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Choices: Stories You Play

The Freshman Not my favourite genre, but I ship James & my OC. The team dynamics have been amazing so far.

Most Wanted The Dave and Sam dynamic was perfect.
The Crown & The Flame This game has made me a happy Dom and Kenna shipper. These two remind me of the characters Mary and Sebastian in the TV series "Reign", so I'm not even mad that "Reign" had gone down different character arcs.

Haunting of Braidwood Manor
This story I actually liked and would consider replaying in future. I like both Victor & Hannah but it would have been nice if Victor played an equally active role alongside Hannah.

Rules of Engagement
This one was a surprise for me because I often thought that most romance genre games have rather cheesy lines and flimsy story plots. Well, this one turned out to be a fun, family rom-com with some cheesy lines, but the side characters were awesome and I got to choose their names too. So, for the family, I named the four siblings:

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