In the regular game regarding those three girls: Yukiko will run away crying. Great delivery, so it's very emotional. Yumi you will leave behind in an empty classroom. Which is not so bad until you remember her father has recently died and the guy she has a crush on does not return her feelings, making her feel that she will lose all people she cares about.
When she gets over them and meets a guy who likes her for her she genuinely falls in love with him instead of being in a relationship for the sake of being a relationship or using Yu as a replacement for the ball-polishers And as for if you turn out to have more than one girl in Golden In case of the investigation team, to their faces.
They all thought they were your only girl, and some ask you what you're going to do without them on Valentine's day without your girlfriend. You cannot give a straight answer to this but they won't press it. Some suspect that you are going to see another girl, but they trust you because you're Yu Narukami and you'll always do what is right and true, yes? How the girls react to your actions: Chie makes it look like she takes it the best, believing herself to just be too plain and too boring in comparison to the other girls.
Yukiko ends up severely doubting herself in a way that could nearly undo what her fight with her persona ended up achieving. Rise says that she will not take this "lying down" Maybe even enhancing the feeling that nobody likes her for her "true" self.
The one who takes this the hardest is Naoto , who is a detective and blames herself because she did not see this coming. Even worse is that she all but knows what is going on, but she looks away from the answer because she does not want to see the truth.
This is magnificently jarring when looked at in comparison to the overarching theme of the game. Oh, and Ai and Yumi? You don't even have the guts to dump them in person. You turn them down by text message. Which is even worse. While it does not change gameplay or the ending in any way, you WILL feel guilty for playing with these girls like that.
And that's why I like this game: I may not like what happens in these situations, but they feel realistic aside from not confronting Yu with what is really going on and has some real emotion to it.
More than I can say about other games with "romance options". So yeah, you can use the near-infinite swagger of Yu Narukami to its full potential