Writer’s Note: While previous diary entries have strayed away from big spoilers for Home in Fata Morgan, this is not because it is difficult to talk about topics without specifics. Keep in mind!
As a warning of content, topics discussed in this article will include trauma, gender, violence, and outright revelation.
Finally, please note that this is not a review – this is the last entry in the four-part game diary. before review, a short series that allowed us to really dive deeply into the theme of the game, which received so many reviews of 10/10 that he scored 100 points on Metacritic for a while…
For those of you who still want to know more about Fata Morgana: welcome to the latest entry …
I did it…
I finished The House in Fata Morgana.
It took me 40+ hours over four months to see the end of this twisted, time-jumping story. I mean, of course, I haven’t actually finished the DLC yet, but to be honest, after playing this game for four months, when I have time, I think I get tired of reading. I feel like I should receive an award. Completing Fata Morgana seems as monumental as completing a three-year degree. I AM the woman has changed…
Here’s what I love the most about Fata Morgana: I’m not sure I’ve ever played a game where I would know each character so well
At the end of the main story (including the epilogue, another epilogue, and the prologue), here’s what I love most about Fata Morgana: I’m not sure I’ve ever played a game in which I knew every character. this is good. I know them better than their own mothers. Better than theirs therapists, even. I saw their ugliest sides, their hidden hearts, their desires and fears; I know what drives them. This can only be achieved with brilliant writing and this is exactly what you’ll find in Fata Morgana – yes there is many writing, but almost all of it was exciting and gorgeous.
In the beginning, each character is absolutely incredible. I hated weak-willed Mell and his irritable sister Nelly. I found the Beast — a cursed, pitiful creature — intriguing but also very sorry for himself. And Jacopo, an arrogant, short-sighted, power-hungry tycoon, had nothing cute in himself, except, perhaps, a beautiful coat.
Through all of these stories, a Gray-haired Girl was intertwined, a kind but ultimately pathetic young girl who let everyone walk on her, which ultimately hurt her. I was angry with her: why don’t you stand up for yourself? Why aren’t you yelling at anyone? How can you be so consistently obedient to people who don’t deserve your respect or your kindness?
Well, I got my answers by the end of Fata Morgana. In fact, I got a lot of responses at once, and it was very overwhelming and a little confusing, but I think I’ve cleared it up now. As you can see, the answer – as you may have guessed from my last diary entry – injury…
Earlier in this article, I said that I know these characters better than their own therapist, but the fact is that none of them have therapists – probably because medicine in their time periods basically consisted of: “I don’t know, try to bleed them again?” Good old psychoanalysis decided that maybe all problems presented in the story, but the time-traveling mansions of purgatory will have to cope.
Oddly enough, it reminds me of a fairy tale that I read when I was little, in a book filled with strange stories. It was about a child who lost a tooth and wrapped it in shiny paper until it was the size of a beach ball, but when he unwrapped the ball again, the tooth was gone…
The injury is a bit like this tooth. It’s a tiny ulcer in your heart, and when you try to heal it, it leaves bumps and bumps that will chafe and hurt other people’s hearts. Sometimes what is in the center of the ball dissolves on its own, but lumps still remain. These clumps represent coping mechanisms – learned behaviors that affect the way you interact with other people and with the world in general. In the end, it’s all about the lumps. Not trauma is at the center of it all.
If your injury is related to feelings of helplessness and powerlessness, you may overcompensate if you need to be most a rich and powerful person, and even if you do this so that your loved ones never suffer the way you do, you may end up neglecting them in search of more wealth and power. If your trauma is that your trust has been betrayed, you may never trust again – not even people who deserve it, who can heal you.
In short, this is Fata Morgana: unwrapping the lump, dealing with the bumps as they appear, and, since it is a painful process, calming the person involved. Fata Morgana is an emotional surgery and it is not always delicate. But in the end, I didn’t want to do anything other than dig right in with the scalpel and cut out all the wounds.
This is a huge testament to how far it goes from the rocky, repetitive first few hours. In the beginning, I genuinely hated almost all the characters, and by the end I wanted to hug them all. They seemed almost real – deeply flawed people with complex feelings and relationships, and great characteristics that made them all incredibly believable.
Get ready for some big spoilers, okay? You have been warned.
The best characters among them are the ones you won’t even meet until the end of the game. Michelle, Giselle and Morgana are the real trinity behind what you think is a trifect – Mell, Bestia and Jacopo – and it is the tension between these three that makes the second half of Fata Morgana so breathtaking…
Each of them stems from a tragedy, and each deals with it in his own way: Michelle turns inward, pushing everyone away in an attempt to rid herself of the pain of love and loss; Giselle is sunny and loving, but hides her pain deep in her heart, afraid to show someone out of fear that they will reject her and treat her like a “spoiled product”; Morgana, who may have suffered the most, endures it all in a holy way, letting people hurt her over and over again because she sees it as her duty until she breaks her sense of self almost beyond recovery, leaving behind only the very thing. the best. the part that seeks revenge.
Michelle, Giselle and Morgana are invisibly united by their very nature: each of them is isolated in some important way. Giselle and Morgana emerged from poverty, and both women and men mistreat them time and again, seeking to use them as objects; throughout the game, they come to find their own strength, but it takes them a long time to overcome what others have inflicted on them.
Michelle, who is slowly transforming from a cold, unfriendly, forbidden person to a soft, warm, but awkward chosen one, is my favorite, and his dialogue and story make up a large part of Fata Morgana’s backstory. Michelle was born intersex in the early 1000s and his story is violent, violent and dark as his mother tries to disown him and his former crush tortures and humiliates him. But Michel’s existence and personality are not seen as a freak show or a shocking twist; instead, we see how he, Giselle and Morgana treat each other delicately, carefully and affectionately, although the rest of the world did not.
Fata Morgana is about choosing a family and achieving the happiness that comes after complete despair; it is not “pornography of suffering,” and it will not sink into despair.
The fact is, in real life, queer communities do exactly this: they unite, supporting each other through worst the pain and trauma of their lives: family exile, isolation, illness, rejection, fear and denial are all common experiences. But in my experience, people who come out of it are determined to be kind and cruel, protective like a mother bird, and willing to form select families that provide love and care that they may (but not necessarily) have been denied.
Fata Morgana is about choosing a family and achieving the happiness that comes after complete despair; it is not “pornography of suffering,” and it does not sink into despair. Instead, he tends to keep moving forward, even if the path is difficult, even if the current is against you. Michel’s story is not about his personality or his trauma, but about how he heals and how he finds affiliation… I have never seen a story about gender identity and homosexuality told with such care, love and love. detail before. Despite all the supernatural weirdness that hovers around Fata Morgan, this is essentially a story about people – dirty, imperfect, but ultimately good people who try to do what is right and also try to understand themselves.
In keeping with this theme, slowly, very slowly, we discover that the “bad guys” – Mell, Bestia and Jacopo – also came from tragedy. However, their tragedies are largely self-reliant; where Michelle, Giselle, and Morgana are used and abused by others, the three men instead face their own fatal flaws and end up hurting other people. Happiness is always there, but it escapes their grasp because they don’t want to allow themselves to be vulnerable. Of course, they also have happy endings, but not after being punished for mistreating others.
But as I said, it’s all packed into 40 hours of story that moves between fast, action-packed chapters and slow, sometimes excruciating periods of downtime. It’s simple… while… There is so much of it. Sometimes this works to its advantage – after all, a tense, prolonged opening hits harder when the tense part lasts 20 hours – but in most cases, especially with a lot of full the suffering and despair in this story (you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and you can’t tell the story of healing from trauma without, you know, trauma), it can be a little tiresome.
In this sense, Fata Morgana is a lot like therapy. You will expect it to be relatively easy, but by the third hour you will regret your decision to start; by the tenth hour, you will think that perhaps you have already figured out everything, only to make some kind of huge discovery that will bring you back to square one; when you finally reach a satisfying end, you will realize that therapy is all about reliving and redefining the worst parts of your life in order to finally pass them by.
Fata Morgana is a difficult game and in most cases it is hard work. But like therapy, in the end it is worth it – and you will come out of it raw but new.