The fact is that a lot of our thoughts and behaviors are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a good thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t need to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
The problem is when we’re on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them. Whereas a person with self-awareness is able to exercise a little meta-cognition and say, “Hmm… every time my sister calls me and asks for money, I end up drinking a lot of vodkas.
As it turns out, Colt Vahn is an amnesiac who seems to have woken up on a beach with no memory of why he’s on Deathloop’s party island, Blackreef. That’s okay though because someone has left him vague messages in the sky about what to do. Our goal in Deathloop is to take out eight Visionaries, intelligent party-lovers who’ve locked an island into one repeating day so they can piss about for eternity.
You know, the thing that really got me excited about Deathloop was the fact that it could be a game about memory loss. Like, you could forget where the keys were, what you had for dinner, what you had for breakfast. You’d forget who you were, what you were doing, and a lot of other stuff that you might have forgotten about when you were young.
The problem is that many people don’t have the ability to remember where they were last time they were alive in the game. The only way they can remember is if they’re in the right place at the right time. If you’re in the right place at the right time, then you can forget them when you’re twenty years old.
It’s a great idea for the game, the main idea is that you can’t forget, and this is one of the many reasons why it works. However, it fails on the whole, because the game tells you things that you shouldn’t be able to remember. For example, you can’t forget that you’re in a restaurant, unless you really did something you’re not supposed to forget.