I disliked this installment because I found it extremely difficult to get into the main character. I realize that that might have been what the author was going for but it did not work for me. While I appreciate that insider/outsider was an important theme, it is just not what I look for in superhero escapist fiction. Additionally there were too many supporting characters to keep up with and they were lacking. Author sacrificed character and story for theme and I prefer the former.
Really disliked this game. I'm annoyed how I didn't get to play through the entire hero project, annoyed at the character switching and honestly I'm still salty about Prodigy :( I didn't connect with the MC this time around, and didn't enjoy all of the agenda this instalment forced onto me. I only played through once, and then uninstalled. I will probably never play this again and I feel like I wasted my money. Very disappointed with the whole thing. I don't recommend this game to anyone who fell in love with the Heroes Rise franchise. Don't waste your time or your money on this, it's not worth it.
The story was ok, but somewhat convoluted with way too much of the plot revolving around different forms of prejudice trying to reflect the divisiveness in today's society. But it was just too over the top. If you could get past that, the story was ok, not great but definitely ok. I would have given it 3 stars but the "You Power Project" continuation of the story, which they charge $0.99 for is a quick 10 minute read, and that's it. It seems like the first chapter of a sequel but they make it sound like it's a complete short story in the description. That really pissed me off. Making your fans pay for a short 10 minute read is basically giving us the middle finger. I have no problem paying for a good story or app but the YouPower Project should be free since it's only 1 brief chapter.
Read some reviews that made me shake my head. If the only thing you got from the whole time playing this game was racism=bad or white people=bad, than you have learned nothing. Also for the ones complaining about author forcing his own political agenda but liking the last series...talk about having ego and entitlement. News flash the other series also revolves around politics. If you played the entire games and didnt notice this, I dont expect you to comprehend my point. In the last series the politic involved a bad guy that you can point your finger too/blame and play against as a hero (so you can make yourself feel better). This time the politic went to uncomfortable realm that force you to reflect on yourself whether you want to reflect or not (Maybe its too close to your liking that you may have treated others terribly in real life due to the very thing the author is trying to potray). I found it ironic how ppl want to be a hero but dont want to deal with processing their thoughts/ actions or what it takes to be a real hero. Politic aside, I do however agree that the execution of the plot could be better. I think the whole changing perspective made it even harder for players to relate to the main character. The main character is already unique and complicated. Something that some ppl may found too unrelatable or off-putting. I think it would have been better if it focus only with the main character so that the author can build the main character relationship with the player via something they can relate to (For example the family angle or the romance angle). In addition the switch makes player embodied the perspective of someone they have little familiarity with so you are not only working to understand the depth of 1 character but multiple ones in short amount of time. Granted, maybe the author had reasons to do it this way for the 2nd installment of the series. Who knows...
A nice fourth installment, and I find the new character more likeable, especially the small touch of being able to choose your martial arts (aside from Shaolin boxing which is understandable). It is more politically inclined though, with some tidbits of the author's mind leaking in, which is great, since that's what being a writer is. But it lacks the action present in the first and up to third installment somewhat, hope the fifth changes this. But good game!
I really like the universe and story for the series. However, I couldn't help but notice there were times that felt like the author was making political statements, which broke the immersion of the story quite a bit. Other than that great game and I look forward to more games from this author and Choice Games!
A new side story! The YouPower Project is a short story developed by Zachary Sergi and written by Michael Alan Nelson, developed in partnership with Serial Box. It's set in the months following The Hero Project: Redemption Season, but contains no spoilers for The Hero Project.
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