Act 4 is an interesting beast. Quite a bit happens, but there isn’t too much to say. So this week, we’re trying something different with regards to layout.
Ashes to Ashes starts with Marcus being solemn, having just lost his brother. His facial expressions, body language, and eye movement are all amazing. Epic has some very talented animators.
We’re in Char, which is a city hit directly by the Hammer strikes. The people evacuating from the city were instantly turned to ash. For 15 years their remains have remained in the same place, depicting the final moments of these civilians. It’s a mass grave, and Marcus recommends that respect is shown for the dead. It’s chilling, but also somewhat beautiful. We see people running in panic, some carrying their children, others huddling together in fear. Some of the remains have flowers growing around them… life from death.
The atmosphere of this area could be a lot more solemn. However, the music once again ruins the mood. Unlike the rest of the times where the music could be changed to be less overtly eerie, this chapter could benefit from having no music. In effect, a moment of silence for those who have died; not just the ash people we walk among, but for Dom as well.