Chapter 12: "Trauma" is dumb (very minor gameplay spoilers)

#1 Edited by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

It's bad level design. Throwback to the days of the random stealth section in games that are otherwise all action. You take everything that is good about the game and toss it. No movement speed, control fidelity or weapon options. This bit of the game should not have been a stealth section. It would have been better as a no consequence mid-chapter story scene. :/

#2 Edited by CornBREDX (5997 posts) -

I hated that level.  
So annoying to fail constantly, and it took longer to reset, it felt like, than after dieing on normal levels.

#3 Posted by bluefoxxy (183 posts) -

I disagree. It used the mechanics of the game in an alternative manner and succeeded. Sure its not gore and killing cops n doctors, but who cares. Besides, its easy enough to sneak around if you dont walk so fast that you collapse.

#4 Posted by xMrSunshine (364 posts) -

I totally agree, Worst level by far. Even the boss fight were better. Hated it for exactly the same reasons as well, it took everything that was great about the game and replaced it with a shitty "freak out if you run for too long" mechanic and bad stealth where it's not always clear where people can see you. Windows and nurses seeing through them from weird angles was my biggest problem.

#5 Edited by dabe (299 posts) -

Without contrast, there is no context. The violence is emphasised through its absence. It's also why the silence drone at the end of each chapter is so effective, as you walk back through the bloody mess of bodies you just destroyed.

It took me 4 tries to complete it too. Not ridiculously difficult.

#6 Posted by BisonHero (7038 posts) -

It was lame, but at least there's almost no reason to replay it aside from finding the secret letter. And it does add an interesting contrast to the story.

#7 Posted by TwoLines (2841 posts) -

It's really easy though. Not a big deal if you can deal with it in , like, 3 minutes.

#8 Posted by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

three minutes? It took me a half hour to finish that level. O__O

#9 Posted by BisonHero (7038 posts) -
@HerbieBug

three minutes? It took me a half hour to finish that level. O__O

It took me like 5 minutes to figure out that you can only get past the cop when he's looking at the paper. But once I figured that out, I was done within like 5 minutes.
#10 Posted by Willza92 (272 posts) -
@BisonHero said:
@HerbieBug

three minutes? It took me a half hour to finish that level. O__O

It took me like 5 minutes to figure out that you can only get past the cop when he's looking at the paper. But once I figured that out, I was done within like 5 minutes.
Same happened to me, I was about ready to pull my hair out on the the key card on the door bit, but I went and got myself some tea, came back and did it one go after going on that little "theory" that he couldn't spot me with the paper up. Pretty simple after that. While playing I hated the level, on reflection I realize it was a necessary evil to elevate the game. 
#11 Posted by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

For me it was the Goddamn doctor in the small room. Agreed, something that could've been awesome and wasn't.

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#12 Posted by Unavailable (54 posts) -

Eh. I thought it was really easy, so it didn't really bother me.

While it made sense and seemed kinda cool initially, the intense swerving while you're walking and occasional pauses to deal with a headache or whatever got kinda annoying in a few spots.

#13 Posted by Niall_Sg1 (362 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@HerbieBug

three minutes? It took me a half hour to finish that level. O__O

It took me like 5 minutes to figure out that you can only get past the cop when he's looking at the paper. But once I figured that out, I was done within like 5 minutes.

Huh I always just looked faced away from him and was able to walk out of that first room immediately but the moment I looked in his direction I got caught I didn't even notice a paper I just faced south while walking east.

#14 Posted by beepmachine (617 posts) -

The concept of it was great, but I didn't figure out the newspaper thing either so it took me over an hour easily, which included stopping out of frustration. I think it could have maybe had a few checkpoints or something to make the experience faster.

#15 Posted by Synaptic (310 posts) -

yeah, it frustrated me, took me too long to figure out when i could go to the elevator

#16 Posted by voltronadactylsaurusrex (71 posts) -

Trauma is a cool level cause of how fits in the story I feel.

#17 Posted by ErinIsADrunk (194 posts) -

I liked the level even though the end is kind of poorly designed with it not being clear that you can take the elevator.

I think it is one of the more poignant moments in the game. The stuff before, during and just after CH.12 is the stuff that really starts to hammer home the games actual message regarding violence. The dichotomy of going from being this badass to this feeble, mess of a man trying to make his escape was excellent. It is a real turning point for the game after all the little breadcrumbs that has been laid out.

#19 Posted by WalkerD (460 posts) -
#20 Posted by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

@walkerd: Yeah, I'l give him credit that guy is working for his money.

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#21 Posted by JouselDelka (966 posts) -

Nice post!Anyway allow me to share my opinion regarding trauma.If you want to recover from your traumatic experience you need to ask some help from a psychiatrist to help you recover a side from that you need to under go a therapy.Its not that easy but if your willing to cure yourself by the help of other people its possible for you to recover.Go Further

You are amazing

#22 Posted by ch3burashka (5247 posts) -

Apparently people have absolutely no patience for anything and will call it shit if it doesn't fit within its tight parameters of what they want.

Yes, it was a stealth section. HOWEVER, like every single aspect of the game, it had very clear rules that you had to follow to succeed. I had as much trouble as with any other level, but that's mostly because I'm not a whiny bitch[1].

[1] Source: life.

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