The characterisation in this game, frankly, is pretty poor. A good target pops up once in a while, like Caruso or Cross, but they mostly come off as bland and underdeveloped. Like archetypes, rather than fleshed-out characters. As though they were in a fanmade game written on the forums.
We mostly don’t care since they’re one-offs, but when a target interests us and comes up short of characterisation, it’s quite disappointing.
Like Penelope Graves, for example. She is a likeable target we don’t really want to skill, that’s for sure. But that’s about it. She has one opportunity, hardly interacts with the rest of the militia, we don’t even know what exactly drove her to betray Interpol. No mentions of family, friends, lovers, colleagues. We don’t how Grey got her to switch, how long he had her on her side or anything else not spelt out on her profile.
And on from an overly sympathetic character to an overly unsympathetic one: Erich Soders. A green-eyed jackass in the past, a full-on traitor in the present. But we never see the reasons why he was such a pathetic, jealous man in the past, or why he wants to continuing living in the present. He could be an egomaniac, perhaps. Or maybe he has a spouse or child he has to live for.