So when I started playing Choices over a year ago, I was in love with the game, it literally had it all for me: interesting stories that blew my mind constantly with complex characters and beautiful art. It offered a great story with simple choices, but also gave you the possibility to, let’s say ‘enhance the experience’ if you decided to go for the diamond options, which would normally be clothing or weapons (besides time with your significant other).
And for a while, I wasn’t bothered by my lack of diamonds. Sure, I might be a little whiny about why I couldn’t do this or wear that, but I’d quickly forget about it because the essence of the story wasn’t drastically changed by my inability to go for this premium options. But recently, this hasn’t been the case, particularly with the release of the new books (Book 2 of Endless Summer & The Sophomore)
I’d like to begin with The Sophomore. I, particularly, am indifferent towards The Freshman series but I was pretty excited for the new book’s release. In fact, I was enjoying the story pretty much until a sign popped up that basically said: “Hey, you’re going to need to spend diamonds unless you want to be a shitty girlfriend and a shitty friend to this people”.
Now, I was bitter about how I was basically forced to used diamonds in The Freshman Book 4 to make Zack feel better, but this, oh this made my blood boil.
Since when lacking money turns you into an awful significant other or friend? Since when supporting someone and wanting to be there for them emotionally requires money?
If I haven’t been clear enough, I’m pissed to the point that I no longer want to play The Sophomore because I’d rather have no relationships at all that seeing them all crumble before my eyes because I have no money that I can spend.
Moving on to Endless Summer Book 2. Now, Endless Summer has always been a story that is rather heavy when it comes to the use of diamonds, I won’t deny it. But even then, you could still get most of the clues and spend a little time with who you want your love interest to be.
That we have to use diamonds if we want to save our friends is ridiculous. It’s not even about lifting up their self-esteem, it’s about saving their bloody lives and getting out of the island as safely as possible, y’all. Want to spend time with your love interest or at least gain a few points with them? Forget about that unless, again, you have diamonds to spend.
Also, the idols are usually part of the clues to the mysteries of La Huerta, so now you can’t get most of the clues like in Book 1.
I like to say that I’m angry with how much emphasis is being placed on the diamond options, but really what I feel is disappointment that I can’t be as involved in the stories as I want to be because of this. Every time that chapters are out I begin to feel a little more disconnected from a game that I just to not be able to put down; to the point where I debated several times whether I should just uninstall the app and stop playing it altogether (and lately, this has been more and more on my brain because what’s the point in playing a game that you just don’t enjoy as much as you used to?)