I just beat the final boss - apparently I missed something (a random side quest that wasn’t telegraphed as particularly plot significant?) to unlock the good ending but honestly I have no interest in going back to get it.
I don’t know, I really enjoyed the first half of the game, and the sequences where you hack CrossWorlds, fly through multiple dungeon instances, etc are super cool - I wish the game had a higher ratio of that stuff. But by about the halfway point it felt a lot like the game had run out of interesting ideas and it became clear it wasn’t interested in exploring the implications of its world.
The setup of, “so we built a physical MMO on a moon using future technology, and maybe there was an ancient civilisation here once - also there’s an ancient civilisation in the MMO and we’re not going to fully explain how much of that is actual history or fictional history or where the overlap is”, was way more intriguing to me. I was waiting for the twist to be, “and it turns out the MMO company is using players to unearth the secrets of the ancient civilisation in real life whilst they’re playing the game. Here’s a multi-layered narrative about consumers not paying attention to where their entertainment comes from and how they are made complicit in colonial violence.”
Aaaand it just wasn’t about any of that, and in hindsight I’m not sure how much of that text is even really there rather than something I read into it. Like, fine - that’s more my problem than the game’s because it’s actively more concerned with moment to moment character interaction (and I extremely appreciated how it went out of its way to make sure Lea was treated as a full person and have everyone - including antagonists - be accepting of and happy to work within and around her limitations) and creating the feeling of being inside an MMO and it does that stuff pretty well. The story it did end up telling is fine, it’s completely fine and in keeping with the ideas it’s going for. I can’t really fault it for it. So I’m left in this awkward place where I enjoyed like 30+ hours of the game and think it’s pretty good, but came away feeling disappointed because I was expecting something different than it ended up being.