Finished the 1st run not long ago. Thought I should post. (I probably shouldn't, but whatever).
I don't quite get why so many players have such low opinion on "Redemption season". It was unexpectedly (after all the negative reviews that I've seen) good.
Maybe I'm just still sore from replaying "The Hero Project", with all the constant strain to stay on show and BM's unreasonable behavior, the obvious favoritism towards the Populars and Jury, the conspiracy, the negativity my character kept receiving despite all his hard (and good) work, and thinly veiled threats, and unfairness of the final part of the game and how it all went to hell in the end...
What I liked about "the Redemption" is that... it was just a show. There was no secret agenda (within it, at least, not that I know of), no underhanded dealings and attemps to discredit the MC, like in the original "Project". It somehow felt more... honest, maybe?
OK, maybe the story is not all that extraordinary, but I certainly enjoyed it more. I liked the sister, I liked the new characters and the way the returning heroes were portrayed, I liked the MC's personality. I liked the plot twist. I loved the MeChip personality. It's all in all a very likeable game. I only wish it was longer.
What I didn't like about it was:
- the MC's power set (''blessed with suck'' is not exactly my kind of hero type at best of times, but this game takes it up to eleven in a rather uncomfortable way). I'm currently hoping that the MC will find a way to improve their condition at some point in the story. Because that's what it feels like - a condition.
- the way Transfer and Griffin felt as if they are new Lucky (everyone who matters loves them, and if you don't stick with them, your own friends and family are pissed at you) and Black Magic (whom everyone except their little clique dislikes). They are not exact replicas, of course, and the cliques this time were much smaller, but I had pretty strong deja vu going on.
- the fact that not supporting Transfer is punishable by the game making sure that you'll definitely feel like a major jerk after the vote. Want to keep Griffin on the show? Well, here, have a drop in relationship with your handler and your sister, as well as Transfer's friend, whom you hoped to befriend too, not to mention the poor guy you can vote for instead of Griffin, you rotten bastard!
- and why is that? Why is your sister, of all people, pissed at you, exactly? Because Transfer is supposed to be a representation figure for certain types of powereds, just like you. They have much in common with you, so you are supposed to like them and support them. Whether you like them or not. No matter that the guy you'll have to vote for in order to keep Transfer has done nothing bad to you. Great logic. Then again, the author always had a unique way of justifying seemingly ridiculous decisions ("blackmailing Fistfull and Monk as a soloist" decision, I'm looking at you!)...
Also, getting rid of Griffin means that my character would only have Weaver left to romance. Who is not exactly the type I usually go for.
Edit: The "summary" tag is not hiding anything for me, any idea why?