thoughts on Inside (the game) and its ending, Very Much Spoilers

Spoilers, really, definitely spoilers ahead. .
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No, actually, I sort of loved the ending? I’m not sure what happened to the Giant Weird Flesh Blob at the end - was it dead, was it unconscious, was it just resting by the side of the lake for a while to reflect on its freedom? - but it seemed to be at peace, certainly far more so than it had been when it was in a tank being stared at all day. And crashing through the facility breaking everything and watching the people run from me or get crushed underfoot was so fucking satisfying. Fuck you, creepy dystopian overlords.

Honestly it was just… really a good game, generally, I liked how most of the puzzles were solvable just by fucking around and trying things out (not gonna lie, I looked up a walkthrough once or twice, but I didn’t get stuck much). I really loved the boy’s body language, how it changed when he felt safe vs when he was wary and sneaking through somewhere afraid of getting caught; the creators did so much with a small, simple sprite.

… I liked how the title seemed to change to mean different things as I went through the game, too. At first I thought the boy was just trying to get “inside” to safety away from the dogs and the men hunting him down; then I thought, oh, he’s trying to get Inside the facility to do something, break someone out of there or shut it down or something, and then finally I was like, ohhh, he needed to get Inside the tank and the weird limb blob creature, now I get it.

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