Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Now where did my cane go?

I am not going to talk about Virtua Fighter 5, as I am pretty sure Chance and I will have another discussion about it posted eventually. Hint: we do not disagree this time.

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Those bastards at GameFly have loaded me up with three RPG's: the terrible but somehow enjoyable Game of Thrones, the masochistic Witcher 2, and the completely unknown Tales of Graces F. I suppose summer is the right time for this, as my bed time has shifted back by about a half an hour, but still. To make matters worse, I am actually enjoying Game of Thrones. There is a moral ambiguity present that is completely lacking from most other RPGs, especially ones that come from across the ocean.

My archer has graduated from worthless to cheap as hell, able to stun lock multiple enemies and then back away, filling them with poisonous arrows just after having lit them on fire. It a better game this would be extremely satisfying. Here it is just enough to get me to the next dialogue choice between something awful and something much worse. Alester, because I can actually remember his name now, has spent most of his chapters trying undermine his half brother (who is going to marry his sister) while looking for his missing younger brother. I found the younger brother last night, mostly in one piece but certainly not alive. In a room down the hall his killer was imprisoned, betrayed by the people who paid him and beaten to a pulp.

Alester is given the option to kill him then and there or rescue him, thereby accumulating favors that I assume will come into play later. Alester then lies to his sister about this later, telling her that those responsible for their brother's death have been taken care of. The whole game is deliciously devoid of morals. It makes me wish that it was much better and want to see the HBO series.

How can I hate a game that has a quest whose best possible outcome is sending a girl back to work at a house of ill repute after having killed her cousin and a dozen of his lackeys, then hands out an achievement titled simply 'pimp' as if it was the sort of thing that happens every day? Alester is more or less a good guy, but he does very bad things to advance his good goals. Sometimes he feels guilty about it, but more often than not it is just the cost of doing business when you are a lord and you want your land back.

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