Doki Doki Literature Club! (Part 2)

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DISCLAIMER:

  1. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.
  2. SENSITIVE CONTENT FOR THOSE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.

 

It’s here! The second and final part of my review on Doki Doki Literature Club, which, hopefully, some of you were waiting for. To be honest, I feel like it would need more than two parts, given how the game has completely destroyed my life. But I don’t want to stretch this out either. So let’s jump into more facts and theories!

As I have mentioned in the previous issue, Monika is revealed as a self-aware character after she has done messing up the whole game, where she forces you to sit in a room with her, calls you by your PC’s name, discussing careers and religions with you and even entertains you with a little jumpscare. Even after you have deleted her and the game goes on again without Monika, the supposedly dead best friend of yours – Sayori, becomes self-aware as well and you would get an extremely unsatisfying ending with basically a “no one can be happy” statement.

However, as a college student who has numerous deadlines and should not be playing a game over and over again at all, I decided to play again to fulfill my ultimate goal: the GOOD ending. I read some guides online, I deleted all the game’s files and start fresh. Let me tell you, it was not an easy task. I got to save and load a bunch of times just to make sure everyone is happy. It took me a whole evening and lots of PC charging sessions and left me with two tired eyes and extreme dehydration. But good God, it was worth it. I received a thank you letter from Dan Salvato – the developer himself which basically a heartfelt congratulation on achieving “full completion”. That’s it. That’s all I wanted to see. My life has now complete.

Another very important part of Doki Doki Literature Club! that I didn’t realize while playing are the overwhelmingly clever Easter eggs throughout the game, whether it is the girls’s poem, Monika’s piano, the hidden files and pictures, etc. My jaw was on the floor after I watched a few theory videos of folks who are incredibly dedicated to the game, which are totally believable, based on the bizarreness of this game. If you are curious to know what I am talking about, go watch two long, but amazingly well-made and (a bit) spooky videos on the YouTube channel “The Game Theorists” about Doki Doki Literature Club! and perhaps embark on a journey of never-ending theories and secrets which will keep you up till 3am.

All in all, an unexpectedly amazing game, which has made 2017 a way less terrible year. My one and only advice for you, if you have not played Doki Doki Literature Club! yet, go turn on your PC and download the game real quick (oh, did I mention that it’s free?) and begin playing straight away. I don’t care if it’s 4am or an exam is waiting for you tomorrow, just press play. You will not regret one bit.

So yes, I had one hell of a journey with this game. I am so glad it exists. Thank you for reading my review!

Trang Le

Trang Le

International Business student at XAMK
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