Posts Tagged ‘Deadly Premonition’

There are so many ways to show you love people. During the holiday season people are focused on giving gifts. Well, if you have someone nerdy in your life, chances are they play or have played video games in the past. Maybe there is an old game they miss or a new game they want. You can’t always get out to Game Stop, or sometimes you just refuse to give them your money. There is an alternative way to give your friends and family a game, digitally.

Using Steam, Good Old Games and the Humble Bundle you can pretty much take care of every geeky nerdy need this holiday season. Not only is this convenient but environmentally friendly.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games has some hum dingers. They specialize in conversions and updates to older games. That way you can keep playing your favorites from the 90s or older.

1. Alpha Centauri – this was Sid Meier’s space version of Civilization. It had a cool back story involving different governments with opposing goals and back stories. I bought this and played it… alot. It’s actually the third time I’ve owned this game.

2. Septerra Core – An action RPG, Septerra Core stared a female lead character that has to fight through a world divided into seven floating rings around the planets core. It’s Sci-fi and steam punk before steam punk was really a thing. I love the story and game play. My favorite character was Led, a female engineer with robotic legs.

3.  Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh – These were puzzle games where they actually filmed actors and then put them in digital environments. There was a huge industry that was involved with making these sort of games. They are not kid friendly through. The first one is about a married couple that moves into an old mansion. Her husband slowly gets possessed by the ghost of a former owner who killed his multiple wives.

The Humble Bundle

The Humble Bundle started as random charity for Child’s Play. They sold a bundle of games for whatever you wanted to donate. You could download them whenever. They started with indie games but they’ve had themed packs and expanded into a bundle, a weekly sale and a store. The main Humble Bundle is still pay what you want and goes to charity. It’s really heart warming. Keep an eye on this though, they change frequently.

Steam

Steam can be accessed two ways, through their website and through their program. Either way you can buy games online and download them. They constantly have sales and do a mid-week special on Wednesday. They added a feature when you buy a gift game, you can specify the date your friends can receive their gifts. It has a card where you can add a message as well. They have a lot of great big games like Team Fortress and they have indie games like Don’t Starve and Super Meat Boy.

1. Don’t Starve – You are stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothing on your back. You need to collect food, make tools, build fires and erect shelter before you starve. This is an addictive grinding game with random events and weather. Weather is vicious man, it doesn’t care that you have bad time mangement skills and forgot to build a tent.

2. Super Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy needs to save his girlfriend from an evil fetus wearing a tuxedo. This game is a fun physics platformer game. You can play it with a keyboard or a controller.

3. Deadly Premonition – Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods haunted by ghosts. See my review of this hilarious game.

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Deadly Premonition

Posted: November 30, 2013 by Noccie in Video Games
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Hey… Deadly Premonition is on sale on steam right now.  Perfect time to buy it!

14.99 for the directors cut! It’s on sale till December 3rd.

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A friend of mine, who blogs for Enemy Slime, made a list of his favorite survival horror games for Halloween. I thought I knew exactly what was going to be on the list but there was one I game I wasn’t familiar with; Deadly Premonition. Michael’s review made the game sound hilariously bad, so I had to hunt down a copy of the game.

Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods. All you want to do is get to town but you encounter ghosts along the way. You’re not sure if it’s the crash effecting you or if the ghosts are really there. Once out of the woods Agent York meets the hostile town Sheriff and his attractive deputy who will help you throughout your investigation. Agent York uses a combination of investigation and psychic visions to solve these mysteries. Wandering through the town and the surrounding areas you investigate as more paranormal activity pops up leading you to question what is really going on.

I will first say, they ripped off most of the story from Twin Peaks. Agent York even talks to someone named Zack the whole time. In Twin Peaks, Special Agent Dale Cooper talks to Diane all the time. You never meet her in the show. You never know if Agent York is taking notes for someone back in the office or if he’s just nuts. The story has the same small time environment, the same set up of a murder and the same weirdness of Twin Peaks. Eventually the story does diverge but it’s just so damn obvious.

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Deadly Premonition is actually an old game, they started working on it in 2004. It wasn’t published till 2010 though and is toted as the most polarizing game to be published. People love it or hate it. There are moments in the game where you question what the developers were really trying to accomplish but they just add to the game’s charm. I think that people were expecting a serious game. The developers realized they weren’t making a great game with an original story and so they made it funny and quirky. They took the game to that next level, on purpose because they knew it wasn’t going to be the best or greatest. That decision made this game worth buying.

I am really enjoying this game but not because it’s scary. It does have a few good moments so far but mostly it’s been hilarious. The dialogue is weird and often characters don’t make total sense. The voice acting is bad, very cheesy. The side missions are ridiculous. At one point I found myself looking for the Sheriff’s friend Arnold so he could finish his work out routine. Turned out Arnold was the name of one of his weights. I found it and reunited Arnold and Sylvester. 

Did I mention there is a driving portion? You get to drive around town and outside Greenvale. It’s rather hard to figure out where you are supposed to go, so I often referred to the map. Honestly, if you didn’t drive the game would take forever. I enjoyed these parts. They are way easier than Grand Theft Auto. You are still responsible for getting gas, which is amusing. You car makes this annoying ding when you fall below 6% on you gas tank.

The other characters you meet are also weird. Here is Harry Stewart. He’s an eccentric wealthy resident of Greenvale. He never speaks to anyone but his assistant.

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Anyway, play the game. I am enjoying it. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. I may have to play through several times.

It’s available on all XBox 360, PS3 and PC.

Here is a link to some cut scenes from the game that made me laugh and love this game.

Here is the game trailer.