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A cringe fest
27 November 2018
Preachy and political, with transparently smug writing. The robot "rebellion" are too-cool-for-school and utterly unlikeable... When I played this plotline my eyes were rolling at the cringe worthy dialogue.
I like the Kara sections most (no surprise they were featured most in the marketing). And the Hank sections were bareable too. But the android rebels ruin the whole game. It's like watching an Antifa meeting.
IMO the robot rebellion should have been written to be sad and contemplative, like the replicants in Blade Runner. So that I could empathise with them. But instead they behave like a bunch of Instagrammers. Who wrote this pile of smug rot?!
Also, half the cast are black. But what about other countries?! There's like 3 Chinese people in the game, and no Indians, and no Hispanics, and no Eastern Europeans, no Somalis, no Hawaiians.. and so on. Getting my point yet? I could feel the "writer" patting himself on the back for making half the humans and robots black, but you can see it's a token gesture, and he doesn't mean it, or many other groups would have been represented.
There's very little involvement too, with the game basically playing itself. And the action scenes are a direct ripoff of Arkham VR, but not done as successfully.
I won't buy another game from this studio. I get it now. What their style is. And no thanks!
FYI I love Until Dawn, because there's more freedom, and it's very well written, with no smugness, tongue firmly in cheek and charming as hell. Detroit BH is crud by comparison.