Okay. I finally sat down and worked on the investigative side last night. I must not have been in the right mind-space for it before, because it. was. awesome. Completely flipped how I was feeling about it before.
I was whooping and clapping when I’d get an “ah-ha” moment, switch something around, and get that sweet confirmation feedback note. Or even to just tentatively put out a hypothesis and have it confirmed felt amazing. Really glad I didn’t look up stuff in a guide and just took time to dive back into the game.
It also helped that the scenes were replaying in full for me. Before, when I returned to scene, I must have been accidentally skipping the voiced part and going straight into the visuals. But then voices would still be playing, and it was disorientating. Again, I must have been hitting skip on accident because. I didn’t have that problem last night.
Goodness, that was a blast having those pieces come together. I mentioned this on the Discord, but it really felt daunting at first and then to have things start to fall into place felt glorious.
My only two gripes about the game were 1) (and this was brought up in the discord as well) how some of the causes of death seemed a bit ambiguous at first, which led to you feeling uncertain about your choices; and 2) as JackNackle says the story reveals in the “Bargain” chapter are somewhat interesting at first, but overall feels like a bit of a letdown. There’s a handful of questions that you’re still left with and I kinda wish there was a bit more on that bone. I don’t think I needed everything fully wrapped up, but a little more diving into a couple key characters might’ve helped.
Otherwise, I really dug this and really glad I pushed through the initial change in pace. Probably going in my top games of the year, as the experience overall was fantastic and really left it’s mark. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while.