I realize the thread title is non-descriptive, but I figured you can’t be too careful with spoilers. The scene I’m referring to is the one with Hitler on Venus. When I played it I was equal parts shocked and amazed that they actually “went there”. However, now that I’ve had a couple days to process it, I can’t help but feel the whole scene lacked any sort of message outside of “let’s laugh at decrepit Hitler”.
I mean, let’s consider the scene. Hitler, victorious conquerer of Earth and beyond, is living comfortably on a base on Venus. Though he is clearly showing signs of dementia, he’s still lucid enough to exalt his extermination of Jews and other undesirables. He still maintains his cult of personality, and he still is revered by his Nazi followers. Literally the only thing to make fun of is his dementia, something that could strike any one of us, whether we perpetrate genocide or not.
Compared to the rest of the world Machinegames has created, this critique of Hitler feels so toothless. Perhaps I’m missing something here? What do you folks think?
Addendum: I am also willing to consider the possibility that BJ died during his execution and the second half of the game is his dying dream. It sure would explain the abrupt tonal shift in both narrative and gameplay.