I’m curious what people think of this game.
I was hesitant to purchase it because the trailers show a woman mutilating her body to solve puzzles and that seemed pretty upsetting.
But I read this article from Heather Alexandra on Kotaku about how The Missing gets queer love stories right, and that got me curious.
I’ve spent about an hour with the game, and I’m pretty torn. On one hand, I find the characterization really intersting. As you go you unlock text conversations with people and I find that really cool. It’s my main reason for playing. On the other hand… oh boy do I find the actual gameplay fairly upsetting.
I don’t play horror games, so is it just me? Is this sort of normal/fine for the genre? The game isn’t as gory as it could be since you go into a silhouette after taking damage, but the SOUNDS are so rough.
My big issue with the game is that it doesn’t feel like J.J. is using her regenerative powers to solve puzzles. It feels like I, the player, am torturing J.J. against her will in order to solve puzzles.
Like I said, I’m about an hour in and so far there hasn’t really been any acknowledgement by J.J. of what’s going on. After she finds that she should have died by regenerates… she doesn’t really comment on it. She just moves on. Then you reach the first puzzle that requires you to dismember yourself by walking straight into some spikes and… she still doesn’t say anything about it. I’m throwing her arm around to move blocks and weigh down a platform and she doesn’t ever acknowledge it really. Other than, of course, the horrible screams. The way she reacts to taking damage definitely makes it feel like it is something that I am doing to her rather than something she has resolved to do in order to progress, and it feels pretty bad.
I’m curious if anyone has had a similar experience?