Spoilers for GTA V. I think I'm about 20% into the game right now.
You've been warned.
So just a few minutes ago I played one of the most questionable missions I ever had the displeasure to play.
Micheal works for the FIB. He has to take out a target, a terrorist, maybe.
While you prepare for this, you switch to Trevor, who has to torture a guy to get information. The guy in question has been rescued by you a minute before.
He already wants to talk. So you don't actually have to pull his teeth (interactive) bust his balls (bloody pants), electrify him and - I didn't even try it - probably pour gasoline on his sorry ass.
The game makes it very clear that torturing this guy is completely unneccessary. Yet it keeps forcing you to continue. You can't back out.
You have to keep torturing him. I get what they were trying to do. Rockstar isn't know for being subtle. But I think they took it too far. Make a point about torture, but don't force me to do it. On the way back you have Trevor telling the fella how torture doesn't work and how disappointed he is that they don't bond together that well.
It's oh so funny.
I know what most of you are thinking right now. "I bet you had no problem running over those pedestrians on your way to the mission."
Maybe, maybe not. Killing innocent people, shooting random citizens; it's all optional. So why isn't this?
Icing on the cake? I didn't get the gold medal for this mission because I didn't use all the torture devices available.
And this brings me to the hypocracy of games journalism. Right now all I see is a slight mention of the scene in most reviews. No journalist stood up and said "This is outragous, I can't give this game more than 8 out of 10, because of this kind of questionable content."
Titts & Ass? Oh no good sir, that's questionable, that's misogyny. Think about the women, think about the message to our children and the creeps who think it's okay to stare at tits.
Torture? Love the commentary on Americas use of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques here, Rockstar. So deep.
If this scene doesn't create the outrage it deserves, I'll lose all hope in games journalism.