I just finished the B ending, and I'm truly brought to my knees how incredible this game has been. It's been a long time since I loved a game this much. Everything about it just felt fresh. So many nuances, so many things that defied my expectations. But yet, I still have so many unanswered questions. Many of the events leading up to the time of the game remain a mystery. I'll just put the following thoughts in spoiler tags just to be safe.
- Why did the ocean rise and bury the cities. I didn't even know this had happened until someone mentioned it.
- Why did the climate change occur, I guess it was due to some event from the sky, but there's no explanation of what that was.
- What was the disease (White Chloronation?) that destroyed the human race, and why exactly did require separating body from soul to cure it?
- What was the black scrawl, at all? It seems that Yonah was physically just fine when she reunited with her shade self. Is it the same disease that killed off humanity the first time?
Another thing that just floored me is how I felt about the enemies while I was fighting them. You begin to realize that the shades are simply other people, trying to stay alive and keep their loved ones alive. And in many cases (like the wolves) they didn't even start the fight. Suddenly, I feel incredible remorse for fighting them. Beepy/Kamlil, the wolf shade, the colossus, the boar shade, all attacked by "humans" who simply didn't understand (or want to understand) that they were sentient, feeling beings. In stead of being "attacked by monsters", I felt like I was a member of a tragic battle, where both side has legitimate reasons. It did far more to question my basic ethics than BioShock or Fallout ever did, and I must add that it didn't do it by giving me a bullshit good/evil choice like most games these days do.
I think I probably will not pursue the C and D ending. Of no dislike for the game at all, it will be something I savor for a long long time. It just seems like a lot of time and effort to burn, just for a few cutscenes, I'll probably look them up later.