thank the gods you do, you're a normal person XD
And hello again. I took my time while playing the game (and I'm not done yet) and I must say: FUCKING amazing so far. The enviroment, the characters, the music. Everything carefully chosen and created.
I have this thing where I know that I'll like the game/VN/etc. once it makes me "feel at home" from the get-go, and that means remiding me of some other game that I played and liked through characters, elements in the enviroment, etc. and Sylphine was one of those who did it.
The feeling of "being at home" kicked in right in the first scene. It reminded me of Mythic Manor and some other "magical-themed" games all at once, specially because it says like: "see this game here? It isn't only about sex in every way possible. There's a STORY for you, ya fucker. Now go out there and take care of the bussiness!"
What made the feeling stronger was some of the characters, special attention to Alex and Lillian who gave me Esther and Jade vibes right off the bat, except for Lillian's "sad girl" jokes about suicide and such. (Small detail: I don't mean that anything that gives me the feeling of being at home means that the thing is identical, like Alex reminds me of Esther but I know that she's unique, she just reminds me of another character that I like. It's just a thing that I like to feel)
Overall I'm loving the game and I do intend to finish it and keep playing as the updates come out BUT (unfortunately yeah... there's a BUT) there's only two things that I've seen as negative points, and they're negative on a "personal" level let's say, they're elements that I didn't like that much so no need to take them too seriously since they're just my opinion and not actually things that NEED to change like you would do in Q.o.L. improvements:
1 - one thing that I always pay attention to is immersion. Specially in "hybrid" projects like yours which gives us a nice VN with an actual story to see and also gives us the open world stuff (Game + VN). And do you know what almost completely destroys immersion, at least for me? Showing the MCs face. It feels like there's no point in naming the character, for an example, because it doesn't feel like that's "me" there.
2 - The personality of the MC is also a key feature for me, specially when we have his/her backstory involved, and when personality and backstory don't match things kind of get off the rails for me.
I will give two examples here of two VNs (without naming them) where this happens: one where the MC gets out of "jail" after being there for like 6 years or so, and instead of being a cold, distant guy, he is a fucking dumbass and acts like a playboy. And the other one where the MC had a (female) friend who suddenly dissapeared and then, when we play as him in present time, he acts like if the girl was murdered right in front of him. Acts like an asshole to most of the people he meets and all he does is cry alone in his room just because his friend is gone for some fucking reason, a reason that he doesn't even know so why should he cry about it?
I feel that this happened in the game, at least a bit. The MC lost his mother and Alex just told him that it was an accident. It would be easy to doubt about it and, even if he didn't want to investigate and just let it go, the scars would stay on him wanting them or not, and then when you add the weird dreams that he's having it all adds up. SO that said, I wasn't expecting some depressed, drug addict guy but I kind of didn't expect an MC that was so goofy and kind of dumb given both his backstory AND the current events "inside his mind".
Welp... I'm sorry because this text was long as F U C K ^^"
I hope I didn't sound too hyper critical about things. Loved the game, I will get to whatever else I can on this version and then wait for the new ones. Thank you for reading this long ass "analysis" of some dumbass who doesn't know what he's doing with his life! ^^
(There probably were a ton of wrong things, typos and such so... I'm sorry. English is not my first language but I have been studying for +7 years and... yeah)