I've never even heard of Alone with You before. Why the hype? Are people freaking out because (1) it's vita, (2) it's in a long box jewel case, or (3) it's a good game?
For what it's worth: I'm guessing mostly (1) and maybe a bit of (2). (3) is not the case in my opinion.
I picked it out to play before the sale began to see if it was worth buying physically, and was highly unimpressed. The audio/visual side of things was nice, and the setting and atmosphere was well done, but even as someone who enjoys point-and-click style adventure games (which this is most like) and story-focused games like VN's, I found everything else was lacking. Monotonous and repetitive gameplay, lame and braindead "puzzles" with no challenge at all, plot that is somewhat easy to predict and doesn't go much of anywhere or introduce any surprises (with a brief, unsatisfying ending to boot), characters I couldn't connect with at all because it felt like they were all written exactly the same way, and even the cool-at-first cutscenes and transitions just got annoying after seeing them hundreds of times in the exact same unskippable sequences. The "romance" aspect it bills itself as having isn't a terribly strong theme at all I felt, and having owned a Sega CD myself ever since it was in stores I don't get how it's a "love letter" to that system, or why it needs a Sega CD-style LE. I suppose maybe it's likening itself to something like Snatcher? But it didn't have nearly the charm, suspense, or intrigue of that game. Instead I was falling asleep as I slogged through it, just going through the motions and wishing it would hurry up and either get better or end already.
Of course, more power to anyone who played through and enjoyed it, and bought it for that reason. I wish I could say I had the same experience, I wanted to like it. But I'm glad I didn't make a knee-jerk decision to snag the game based on Sega CD nostalgia or interest in adventure games alone. It disappointed me on both counts.
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