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Rin's in particular has some simply amazingly powerful scenes.
Katawa Shoujo is surprisingly well written and well put together.
One of the only choose your own adventure style games I have actually gone through multiple times.
Rin is about as far from a "typical" romance story as you can get.
They start with manic pixie dream girl, but it rapidly becomes almost a deconstruction of that archetype. Persona 4 is basically two games, a dating sim in the real world, and a fantastic jrpg in the tv world.