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How I Wooed a Virtual Girl in Just 74 Days

Last week I asked your help in deciding which of the three possible romantic foils in Japanese dating sim New Love Plus+ I should try dating. The winner by a landside was fighting gamer Rinko Kobayakawa. But before I could get to the dating part of the game, I had to first successfully woo her. …It was a rocky road. » 4/25/14 5:00am 4/25/14 5:00am

Help Me Choose Which Virtual Girl to Date

Dear readers, I am about to embark on an experience unlike any other in my 30 years of life: I’m going to date a virtual girl in New Love Plus+, the newest game in the (in)famous Japanese dating-sim series. But even before I start, I find myself at an impasse. Which of the game’s romantic foils should I date? » 4/18/14 8:00am 4/18/14 8:00am

A Game Where Keeping Your Date Alive Is Surprisingly Difficult

Save the Date is one of the more clever games I've played in recent memory. It's a visual novel with a simple premise: go out to dinner with someone. Well, it should be simple, except every time you try it, the dinners turn into scenarios that would be right at home in the Final Destination movies. » 5/31/13 5:30pm 5/31/13 5:30pm

Why I Would Play the Hell Out of the New Final Fantasy Dating Sim (If…

Last week at the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event here in Tokyo, some of the biggest names in Square Enix talked about the franchise. Square Enix showed off the first material related to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was put through its paces. Then Hajime… » 9/11/12 7:30am 9/11/12 7:30am

Relax, They're Not Really Turning Final Fantasy Type-0 Into a Dating Sim

At Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary event yesterday in Japan, Square Enix thought it'd pull a fast one on the audience, putting Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata up to revealing the concept for something called "Tokimeki Final Fantasy: Suzaku Magic Institution Peristylium: Oh no! I'm in Love With the… » 9/02/12 11:00am 9/02/12 11:00am