spindizzy: (We'll skip to the part where I kick ass)
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This is all angry venting, I may change my mind about all of this later in the game, but right now I am pissed. Venting my spleen might help before I go back to it. :\

  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN CAN EAT A BAG OF ROCKS, OH MY FUCKING GOD. Like, I was mad at the game before because everything after chapter nine or ten has been such a tone shift (visually as well as narratively!), but the current gameplay is actively not fun.

  • I can deal with the characterisation being skimpy, but things are happening that are blatantly supposed to have an emotional impact (Like Rayvus being killed!) but because the pacing is so wonky and the characterisation for anyone but Noctis is in different media, so nothing has impact. Everything to do with Rayvus (and to a certain extent Lunafreya!) is in Kingsglaive. Everything about Regis is in the prequel game. Apparently all of the party's characterisation is in DLC! Come on game.

  • If Lunafreya doesn't come back from the dead I'm going to be so pissed. You have only two significant female characters (Aranea, Iris, and Gentiana are side characters, fight me), none of whom get a scene where they get to talk about something that ISN'T Noctis, and you kill her off? Fuck off.

  • You know what, I think the wonky pacing is why I'm mad. Chapter's one through eight are relatively light! Bad things happen, but it's still kinda fluffy and rolling in sidequests! Then after chapter ten, it's unrelentingly bleak! I feel like there should have been... I dunno, seeds of this from earlier in the game. If you're going to crack the team so thoroughly and irreparably, you need to seed that earlier.

  • OKAY, BUT LET'S YELL ABOUT THAT BREAK IN THE TEAM SOME MORE, BY WHICH I MEAN, FUCK GLADIOLUS.
    • Fuck Gladio and him using Ignis's injury as a stick to beat Noctis with. Fuck him. He talks directly to Ignis maybe three times in the entire mine sequence; mostly he talks about Ignis, or to shame Noctis while pretending to speak to Ignis.

    • The game spends so little time dealing with how this affects Iggy. Ignis spends more words on how its affected the team than it does on how it affects him. Also it breaks my heart to see him stumbling and flailing with his knife when the game has made a point of commenting on how athletic and cool he looks when he fights. (I was flicking through my photos to delete some, and it turns out that I saved one of him doing a cartwheel in midair to stab something with a spear. I feel like maybe this was the game trying to telegraph this happening.) And Prompto hovering to catch him when he trips! D: D: D:

    • "Maybe hang back next time?"
      "... Was I in the way?" IGNIS THAT SHOULD NOT BE YOUR FIRST CONCERN WHEN YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE.

    • I bumped into Gladio while changing weapons and he yelled "Haven't you hurt Iggy enough!"

    • I wasn't even on that fucking team, Gladio! If you wanna be mad at someone for Ignis being injured, blame the Empire, or blame the other people on that team with Ignis – oh wait, that was you. Fuck you, sunshine.

    • "You wanna wait here?"
      "Alone? Here?"
      "Not what I said."

      YOU ARE DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTING WHAT HE SAID YOU GODDAMN PIECE OF SHIT.

    • "We did it! Together!" Prompto says, because for the first time it was in doubt.

    • I think the game is expecting me to sympathise with Gladiolus and disregard Noctis' need to grieve that Lunafreya is dead. The game can eat several bags of rocks, because it has not put the effort into showing us Noctis moping unreasonably, it has shown us a man who is justifiably grieving!

    • He never apologises. The game tells me that the team reconciles, but it never shows me that reconciliation, because for it to be a reconciliation Gladiolus would need to apologise for all of the bullshit that came out of his goddamn mouth.

  • NOCTIS FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK YOU NEARLY KILLED PROMPTO TWICE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T LEARN THAT ARDYN BEING PRESENT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE IS ACTUALLY THERE. LEARN FROM YOUR FUCKING MISTAKES AND TELL PEOPLE WHEN YOU SEE HIM.

  • Ardyn creepily humming the chocobo music in a minor key gives me life.

  • Okay, either Ardyn was pretending to be Prompto (Me when the timestop happened: Wait, Prompto was there, where's he gone? ... OH.), or Prompto just decided not to question Noctis trying to kill him that one time. Also Ardyn doing Prompto's speech patterns in a really flat voice is a little funny, sorry.)

  • We are in a field of airships, and you're taking the train?! Are they all earmarked for the relief effort?

  • ... Did I legit leave Biggs and Wedge to die?

  • WHY DID I BRING THE REGALIA oh so I could crash it into something and strip Noctis of the last remaining thing in his life that has value to him, that makes sense.

  • I sure wish the information about why the covenants matter wasn't hidden in collectables when all other information is just given to you. Also it is a little funny that apparently Rayvus got killed and someone made a point of scattering the drafts(?) of letters to his sister around the body to provide evidence.

  • THE DAYS ARE GETTING SHORTER is a thing that I would normally have sympathy about in this game, but with everything else pissing me off I'm just snarling "Oh no, winter!" at the game and stomping off.

  • Ardyn having opinions on us calling Magitech Troopers MTs would probably have more weight if literally anyone had done that before this chapter, I'm just saying.

  • I HATE the lab thing I'm going through, I hate it I hate it I hate it. Sure game, swap out all of my gameplay at the eleventh hour, that sure seems great. Going from wide open spaces to narrow corridors isn't a shift either! Jump scares? This sure is fine!

  • Fuck the Faras.

  • Here is how much I hate chapter thirteen: I am having all of my theories confirmed, and it's not making it better.

  • (Back in chapter... Four? Prompto took a photo that looked like one of the Magitech Trooper had a tattoo on its arm. "Who would tattoo a robot? ... Oh. OH." In retrospect they are wearing light-repelling armour, so it's probably a maker's mark/squad mark on the armour, but I didn't know at the time.)


Theory: this party fails the sexy lamp test. *SHRUG EMOJI INTENSIFIES*