Why is everything a "+" these days? Let's Play Doki Doki Literature Club +

Let’s Play Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

I’ve been devoting my Tuesday/Thursday release slot to more reading based releases. I just finished reading all of Heart of the Jedi, and now it’s time to move onto the next project.

What is this?
Doki Doki Literature Club is a cute dating sim visual novel where the protagonist is recruited to join a high school literature club by his childhood friend. Some have described it as a psychological horror, and while high school may have been a horror for some people, that is complete slander. It actually isn’t and if that’s something that will turn you off from enjoying the LP, this is your warning).

DDLC was originally released in 2017 as freeware. The Premium rerelease (DDLC+) came out October 2021. It was ported from Ren’Py to Unity. To the best of my knowledge, the story is still the same. However, there are a lot of new features, wallpapers, music, side stories, etc.

Is this a blind run?
Sort of, but no. I have played through this before, but only taking Yuri’s route. I have also skimmed the guide for the good ending, but aside from some slight spoilers, everything that isn’t on Yuri’s route is new to me. You can see my old playthrough here. Because that’s already been covered, Yuri’s route is not going to be available for voting, although because I plan on getting 100% completion, I may end up her route as well last. However, that depends entirely on whether or not it is needed.

Voting?
That’s right! Voting. To start us off, I need you to vote which route I take for the first run:
Good ending: 1 (nweismuller)
Sayori:
Natsuki: 1 (Snowball)
Yuri: Not available

Voting will close on Friday June 10 at 9PM PDT, and I’ll stream on Friday at 9:30PM PDT on my twitch channel

Why is this voiced?
Because I think it’s silly, and I enjoy doing voices, even when 80% of the cast is girls. I hope it’s not too off-putting. If someone does want to join for a stream or two to give their take on any of the girls’ voices, do let me know and I’d be more than happy to have you cohost an episode (or a bunch!).

Spoiler Policy?
I’d prefer if you keep spoilers tagged. Episode 2 has some spoilers because nweis can’t help himself with the puns in stream chat, and I hadn’t formulated my spoiler policy yet when he was doing so.

Episode List

Episode 1: Return to the Beginning

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I’ve played through this episode four times already. First for my original stream of this (lost the footage), second to rerecord (mic was broken and the sound quality was ass!), third to rererecord (that’s the version on the playlist above), and fourth for this entry.

We get a rather cliche opening, loner high school student getting roped into an activity (or club) by his childhood friend. And the club consists of four archetypes, the childhood friend, the tsundere, the quiet girl, and the popular girl that leads the club. Is this all that there is, a cute dating sim? Or is there something deeper? There’s something deeper.

Episode 2: Did you say Manga?

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So, with Snowball’s vote, we’re taking Natsuki’s path for now. She’s cutesy, likes manga, and is a complete tsundere. However, we’re not too far down her route, and we can still switch to the good route instead. Depends on votes.

Please vote which path I take:
Good ending: 1 (nweismuller)
Sayori:
Natsuki: 1 (Snowball)
Yuri: Not available

Episode 3: Just a Little Peek

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Marissa breaks the tie for us, so we will be going down Natsuki’s path. Natsuki is of course stubborn and set in her ways. That gets us very close to peeking up her skirt, and all the problems that that causes.

Please vote which path I take:
Good ending: 1 (nweismuller)
Sayori:
Natsuki: 2 (Snowball, Marissa)
Yuri: Not available

Episode 4: Four, Just Like the Wall that We Keep Breaking

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The school festival is coming up, and that means we’re close to the end of act 1. We’ve written all three act 1 poems to Natsuki, so we are firmly on her path. Sayori is acting quite weird though, it’s almost like it’s foreshadowing.

Episode 5: Act I Has Experienced an Unexpected Error

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Sorry, the post is quite late. However, we have reached the end of Act 1. And the end of other things as well. This episode does get dark, but we at least have a wonderful date with Natsuki beforehand baking cupcakes, and we do reach the start of the School Festival. And we wrap things off with some really weird shit.

Episode 6: Act II is Act I All Over Again

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So, this was supposed to come out last Thursday. The uploads were up, I just could not get a post up. Too many things pulling me in different directions. I’m going to pause releases this week, partially because I don’t have a backlog, partially because I have a ton of things to do in RL.

Anyway, this episode has us teleport all the way back to the start of the game, but we’re missing Sayori. The game behaves very strange, full of glitches, and it becomes obvious that Monica is able to mess with the game, almost as if she’s aware that this is a game.

Episode 7: Act II is a Glitchy Mess

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So yeah, I’m back after 6 weeks instead of just one week. Oops!

Anyway, it’s quite fitting that Act 2 continues to be incredibly glitched out. Girls are talking with possessed voices, and lots of other things. Still we’re back, and I even have the next episode already recorded, which wraps up Natsuki’s route.

Episode 8: All Hail Monica!

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And so, with this two hour monstrosity, we wrap up Act 2, do all of Act 3, and get the bad end. That is the end for Natsuki’s route. Next on the list is Sayori. Let’s see if we can do any better. Spoiler, I’m pretty sure we can’t.

If things go according to plan, I’ll be streaming the next part in 20ish hours.

Episode 9: Natsuki didn’t work out well. How about Sayori?

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So, I at least told the truth that I’d be streaming soon after posting the last episode. I just didn’t get around to uploading it until over 2 months later. Oops!

Anyway, I’m back now, and starting off on Sayori’s route to see how that goes for us, and if we have any better luck. We won’t.

Episode 10: Sayori is Still a Klutz

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First new recording since my hiatus. Sayori is and always will be a klutz. Also, the foreshadowing of death in this episode is insane! They tried to cram as much of it as they could it seems.

Episode 11: Sayori is Out of it Again

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Once again, we’re coming to the end of act 1. We’ve written our third poem, and that just leaves the weekend event. Sayori is really out of it in this episode, and even leaves home early. It’s almost like she’s… hanging on by a thread.

Episode 12: Saved With the Power of LOVE! … Or Not

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Trying to fix our mistake from the last run, I confess my love to Sayori to try to save her life. I don’t think it comes as any surprise to realize that it doesn’t work. This game is quite cursed. However, Sayori’s second death marks the end of Act 1, let’s move onto our second round of Act II.

Episode 13: Act II, But Fast Forward

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Just like with the start of Act 1, there’s a lot of the same stuff in Act 2, so we skip all of it, and then start enjoying the glitchfest.

Episode 14: Act II, But Quickly Finishing It

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A little more fast forwarding, a little longer of an episode covering two days, plus the weekend, and we reach the end of Act 2 just like that. I’ve been collecting things I’ve missed on the previous runs, and the next episode is going to be a very annoying look at Act 3.