I’ve spent all day getting the masteries done on the other maps now that I’m on my PC. I spent a couple hours messing around with Colorado, but haven’t “exited” the map yet.
It’s basically a really interesting Halloween episode that pays homage to American horror films. It’s like a jumbo-sized, narrative-relevant seasonal bonus episode with some very cool espionage/thriller stuff going on.
Really quickly though… Sean Rose and his OCD. At first, it felt a bit cheap. A bit exploitative. I haven’t seen all of his OCD specific mannerisms or dialogue yet, but when he did his “one, two, three” before entering/exiting buildings, it shook me. My chest tightened up for the next ten minutes because it was so personal and I do something similar. It’s a heightened portrayal, and the hand-washing stereotype is a super reductive example of OCD, which masks how serious the issue is by making it look like a simple hygiene obsession, but overall it got to me.
To be a bit critical, even though I’m really liking what I’m seeing, it feels limited, like what a level from Absolution should have felt like. It’s both a good and bad thing. Second, the bullet wound decals are still broken and it’s becoming extremely annoying. The game is gorgeous and the NPCs are really expressive and detailed. I’d like to see proper red bullet holes form on the bodies of the NPCs… Jesus… Thirdly, we enter the glass house part of my complaints. Torben always says it’s not about logic, it’s about systems. It doesn’t have to be realistic, because it’s a game… Okay, so, let me use any suit anywhere I want, damnit. This is a stage where I can’t exactly use the cool outfit unless I want to snipe or stage an assault. That’s a serious waste of a cool outfit.
Anyway, so far for me, it’d go Paris, Italy, Colorado, Thailand, Morocco.
Update : The COURAGE poster is hilarious. And I thought the Kane and Lynch easter egg was funny.