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Can someone please commiserate with me about the ending to this game because I have been sobbing for days. I still can't shake off the feeling that the ending didn't fit. Is it just me or are absolute soul crushing endings in media becoming more and more common?

Also I would like to talk about how much I love the female characters in both the games and I am relieved they didn't kill off Amicia, she has my whole heart.

Can someone please commiserate with me about the ending to this game because I have been sobbing for days. I still can't shake off the feeling that the ending didn't fit. Is it just me or are absolute soul crushing endings in media becoming more and more common? Also I would like to talk about how much I love the female characters in both the games and I am relieved they didn't kill off Amicia, she has my whole heart.

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Would you be irked at me for still having a last gen console... yet falling in love with both games and the characters from watching cutscenes / playthroughs on YT? Also, from reading fanfic on AO3. ๐Ÿ˜†

I love how the female characters in the games were designed (fair and unique to look at, but not pornified) and written, especially Amicia, Beatrice and Sophia! Have tucked away my thoughts re Requiem's ending in spoilers.

The ending to Requiem was brutal and heart-wrenching, even with Amicia and Sophia journeying together with the intention of aiding future Carriers / Protectors.

Re Hugo, as horrible and crushing as it was, I felt it fit better than miraculously finding a cure to the Macula - which unfortunately has a mind and malice of its own - and the siblings living happily ever after despite everything which happened. But with how much the player got invested in the characters, I can definitely understand why the 'what felt like all for nothing' ending broke hearts and made some people very angry and disappointed.

It does seem that emotionally heavy endings in media have become more popular these days - maybe it's a response to people wanting more 'realistic' outcomes... or writers wanting to create something different which generates controversy and discussion, something which they hope stands out next to others which they feel is a bit too saccharine and uneventful.

It was adapted from a novel but I remember feeling crushed and somewhat despondent at the later events and ending of the The Terror (season 1) TV series - pretty crushing lol.

Oh yeah re the Terror, that had me crying at the end.

Would you be irked at me for still having a last gen console... yet falling in love with both games and the characters from watching cutscenes / playthroughs on YT? Also, from reading fanfic on AO3

Never! I hate the toxic gamer mindset (let's be real male mindset) that somehow not having the latest console means bad or not playing a video game = bad blah blah. Who cares how you enjoy a piece of media, plus gaming is a very expensive hobby. I watched many playthroughs of games because I couldn't afford to play em before.

(Drop the AO3 recs tho :D)

I think I'm too soft because I still feel devastated about the ending. Oddly I'm really happy in a way that it showed Amicia living her life and healing instead of making her the sacrificial mother lamb figure

Grand it's not just me! I don't understand the super sad endings haha I wish more endings were happy, especially for women lmao. But I do agree that they wanted to foster discussion with this kind of ending.

Whew! I'm also a casual fussy gamer (preferring RPGs over other genres and even then certain designs / themes put me off) and don't really follow gaming news, so it's difficult for me to justify buying a new gaming platform. I could afford it but as you said, gaming isn't cheap especially with world events ramping up prices.

It's not odd at all how you feel about Amicia following Hugo's death!

It was my worry too that the writers would give her a profound tragic ending where like the other family and friends lost along the way, she martyrs herself to save Hugo. So I was happy-sad about the epilogue where Amicia was the sole surviving de Rune who still grieved (her farewell to Hugo's cairn really hurt) but was determined to live and had an objective.

I was a bit narked at Lucas's absence in the epilogue though - I love how he was a brave and candid friend to the de Runes. Also that there was no romance between him and Amicia, but IDK... maybe there was meant to be some subtle more-than-platonic subtext? IMO it was ambiguous but I see some media and don't see chemistry between specific characters - sometimes it is how the writers intended it though.

Re AO3 fics, I've only read a couple of fics which have generated lasting fuzzy feelings - even if they've got i.e. the odd typo, but just not in abundance, to make the story unreadable. I can't do with aggressive OOCness or smut between the child characters. I've got more fics noted to read in the future but am pacing them between fics from other franchises such as Dragon Age and The Expanse... it's a hard life when you've created a 7 page reading list lol.

I quite like Calendula by maskandmirror and Remembrance by muppet8003. Hope you're able to find more fics you enjoy. :)

I love both these fics!! Thank you so much <3 I honestly don't rly mind bad grammar or spelling in fics because I know when I started writing, I probably had multiple mistakes seeing as English was basically my third language lol

Yeah I'm pretty fussy with games too, sometimes I like mindless fps but I usually gravitate towards adventure or horror games. Horizon zero dawn is one of my absolute favorites by the way. Plague tale just felt more like a long movie than a game and I think that's why I was so overly invested in the characters haha.

You're so right about Lucas! He was an important part of the final game and he disappeared! I never saw any romance between them though, perhaps he had a crush? I saw more signs between her and Melie if anything. It makes me sad when I see how he wasn't there at the grave :(. I'm happy she has Sofia though

...I still need to finish the first one. But as someone who enjoys being emotionally distraught over fictional characters, I'll have to bump this up in my queue. ;)

Can't commiserate...yet. Just finally played Innocence, though, and now I'm highly invested, so see you soon!

Oh my goodness! You are in for quite a journey :D See you on the other side!

Finished it last night and immediately started a second playthrough...in French this time (learning...slowly). Loved the amount of characterization they were able to squeeze into such a short game, to the point of genuinely being invested in the characters even without a ton of dialog, loved how they didn't saddle Amicia with a love interest, and even though it's such a trope to have a female protagonist immediately saddled with a caregiver role and in this case to the point of holding her little brother's hand for almost the entire game, they made it work. And they didn't stick her in something cleavage-y, bonus.

Also the details are phenomenal (as someone who spent the beginning of the pandemic reading medieval plague accounts and alchemical texts for some reason, fell down an archive rabbit hole there). Even just little things like how a lot of the dye in her tunic has washed out when she comes out of the river.

So yes, pretty sure the sequel is going to break my heart, just hopefully in a good way, because they sure as hell set the expectations high with the first one.

I thought I would hate the care-giving thing aka full game escort mission but it somehow worked! They somehow made Hugo tolerable which is a great feat since kids in video games often suck lol. Did you notice how the mother ripped her skirt as well? To move more freely and she had pants on underneath? So glad Amicia was treated as a child with complex emotions and not just some pedo male fantasy ๐Ÿคฎ.

Gyn, I absolutely love the details, I can't believe a AA studio made the game, it just is so beautiful I can tell they had so much passion. The murals on the walls, the paintings and the details of the houses as well as the braziers is just stunning, I agree.