the ability to pet and hold dogs and other animals (with no necessarily beneficial ramifications upon the mechanics of the game) is the most important advancement in video games in the past 10-15 years.
I have a theory on Thomas Sanders that he can control minds and rather than using this gift for evil, he uses it to make funny vines. Like, a classroom full of kids? mind control. The teacher of the class? mind control. Cop pulls him over? you better believe that dude is gonna sing Don’t Stop Believing with him, mind control.