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Just finished it and although it isn't as good as the first one, it has its charms. The characters are hit or miss, except Fran who never misses, and almost all the side characters are better and funnier than the main cast. If you liked the first game, don't come thinking it's a talltale game. There are multiple choices and quick time events like the first one, but the dialogue charm of the first just isn't up to par with it.
The villain and the mega corp were nothing special as well. It was just Hyperion, but written to fit the Tales style. A bit of a spoiler, but the main villain literally copies Handsome Jack's pre-sequel machine, but actually uses it. Although she copies Jack's plans, she has no charm like Jack and you can't really sympathize with her either. This just makes her a cold and ruthless character with no real motivation apart from greed which doesn't hurt her character, but nothing makes her stand out apart from being technologically inept despite owning a mega corp.
Really had high hopes for the game, but it really was just alright at best. Like it's bad when the only thing that was reaction worthy was the last ending scene with Marcus. I feel like they wanted to make a new story without the cast relying on old characters, but that was the appeal of the first game in a lot of ways. They could have used them in a meaningful way like they did with Scooter in Tales, or just as an action cameo like with Brick and Mordecai. In the end I hope they use that ending as a stepping stone for Borderlands 4 and actually used the characters teased.
P.s. I don't know if my other logged got posted since it froze, but I'll delete the old one if it duplicates.
I've played so many games that are way better than this, but this game just has an inexplicable charm to it. It's not as good as the first one, but for the most part, it's a pretty solid game. Although the ending was pretty lame, I want to believe that there were plans for extra episodes down the line which fixed some of the story problems.
The thing I disliked the most is that unlike the first one, there's really no consequence depending on your actions in this one since in the last chapter everyone just happens to be alright except maybe just 1 character.
Even with all the cheesy dialogue and inconsequential decisions, the game was pretty fun to play, especially after having played the first one when it came out which made the game just that more relatable with its themes like feeling that you're growing apart from your friends since you don't get to see them as often.
In short, it's a fun game that although it doesn't do anything to set itself apart from the first one, it still manages to captivate your heart.
This game has to be the first game to ever touch my heart the way that it did. The way it makes the player question if they are doing the right thing was very impactful. Although all PMD games have the theme of finding yourself, I feel like this one is the most impacting one in its delivery compared to the rest. My only complain is that the 3 times I played the game, the pokemon quiz gave me pokemon who would be destroyed by the the primal king.