Zero Punctuation: Republique

Republique

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Republique.

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Republique has a very French looking spelling to it to me. Were any of the characters in this game French? Or is it just a desperate attempt to make a boring and probably not all that applicable title seem cool?

Somebody is going to have to break the news to Yahtzee that his "you just had to endure an ad to watch this video" joke came on the same week when everyone was given premium membership for reasons not yet entirely clear. So many of us didn't have to endure an ad.

i don't think i was given premium.... what the shit.

Her name is "Hope"?
Does it mean that this is one of those cyberpunk games that focuses on soul and emotion instead of technolgy, in the soulless and emotionless world filled with technology that cyberpunk ought to be?

Zhukov:
Somebody is going to have to break the news to Yahtzee that his "you just had to endure an ad to watch this video" joke came on the same week when everyone was given premium membership for reasons not yet entirely clear. So many of us didn't have to endure an ad.

Maybe he was referring to certain porn sites... :p

OT: So... It's a "3/5 Too much expectations" kind of game? I would say that life is strange like that, but I fear the hitman would get me...

Other than that, "ladybird"? Just because they can fly does not mean it's not an aviary bug that can metaphorically give you good luck...

Danm, I thought it was going to be Hyper Light Drifter this week, maybe next week?

Zhukov:
Somebody is going to have to break the news to Yahtzee that his "you just had to endure an ad to watch this video" joke came on the same week when everyone was given premium membership for reasons not yet entirely clear. So many of us didn't have to endure an ad.

I assumed it was because I'd hit the seven year mark since I'd registered. Or because they'd caught me complaining about the bandwidth-sucking full-video banner ads and the horribly broken attempt at crowbarring Flash-based ads into an HTML5-based player or the mandatory "captchas" that involve parroting a corporate slogan like something cyberpunk dystopia writers are probably all smacking their heads wishing they'd thought of first, and figured if I stopped seeing those things, I'd stop talking about them, if only because I couldn't be totally sure they were still there for other people.

But I guess not?

A review of a cyberpunk stealth-action game using security cameras with nary a mention of WATCH_DOGS. Too easy, I guess. The name also brought to mind this old politics sim named Republic: The Revolution.

Steve the Pocket:

Zhukov:
Somebody is going to have to break the news to Yahtzee that his "you just had to endure an ad to watch this video" joke came on the same week when everyone was given premium membership for reasons not yet entirely clear. So many of us didn't have to endure an ad.

I assumed it was because I'd hit the seven year mark since I'd registered. Or because they'd caught me complaining about the bandwidth-sucking full-video banner ads and the horribly broken attempt at crowbarring Flash-based ads into an HTML5-based player or the mandatory "captchas" that involve parroting a corporate slogan like something cyberpunk dystopia writers are probably all smacking their heads wishing they'd thought of first, and figured if I stopped seeing those things, I'd stop talking about them, if only because I couldn't be totally sure they were still there for other people.

But I guess not?

Yeah, that was some odd timing on Yahtzee's part. I also noticed my profile pic changed; it used to be what should have been a GIF of Yahtzee clapping his hands and going "WONK!"

Huh. Never heard of this one before. Sounds...exactly like what a name like Republique would deliver.

RJ Dalton:
Republique has a very French looking spelling to it to me. Were any of the characters in this game French? Or is it just a desperate attempt to make a boring and probably not all that applicable title seem cool?

There was an allegedly French character and there's a bit where the main character speaks some French. Other than that it doesn't really do much of anything other than stave off a lawsuit from Plato's estate.

This game kind of reminds me of Broken Age in that it seems like the dev team had alot of good intial ideas for Episodes 1-3, then kinda burned out when they were making episodes 4 and 5, and hadn't quite thought through how they were going to resolve the plot until the last minute.

I'd be really into seeing more of these complete episodic reviews. I didn't have any interest in this game before, and now I have slightly more interest.

Yahtzee, one fact you might not have known of is that the developers set out to make a hardcore experience for a touchpad* audience in the making of this game, i.e. they were aiming primarily for the iPad users. Judging by your review you didn't play on a touchpad device, but I just wonder if this changes how you look on this game?

*or at least that's what they said at one point; it's possible they've changed their objective during the years of development.

Bedinsis:
Yahtzee, one fact you might not have known of is that the developers set out to make a hardcore experience for a touchpad* audience in the making of this game, i.e. they were aiming primarily for the iPad users. Judging by your review you didn't play on a touchpad device, but I just wonder if this changes how you look on this game?

*or at least that's what they said at one point; it's possible they've changed their objective during the years of development.

It's still avaiable for the smartphone users, however something did change as there's also a PS4 version available.

Oh, yes the unskippable adverts.. I saw that.. No plugins for me, no siree.. I am a good boy who watch his ads and pay money for his DLC.

it certainly has its ups and downs but still an interesting game never the less. at least its one of these games you dont have to worry about dying when you get spotted and is a switch from all these dark themed games.
what was rather aggravating that it took them nearly 8 months to release epi 4. by that time i have pretty much forgotten what has happened before because of that huge gab. and when finally epi 5 came out, i have realized that it was exactly a year since its release.
is it a great game? no but an interesting one i still can recommend for having something different.

what do you call this ad followed by no video at all malarky, escapist? sort your shit out.

Transdude1996:
It's still avaiable for the smartphone users, however something did change as there's also a PS4 version available.

I was more talking in terms of that their primary platform might have changed; that they continued to support the mobile platforms is a given.

not until you eat this Ladybird

you... want me to eat Hank Hill's dog? okay, if it'll make us real friends...

Am I the only one who sees Yahtzee in the end credits as suddenly extremely startled as opposed to rubbing his eyes?

As for the game itself, I got nothin', I admittedly never even heard of it before now.

"Industry veterans of Halo..."

Halo 5? Because that would explain a lot. >_>

martyrdrebel27:
i don't think i was given premium.... what the shit.

It was only given I think to people who had been here past a certain amount time. I'm not sure. I thought it was just part of the April Fools joke but I guess it's legit.

When in doubt, blame Hitler.

These 'devs' claimed this was going to revolutionize something and I changed the channel. Episodic releases are just pre-Alpha proto-builds in disguise.

Arnoxthe1:

martyrdrebel27:
i don't think i was given premium.... what the shit.

It was only given I think to people who had been here past a certain amount time. I'm not sure. I thought it was just part of the April Fools joke but I guess it's legit.

Also you need to be under a certain amount of mod wrath.

So a 5-part episodic title falls apart at episode 4. Should we just start calling this the Life is Strange effect?

Zhukov:
Everyone was given premium membership for reasons not yet entirely clear.

So that's why it defaulted to 720p

Drathnoxis:
Also you need to be under a certain amount of mod wrath.

"Mod wrath".

Why does that always evoke Old Testament pyrotechnics in the back of my mind? Like the right offense will send my shutter shades-wearing Smug Neloth of House Telvanni shrieking down some nameless pit of Stygian fire? Preferably with dramatic organs in the back?

 

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