Did this for Showstopper, did it for World of Tomorrow. Did it For A Gilded Cage.
Here we go again.
As usual the suggestion for improvement should be specific to Bangkok, and not some game wide style improvements. This means no talking about, for instance, accents (which is a fair complaint, but not for this thread)
As usual suggestions will span from stuff that I believe could just be added in a patch, to stuff that would require a lot of work, and is unlikely to ever be done. The latter is interesting to bring up for design philosophy reasons (learning for future episodes/seasons).
Here we go.
This was a complaint I had in Marrakesh as well, but this time its for different reasons. Bascially, for both the default starting location, and for the suite, I feel like they are missing some spice.
For the default location, I suggest we start with 47 getting off a boat, onto the pier, and then let the camera glide into place for you to take control, instead of having him already stand there.
For the suite, 47 needs to stand on the balcony, Sapienza style. I see no reason why he’d just stand in the middle of the room. It seems odd.
Enforcers and Blending in in the Hotel
Enforcers are no where near as bad in Bangkok as they are in Marrakesh, but there are a few moments where you find that you have to do something that feels unnatural and kind of stupid to avoid getting spotted. Obviously there’s many ways to get into these situations by your own choice, and those are probably not possible to design around, but the situations I’m thinking of are in main strategies, which I don’t really think is OK.
First example is getting into Jordan’s suite dressed as a part of his crew. When you reach the last flight of stairs, there’s a crew member on top of it who will see through your disguise. Your immediate reaction is to stop and back down the stairs enough that he can’t see you, and wait for him to turn around. There should’ve been a blending place here. Just standing there feels unnatural and ruins immersion.
Then there’s Abel de Silva. If you give him rat poison in the bar and get him while he’s puking, there’s literally no way to go without either engaging in a lot of weird distractions, or running in order for NPCs not to detect you in time (if you go down to the dining area downstairs a girls behind a register is an enforcer as well).
This seems wrong to me. Obviously a lot of the NPCs around should know you’re not Abel de Silva, and I don’t want to make it stupid by having them tricked by the disguise, but surely this could’ve been worked out somehow? For instance, having the route through the dining area without Enforcers.
It’s no secret that I love me some Blending. It comes as a surprise to me that certain blends weren’t simply cut and pasted. For instance, 47 sipping wine in the bar outside Abel de Silva’s private area… couldn’t this have been copied and pasted to all bars in the hotel? It would seems to me to be fairly unproblematic.
Same goes for 47 leaning onto railings and looking into the distance. It could’ve stood to be copied and pasted elsewhere. Certainly right next to where Ken Morgan makes his phone call would’ve been ace.
Too Few Paths to Jordan’s suite
It’s not that bad, but really, once you get to the floor beneath the suite there’s either the stairs, or climbing the balcony as alternatives of getting up there. There’s no other way. That’s two paths.
Just a fun, sort of nutsoid option I’ll suggest is to include a tight rope walker pulling off a stunt between the two suite roofs. You’d have to grab his disguise, perform the tight rope walk, and it would get you into a position where you could get into the window of the very top of the suite.
But the point is simple. Two paths are too few. The various ways of getting Jordan to come down do help, but not enough in my opinion.
Where are all the guests staying?
Really, there’s like what… three hotel rooms that aren’t occupied by Jordan’s crew.
So maybe have a bunch of bungalows on the beach or something? I understand you can’t have that many rooms in the hotel, but it’s sort of distracting to see all of these guests and then realising there’s no possible way they could all be staying there.
I’d love to see secondary triggers. Ken never goes to his suite unless you escort him.
Maybe there’s someone overseeing the cleaning of the suite, and you can clean it up, and then go to this person to report, after which someone will fetch Ken?
Or maybe you could somehow get Mrs Mookjai to get wind of the fact that the suite isn’t being cleaned fast enough and she heads up to give the workers a piece of her mind, after which it solves itself?
I mean, I get the need to not want timers, I really do. But there should be ways to avoid having to do the escorting just to get him up there.The same is true about getting Jordan to the atrium, or getting Dexy’s letter delivered. Have secondary triggers for that as well.
Disappointing again. This is obviously not the type of mission where sniping needs to be amazing and varied like I’d expect from Sapienza (good) and Marrakesh (bad), but the few shots that exist aren’t exciting. For a short moment I thought I had a cool one with ”Oops I did it Again” as a basis, but it turns out there’s no good sniping angles on the window Jordan and Ken stand by while arguing.
I also dislike the standard snipe on Jordan, which is basically a split second window of opportunity, and doesn’t strike me as very fun, and all the ones I’ve found on Ken are too close with too tight an angle to feel good.
I quite like the tuk-tuk escape, simply because it requires a repair first. It makes that escape a puzzle, which is always welcome. That being said though, there’s too few escapes for my liking. Maybe 47 could climb over the wall in the back somehow?
These are a few of my suggestions. Anyone else have any suggestions for this mission? Comments on mine?