As a history and economics lover I might nitpick, but it’s true, you do learn the most surprising things from games sometimes… it’s not like school learning, and it might be fluffed over sometimes, but on the other side it’s actually personal and interesting enough that you actually become curious of the subject matter. For example every time I played Civilization 3/4/5 I was impressed at how much research they must’ve done and how I could look at history with new perspectives and a deeper understanding exactly because it wasn’t just a retelling but a reinventing.
One of my favorite moments from the old adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island is when a funny character (a cannibal with a huge lemon on his head) at some point comes to you and comments on one of the many random things you’ve picked up, a statue, like so Lemonhead:
- “Ooh, that’s nice. Simple.Just like one of mine.
- And little.
- Like mine.
- And it says ‘Made by Lemonhead’, just like mine! “
– much much less content than I was hoping for
– the choice of abandoning everything that was beautiful about Farcry 3 (paradise island, sunny days) and turning it into a nighttime retro exagerated sci-fi mood i thought hurt it a lot. I mean it could have been done in a way that it was better but this way the result was simply a visually very boring landscape and even that you’re struggling to see as in this darkness your weapons are blinding you with their glow. I understand the game was trying to make fun of things, but it did that enough in the cinematics and sounds, it could have been much better IMHO if it integrated the gameplay nighttime a bit better
+ pretty funny 80s-90s movie cliches, from phrases to story arcs
+ there were interesting moments, some ok stuff to do
+ it still benefited from the great framework of the original
+ pretty cool soundtrack
Conclusions: -2 [on a -5 to 5 scale]. I would have much more preferred more of the same farcry 3, or if it went in this direction it would have needed more original artwork. As much as I wish I could I’m afraid can’t recommend this one from an artwork point of view except for the occasional parodic phrases and the retro soundtrack.
Not only am I looking forward to thsi game because of the very interesting simulations and humor of the last 2 but also I happened to have recently seen the Charlie Chaplin movie so had to post this.
Oh, and with all the Pirates of the Caribbean stuff (and now playing AC4) this one is also particularly funny imo:
The last sketch reminded me of how you help these silly sailors build their ship in Black & While. The funny song got stuck to my brain ever since :D