So, after completing preview-part again, i am dissapointed a little. The problem is that the characters don't want to do almost anything and have an excuse for everything. For example:
* Anna doesn't want to talk with nurse at hospital ICU - "need to lay low" (it's just a nurse, why all that secrecy).
* Ray can't look at patient folders - "it's for doctors only" (forgetting about his journalist nature).
* Bennett can't go to chief's office, because he's scaried of him (ok, probably). He also can't get into most of the other rooms, because "he doesn't need to" (shouldn't the player decide this?).
I understand, that most of my problems will be solved during the walkthrough, simply activating some triggers, but I alose think it's a big mistake - not giving a player the freedom of exploration, making artificial restrictions.
Isn't this probably the most valuable part of video games - to do things not allowed / leading to conflicts, in real life?
Partially good implementation for ideas above is old "Broken Sword" - where you can, for example, apply electric handshake toy to anyone - with well-written dialogs, the content
, as consquences, but not pity excuses like "oh, i won't do that to a poor grandma".
This makes current game's most valuable parts - STM and LTM almost pointless, because, I guess, a major part of icon combinations are implemented with excuses.
I have to agree, the arbitrary restrictions in this game are ridiculous.
In the puzzle within the Police Archives you rig the machine to give you the required info-printout on the next info-request, yet you have to request a very specific printout from a very specific memory that you first need to solve with another character.
Why can't i just ask the clerk for some bogus information i have clearance for? It would solve the "puzzle" immediately.
Another criticism is that you cant skip walking to zone-exits and there is no run function.
You will make frequent errors by sending the wrong character with the wrong item to the wrong location and need to get other characters to their location to trade items.
Waiting on characters to crawl across the screen to get to the exit is a pain.
Try getting anyone out of the hospital and into interrogation at the police station if the detective is inside the archive room for example.
It takes like 10 clicks to get the characters where they are supposed to be.
It simply turns into a chore.