Publisert: 15. april
First of all, this is a sequel. You have to walk through Analogue: A Hate Story and continue the save. Or at least play the Hate Story. While the previous game was about.. well, hate and traditional society, this is mostly about sex.
The previous game had lots of letters written somewhere after Year 300. Now you've found lots of letters before Year 0. Why did they reset the calendar? Turns out... well, politics. Now you have 3 realtime days to read all these letters.
Based on your previous save, you have up to two AIs. Hyun-ae is a girl who's extremely curious about sex. It doesn't help that you'll be reading light LGBT erotica here. She comments every single lewd phrasing. Mute is a girl who is extremely "conservative" and shy about sex, so she also comments each time you're reading something lightly romantic. And also turns out she has a rough past, so her route is much more interesting but that comes in play only on Day 3.
The VN is good-looking but the look won against the common sense. There are lots of clunky animations. Even with full animation off, you'll have to wait for each menu to fade in. Also you read each text with your AI pals - that's a nice touch, they react to the letters but they also are a big distraction.
There is also a gameplay aspect that opposes common sense. You play in real time. After you read the first 9 letters, you actually have to "power down" your ship, save and wait 12 realtime hours to continue the game. As a result, you can feel compelled to start two walkthroughs at the same time - that's totally okay but you'll crack open all the mysteries earlier and the game would become just MORE boring.
Hate Plus is packed with text and this prose is a lazy one. Every POV character (except two) is gay, bi or asexual. This can be strongly hinted at but mostly you just read it in plain text. The only straight characters write about sex problems and sex offenders. Also every POV character is a tragic one. This comes out the wrong way because the combination of messages "she suppressed her gay nature" and "she lived her miserable life to the end" tells something I don't think the author wanted to tell here. Also I don't reckon much about the future packed with lesbians.
The game is simply boring, especially Hyun-ae route. There is no big decision to make. You just sit for 3 days, read a lot of text, have some talk with your AI pal, you can bake a cake for her and that's that. It's a weak try to give the previous game some closure, nothing else.