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Children of Morta

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So there is this studio, 11 bit studio, they put out games that I really like. I mean they are one of my favorite developers/publishers so far. Frostpunk, This War of Mine and now, Children of Morta, are really amazing games.

And this little thread is about Children of Morta and what my impressions of the game are. I will be story-spoiler free but I will talk about the mechanics of the game and the characters. But before, a little about me. I don't play rogue-likes. Binding of Isaac? Not my cup of tea. Metroidvania games? No thanks. ARPGs I can stomach, like Diablo2 or Grim Dawn, and classical RPGs like Witcher are just great for me. Same for like, team RPGs like Icewind Dale or Shadowrun Returns. So when I say that I really like Children of Morta, which is a rogue-like game, you should really be interested in reading the rest of this post. So far, I guess I'm 1/3rd or 1/4th of the way thru the game so I haven't finished it. And as I said, story-spoiler free.

So the game is about beating dungeons. Each "dungeon" is composed of multiple levels, and each level is made up of clearly defined rooms. Some rooms hold monsters, some artifacts that yield you bonuses, some of challenges. Each dungeon ends in a boss fight. I do think however that I died more to normal units than I did to bosses. This is both because I am a moron and want to max my gains but also because enemies are tough. You can encounter mini bosses that make all sort of voodoo on you, you can get trapped, and you are not a damage sponge. Neither are most of your enemies TBH. All characters so far are fragile and you need to play fast and smart. Some characters are more fragile than others. But don't worry, when your character that you choose to explore the dungeon with dies, he just gets sent back home. There is no way to "lose" a character in this game, at least so far.

But who are these characters? Well, they are the stars of the show. The Bergsons'. A family that is chosen to fight against the Corruption (the big bad). All your heroes are part of that family. So far, I've been playing with the father and his kids. I've yet to unlock all members of the family. Still 2-3 to go. Each hero... plays differently. I mean, very differently. Each has a primary skill (your normal attack), secondary skill (wildcard, can be utilitarian, damage, whatever) and a third skill (again, wildcard) + one stance + some combinations. So all in all, your heroes get some nice skills to make them unique and not too many to forget which is which. So you can get used to them quickly. You can also find some artifacts that give you extra abilities and you can also find "runes" that change or enhance your skills. But this is less relevant.

As I said, you choose one hero and you explore the dungeon. If you get to the end, you have to kill a boss, if you kill the boss, you can proceed further with the main story. If you can't, you try again. If your hero dies, s/he just gets TPed back home and no worries. The problem I find is that since every character plays quite differently, you do need to get adjusted to them again. This introduces a problem, of sorts. And that you are encouraged to play with all characters , at your leisure. The game does this with a carrot and a stick approach. The carrot is that as your heroes level up, you get more bonuses that apply to all ur heroes. The stick is that your characters get "corruption fatigue" which reduces their HP, making your already fragile heroes even more fragile. Think like Dark Souls but you run with a zombified husk of a character :D

However, the combat itself is great. Tactical, somewhat fast paced, interesting. There's never a boring part to it. The battles are of a good pace and time, and you can catch your breath between rooms... or not. Skills get to be changed with runes so you get to experiment... and there is generally a great deal of fun to be had in the combat itself. Even tho you do die.

However, I would not recommend this game for the combat alone. I mean, if you like rogue-likes, the combat alone will be enough to make you wanna get it. But remember, I'm someone who doesn't like rogue-likes. So what would I recommend it for? The story. And not the "main plotline" of the story, but for the interludes between going dungeon-diving. The Bergsons' live in a house, because, well, they're a family. This house is the sandbox in which so many amazing things take place. The narrator telling you a tale that pulls at your heartstrings, the cat playing with the kids, the deer and wildlife living in harmony outside the house... the whole area is packed to the brink with detail for the careful eye to observe. All done to a wonderful, relaxing tune. Your heroes talk about stuff, they expose their wishes and hopes... they do stuff. It's like you're catching a glimpse into the life of a real family. It's amazing. Really, one of the best things I've seen in any video game. When people ask "what do you like about video games?", this would be the sort of thing I'd point them to.

So yeah. Get the game. For a normal person, it's a rogue-like combat game with serene interludes. For me, it's a family trying to do what's right in the world, together, as a family, and how they are handling this crisis. It's an amazing experience and you'll be doing your heart a favor by engaging in it.
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So I finished the game.

So here's the deal.
The Bergsons' are the children of Rea-Dana, the literal goddess of the land. This isn't much of a spoiler since well, you're being told that quite early on. However, they are LITERALLY the children of the goddess. Their ancestor is Rea-Dana, the goddess. But so, who is their father? Are you ready?

Some time in the story you get introduced to the 3 spirits, Rea-Dana and Ou (Rea-Dana is goddess of the land, Ou is the Mountain God and revealed later to be the creator of the Corruption). But Ou is later on revealed to have been... a fucking ALIEN. A literal fucking alien coming on the planet of a PYRAMID-SHAPED space ship. Hence, pyramid looks like mountain, he's a mountain god... and he fell in love with Rea-Dana and he's the father of her first child, a daughter. So an alien, that looks like a lion-head man, no joke, a fucking FURRY, got together with a goddess who actually looks like a goddess (Doomy confirmed as simp) and had a daugther.

Would you ever have guessed it? Do I have to tell you that you're a society that fights with swords, bows and magic? Not guns and space era weapons? Well, I mean, the end levels have robots and also have some cyborgs.. maybe? But I imagined they're like golems, magically animated golems, not real machines.

Can it get even more stupid? Yes it can.

Ou believed that Rea-Dana loved the girl more than him and grew jelous of her. He grew jelous that she loved their daugther more than him... and started quarreling with her. And that made her leave his sorry deadbeat dad ass and take her daughter with her. He's lucky she didn't take half his shit, like, half his pyramid spaceship. Fucking loser. And he became so pissed and sorry for his ass that he created the Corruption to kill the land. Let me repeat that. Because Rea-Dana left him and took the daughter he hated with her, he created a force for evil to kill everyone in the land. And it was his fault, he quarreled with her. She didn't leave him for somone else. Like, someone normal looking and not a fucking FURRY.

Anyway. Can it get even stupider than that?
Why yes it can.

Eventually you beat the living shit out of his sorry ass, in his pyramid spaceship, and not only is it the dumbest fight ever, but it's so easy. I literally glitched the game the first time because I killed him too fast.

And after you beat his sorry deadbeat dad ass to the ground, Rea-Dana leaves her tree (she was literally in the tree next to the house, sitting on her ass while the Corruption ate the land and killed everyone, and btw, this is not the first time this has been done, the Corruption came and went before and there was a sacrifice to stop it, doesn't matter) and forgives him... and then they go and become merry go gods together. Idk. He gets away WITH IT.
HE CAN'T KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT. HE GOT AWAY WITH REPEATED ATTEMPTED GENOCIDE OF THE PLANET.
ALMOST EVERYONE IS DEAD BUT HE GETS TO BANG THE GODDESS IN THE SKIES. Oh, earlier on, in order to stave off the Corruption, the Bergsons' could have chosen to sacrifice their newborn girl to him. That would have started the cycle anew and let a future Bergson generation kill Ou. But fortunately, John, the Father of the family and the head of the family decided to say "FUCK YOU" to Ou and shoved his sword down his throat. Good man.

So what's the lesson here? Well first off, don't trust aliens, especially ILLEGAL ALIENS that jump the atmosphere. They have to go back. All of them. They can't stay here.
Secondly... women will forgive just about anybody as long as they seem like they mean it. I mean, this is the ultimate red pill. Also, since Ou probably had money or some shit maybe that's how he got to be with her? Idk. Proof that even goddesses are not beyond thottery.


Anyway. Does this mean I now hate the game? Absolutely not. The game's best moments are the family moments in between fights, and of course, the game experience itself. Hell, the interludes even "mock" this idiotic story to a degree. But again, the story isn't about Ou or Rea-Dana or whatever, it's about the Bergsons and all those moments are top notch. I imagine they didn't start off with this idiotic story as the premise but it somehow morphed into it. Probably due to time constraints or expenses... and they didn't want to make a generic something or another. Anyway, whatever. Still recommend it, just get over the dumb part at the end. It literally is just 10 min of dumbness at the end.
 
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Buy me the game and i'll co op with you.
 

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Can it get even more stupid? Yes it can.

Ou believed that Rea-Dana loved the girl more than him and grew jelous of her. He grew jelous that she loved their daugther more than him... and started quarreling with her. And that made her leave his sorry deadbeat dad ass and take her daughter with her. He's lucky she didn't take half his shit, like, half his pyramid spaceship. Fucking loser. And he became so pissed and sorry for his ass that he created the Corruption to kill the land. Let me repeat that. Because Rea-Dana left him and took the daughter he hated with her, he created a force for evil to kill everyone in the land. And it was his fault, he quarreled with her. She didn't leave him for somone else. Like, someone normal looking and not a fucking FURRY.


i dont know why this happens its rly sad - Parents should love there kids unconditionally especially if that child resulted from a loving marriage.

Dont think ill play this game tbh seems very silly
 

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Can it get even more stupid? Yes it can.

Ou believed that Rea-Dana loved the girl more than him and grew jelous of her. He grew jelous that she loved their daugther more than him... and started quarreling with her. And that made her leave his sorry deadbeat dad ass and take her daughter with her. He's lucky she didn't take half his shit, like, half his pyramid spaceship. Fucking loser. And he became so pissed and sorry for his ass that he created the Corruption to kill the land. Let me repeat that. Because Rea-Dana left him and took the daughter he hated with her, he created a force for evil to kill everyone in the land. And it was his fault, he quarreled with her. She didn't leave him for somone else. Like, someone normal looking and not a fucking FURRY.


i dont know why this happens its rly sad - Parents should love there kids unconditionally especially if that child resulted from a loving marriage.

Dont think ill play this game tbh seems very silly
You should.

Until the very end, it's an emotional and beautiful experience.
 
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