Thursday, July 05, 2012

PAOTRSPOD (part two)

I forgot to mention something yesterday in reference to Penny Arcade's On The Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3, and it relates to expectations. Before the first game, there was a ton of hype. A ton. And while the game was certainly inspired and mostly entertaining, I remember thinking after playing for a few hours then something just didn't feel quite right.

Actually, I think I do remember what it was that felt off. The visual presentation of the game was bright and colorful, almost a cartoon brought to life, and most of it was light-hearted, but then a character would drop f-bombs in dialogue for what seemed to be absolutely no reason. I'm all for profanity when it advances something--anything--but it didn't seem to be serving any purpose. It seemed awkward.

This game, in contrast, has come out with basically zero hype, but it's a much, much better game. It's much more cohesive, it's much funnier, and it never feels awkward. Everything feels like it belongs together, if that makes any sense. Stylistically, it seems to be a perfect match for Penny Arcade.

And, most importantly, it's fun.

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