For me, every COG game, whilst phenomenal comes down first to the interest. I want to be immersed in the story, and often at times, a choice feels meaningless or rushed. But the theme itself is what sells me on the game.
I know theme is generally down to personal preference, but it goes hand and hand in immersion. I am generally captivated by how dark it can get, or even light, but it’s the meaning behind my choices and the actual impact it can have. With COG Dragons, everything had impact, but it seemed rushed in the grand scheme. Many of my stats and choices had very little impact on whom I ended up being. Yes you can manipulate a few skill points here or there, but like the final battle, or your approach, it’s often minuscule enough to not even matter.
Zombie exodus, everything seemed very streamlined, where after beating it, I felt discouraged to replay when many of my choices ended in either the same result, a premanufactured end to the dilemma, where nothing changes, but I may gain a few skill points that have no impact or an item, (much of the oil rig or bandit race)
Let’s have a friend die who had meaning, let it deeply impact my relationships beyond repair, have relationships form behind my back depending on these choices. I know it is a ton to go that depth, but ripples are ever so deep and captivating.
But all of this leads to what authors I follow, who I dedicate to, and what story is the most appealing.
It took me forever to attempt the Hero’s COG because I expected a very light hearted tale, and while deep in many meanings, I sort of got what I expected.