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The Rei Ayanami Raising Project (RARP) is very similar to the later and more well known (if either game can be called well known) Shinji Ikari Raising Project (SIRP). It also has in common a lot of the dialogue functionality and choice driven mechanics as the earlier Girlfriend of Steel games.

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In this installment, however, instead of Misato or Ritsuko, you play as an unnamed new character; the 'Lieutenant.' The LT is a normal looking guy with remarkably few psychological problems who appears to be in his early twenties, and has been hired by NERV to raise the titular character.

Now, to my knowledge, this has not been translated. So, what I did was get a save editor, and played very carefully. I made a diagram of the various expression clues Rei gives and what I thought they meant. I was super wrong in one instance, as you'll see. If I made a decision, and she seemed happy, I proceeded. If she looked upset, I reloaded and tried again. It took a long time. Remember, I do this so you don't have to, ladies and gentlemen. It's like a public service.

Your choices do affect the outcomes, and who Rei becomes interested in. I know both the LT and Shinji are romantic option for her. I also suspect Gendo might be. I know. This go around, I managed to avoid the EOE ending on the first try. There seems to be less luck of the draw involved in this one than in SIRP. And here I was actually hoping to see the GNR (Giant Naked Rei) because I was cracking jokes about it to myself through the whole game. There really do seem to be a lot of opportunities for Rei to lose her shirt, and my theory is that Rei's boobs are harbingers of the end times.

All in all, a final verdict for this game is difficult. I do love me some Rei, and this game is all about her. Furthermore, after three other games in this series under the belt, I am having more fun with these, and having an easier time figuring out what to do, with less save states. That said, it's a really weird game. Caveat Emptor. My very favorite part was that as Rei and the Lieutenant got more and more involved, only Maya Ibuki really seemed to care. She was mortified. Fairly amusing, actually.

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