Just wanted to drop in and say how much I enjoyed my first playthrough of these games: a lot. I had fun the whole way through. My one minor nitpick about the games is the combat; I was pretty successful throughout, with one glaring exception. I was bested by a desk. Leah’s mother died because a desk knocked me out. Ten minutes later I soloed a dryad (Gunther dropped his axe in the river and cried at the Dryad and that’s it. Thanks man.) But the desk . . . the desk overpowered me where its master could not. It has bothered me the entire time I played Sordwin. I guess slaying the wooden beast is something to look forward to doing correctly.
Anyway, the characters are what make these games shine, and they’re written very well. Sordwin is a huge improvement on Evertree, and my favorite part of it is being able to bring Leah along and her whole character arc was fantastic, every interaction was pretty adorable. Everyone is well characterized, and deciding the right way to go about asking for information, making logical conclusions, all of the investigative stuff is super well done. I never found myself wishing for an option that wasn’t there. I had quite a few laughs, too, especially fighting big bad hood guy at the end. After an epic back-and-forth melee stalling for time against long odds like the incredible badass I wish I was, my last viable option, the crescendo of our climactic conflict, was to toss a box at the guy . . . yeah, I fucking dropped it with my noodle arms and stalled the thing with utter bafflement. I cannot believe Leah is even still around me at this point.
Needless to say I’m excited for the next story and dreading my character’s escalating incompetence.