YMMV / Choice of Games


  • Anticlimax Boss: In Slammed!, Paul Prototype can be knocked out with one punch in the championship match at Ring of Valhalla.
  • Anvilicious: Depending on the Writer, the acceptance of LGBT can be rather jarring in terms of how well it fits with the narrative. Slammed! averted it, while other games can be a bit more overt about it.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • While some games are generally better about it than others (Mecha Ace, for instance, sets gameplay-affecting stats at character creation and only shifts them in a few extraordinary circumstances afterwards), stats, particularly "opposing-poles" stats that reduce every time the player chooses the other option, both go up when the player choices of a particular type and offer a higher success rate for a higher stat. While this theoretically keeps the player "in character," making the choices consistent with a character's personality, in practice it also encourages a very uniform set of choices throughout the game, since choosing anything else could permanently gimp the character, discouraging any Character Development or changing mindsets.
    • On a less-meta level, picking the option in line with the highest "stats" is almost always the best choice, whether it's sticking to ranged combat with a high Perception in Mecha Ace or using "acrobatic" moves with high Technique in Slammed!
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Some romance options are more popular than others, like Hawkins from Mecha Ace or Wakefield from Deathless, or become options because of fan demand, like de Vega from Affairs of the Court.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Several games allow you to become one. Most notably "Champion of the Gods". by the end of it, You can manipulate the Gods AND the Big Bad into helping you kill The Weavers and freeing you from the control of fate, only to turn on the Big Bad and kill him. Blaming him for the death of the Weavers and thus still maintaining the trust of the Gods with no-one ever the wiser.
    • Choice of The Vampire and Choice of Romance are all about this. In Vampire, you can humiliate a rival by exposing his dislike to a woman head-over-heels for him. Then, at a party when he recites a poem about a foolish woman who pursues a man who feels nothing for her, she follows up by reciting her poem, about a vain, foppish peacock-a symbol of your rival-who believes himself God's gift to women, until he's killed and his feathers are used to adorn women's hats. All because you made one comment.
  • One True Threesome: In Hollywood Visionary, it's possible to end the game dating both the Actor and the Grip, although it's difficult, and bringing it up the first time will make one of them storm off; you'll only get the threesome ending if you suffer through this first failure, and then bring up the possibility again at the very end, when both are more open to the possibility.
  • The Woobie: The humiliated Samantha Withers in Choice of the Vampire.
    • Jerkass Woobie: She comes off as this, though, if one is playing a Choctaw character, given her earlier racist diatribe against Native Americans, in which she outright calls the protagonist subhuman.

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