If you've always wanted to put yourself out there to try out the local dating scene but just didn't have the heart for potential rejections, then live out your fantasies in Date or Ditch 2. In this immersive dating RPG, you play as an It Girl or a hot shot guy who has moved back to his New York hometown after staying in Italy for three years. Aside from coming home with a successful career under your belt, you also have that added touch of sophistication that potential love interests will find simply irresistible. If you know how to play your cards right, that is.
As you may have guessed from its title, the main goal in Date or Ditch 2 is to establish relationships with the bachelors and bachelorettes of the game. This is accomplished by spending time with them and being a good conversationalist. Don't worry, there's no need to strain your brain to impress them. Each potential reply is marked by an icon. No, these are not limited to smileys. There are bouquets and skulls thrown in for good measure. It may take a bit of trial and error but once you get used to reading the markers, you'll be good to go. If you do manage to choose the correct response, then you will be one step closer to winning over one of the characters.
In order to update you with your progress, each character comes with a Love Meter. This reflects just how much he or she likes you. Of course, building some bridges may potentially mean burning others so you will really have to decide whether or not you want to date or ditch someone. Remember that each decision you make affects the storyline too, so a jilted lover may come back later to stir some unneeded trouble.
In case you're having a bit of trouble impressing the ladies with some smooth talking, you can always opt to boost the Love Meter by giving gifts. These gifts are scattered all over New York City, all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled for item pick-ups and choose which one suits the tastes of your current date. From your swanky apartment to fancy boutiques and restaurants, Date or Ditch 2 doesn't skimp on sights to see.
Plenty of Great Content
Though this is a mobile game, it is a pretty lengthy one. Date or Ditch 2 boasts 22 chapters with scenarios that may be altered depending on your decisions. In this game, your choices matter. For instance, if you decide you're done entertaining a suitor then don't be surprised if he goes after your childhood friend later on. You can't take too long to pick a side because by the time you make up your mind and realize that you want him back, it may cost you yet another relationship. It's this kind of drama and excitement that sets Date or Ditch 2 apart from Japanese otome games or dating quiz titles.
If you think that's all there is to this game then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Aside from the immersive RPG content, there are also 3 mini games to inject more spice into your virtual dating life. It certainly helps keep things exciting in between getting to know all 8 characters. Not that it's ever boring to chat with the guys and gals of Date or Ditch 2. With their unique personalities and engaging dialogue, the characters are as realistic and interesting as they come.
A Perfect Date
Date or Ditch 2 is a must-try for any fans of dating games out there. With 22 scenarios, the title will last you quite a while and the alternate scenarios certainly add to the game's replay value. The graphics are realistic, with impressive details that give life to all 8, interesting characters. The dialogue system is unique, with well-written responses and thought-provoking questions. As a bonus to new players, the marked replies simplify things and make things less overwhelming. No matter your age or gaming prowess, as long as you're interested in the genre, you should definitely turn to Date or Ditch 2 to fulfill all your virtual dating needs.