Just a couple more remarks about Resident Evil 7 (spoilers)
February 03, 2017

I clearly didn't put these in the review because of major spoilers.

(spoilers below. you've been warned)

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It's a very small thing that doesn't really bring down the game in any significant way, but the one thing I despised the most about RE7 is when it forced you to make the choice of using the one remaining serum on either Mia or Zoe. This shouldn't have been a moment in the game. This shouldn't have been a choice that the player had to make. The entire reason Ethan is there is to find her wife, Mia. You should choose her by default. It doesn't make any sense within the context of the plot NOT to choose her.

Though the most interesting reactions to come out of this game in relation to that "choice" is how many people I'm seeing online that absolutely HATE Mia. Even after they discovered Mia's been controlled by Eveline and forced her to do all those horrible things to Ethan at the start of the game, these same people still hate her with a passion. Hell, the game literally tells you several times that it wasn't her fault. RE7 was constantly knocking you over the head with that fact. Still, I've actually read comments going so far as to victim-blame Mia, saying she did horrible things to Ethan at the start of the game, how she's a liar, and that that's enough to warrant not feeling sorry for her at all. Some have even went on to say that, if you chose the Bad Ending (giving the serum to Zoe) where you're actually forced to kill Mia at one point, that she deserved to die, because she was the one transporting Eveline in the first place. That's actually pretty disturbing.

So that brings me back to the choice. It's absurd to make the player make this choice at all; Ethan and Mia have clearly had a long relationship prior to the start of the game, but the player isn't aware of the details. So the only thing the player can judge, concerning Ethan and Mia's relationship, is everything that happened within the game, which only took place in the span of ONE NIGHT. Even if the player is thinking really hard about choosing Zoe, they're willing to destroy someone else's relationship based solely on the player prying into their life for literally one night, with so little to go on. And I say this as someone with no solid opinion of Mia. For me, she was just a character that existed in the game. But it's shown time and time again throughout the game, EVEN AFTER YOU CHOOSE THE BAD ENDING CHOICE, that Ethan still cares about Mia. So forcing the player to make that choice was the dumbest moment in the entire game, and I'm so glad it didn't influence the remaining sections of the game dramatically.

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Also, I really hated the deus ex machina pistol that literally came out of nowhere just to end the game.

Other than those things, as well as the criticism in the review, yeah, I enjoyed the game.

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hastypixels hastypixels - February 07, 2017 (04:57 PM)
It's typical of Japanese culture to not just include but encourage this sort of attitude toward victims of exploitation. They've rather a history (and present) of it, and make no mistake it's been put in place to be fetishized. Situations and characters that don't make sense to us are so culturally ingrained there's no removing them, no matter our moral standpoint.

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