I just fought that poison spitting bird wyvern with the tail that literally farts out toxic gas clouds and I am of the opinion of killing every single one of these monstrosities. Fuck them. Fuck them all to hell.
But being serious, I wonder if there should be more of an angle that your killing specific animals to protect an ecological balance within a certain area or at least killing problem animals that pose a danger to other people. You seem to do so much research into tracking the animals and learning how to kill them, but not much else.
I’m a big fan of the original Tomb Raider games, the first one was the game to get me into games in the first place. I remember back then feeling kind of bad as Lara just blasted all these polygonal animals without a second thought. Like she kills a bloody T-Rex in the Lost Valley level, I mean… you think maybe discovering a living dinosaur is perhaps of interest to the wider world? I think in the second game, Core Design actively tried to reduce the animal slaughter by having you fight more human enemies but you still had to kill so many bengal tigers in the first level… I maybe reading too much into this, we’re talking about old games that maybe didn’t feel like they had to address issues like the slaughter of endangered species. I guess it’s part of the fun of those games, you don’t really know what the game is going to throw at you next - it created a certain tension, as you ventured on through new levels fearing at any moment that anything from a gorilla to a Raptor might jump out at you screaming. But then, I would always maintain that old school Lara always had that meanness to her, she was a rich aristocrat going on adventures and robbing tombs. In the third game you could unlock her secret trophy room within he mansion, in which she had the head of a T-Rex mounted above a fire place. Maybe the moniker tomb raider is not a title you want to aspire to…
I’ve just come from playing Assassin’s Creed, where you also kill various animals in their droves. I did feel bad about killing so many hippos to make a better bag for myself. Same for all the crocodiles and lions. It felt better when I gained the ability to tame animals and just rock up into town with my hippo friend, but also really silly.
Also, I had a lot of fun with the photo mode in that game and, I’ve started thinking about this more and more, I wonder if it’s time to make an open world game in which you are literally just a photo-journalist. You don’t shoot any guns, you just shoot with your camera. If they made a game like monster hunter or far cry (where all the animals seem to actively want to kill you), where you were tasked with documenting the animals for scientific purposes. Perhaps you are challenged to take more aesthetically pleasing shots for the National Geographic. It would need a really good grading system that could read your photos, but no reason why you couldn’t have a social aspect to it where people rate your photos. I guess I just want next gen. Pokemon snap.