Ok, I noticed several things that really intrigued me about Alma in the Expansion Pack. Probably the biggest one was this: If the Child version of Alma showed up, she helped you whup the enemies butts. Which makes me curious as to who she is protecting you from. Herself? Fettle?
If the Adult version of Alma showed up...RUN!
I also made it a habit of paying attention to Alma's whispers and found that she was trying to save you from the remnants of Origin. So it made me think that there was something else that was wrong with Alma. You could almost call her "bipolar". I still havent figured out why she would have been attacking you in the origional game, nor why adult Alma continues to her quest to destroy you whilst her "childish" alter-ego tries to protect you from whoever is behind the reactivation of the super soldiers.
I thought that maybe it was because Alma wanted you to kill her so that she didnt have to continue to suffer or to hurt people, but then I decided that this explination was too "transcendant" for F.E.A.R. (Or maybe not enough).
Then I thought that maybe the adult version was Alma's physical form, whilst the child form represented Alma's mind. For instance, when Alma finally had enough of the cruel experimentations the scientists were doing to her, she wanted vengeance so bad that it clouded who she really was, but in this more extreme case, it caused the manifestation of the child-like form of Alma.
Again, this really wouldnt explain why Alma attacked you in the origional game, unless one stretched the possibilites so far as to say that perhaps she was being controlled by her anger and as time progressed, she began to fight back (hence why shes helping you in Extraction Point).
I was surprised then to see the cutscene where the two versions of Alma "merged" and Im hoping for another expansion to further explain (in some difinitive form) the truth behind Alma's nature. I was thrilled to have Alma fighting with me (The few times it happened...she could afford to pull a little more weight) and am intrigued to see if this little "inner struggle" of hers leads to her redemption. I hope so, I really felt sorry for her at the end of F.E.A.R. and wanted to help her kill the people who hurt her.
I hope they announce the next expansion soon, I need to know where they're going with this new twist. I also want to find out who is behind Fettles apparant resurrection as well as who is behind the revival of the super soldiers (Im assuming it cant be Alma since she enjoys killing them too) And before I forget...I want to kill Tubby. I was disappointed you couldnt after he dared to show his face again.
in the original f.e.a.r. , the child alma didn't obviously was trying to kill you . the grown up obviously was. The child alma might cause you to run from flames or so but not trying to touch you and die like grownup alma. maybe child alma was pushing you in the right direction to solve the mystery. I think that in original f.e.a.r. she was just misunderstood by us (the gamers). who know? only time/monolith will tell......
Id love to see a mod or expansion where you got to play as "sweet little Alma"...shes my favorite character (ignoring the fact that shes totally twisted to a spectacular degree)
I still remember that scene from one of the promo wallpapers of her walking on the cealing of a room while injured soldiers are trying to run from her and such. I really wanted to turn around at the end of fear and help her hunt down the rest of Armachan's staff and kill what was left of them...then again...the nuke blast did that for her didnt it?
i think that the armacham personnel wasn't killed by the blast. i think armacham was a bit to far way , but it's well possible that it wasn't and all of armachams staff were killed..or maybe you and the replica's killed all armacham staff . Btw : i saw those posters to , i really wanted to see that in-game ^^ , instead of the usual exploding in bits when she comes near. aaand offc. , bout that mod : yeh that would be cool , but what would be the challenge ? you show up randomly and kill all that is in your way without getting hurt yourself....well maybe alma is scared and might get 'killed' by the things she talks about in extraction point , for example : the bit in the small church with all the flames and all. well right when u enter , she appears in the left saying : Don't let them get me. Who or what is this 'them' ? the killer gouls that killed holiday and jin?? fettel and his replica's??armacham personnel(if still alive)?? one thing is almost for sure , you are on the side of CHILD alma (and those gouls probarly on grownup/rotten alma's side).
Child Alma- I think that being a child, she still acts like a child in some ways you know? And you know how kids like to scare other people some times. So maybe in the original f.e.a.r, she was helping you, but just acting like a child would do, i mean, if you had the ability to basically make someone into a vat of human blood and bones..., also you hear her "laughing" at parts of the original fear, meaning shes having fun w/something or someone. Adult Alma- I believe that adult alma wants to kill you, no matter who you are. Because if she gets close to you in the 1st F.E.A.R she basically strikes at you and your dead. Adult alma is the actual physical alma who is just thinking of revenge and killing everyone for what they did to her. and Child alma is another part of alma's mind, who as a child, tries to at least maybe save you. The part when they murge together prob means that Alma is one know, meaning you wont see her child self, but you'll only see her physical self. And who knows, maybe it could be after you, or maybe it changes its mind, and doesnt. I dont know, but i think the developers will still have her chasing you because the game is called FEAR. So idk Also, have you ever thought of this as a cool/scary sequence of the game, where your walking somewhere, doesnt matter where, and all of a sudden adult alma shows and starts like chasing you, and then you turn around and have to run from her, and you finally keep to the ladder, start climbing, but all of a sudden you feel a grab on your leg and your character turns his head down to look and there she is grabing your leg.... idk, i thought that would be pretty freaky
i aggree with the child having fun theory . damn , if i could let some soulless clones explode the scare the shit out of my 'son' ( :D ) , i'd do that ... kk , not everyone would do that , o well : i am a bit of a sadist ^^ (in-game!!!) but about the chase part , yes it would be cool if you wouldnt explode into bits if she'd touch you. so , the second you feel something on your leg , you're dead..in all bits...like a jigsaw puzzle....to have fun with....coming back to the child alma , maybe she wants to make u explode so you could be her jigsaw puzzle :lol:
I actually hope they go for the "redemption" bit, as cheesy as it is. Id really hate to have to kill her before helping her avenge the pain and suffering she had to endure. But either way it would be fine for me.
as long that the guys that did those things against alma PAY!
alma is my girlfriends name @_@...scary stuff man.
Just my humble opinion...
IIRC a wizard or sorcerer who was powerful enough to continue existing even after death was called a Lich. So Im guessing Alma is akin to a Lich Queen.
Lich's usually stored their soul in a vessel called a Phylactery. If the Phylactery is destroyed the Lich is destroyed.
Considering what Alma went through its very possible her mind fragmented into two personalities.
The killer Alma is IIRC what is called the Reptile brain. Alma's bad side has been reduced to a almost primal state where she is ruled by urges and survival instinct. Notice in some scenes how she moves at you like a ape. She is angry and wants revenge and boy is she pissed.
The good childlike Alma is the part of her mind that is good and wants to be accepted and doesnt want to be hurt anymore. She is more rational. I dont think she wants to be killed. She wants to be protected from being a guineau pig and test subject. She is also angry at ATC for perverting her into a weapons system.
Fettel and the character we play in game are her sons. The "Origin" Army are clones of Fettel.
As the character Rachel says in Bladerunner "Im not part of the business...I AM the business".
IMHO when the two halves of Alma joined it meant her purpose had been achieved and her rage was subsiding. She got what she wanted...revenge.
I am thinking that now that her good side and bad side joined it means she will still have a violatile temper but it will be tempered by the good Alma. Such things as compassion and mercy will now be possible.
Or it could also show the two sides of her mind at war.