Acceptable Political Targets: There are four different political parties mentioned: The Marxists are considered well intentioned, but far too radical and fringe to appeal to the mainstream voter; Kostantin Wolf is A Nazi by Any Other Name; Dieter Gross, the incumbent conservative, has little to no chance of getting re-elected as his party has been plagued by corruption scandals and has been largely blamed for Europolis' economic problems, but he is also considered "boring" (and the fact that he's a white man is brought up against him). The person Zoe supports is Lea Uminska, the only one treated positively (if considered somewhat wishy-washy), who is the democratic socialist. As this is a European game, it's hardly surprising. And even Uminska's positive image only lasts until part way through Book 2.
The Social Democrats are the only political party spoken off positively. Communists are considered fringe but positive. Conservatives are considered to be either incompetent or evil. Word of God suggested it wasn't going to hold true through the game - and as of Book 2, when you receive a Wham Episode...
Books 3 and 4 have the potential for both Kian and Likho to deliver long-winded speeches about acceptance of homosexuality. It doesn't help that, in the whole series of games, they're the only ones to bring it up.
Catharsis Factor: Admit it - it felt VERY satisfying to light Onor Hilleriss on fire. And not just because he was going to kill Crow.
Crosses the Line Twice: Pretty much Mira's character. She's extremely antagonistic, to the point where she thinks Wit is faking his autism, but she's so over the top about it that it comes off as entertaining rather than insulting. Mira tones her act down in book three - when the plot starts getting real.
On the Stark side, Shitbot. Nothing like an ridiculously overeager robot terrible at everything, gleefully talking about how a security system will kill you. There's also the name... as well as its Heroic Sacrifice for Zoë in book three
Follow the Leader: This game seems almost like the kind of game that would be made if you took the employees of a Telltale Games product and put them on another product. This is actually not a bad thing at all - Some players of both products found the similarities more appealing, and a few even believe that they did a few aspects about the Telltale formula better than Telltale.
Jerkass Woobie: Brian Westhouse, the Prophet. He's stuck in an alternate universe. He was also possessed by the Undreaming for several centuries, and even tried to prevent it from getting loose by sealing it in someone else. However, some of his cruel actions don't come off as the sole fault of the Undreaming.
Moral Event Horizon: Ge'en is this for plenty of Azadi - the events of this as well as the planned Genocide of Magical races cause some to actually turn against their own commanders
Most Annoying Sound: During the brief first interlude when playing as Saga, Saga will run and make really annoying baby noises. Since she walks very slowly, most people will instinctively hold down the key.
Narm: Near the ending to Rebels, as Nela charges towards EYE headquarters with a bomb, you get to say an incredibly awkward and hilarious sound clip. The fact you can shout "NEEEEELLLLLLAAAAAA" repeatedly doesn't help.
Can be invoked by the player. Some puzzles require you to act fast - such as say listening to a racist person talk. Keep waiting and he will just keep stalling for time.
No Export for You: The final decision to have the game cut into episodes made things very difficult for quite a few foreign publishers, who ended up not being able to release the game in a particular language. One of those was Poland's cdp.pl who had already confirmed that the newest installment of the much beloved there saga would, just like the previous two, receive full Polish voice over. When Red Thread Games announced that the game would not be released as a single entity but rather split into chapters, CD Projekt had to pull the plug on the whole project. Ironically, while investigating the whole thing one of fans called the actress who had played Zoë in Dreamfall and she initially believed he was offering her to reprise her role in Chapters, which she was allegedly very enthusiastic about.
On the whole, when it comes to languages, Red Thread Games earned quite a lot of hate from its foreign or even domestic fanbase, seeing as the game, part of a franchise that's widely considered the crowning achievement of the Norwegian gaming industry, did not get any Norwegian version at all (as opposed to the previous two) and was instead available only with English and German-speaking casts as well as with French subtitles. To make things worse, the latter two were notoriously released with massive delays compared to English.
In the very beginning, April's funeral. With a start like this, this story can only end well.
For some, the deaths of Damien Cavanaugh (and how he was framed for the Dreammachine fiasco) and Olivia de Marco (because she knew too much) are quite harsh.
The death of Baruti, the game saying "Your choices have led you to this point" doesn't do any extra justice... Followed by Nela's death... especially if you were nice to them.
The much more minor example: The deaths of Kidbot or Shitbot when they get you out of Mr. London's warehouse. Either you've grown to like Kidbot for how cute it is and Shitbot for how hilarious it is, or just feel their responses as they go out are bad.
A raid on the Resistance Headquarters in Book 4. Blind Bob is dead, and depending on your choices, Shepherdnote if Likho went with Kian, Likhonote if he was left behind or Enunote if Na'ane's treason was exposed will also be dead.
In book 5 Crow is killed rather abruptly when the Prophet snaps his neck.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Usually Kian is stoic and the various injustices we see make only a mild impact on him. When he discovers an Azadi soldier who's been molesting an underage Dolmari girl, he is furious. Kian then has the option to torture and kill him.
The game's beginning, with April's Viking Funeral, for all long-term fans of the series, at least.
Olivia, Zoë's friend, and Damien were killed.
In Rebels, we discover that the cute little Banda are all dead except for one old woman who mourns her people greatly. It gets worse when you see her again as she decides to return to the place where they were all killed so that she can be with them in death. Although it gets better in Book 4 when there is at least one more left.
The ending to Book 4. Saga's father, knocking the wall and crying in desperation.
The sudden and brutal death of Crow, the plucky comic relief character.
That One Boss: When a gun is pulled on Likho/Hami, you have to turn BEHIND you instead of warning him or knocking down the person with the gun.
The game looks beautiful, especially on modern computers. Despite this, the characters' hair is rendered as a stiff piece - and this can lead to some rather embarrassing mishaps such as Zoë's hair clipping through her clothes.
The scene with a confrontation is unintentionally hilarious for several reasons: First off, the goons are holding a man's arms behind his back, and his fingers clip through them. Then a man, if Zoë chooses to interfere, will speak to her in Cantonese. His cane is visibly clipping into his shoulder and a humorous glitch can happen where his mouth doesn't open when he talks.
Some of Anna's scenes turn into Narm when you see her hair visibly clipping through her hood and her scarf.
The limitations of the Unity Engine show again - characters mouth movements sometimes look more like they're just flapping their mouths.
The Woobie: Zoe tells her story at the very beginning of the game. She uncovered a conspiracy and her own mother, Helena Chang, put her into a coma. Zoe's had months to come to terms with it, but it's still pretty raw for her. She's also lost Olivia (her best friend) and Damien (her partner and romantic love interest after Reza).