To be entirely fair, Uplay itself is not actually a terrible service, but packaging it with products on freaking Steam is the dumbest possible decision.
Anyway, I just managed to watch the VOD as the live stream was waaay too late at night for me and was super happy that Alex had pretty much the same sheer joy I experienced when playing Blood Dragon, it really is a fantastic thing.
That said, and hoping Alex actually reads this before today's stream, there are a couple things I think I should explain:
- The game is actually REALLY short, like there is only 1 more mission in it and you can complete that in about 45 minutes. Obviously up to Alex, but I would personally love to see that maybe before Remember Me, especially as the last 10 minutes or so of BD are the most amazing thing.
- There are a lot of weapon upgrades, and you unlock them by either doing hunting missions (which send you off to kill a specific animal), scientist rescue missions or collecting a certain number of the various collectibles (TVs, VHS tapes, notes, and hunting all the types of animals)
- As you've discovered, the red omega signs in the sky mark enemy garrisons. The idea is to go capture all the garrisons in order to reduce the number of enemy patrols in the area. Each garrison also causes friendly scientists with guns to spawn and patrol and fight the evil cyborgmans. Furthermore, each garrison contains at least 2 mission terminals that send you on hunt/scientist rescue missions, so that you can unlock more things for your guns.
-There are 3 ways to capture a garrison: shoot everyone in the face, disable the shield by pressing the disable shield button, or destroying the conveniently glowing blue shield generator that's outside the shield. Dropping the shield causes a blood dragon to come in and murder everyone.
-Also if it was unclear, capturing the garrisons is entirely unnecessary to finishing the game, and in fact you go into free roam mode after the end and can just go on doing all the sidequest stuff at your leisure, not that there's much point.
-There is an FOV slider in the video settings menu, please for the love of all that is good and right in the world, use it! I've never been so entertained while also having incredible headaches and nausea in my life!