Act 1 - Which character's storyline did you like best?
While there are certainly things to like about Shay's side of the story, I got way more into Vella's plotline. To a large degree, I think it's the fact that Vella was written as a strong character taking action to change things, whereas Shay seems more passive and is mostly just getting dragged around by a certain other character.
Taken in a vacuum Vella is a much more appealing character, but they work better as a pair. I switched between Vella and Shay multiple times, whenever I felt there was a strong story break. I understand why they wanted to give players the option, but I almost feel like the game would have been better served with a designated sequence of events alternating between the two characters.
I think I like certain gags in Shay's more, but overall Vella was a really interesting character. But man, I hope all of you guys didn't pick up Shay's spoon for as long as possible.
On the other hand, all of Curtis and Harm'ny Lightbeard's lines were solid gold, so maybe Vella is just the best. Shay's story is totally fine, though, it's just that there's kinda not as many characters, with really only Mom/Computer, Marek, and the Yarnbot.
Vella definitely had better characters to interact with as well as more puzzles. But what made me enjoy the end of Broken Age Part 1 was when Shay comes out of the Mog Chothra. I had a feeling that Shay was inside the Mog Chothra, but I hadn't put together that the tasks Shay was performing was actually the Mog Chothra in Vella's story. Once I learned that, I definitely appreciated Shay's story a lot more.
I had played through most of Vella's story before going into Shay's, up until you meet the spaceman. I then switched to Shay and played until the second time you "saved" the aliens, which was of course suspicious on its own, when it suddenly hit me what was going on and that the "savings" corresponded to the taking of the maidens. I immediately switched back to Vella and finished that before finishing Shay's story (part 1 of them anyway).
Overall I liked Vella's story more because I liked the locations and characters more, but Shay's story was no slouch with some fun items and Marek being a real highlight. I'm really excited for part 2!
I preferred Shay's story, mostly on the merits that I think the Vella VA was kind of weak and her world was less cohesive. Playing as Shay I was constantly questioning the nature of this weird, isolated, coddling spaceship, while as Vella I was mostly just thinking "Oh, i'm in a fantasy land, okay".
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