To shift the discussion back to the game…
So, finished my first playthrough of the game.
Didn’t get everything I wanted; sadly-seems that not lying to Aeon killed my chances to romance the Ghost Queen, but getting a nice happy ending for everyone involved is enough.
The game very much throws you deep into the world at the start which was a touch disorienting-I found my feet eventually, but a glossary( if a small one to not be immersion-breaking) might be worth for those who still have trouble finding stability at the start.
As for characters…
My favorite has got to be Gwen- I’m a sucker for her type and not being able to romance her in the end is my one regret, even if it was because of the next character being done so well.
Aeon was a very good Inspector Zenigata to Gwen’s Lupin. Doubly so due to the connection between the two. And she was a good older sister.
Though… I do wonder if making her more of an Inspector Javert might have added more of a harder bite to the plot.
Oz… the relationship with Rune was cute indeed, and so were the memory trips. And seeing the happiness at getting Rune back made it all worth it.
Averis- definitely was the down-to-earth part of the group and I kept him that way. Nice how polar opposites work together so well.
Zenith-the pie in the sky to counteract Averis. My character was more in tune with hir, and xie definitely made up his lost time being out of play in the first half after the prologue.
Rune…I know we got to know them through Oz’s memories and a bit after we bring them back…but I wish we had a bit more time to get to know them; their lack of development is a minor flaw for me, since it makes them feel more like a MacGuffin for the rest of the crew, rather than an actual character…though maybe pulling a relationship with them might change that.
Vyrnatrix…he ends up being the only darkness in the sea of grey in this game, which I know was needed…but I feel he needed just a bit more development. Or at least more impact.
Funny how I come out of a story that was meant to be more focused on romance and not nab anyone in the end and yet still be mostly fine with that. It’s a testament to the strength of the story itself, with having mostly a sea of grey, but still just enough white and black to play the dashing heroics if need be; characters that (mostly) excel, and a universe that does amazingly well at building itself in one story, while not making the player lost…even if it throws a lot at you at the start.
That, or maybe this just tickled my Sci-Fi biases really well. Either way…I am quite glad this is my first jump into Heart’s Choice( though I will have to gladly do another play through to see the more raunchy aspects of it) and I do hope that my dives into the other three starters go just as well.