Just picked this up and I’m pretty into it. The game is beautiful, I’m into the setting generally, and I like the new one new party member I’m stumbled upon so far, but I do have some gripes. The second one contains spoilers, and for some reason spoiler tags aren’t working so I’m putting the warning here.
First off, I think it’s a pretty big misstep, making you choose whether you want to multiclass right off the bat. I would prefer a system that allows you to choose when you’d like to do that so I could tease out what the multiclass system really is through party members and such, but I get it, I get it. The game isn’t built that way.
Secondly, I have some problems with how this game seems to be forcing me into helping/being sympathetic for colonialists. I’m doing the sidequest with Rinco and Mokeha. Starts out pretty cliche: a racist colonizer (Rinco) gets beaten up in a bar by a member of a native tribe (Mokeha), he wants her dealt with. I go talk to Mokeha and turns out that Rinco lost all his money to her in cards, called her slurs, and she beat the shit out of him for it.
I tell her “okay, I’ll go talk to Rinco for you” because all the options with her result in me getting the money she won from this shithead and giving it back to him, and fuck that noise. In the conversation with Rinco the only options I have are to leave the dialogue, give him 200 bucks to cover his losses, or intimidate him into leaving Mokeha alone. I don’t want to do those last two things so I leave him alone to try and talk to Mokeha again, but none of those options changed. I go back to Rinco and I don’t have either option anymore. I’ve been closed off for… seemingly no reason? The only thing I have left to do is let this asshole win whatever bullshit he wants from the people who he and his superiors are exploiting.
The game is very clearly trying to make me sympathize with Rinco. He’s going to lose his house if he doesn’t get that money, but my dude you lost it all gambling, called someone slurs, and then to cover your racist ass you branded the person you lost to a thief. I don’t care if you got the shit kicked out of you. I don’t have any sympathy for that dude and the character I’m playing certainly doesn’t.
I reloaded my save and Intimidated him, but that whole sequence left a bad taste in my mouth for sure.