Alright, so, I played this a while ago. And I have to say: while the actual romance storylines are good (didn't particularly like Pierre as the protagonist for the second part), the actual plot- well, it- it just doesn't make sense.
So the plot line is: these guys are from an alternate universe that for some reason- runs on love. So they have to make real life dating sims or whatever in order to get that love. So then we see their private life as they interact.
Okay, so first thing about that: if it was too complicated for you in that exposition dump, and you just didn't get what they were talking about- it's okay! Because it NEVER comes up again. Ever. There was a certain part in the actual game where I ACTUALLY forgot about that weird plot, and it would've stayed that way if Pierre-Kyle or whatever-his-freaking-name-is hadn't of said something about another universe running on the phobia of spiders. And that just brings me into my second point!
Why arachnophobia? I mean, how? Why SPECIFICALLY the fear of spiders. Wouldn't the power come from fear itself? Why spiders? Because only the people who have a fear of spiders are gonna be scared of that. Everyone else is just gonna smash the spiders. And if they're making it into a game ('cause that still makes sense) how would that even work? Haven't you ever met someone afraid of spiders? They're kinda pansies. I doubt they're going to play a game specializing in their worst fear. And if someone who's not scared of spiders plays the game, they're not really gonna be scared! And Pierre-Kyle said they run on arachnophobia, so someone without the fear wouldn't be useful, right? HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK? HOW DOES THIS "POWERING WITH EMOTIONS" THING WORK? Because that isn't explained either!
Leading into point three: Seriously. HOW does it work? It isn't explained at all! How is Love going to save the alternate universe anyway? The sun is going out, right? Well, it's only going out in one of two ways: 1.) A giant fiery supernova that's going to destroy everything in the alternate universe's solar system, and guess what? No amount of love is gonna save you from that! 2.) It's going to eventually burn out by first swelling into a giant, where it will then engulf the entire solar system. And again, no amount of love is gonna save you. Okay, let's say theoretically, the sun does burn out and it doesn't destroy their planet. Fine. It would then send the entire planet into an ice age, with ice covering the planet. How is love gonna fix that? Everything will be covered in ice and snow, forget about going outside without freezing to death. Not to mention EVERYTHING will be COMPLETELY dark. No light pretty much whatsoever. How is love gonna fix that? If you say, "oh they're going to make lights or something." then I counter it with HOW? How exactly did they manage to use love as a power source? I'd understand it better if it was that they converted love into power, but that's never explained. In fact, nothing is explained.
With that, we go to point four: Nothing is explained. At all. Whatsoever. It gives you the basics, and then runs off. But that's okay, because it never comes back again. They set up all this stuff, and it never comes back. They had a lot of potential with that! Explain it a bit more, explore the whole alternate universe thing, and you could do a lot with that! Maybe they have a different way of speaking, or a different culture, or something like that! But no, they act like normal everyday humans. They were from an ALTERNATE universe, right?
Point five: Why was the whole "we need love to power our planet" thing needed again? I mean, it looks like they're actors, they act like they're actors, why weren't they just actors doing a movie? Oh and another thing: Why did they need to be there? Like they're alive inside the game? Why did they need to do that? Why couldn't they have actually made a movie or something? Or better yet, they have anime visuals: why not just just take pictures of them and make an actual dating sim? Or even better yet, they could do motion capture or whatever and then have that animated into an actual game. BAM! The coolest dating sim out there (fully animated) and it frees up so much time. So then why do they choose to make it the most stupid and inefficient way possible to get love?
Point Six: I mentioned it before and then got distracted. Why was the whole "we need love to power our planet" thing needed again? I mean, you could've swapped it out with a "they're actors" storyline and it would be barely any different than the original plot. I mean, it's not like you went into detail with the whole alternate universe thing. I suppose maybe you wanted to do a "What do the dating sim characters do when they're not in a dating sim", but you didn't do anything special with it. They're apparently normal people and then it turns into a regular dating sim. The only reason I could think of that made you do this plot is that you had two different stories that you wanted to do with the same characters, so you cobbled together this weak link in the story so you could do 2 in 1. There wasn't any indication of the real story in the page. So why was it kept a secret? It's nothing that special. I honestly feel click-baited. Why did you do that? Did you think no one would want to play a dating sim with gay options (now when I first played the real story I thought the only two choices were Liam or Ethan, but I assume the other two girls are options too)? Seriously, people love this stuff. Did you think no one would want to play the real story?
Point Seven: Okay, this one isn't so much about the story not making sense, but whatever. Okay, so Pierre was kind of insulting when the twist in initially revealed. Something about the people playing Lily* was stupid or annoying or something. How we just bothered the characters and that the love was never mutual and stuff. And I mean, we all KNOW the characters don't really love us. They're fake, just programmed to love us for the most part. We're playing these games to FEEL loved (in my case), so then flipping the script and having the characters that we liked say that we're just annoying and intrusive and stuff kinda hurt. Like no one plays these games thinks that the characters genuinely love us. Also Pierre looked like a total douche. Seriously, wife beater shirt and stuff?
Now, I definitely ripped this thing apart. But the game was actually fine. It's not the worst dating sim I've ever played. The actual romancing people section was fine. It was good. It was just the actual plot stuff that didn't make sense. It could've benefited from actual explaining of a lot of things, but y'know.