First of all, full disclosure: I don't have either game, but I do know the story of both. They really took a lopsided approach at trying to address racism and prejudice (and the blind hatred and ignorance both can create) by portraying Acura (Japanese version) / Copen (English version) as a "straw racist" (I think that's right phrase) who... In other words, he is blatantly portrayed as literally being that ignorant/blind to what it's really all about. Anyway you slice it, though, it's clear that even there was to be a third game, this story does not have a happy ending. In fact, this story probably never should have happened in the first place, "from a certain point of view"*. In my honest opinion, this really hurts both games, and takes away from what they're supposed to be about: games that play similarly to Mega Man, but with a twist. It ends up overpowering all the other parts of the games, including the gameplay parts. In other words, in the long run, the gameplay and the fun factor are both made irrelevant by the way it tries to address these issues. One could even say that these games are the equivalent of TV shows having "very special episodes". I think that if Acura / Copen had been portrayed a little more fairly, and at least open to idea of adepts and non-adepts coexisting (something that Gunvolt himself gets, among other things), it might make both games a little more worth playing in the long run, but that's just me. One thing is for sure, bith games are examples of games that end up taking themselves too seriously, On a related note, I think Shigeru Miyamoto (whose games, as many people know, focus less on story, and more on gameplay) warned about games turning out like this. That said, I'm not against games having specific stories. It's just that I think there's a better way that certain issues can be talked about. IMO, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it, and personally, I think both ASG games did it the wrong way. Also before anyone makes any comments about characters who are supposed to be "realistic" or "believable", that's just it. The way Acura / Copen is portrayed here is, if anything, the exact opposite. There's nothing realistic about people making excuses for their own ignorance (including those who use religion as a way to justify it, like Acura / Copen does) regardless if it happens in fiction or not... *I know: "If it didn't happen, there wouldn't be a game", etc.; hence why I said "from a certain point of view".