ØStory ラブストーリー © 2000 Enix, Ltd.
A Japan-exclusive adventure interactive movie video game in which the story is depicted in continuous full motion videos. The player can make various actions at set moments (such as communicating by writing on sand, chalkboards, or computer screens) which result in slightly different paths and scenes, although the direction of the story remains globally the same. Events similar to the Quick Time Events featured in Sega's game Shenmue are also present. They require the player to trigger an action by quickly pushing a button when an 'O' flashes on-screen.
The player can shoot arrows at Lina, which allow to read her mind in text dialogues or cutscenes. Minigames are present, including baseball and rhythm games. All these actions can increase or decrease the player's 'love meter' depending on his success, and the objective of the game is to fill the love meter to 100 percent by the end of the sixth day.
In August 1999, Enix' Chief of General Affairs Kouichi Hasegawa announced to Bloomberg News that four titles were in development in the company for the upcoming Sony PlayStation 2 console. While he had not revealed the names of the games, it was known that one of them would reportedly feature large quantities of full motion videos in DVD format.
Love Story was showcased in February 2000 with the presence of the game's actresses at the PlayStation Festival in Tokyo, as part of Sony's campaign to promote the soon-to-be-released PlayStation 2. The title was Enix' second adventure game in full motion video, following Eurasia Express Satsujin Jiken in 1998. The cast recruited for Love Story includes Japanese actresses, television personalities, and models; notably Aya Hirayama and Kaori Manabe, who would later star in the Waterboys film and television series, respectively; and Erika Yamakawa.
A game demo was given to video game journalists in March, and the game was showcased a second time, at the Tokyo Game Show in April, where it was one of the most visited Enix attraction after Dragon Quest VII.
The game was released on April 27, 2000 in Japan. It was the first Enix game published on the PlayStation 2.
The music of Love Story was composed by Konatsu Yuzunogi and includes two vocal songs, 'Hello Again' and 'Old Friend', both sung by Aya Hirayama with lyrics written by Haru Yuki. The original soundtrack of the game was published in Japan on May 17, 2000 by First Smile Entertainment. It comprises 36 tracks.