I actually started playing this last month, specifically the spruced up patched version of the Windows release which features enhanced music that’s closer to the quality of the PC-9801 release, and all the VO from the Saturn version.
Really having a hard time getting into myself as well. There are definitely some characters I like, like Eriko Takeda. She doesn’t take any of what you’re dishing out, but plays a long in a fun way:
Also Mio Shimazu, since she hates the main character on about the same level as myself.
Your weird friend, Masakatsu Yuki, gets a full makeover in the modern version, as he looked the most 90s out of everyone I’ve seen so far. Kinda like both designs.
Honestly the things that are keeping me going in this are the sweet Ryu Umemoto tracks, and the original PC-9801 look. I was apprehensive about getting the modern version on the Switch, and now even more so after seeing the art, which kind of drains a lot of its style, and in turn most of the appeal to me.
What’s also making it difficult is how much of a horn dog the protagonist is for his step mother, much less practically every other woman that literally runs into him, but very specifically step mom. It doesn’t help that every time she’s on screen, every time, he has to say something about it.
The gameplay is also kind of unclear, even with the game attempting to explain it. It’s basically “Let’s make save states a core mechanic.” Which, that’s cool, but it’s still unclear to me how it works. I just ran out of the two orbs I had in my current playthrough, and now I find out that without those orbs I can’t even access the timeline map at all now? Flying blindly for the rest of it, I guess.
One running gag I really do enjoy and have been taking note of while playing is that the character profiles abruptly pop up on screen if they’re around. The game is a little self aware about it, so the protagonist is often spooked by the sudden appearance of another character (the screen shot of Mio and Masakatsu are instances of this). It’s a good joke, and has yet to get old to me.