Now that I've played the patch and had some time to think about the whole thing, the more this annoys me.
The whole thing is trauma based and the power of friendship right? Fair, I wanted to explore the Commander's trauma too, and our friends telling us they'll be here every step of the way, okay cool, maybe we get to see the Commander actually get some attention from their friends now.
Then Chul-Moo, a gangster and essentially an equivalent of a mob boss we have 0 attachment to, is stood there to help us process our feelings.
- What an incredibly sh*tty thing for the Commander's friends to do. Say they're gonna be there for him while he goes through some sh*t, then when he turns up some f*ckin' guy he barely knows and on some level distrusts for his criminal activity, is there and none of them are, and he's expected to pour his feelings out to him.
- He knew about what happened, the Commander didn't tell him this, which could imply the Commander's friends told this complete stranger some incredibly private information about him. Maybe that's my own personal gripe about privacy on sensitive topics, confiding with friends, but personally if I was talking to someone I barely knew and they knew something I'd only told to some specific people, I'd feel betrayed.
They couldn't call Rytlock (and made Cinder Ryland and we reflect on our sh*t together)? We have comms in this universe, I think if they're going the whole friendship and needing therapy route it would have been significantly more impactful to walk up to Rytlock and him say something along the lines of "Hey Commander, they said you'd need someone up this way, charr aren't good with this sort of thing but I'll guess be here if you need a tissue, might be good for both of us to process."
Commander reflects on how everything went wrong and Rytlock, a war hardened charr, is still able to deliver the same dialogue as Chul-Moo, that we're gonna screw up and get people hurt and we just need to accept that, it wouldn't be out of character for Rytlock to say the same things and we could have gotten some dialogue about how he accepts Ryland's death and is glad we took the time to do this or something. But definitely not Chul-Moo, some guy we barely know, telling us how to feel about the situation he had no part in.External link →