- Sep 7, 2013
combat is shit yea..
but about the rest, what makes disco elysium a success and this game a pile of turd?
simplest answer would be, bad writers...?
Writers are mostly proven professionals but the writing/production process was a bad choice.
Original Torment was a young, relatively ambitious creative writing about 75% (?) of everything according to his passions and interests at the time. Avellone was also at the age where he was well suited to writing a story about self discovery with existential themes.
New Torment was a group of relatively disinterested professionals trying to recreate the original over conference calls, but you can't recreate raw authenticity of an auteur's vision. None of them seemed to be particularly inspired by this kind of story because they are 40ish guys who basically know who they are and probably find existential themes boring and sophomoric.
That kind of writing process is better for a big open world game where you need a truck load of decent commercial grade writing rather than for what is supposed to be an arresting, focused, narrative driven game.