Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s marketing & setup was already setting off some big warning bells for me, but I’m too much of an immersive sim sucker for my own good and gave it a whirl.
I was already feeling real gross when a quest had me beating a destitute man and stealing his last possessions for a petty debt with zero moral interrogation of the act (your dad grills you with the usual “look we’re ~mature writers~” speech if you throw literal shit at a well-to-do dude’s house so your friends will help you gang-beat the destitute man! But not! For the act! of beating and robbing! Him!)
The only female characters in the intro were characterized by sex, sexualization and subservience (and you know that that and all the deliberate leering camerawork would be excused with “historical accuracy”), and then the village gets pillaged and [CW: Rape] after several minutes of dreading a rape scene, I had just started believing they really wouldn’t shit directly in my eyes.
Then an objective popped up on the screen: “Save Theresa from the rapists”.
That’s not paraphrasing, those words just pop up on the screen in whatever hokey medieval-scrawl typeface had been telling me with big green checkmarks to whip dung at a house ten minutes earlier. I’ve alt-f4ed after losing my patience with games before, I don’t know that I’ve ever made a beeline for the uninstall/refund buttons so immediately after, though.
Do any of y’all have games that got pitched to you real well, like so well you’re still a bit curious about the “good parts”, but turned you right the hell off with some supreme bullshit in their intro, thematically or otherwise?