What irked me the most, aside from the breakup being narrated by Lyra, was that we didn't get the kind of quality of interactions that she did with Jury. I think he gets her coffee and hugs her from behind, she can ruffle his hair and they actually have frickin' a conversation with each other. We get to (forcibly) kiss him, he winks at you... I guess that counts, a "Haha, fuck you dad" kiss and then you invite him to the family dinner. Basically. I think he slaps your leg before y'all get funky at the end too. Romance isn't dead, guys. That's what we got throughout a span of three games and that's what Lyra got on a couple pages. I think I'd feel less of the need to whine if we had a conversation about the MC and him in the hospital and/or in the epilogue, at the very least.
The Jury "romance" is such a hot mess I'm not even sure what could help it. Bleach? I will give Mr. Sergei that the Jury path is probably a semi accurate representation of what happens if you hate someone for years, suddenly force them to make out with you and then invite them to fondue night with the folks. Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect (or even want because it would make no sense) a schmoopy ending with him (...yet.) I chose the sleazy jerk for a reason and I understand Sergei probably wasn't prepared for some of us to actually like him. I'm also totally onboard with him getting character development, god does he ever need it. @HomingPidgeon gave the perfect description of Jury by the way, a throwaway antagonist. The only reason I like him so much is that I made him into more than he was ever supposed to be.
I don't blame Lyra either. I don't care that she's a bit sleazy too (I found that pro/con thing cringy though) but I also don't give a shit about her at all. I don't remember the majority of characters in Redemption or what even really happened, the only thing I remember enjoying about the game was getting to yell at JK at the end. A sweet release after choosing the "wrong" path by caring about the MC's family. I still can't believe saving Miss Boss was based on your activism status.
Anyway, the only way I could potentially be kind of slightly satisfied maybe (I'm petulant, okay) is if we get the old MC's perspective for a bit, not so much it undermines the new MC's story, but enough time that we get real, meaningful interaction(s) with Verdict. Don't ask me how that would fit in the new story, I have no clue. That all being said, I have zero faith but being the weak man I am, I'll pick up the next installment just to see this damn Jury thing through.
I still need to vent, apparently. I don't know if I've been this salty about a game since ME3, lol.
@Mewsly I didn't know about the YouPower story. Thanks for tempting the masochist in me! ...Yay.