Everett Lo (11.14.2001)
Where reality and virtual reality mix
May Club is a virtual reality dating simulator. Which can be taken
in two ways, you (the gamer) playing a simulation game or you
(your character Hajime) entering a VR simulator. The story is
simple enough, Hajime is in that wonderful period between graduation
and starting a job and hopes to find that someone special to spend
time with. He's introduced to May Club, a VR simulator that allows
"virtual" encounters with other members.
The gameplay is simple enough; you are given a set amount of
"tickets" which allow you a visit to the club, up to
three times a day. In the club, there are 10 different girls you
will see and interact with. Depending on how your interactions
go, you're virtual relationship will progress and eventually you
might meet your "dream" girl in real life!
The artwork is slightly dated but still good quality and nicely
uncensored. Each girl is given a well-written background and coherent
storyline that's fun to discover, especially since each girl tends
to have a "secret" behind her. Not to mention that the
different "stereotypes" will allow people with various
interests to find one they enjoy.
There's great replay value to this game since not every trip
to the club will result in an encounter, sometimes it's just you
meandering around. And sometimes encounters key off other encounters
(there's one location in the VR world you don't get to see until
you have a certain encounter for example.) And you do seem to
spend a lot of time sleeping at home (i.e. this is what you do
instead of using a ticket at the club.)
This is a good game to add to anyone's collection, especially
for the replay value. You'll spend a lot of time figuring out
the best times and places to meet the individual girls, the responses
to win their hearts, and just enjoying the storyline behind each.