I am playing Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and noticed that sometimes I need to give an emotional response to something that was said. Do these decisions affect anything ? Or are they purely aesthetic?
I don't think the decisions really make a difference; they're just there to let you develop your character's identity a little. Pretty much the same things will happen regardless of how you respond, but it serves as a nice aesthetic touch.
If you want a reference, I quote the following from a review: