So I’m about six or seven hours into the game, and I’ll say I’m kind of surprised by how down on it Austin is. Like…he’s right that it has some issues, the weirdest of which to me was the use of censored homophobic slurs by a couple of minor characters. I’m not really sure what they were going for there even though I suspect their intentions were not to be like “edgy and intense” or anything based on interviews I’ve read with the director. I need to think more about this and go talk to them again and report back.
Re: the game’s politics; I mean the creators have said they’re leftist, I think, but the game is more interested in sort of interrogating basically everything; centrism, neoliberalism, communism, and fascism are all made into ridiculous caricatures of themselves. But in the midst of all that are these really interesting characters who are just trying to get by, and the most admirable and relatable of them are usually the common, everyday people. I guess maybe you could say the game is suggesting that we stop trying to figure out the big picture for a minute and just engage with the people around us? We’ll see how that develops.
And yeah, you’re a cop…sort of. You’re a kind of citizen cop without much authority in this setting, and you can choose dialogue options about not wanting to be a cop; you can also be a cop who shouts at people about the dictatorship of the proletariat. Or a cop who tells everyone the world is ending. Or apologizes to everyone you meet. It’s…complicated.
To me it’s such an interesting game. So much to do and see, some really great writing and humor, a neat aesthetic, and probably the most unique role-playing system I’ve seen in a CRPG ever. And Kim, your partner…he’s wonderful. Just the best companion.
So I dunno. Maybe I’m a really bad person or something, but I think the game is at least worth a look.