Not for the Bishoujo game beginner!
If you are a true-blooded gamer just starting with the adult bishoujo
genre, please stop reading this now and go on to either the Tokimeki
Check-In or the Legend
of Fairies section. I would not want to be responsible for
you swearing off the adult bishoujo genre just because you had
the misfortune of playing the most dragging click-and-click-and-click
game you could ever encounter in your life.
If, however, you are more interested in seeing a guy bang so
many girls in one day and do not care about linear endings, then
by all means, enjoy this title! This is good for the erotica insatiable
since it's all about sex, sex, and more S-E-X.
So what is Fatal Relations all about? Well, basically, you get
adopted by a family of beautiful women (quite similar to Gloria)
who enjoy destroying whatever sense of sanity you have by imposing
their eccentric sexual practices on you. A dream come true? Not
if you're actually living the personality of the main character,
who seems to be really sweet and honest about how terrible he
feels about the entire situation. There is no real "deep"
story, unlike in games like Snow
Drop where you actually don't mind clicking your mouse all
the time because an engaging plot and multi-linear ending awaits
you upon every click you make. In Fatal Relations, whatever option
you choose, you just get one ending. There are no consequences
to speak of, which is surprising, considering most bishoujo games
nowadays are innovating themselves towards more interactivity.
The women of Fatal Relations aren't even that special because
this game is abundant with stereotypes. They don't have any distinct
personality at all that would push them farther away from the
limits of a typical oversexed male's fantasies. We have a word
for it in my native language. We call it "de-kahon",
meaning everything's pre-defined inside a box.
I could say one positive aspect of it, though. There is this
one little part where I was actually tasked to use my -- GASP
-- brains! It's where Yuko, the "nerdy" daughter, gave
me a set of questions to perfect before she would allow me to
view her naked splendor. I actually answered all of them correctly,
save for one that was about the "C" language, which
I shouldn't have had any trouble answering since I'm a programmer.
Actually, the questions are for the high school student level.
But hey! It's been almost a decade since I graduated from high
school and my memory of all my lessons are a bit hazy now. The
little aide memoire from a silly game has actually been fun and
exhilarating. Thank goodness for that one small reprieve.