I’ve read enough Choicescript stories for long enough now to sort of consider myself a veteran I try to keep up to date and check out all the new games I can, and I’ve definitely read enough to know what I usually look for in a choice game and how I usually play them, and thus to start considering what I want in a game in order to reread it.
I reread games a lot if I feel I truly enjoyed them. I don’t have a count of the amount of times I’ve gone back to read A Study in Steampunk, and at this point my saves in both that game and Choice of Vampire are overflowing. There are some games I read for specific scenes and romances, and while romance is something I generally consider high on my list for choice games I usually enjoy, there are other times when I start reading a story and find that I care too much about everything else to bother with any romances.
I’ve come to the conclusion that, in my case, how emotionally involved I am in the story usually counts more than anything for how much I enjoy it, and many times that emotional connection is mostly created just with how I view the world and characters, i.e how I think the main character feels (such as the way my own feelings mixed in with the MC’s in a Study of Steampunk after Finch’s death). A lot of the games that are some of my favourites today have been some of the saddest or otherwise emotionally involving ones in one way or another.
Truthfully I’m not sure if this is due to me being a bit strange and going into character more than what may or may not be usual (a result of years of roleplaying and writing) or if it’s more of a shared trait with other readers. That’s what I’m interested in finding out. And if it is just me who consider the games these way I am curious in finding out what types of things makes other people interested in choice games.
So, basically: what makes a choice game memorable/interesting to you? Is it romance, story, writing or a mixture? Do you see any connection between your favourite games? Do you replay some more than others, if at all?
(I have been too nervous to create a topic before but I haven’t found any other talking about this particular thing I apologise if I created a redundant topic/if this is already talked about somewhere else!)