Okay, okay one last post and I’ll stop gushing and move on. Gosh, 2019 has been a great year for well-written games and I’d put Pathologic 2 in the race as well. Sunless Skies and Disco Elysium are very well written games, but they both definitely have a “guys, look at me, look how clever I am!” side. Pathologic is stately, slow, but is as deep as any video game has ever been.
Damn I hope they get to finish it.
Other random, not-too-spoilery observations:
Your childhood friend Lara acts like a jerk for days and you don’t really know why. Except… you do know. She still grieves over the death of her father, she says as much on day one. But nobody seems to care. You’re too busy with your own stuff: my dead father, my reputation, my mission as a doctor! I wouldn’t fault the player for not remembering either and I love it when you as the player feel the same emotion as your character.
The army: The Powers That Be sent an artillery brigade instead of a field hospital unit. According to the soldiers, they’ve been sent here because their leader is a bit too popular, so somebody is hoping they’ll get infected and die or kill enough civilians to fall into disgrace. I’ve seen token soldiers in horror movies that were either completely incompetent or monstrously efficient, but I’ve never seen any that thought the whole thing was actually about them.
Gah, I’m not even going into all the really interesting (but spoilery) stuff.
This is a great article, but beware it spoils everything!