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Red Faction: Guerilla

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw | 24 Jul 2009 12:30
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Actually, wait, wait. Before you push it, you call up the reception desk and say something really cool, like, er... "Remind me, what's the 18th letter of the alphabet?" then you press the button before they answer and they all go "ARRRRRRRRRRRGH" and you laugh. That'd be sweet. Someone make a game about that.

Anyway, let's go back to reason 2 for this column.

"My main gripe about this review is; How does Yahtzee justify saying dickish simulators aren't fun when he gave fairly positive reviews to Infamous and Prototype? Especialy when he pointed out how enjoyable it was to act like a dick with the game play elements that actually required you to be a dick to advance the story. It just all seems so inconsistent."

- 'Hamster mk 4' (from the Overlord 2 review comments)

Ah. The hamster has walked right into the cage. I was expecting someone to bring this up. But I didn't say being a dick in Infamous was fun, I said it was only fun in Prototype. My point was, being a dick is less fun when the game is obviously set up for it. Infamous' moral choice system gives you approved 'bad' options and ticks them off a little checklist. It feels prohibitive.

But in Prototype, being a dick is more fun because the game often seems to be confused about Alex 'Unicorn Tits' Mercer's dipshittitude. I mean, yes, most first-time players will murder the entire population of Innocentville by accident alone, but that moment in the tank when Alex wondered aloud if he was doing the right thing, that alone was worth a thousand electro-testicles in humour value. There are missions where he has to protect and rescue his sister, then he has the cheek to complain about her treatment. Hey! Alex! You see all those red stains on your jumper? They probably had sisters too! You prick!

Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic he also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer, who are too important to mention us. His personal site is www.fullyramblomatic.com.

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