who are easily disturbed. It then states that people who suffer from anxiety or depression might not have a positive experience while playing Doki Doki Literature Club Plus. Because of this, one of the new options for this revised take on Doki Doki Literature Club is to check out detailed content warnings for what the game will throw at you, which means you won’t be surprised by it, but there will be some major spoilers within said information.
Once you’re ready to go, you’ll end up joining the school’s literature club after Sayori, your childhood friend with who you’ve been neighbors with since forever, asks you to join. This will lead you to meet the other members, Natsuki and Yuri, along with club president Monika. Things start out in the normal visual novel way, as you try to form a bond with your new friends in a club that you really had no interest in joining. Your first day at the club will even include cupcakes and some tea! The game’s music is catchy and charming, the graphics are colorful and fun, and the settings are… well, normal. That is until they’re not.
While the game might present itself as a traditional visual novel dating sim, there’s one particular twist to the whole thing that makes everything click. It’s hard to talk about this without spoiling the game for you, so only read the next line if you’re ready for it.
One of the girls dies. This is not something you’d expect from a visual novel, especially not in the way it happens. After this, your save files are deleted, and you’re forced to start a New Game, even though the option that used to say New Game on the main menu is now all glitched out. On top of this, the girl that died will not show up on the main menu anymore, with a jumbled image showed in its place, made up of pieces from the remaining girls. And once you start a new game, whenever the girl that has died would have spoken, gibberish will show up, along with glitched graphics. It’s from this point forward that things get really interesting… and really crazy.
Trophy-wise, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! has a full trophy list for you to work your way through. There are trophies for writing the perfect poem for each of the four girls, for writing a poem in 20 seconds or less, for spending enough time in the game’s poem mini-game as for the music to loop around, for starting a “New Game” after the aforementioned event, for listening to a ton of dialogue from one character, for completing all of the new Side Stories, and for completing some miscellaneous objectives.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is a game that you’re certainly going to remember. The many story twists and how it plays with you are something that makes it stand out on Sony’s consoles, thanks to the game being out on PS4 and PS5. It’s no a very long experience since you can complete the main game in around 6 hours or so, but it does offer more than enough content to justify its asking price thanks to the bump to full HD, the new Side Stories – that add some extra hours of content on top of the main adventure -, new music, and over 100 unlockable images. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is out now on PlayStation 4 with a $14.99 asking price, making it an easy one to recommend.
This Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Serenity Forge.