The Viper fight was by far the worst part of the game. I had a similar reaction as the OP, though perhaps not as severe. I died multiple times, the cover I tried hiding behind wasn't very effective, I tried multiple Titan loadouts. Every other boss fight up to that point had been challenging and tense, but this was just obnoxious and not fun at all.
I absolutely loved the campaign up to, and even after, the Viper fight. But it put a damper on what had been a great pace to the game.
That article on gun licensing in games was amazing. I usually have a number of tabs with various video game stories open at any given time, to get to when I feel like reading them. I just read that whole article now. It was gripping and thought-provoking.
Wait, the guy who ordered more drone killings than any other president before him does that?
I know. They talk about this culture that glorifies violence. Well yeah, we have that. I mean, the American government funded the live-streaming of the invasion of Iraq a decade ago.. If that isn't glorification of violence, I don't know what is. Must be the games, though.
I do not understand the praise that Unmanned gets.
"He’s followed Phone Story up with an equally weighty piece, one that bears playing and considering, given it’s an election year. Unmanned follows the daily routine of our anonymous drone operators, men and women who are quickly becoming the front line of a newer, safer, ethically questionable form of warfare."
Drone strikes may be ethically questionable and safer for the people operating them, but they are not by any means the "front lines" of war. As far as it being an election year, why does this matter? It's not like the Republicans and Democrats have fundamentally different views on drone strikes.
Just a heads up for anyone who may have been waiting to pre-purchase after trying out this beta event. This pre-purchase comes with access to all of the future weekend beta events, as well as three-day early access to the final game.