Play-Along: To the Moon (Act 3)

And that’s a game… sorta! The SigCorp Minisodes 1 & 2 DLC is up for discussion next in this great Play-Along event hosted by Time to Loot, but the main game has reached the emotional epic conclusion I heard so much hype about.

Was it sad? Did I cry? I’m not admitting anything… sniffs.

You can also check out my answers to Act 1 and Act 2 if you’re at all interested in my thoughts on the whole game.

So let’s jump right into this! Thank you to the awesome Naithin for putting this event together.

!!!SPOILER WARNING!!!

This goes Without SAying, probably, but just in case: I will be answering questions about ACT 3 of to the MOON and The rest of this article will Totally Ruin the game if you haven’t played it yet!

Johnny… Joey… Twins. It seems after the accident Johnny lost his identity to his mother, and became a replacement-Joey. Does it change how you feel about Johnny as compared to your Act 1 impressions?

Whoa!! Did NOT AT ALL see that plot twist coming. I figured something really bad happened to Johnny that he needed to forget, but I completely missed all the clues about Joey leading up to the really freaking sad revelation. Poor Joey…

My opinion of Johnny remains unchanged. I still see him as a guy with his heart in the right place even if he makes a few mistakes showing his love. Now that I know he has some serious loss trauma hidden deep inside his memory banks, it explains why he was so overprotective of River later in life.

So his brain has a ton of emotional pain and nothing to link it to. That actually sounds a hell of a lot worse than letting him process the grief naturally… just sayin’.

Eva and Neil have a verbal sparring match on their differing views of contract vs. what they now know (or think they know) about what would make Johnny happier. Outcome of Eva’s actions notwithstanding; do you sympathise with one view over the other here?

That was a tough moral dilemma! I’m going to have to side with Eva’s opinion, however. Their dying clients trust them to fulfill the contract terms that were set out during better days. They must see Johnny’s last wish through to the end regardless of what other paths they feel would make Johnny “happier”.

I lost a lot of respect for Neil’s side of the strife after this line.

Enforcing their definition of what’s best for Johnny is very wrong, in my opinion. He wanted to go to the moon so they have to make that happen for him. Neil has such a selfish perspective on this. Gr! He may not even realize it himself, but he’s only trying to save himself from guilt pains, not really caring about what’s best for Johnny at all.

And there’s the line that pushed me on Eva’s side of the fence. They could change SO MANY things in Johnny’s life to fit their definition of making him “happier”, but he didn’t ask for any of that. To the moon at all costs, dammit!

Throughout that same exchange, Eva asks Neil to trust her. He clearly didn’t. Did you?

Well, since I agreed with Eva’s side of the argument, yup, I trusted her completely. I also had a feeling she worked out a way to keep River in Johnny’s story and still send him to the moon. Eva is such a brilliant badass!

“They’re Zombievas…!” HA! Throwing plants at an endless army of Zombievas was the best comic relief minigame ever.

“He can always find another ‘River’… But he’ll only have one brother.” Again, pretending for the moment you don’t know the outcome of Eva’s actions and what she (suspected) would happen… Do you agree? What about in this context of overwritten memories as opposed to life as it was?

This is a tough one. As an only child I’d give absolutely anything to have a close sibling connection with another human. Therefore, I’d wholeheartedly agree that Johnny only has one brother. BUT finding a soulmate to share your life with like Johnny found with River is also a one of a kind connection to another human (I don’t have one of those other half people in my life either). I hate the sentiment that he can always “find another River” because he actually can’t.

So… I guess I both agree and disagree with this statement. My brain hurts.

I’m with Eva 99% of the time, but not on placing Joey over River. They are both equally important irreplaceable connections.

Anything you wish I’d asked you about that I haven’t, for this act or any of the others? Answer that question for this one.

Ha! Nice final question there, Naithin 😆

Um, I don’t really have anything else to question myself about. I am really happy Johnny got a beautifully rewritten set of memories before he died. He got his bro back, he got to keep his other half, and he went to the moon. That’s about as happily ever after as you can get without adding immortality.

Can’t say I’d blame Eva if she did….

Yeah… that wasn’t what really happened in Johnny’s life, but hey, our realities are merely illusions formed by our memories and sensory inputs when you think about it. Our brains make more assumptions about the world around us than we realize…

And completely unrelated to the deep existential themes in this game’s story, I really enjoyed playing whack-a-mole!! 🙂

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  1. In many cases, I would agree with you (and by extension Eva, perhaps) that is very presumptive of us to ever claim we ‘know what’s best’ for someone better than they do.

    But in this particular case? Johnny straight up tells them he has *no* clue why it is he wants to go to the moon. He ‘just does’.

    Then we discover his whole reason for going — even though Johnny couldn’t at that point articulate it, having lost his linkage with those early memories — is because he lost River and has a desperate need to find her again.

    This is information Neil and Eva have that old-Johnny does not. In a very real sense, I think, they DO have the position of knowing better, in this case.

    Still… It isn’t an easy situation no matter which way you cut it.

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    1. Interesting… 🤔 But he does want to go to the moon and that’s what he requested. If best for him happiness was the overall goal, they could have changed so many other things in his life.

      In my weird way, I kind of see it like a last rites thing. For example, if I’ve told someone to pull the plug on my life support in the event I’m in a coma, and they don’t because they don’t think that’s best for me, I’d be pretty upset (well, if I could still feel upset in a coma, haha).

      There are so many ways to look at this and I’m getting a headache, haha. Thank you for sharing your perspective! 🙂

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  2. I do agree with your perspective, while Eva had always been the levelheaded of the two partners, this risk she did still scared me. I started to doubt her intentions when I played through the game… I was very happy with the result but it really did freak me out LOL

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      1. Hmm, very mysterious indeed! 😉 After thinking about it and browsing your blog a bit, I feel like I just MIGHT know your previous identity… but I respect your anonymity!! 😉 And if you are who I’m thinking of, I’m very happy to see you back and blogging!!! 🙂

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          1. I knew it! 😉 I was going to put that emoji in my last comment, but I was typing on my computer and for some reason I can’t seem to put any other emojis but smiley faces into my posts! I am SO glad to hear from you again- you’re one of my fav bloggers! 🙂

            I’m hanging in there! It’s a crazy world, that’s for sure. I don’t really do much but work, come home, and occasionally go out to the store. I really hope things start improving soon. I hope you are staying safe as well!!

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            1. Aw!! Thank you for the warm welcome back to blogging ⚡

              Glad you’re staying safe! Things are getting better here, but I’m cautiously optimistic. All it takes is one covidiot to set off a new wave until we get a vaccine.

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              1. You’re welcome! 🙂 Glad to have you back!!

                Ugh, I know what you mean! I’m glad things are getting better there, because I feel like they’re just getting worse here… it’s quite depressing really. Our numbers are going up by 10K or more each day. I’m doing what I can to stay safe and I just hope it’s enough to get by until things start to turn around. My super introverted self likes being at home anyway, so it’s all good there, lol!

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                1. Yikes! Sending all the good vibes. I mean, before the pandemic my routine was stay home and play video games alone so not much has really changed. It’s the golden age of the introvert in a way, haha.

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                  1. Oh I hear you there lol… I was like “Stay at home? No problem!” Just wish I could work from home for a bit, because one guy in particular that I work with is SO GROSS and I feel like he is a walking germ factory and I don’t like being near him, haha!

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  3. Your comment on what Neil said about knowing more than Johnny does made me add a bit to my post about professionals knowing more than clients. We’re talking about memories here, but Eva and Neil are memory professionals in a way. And they have seen memories of Johnny’s that he no longer remembers.
    But I’m in the side of not-altering-memories at all, so I’m trying to judge Neil’s statement outside of that context.
    The whack-a-mole was fun, but I sucked at it with the mouse. Need a real hammer!

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    1. Exactly! Love the term memory professionals by the way, haha. I’m honored for the shout-out in your post. Thanks!

      To be honest you got a point there. It’s kinda wrong to do the whole memory thing in the first place. Real hammer whack-a-mole is the best, haha.

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