This is not my usual genre, but I went into it with no expectations good or bad (though perhaps a bit of apprehension, since I can be squeamish about really graphic stuff). I was completely blown away. I just got completely absorbed into the experience. I’ve replayed like a dozen times by now, and there’s still so much dialogue I’ve yet to see. The completionist in me wants to see it all but I know that the way every little choice is tracked, that’s impossible. I’ll gladly settle for the alternative, which is having a delightfully different experience every time, which is such a joy. I love when conversations extend or take another turn from past playthroughs.
The incorporation of the 7 deadly sins is so so well done, I’m in love. I actually have been desperately craving yet another rewatch of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, but holding off. And while your game structures the family very differently, there are enough parallels that it did the trick in satisfying that craving and more. It was amazing timing for me, really. Now I have a second thought-provoking/comedic/horror-filled work to get obsessed with <3
Another thing I adore is the set character choices! So many options, and new flavor text at various points for each, makes it so exciting to see things from a new perspective! I’ll admit that I’m biased to self-inserting, so I do focus on one particular character (June for me, though oddly enough, for every reason except her highest stats. I ignore her diligence and play as Sloth anyway ). I’m detail-oriented, so I’m surely going to develop personalities for/roleplay as all 10 eventually.
I have a lot more thoughts, but for now I’ll try to just do the questions from the end!
Continuity problems?: I’ve been messing around with options, and so far, found only a few.
-One’s early, and it’s pretty minor. If a woman chooses Sonya as her bunkmate, then the not-a-lesbian option (along with being ace/high chastity, I think?), she gets really upset with Jack’s offer and calls him a pig. However, if you select him as the replacement bunkmate anyway, she immediately acts all friendly, as if they hadn’t just spoke.
-The other one’s later, when you choose “Satanist” in front of everyone. Jack accepts you as family, but if you get him to let you ask a question, you go back to being clueless about it. Also, when McCready wants you dead and Sean visits , the text still says that the former is the one who leaves.
Which character are you most afraid of? Why?: Is it cheating to say Gran? I only just got her to like me in one playthrough. All of my normal responses seem to push her to hate me more and more, so if I end up dead, it’ll be by her hand. Plus, fear of the unknown and all.
But out of the known characters… Sean. His intelligence scares me even more than April’s, because it’s paired with the twisted sense of morality that he’s developed. I know that in real life, I’d never stand a chance of even keeping up in a conversation with him, much less actually reasoning with him. He really knows how to make a case. (You’re not even safe when it’s in your favor. While I’d been expecting something like it, the line of him whispering “You owe me” was chilling)
Which do you like the most? Why?: Jack, without a doubt. Kindness is a necessary trait for me to really love a character (as a person at least, not love-to-hate). So he has that going for him, and it really caught me off guard when he first displayed it. After being brushed off by his middle finger, I kept quiet, because I thought he was going to be the anti-social type that I shouldn’t anger. Little did I know he’d later be so sweet, open, and willing to emotionally connect. I don’t easily sympathize with murderers, but I really feel for him and his desire for a close family. We have a lot of differences, and dating him would probably never work out in real life (a pacifist ace Christian who avoids alcohol, going steady with a party-loving Satanist who revels in violence? Ha. A match made in neither heaven nor hell ) but I’m definitely going for his romance route regardless.
Speaking of, I apologize if this has been asked, but can you continue pursuing him as a RO even after you’re out as ace? I know for some people irl it’s a dealbreaker, so…
Ooh, also, shoutout to April as a close second. She intrigued me from the beginning, but after I shared about being ace and she let herself be vulnerable, I was won over instantly. This snarky know-it-all is now my daughter. I’m adopting her and taking her away from this awful lifestyle. (hahaha who am I kidding, my insert character is so dead)
What is your favorite part of the story so far? And least favorite part?: The basement scenes with Jack, hands-down. As dark and fascinating as the overall plot is, I’m a sucker for individual character-building and relationships. For least favorite…It’s not surprising that McCready is absolute garbage to me, but I especially hate his religious spiels. As a Christian myself, I can’t stand when hypocrites like him invoke my faith, which is actually filled with messages of love, in a way that distorts it into spreading hate and condemnation. Ugh…But to be clear, this is just least favorite to experience. The writing is still excellent, and quite refreshing as it directly acknowledges that he’s not representative of all Christians.
Favorite joke or bit of humor?: April. I thought her speech style might get annoying at first, but it turned into my favorite thing ever. In general, the way she plays off your character is golden. “Hard-mode, mortal! Hard. Mode!”
Which part(s) help you feel most immersed in the story? Which do you struggle through the most?: I think the character system allowed for incredible immersion. They’re enough of a blank slate that you can react naturally to the plot as it occurs, but like in real life, some details you can’t control. Yet perhaps even more so than that, I felt immersed due to the natural fluidity of the relationship system. Each and every choice really did matter in terms of developing/influencing character interactions, and I loved how these changing relationships were acknowledged frequently. As for struggling to immerse…mainly whenever I picked an option not because of roleplaying my character, but because I thought it’s needed to stay alive But now I know there’s so much flexibility for that, so I’d say I’m good.
Also, since this review has been overwhelmingly positive so far, I’ll include one nitpick in a spoiler if you don’t mind…I debated mentioning it, but I’ll go ahead. While I respect that each hair/eye color are represented for each gender, it unfortunately means that Sam, Josh, and Mike are the only of the 10 who might be something other than white or white-passing. I know hair dye/contacts exist, but most will assume these are the natural colors. On top of that, having two sets of blondes, despite dark hair being more common, just seems…unnecessarily white. Sorry if this opinion is unwelcome, but it stood out to me. If you don’t mind a (late, I know) suggestion, hazel eyes are actually not uncommon for people of color, so you might want to consider replacing the default hair of the nameless characters. That way, at least two more could look less white and more ambiguous.
P.S. To end on a high note, I know this is already long enough (my humble thanks to anyone who read through), but I have a song rec for Jack. Fall Out Boy’s “Just One Yesterday”. It’s pure violent thoughts against traditional religious notions/angels/etc, and there’s even a gem like this, perfect to direct at McCready: “Find yourself a new gig / This town ain’t big enough for two of us”. And the lines right after highlight his virtue: “I don’t have the right name o-o-or the right looks / But I have twice the heart” <3 Hope someone else enjoys this song for him too.