Alternate Character Interpretation: Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus' Let's Play of the game jokingly suggests that, as a result of his tendency to Use His Head, Double H was brain-damaged well before he was ever introduced to that nasty-ass machine the DomZ had him in. They further theorize that he was given a copy of the childrens' edition of Carlson and Peeters (to accommodate his impaired thinking), which is also a coloring book. He colors in one page every night, with just the biggest grin on his retarded face. (In-game, he's goofy, but still intelligent.) Watch him during combat, then watch him again VERY closely while he is breaking barriers for you. You will notice that he uses an energy shield.
Broken Base: The announcement that the sequel is in pre-production. On the one hand, fans are ecstatic that a sequel is finally being greenlit. On the other, several have been enraged that it's taken the company so long, especially after teasing the project for more than a decade with concept art and even in their most successful titles. With so many Assassin titles coming out every year and games like Watchdogs that are assured successes, it's understandable fans would be miffed that the franchise starring a female character gets put off to the side. The former camp is relieved the game is coming out at all, wait or no wait.
There is some issue over the rumored Nintendo exclusivity deal, either perm. or temporarily so. Either fans are glad to see it as they A, plan to buy Nintendo and feel that it may be a case like Bayonetta 2 where Nintendo helped get the project going, or annoyed that the long awaited game is locked to a single platform for a long period of time, be it a year or forever.
Complete Monster: General Kehck is the leader of the Alpha Sections, a military organization that, under the guise of benevolent saviors, aides the DomZ aliens in their attempt to harvest everyone on the planet, just as they have done across hundreds of worlds. Those abducted are transported to the moon where they are sucked dry of all their fluids so that Kehck and his master, the DomZ Priest, may live longer. Throughout the game Kehck uses his Propaganda Machine to urge the people of Hillys to enlist in the Alpha Sections, knowing full well that they'll be slowly converted by the DomZ into monstrous grotesqueries to act as his army of mooks. When the protagonist, Jade, manages to start exposing the truth about the Alpha Sections, Kehck responds by kidnapping the war orphans Jade's adopted for he and his boss to feed on. He also hooks up Jade's Parental Substitute, Pey'j, into a torture machine for three weeks. Unlike the DomZ Priest who needs to feed on planets to survive, or the other Alpha Sections soldiers who have been turned into monsters, Kehck is completely human and isn't in any danger of dying. He's just a selfish Card-Carrying Villain who wants to live a little bit longer and is willing to wipe out entire planets to do so.
Crowning Music of Awesome: For the game's music, Ubisoft hired a relatively unknown freelance composer named Christophe Heral. Good choice. "Home Sweet Home" and "Hylian Suite" are standout tracks, but there are many good ones. Notably, Ubisoft gave out the soundtrack for free with express permission to put it on Torrents.
"Above and Beyond" is probably one of the deepest and most unsettling tracks you will hear in a game.
Disappointing Last Level: Depends on who you ask. The endgame does feel rather rushed and introduces some inexplicable superpowers with little more than some vague foreshadowing. On the flip side, it has some great spectacle, a gorgeous vista in space, a very heartwarming reunion, and some are willing to cut it some slack with how troubled the production was.
Meï is very popular with the fandom, probably second only to the three leads. Being a blue-furredCat Girl with hips probably helps.
Similarly, there's Yoa, the lighthouse's resident Mysterious Waif. She's mysteriously blue, she speaks an unknown language, and her dialogue suggests she's either a sneaky little spy or prophetic. She has no plot relevance (at least for now), but her status as walking Fanfic Bait makes her pretty popular.
Fandom Berserk Button: No, wrestler Triple H has nothing to do with this game. If you make that mistake, as so many before have, the fan's responses will likely make you feel like a real heel.
Misaimed Marketing: Just check out the link to the "string cheese" incident on the main page. Now "string cheese" is a minor inside joke in the fandom.
Tear Jerker: If the "lighthouse scene" doesn't make you choke up a little, you may not have a soul.
Ugly Cute: Pey'j and Double H are just so damn endearing. Pey'j may be a fat, smelly, over-the-hill pig and Double H a meatheaded Top-Heavy Guy, but the fandom absolutely adores the both of them.
Vindicated by History: It's got to be one of the most highly regarded and talked-about video games to bomb on its original release of all time.
Woolseyism: There's a lot of quirks the English dub added over the original French. Pey'j's "sweet jesus" for example and how the Dom Z sound.
When General Kehck traps the Beluga with a tractor beam, in the English version he quotes one of Lewis Carroll's poems (The Spider And The Fly), which made a nice touch over the original (which just talked about a serpent eating its prey).