Beauty in the eye

Game: Beholder

Developer: Warm Lamp Games

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer Blizzard Entertainment. These are my rambling notes to myself as I play the game. I respect and appreciate the hard work of all game developers.

Notes:

Played on Trainee mode – I think this is Easy Mode

I don’t enjoy when games do the “Charlie Brown” voice instead of real VO. I’d prefer no VO and just have subtitles. It’s distracting.

The game stresses me out and I can’t really explain why. I’m managing to complete all my quests on time, plenty of time actually, and I have plenty of downtime but I feel like I’m always under pressure.

The game is oppressive, but I think it’s meant to be.

Despite it’s dark nature, the graphics or characters or something about the art style almost feels lighthearted. I do really like the style though.

My strategy feels mostly like just keep talking to everyone until something happens. I don’t feel like I have clear clues on what to do or how to make progress and I’m just kind of reacting to things.

I appreciate the pause feature just to feel like I can prevent the anxiety of time moving on.

Getting government directives all the time also stresses me out. I feel like there’s a growing mental burden that I’m not keeping up with.

It seems like there are quests that are just money sinks to make my family happy. Not sure what the mechanic or decision is there – but then I’m playing on easy mode and have a huge surplus of money.

I’m trying to play as a nice guy and not just be a jerk to my tenants. Maybe it’s a totally different experience when playing as an agent of the government?

It seems like the money situation is rapidly deteriorating. Makes me kind of hate my family and never want to talk to them! I’m starting to make decisions around the need for money but it doesn’t feel like there are direct consequences of doing so. Maybe they’re just not obvious consequences.

I think I’m doing quite a lot of stuff that’s illegal but I can’t be sure if it’s hurting me. Maybe it comes back to haunt me later?

The suspense of wanting to know what’s next is a pretty good draw – there’s a part of me that always just wants to do one more quest.

Never really took advantage of the surveillance cameras or searching apartments. I was always afraid of being found out in someone’s apartment. Not sure what even happens if you get found out.

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