Social struggles media simulator Emily Is Away <3 has officially launched some more teen drama for you to live through. Like the previous Emily Is Away games, it ferries you back to the days of social media past. It’s Facebook circa 2008 this time, where you’ll navigate the trials and tribulations of your senior year through “Facenook” messenger and wall posts and pokes and playlists and more. It’s an excellent recreation. Is it warm in here or was I actually sweating while talking to my fake friends?
Emily Is Away
I’ve not played former Emily Is Away games, though the second one rates on RPS’s list of best visual novels on PC. For anyone who is familiar with former stories, Emily and Evelyn are no longer talking when you join Facenook. They’re hosting end of summer parties on the same night, in fact, which I’m sure totally won’t be the source of some drama when school starts.
After setting up my profile, my first chat with Mat involves me settling a debate between him and his girlfriend Kelly over a 3OH3 song—you remember the one. I tell Mat it’s a good song—which was apparently his side of the argument—after which Kelly sends me a friend request that reads “Heyy julia! I can’t believe you like 3OH3 too!” Oh god, I’ve made her mad, haven’t I? Mat said he was making the playlist for her because they’d been fighting. Wait, am I flirting with Kelly’s boyfriend while they’re arguing or are we just friends?
I booted up Emily Is Away
I wish I were joking about sweating while choosing what to say. I can deal with spooky games but this is a special kind of horror.
As a quick tip for those that don’t want to keep slapping their keyboard keys around to make their posts type out on screen, check the settings menu in the top right. You can toggle your posts and messages to auto-type after you’ve selected them.