NSZ wrote:And I've been doing a lot of thinking regarding Mercer in this game, and I'm no longer convinced that it was actually him.
During the final fight? If so then I agree. Especially considering the title of the achievement is Murder Your Maker?. Why is there a question mark? It doesn't make any sense. Methinks that we only killed a copy and Mercer is still out there.
During the entire course of P2! One of the keys were his powers, or lack thereof.
By the time Mercer and Heller confronted each other for the final fight, Heller had presented himself as much a danger as the Supreme Hunter from the first game, and what does Mercer do? Leave his body completely exposed. What happened to his armor that none of us were actually dumb enough to take on the Supreme Hunter without? And then there was the moveset switcharound, groundspikes packaged with Hammerfists as opposed to his Claws as it was in the first game. And of course, Mercer has the Tendril power, though never actually used it in the fight. Mercer didn't have the Tendril power in the original game, the only time he really had tendrils was with one of his devastators. Instead of having Tendrils as a regular power, Mercer had Musclemass, what happened to that?
Then there's the infected mutants, namely the Hydras. When Greene was offed in the first game, these guys completely vanished afterwards, which meant to me these were Redlight exclusives. Now how the hell did they come back with Blacklight? This was a big tip-off for me.
And then there's Mercer's actions. At the beginning, Mercer tells Heller something along the lines of 'same virus two years in a row'. Mercer would know this isn't true, as the first game was Redlight. How could it be the same virus two years in a row, if this time it's supposed to be Blacklight? And why would Mercer return to Penn Station just to release the virus there again
, and give the camera one hell of a headshot? And then there's the cutscene right before the final fight, where Mercer absorbs his loyal Evolved in order to increase his strength and chance of survival? That doesn't really ring of Mercer at all
And of course, there's the achievement. That's what started this train of thinking.
So let's step back and think for a moment, who would have a motive to villainise Alex Mercer? Who had a reason to actually go out and cause another outbreak? Who had the Tendril power and used it on enough of a basis to call it a regular power? Who absorbs others just to increase both their strength and survivability? Who had traits of both
Blacklight and Redlight? Who else besides Mercer had the ability to change the shape of their body, prior to this game? Who else besides Mercer had the ability to regenerate from nothing but a puddle of goo?
I'm actually thinking the Supreme Hunter survived his decapitation on the Raegan