#1 Posted by Daveyo520 (6681 posts) -

I know many of you are itching  for new Endurance Runs to be done all the time, guess what, they are. The Endurance Runs are just another name for a Let's Play, aka people playing through games on video. I KNOW it is about the staff doing it, but if you just want to see people play and talk many are out there. I enjoy watching them a whole lot for some strange reason, I seem to enjoy it even though I am not playing the game myself. I am here to give you guys a list of some good LPers that you can watch to help subdue you ER cravings.  
 
My favorite, Helloween4545 (HE HAS A BRITISH ACCENT!) 
L0rdVega 
Lyrax 
ProtonJonSA 
 
There are many more guys out there and if you have some you like, share them.

#2 Posted by sagesebas (2003 posts) -

There is a guy doing Heavy Rain it was cool for like a minute and then I said what am I doing, not gunna ruin the game for myself

#3 Edited by blazerx9x (648 posts) -
#4 Posted by sixghost (1679 posts) -

I think you really misunderstand why people enjoyed the ER.

#5 Posted by Wright (637 posts) -

Co-sign helloween. I'd also add klyka1.

#6 Posted by ch3burashka (5040 posts) -
@sixghost said:
" I think you really misunderstand why people enjoyed the ER. "
#7 Posted by Daveyo520 (6681 posts) -
@sixghost: I know it is about the Guys and how they act when playing, but some others could enjoy this too.
#8 Posted by animateria (3252 posts) -

Helloween4545 has been the greatest LPer I encountered so far.
 
I like how he talks to the game and call enemies, "Mr. Satan" or whatever.
 
And his rage moments are plain gold.

#9 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2140 posts) -

Endurance Runs are Jeff and Vinny playing through a game while bouncing thoughts off each other.
 
None of the Let's Play people have anywhere near the personality Jeff and Vinny have.

#10 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

youtube LPers are the worst LPers.
 

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/
 I really like the FFX one and the Illbleed one must be seen to be believed.
#11 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2129 posts) -

Good reminder as to where ER's came from.  This is Giant Bomb though dude, and the fans of ER usually just want to see the staff play games and hear their reactions, and not the reactions and opinions of strangers unfortunately.  
 
I did watch some ProtonJonSA stuff before, and thought it was fun seeing the Mario Rom Hacks and how twisted they can get.  I beat Kaizo Mario just to see how insane it was after seeing one of the levels the first time.

#12 Edited by BeachThunder (11834 posts) -

Halloween4545 is awesome =D
 
He makes horror time fun!

#13 Posted by captain_clayman (3320 posts) -

i like watching giantbomb make fun of shitty games and japanese games 
 
i hate LP's with no talking 
it's the worst thing in existence.

#14 Posted by gabha (355 posts) -

Yay staff ! boo other people! 

#15 Posted by huntad (1931 posts) -

I feel that Let's Plays are fun for a bit, but after a while they all start to get boring. It's just a lot more fun to experience the game for yourself (obviously), and watching people play old games doesn't stay interesting for very long.

#16 Posted by Sliced_Bread (147 posts) -

Helloween4545 is my daily dose of british. 
SirRonLionheart is my dose of batshit crazy.

#17 Posted by Hamst3r (4481 posts) -

I do Let's Plays. :3
 
http://www.youtube.com/hamsteralliance 
 
Last played: Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
 
The Resident Evil 5 (co-op with two person commentary), Moonbase Alpha, I'm Not Alone and Metro 2033 LPs have been the most popular.
 
There are playlists for 'em.
 
Oh and they're edited down to get rid of the boring stuff, so an 8 hour game is around 4 hours of video. I think it makes them much easier to watch.

#18 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -

ER does something that LPs normally don't do well.  ER has two dudes that provide funny commentary of the game's mechanics and story. The ERs have also featured games where the players have no prior experience.    
 
LPs usually have only one person.  They also tend to treat it more of a walkthrough if they have played it before.  With blind runs, the commentary is also pretty hit or miss depending on the LPer.   
 
Not hating on LPs, in fact I subscribe to a couple on YT. The problem is they cater to different audiences. I also have yet to see an LP with 2 guys that matches the same quality as the ERs.  

#19 Posted by Zicdab (388 posts) -

I always liked Diabetus.

#20 Posted by Zafmg (324 posts) -

opened thread CTRL-F trespasser -- why has nobody mentioned trespasser!? you fellers are off your game
 
Trespasser by Research Indicates (make sure you watch the recaps as well, they include extra fun content)

#21 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I'd rather spend my time playing video games, instead of watching.

#22 Posted by kalmis (1558 posts) -

I never understood the point with Endurance Runs or these Let's Play things.

#23 Posted by Zafmg (324 posts) -
@kalmis said:
" I never understood the point with Endurance Runs or these Let's Play things. "
it's like watching your friend play a game and it's enjoyable :] 
#24 Posted by papercut (3474 posts) -

I'm going to go ahead a pimp out a fellow GB user. Kowbrainz has a few good Lets Play including Luigi's Mansion and a Persona 3 FES I believe he is still working on.

#25 Posted by hedfone (1751 posts) -
@sixghost said:
" I think you really misunderstand why people enjoyed the ER. "

#26 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

As much time as it would take to watch all this, I would never play video games. Giant Bomb takes away enough of my game time as it is. It's nice to see though, I use them as Quick Looks... if you will. Thanks for posting. Bookmarked for future reference.

#27 Posted by Daveyo520 (6681 posts) -
@Claude: You're welcome. I don't have the ability to play a lot of the games I would like to, and this seems to me like an okay alternative. 
#28 Posted by NZV (125 posts) -

Youtube LPs.
 
*boo* 
*hiss*
 
Someone already linked the archive, so here, have some astronauts. These guys do good work. I recommend the New Super Mario Bros. Wii one to start off, it's pretty fucking hilarious. Very reminiscent of the Giant Bomb SMBW Quick Look.
http://www.freelanceastronauts.com/index.php

#29 Posted by CrimsonJesus (65 posts) -

Tagging this for when I get bored.

#30 Edited by Popogeejo (615 posts) -

SA produces some great LP's; 
http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Sonic2006/ Sonic 2006. Done in a marathon session over 24 hours. The group have a good chemistry and the game throws out plenty of shit to mock.  They've done plenty of other games, including a few Kirby games and God Hand.
http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Chulip/ Weird game, very relaxed commentator. He also did a pretty great LP of the first 3 Tony Hawk games. 
http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Penumbra/ A Horror/Puzzle game played by someone who has no patience for horror or puzzles. Kind of minimal effort blind run but surprisingly funny. 
There are also a bunch by ChipCheezum which are all worth a look.  

Someone already mentioned the Freelance Astronauts and Diabetus. Those guys are also very good. The FA's run of TooT: MasterQuest is probably the most similar to the Endurance Run after their NSMBW run.
 
I feel like such a sperg...

#31 Posted by ESREVER (2682 posts) -
Kikoskia is by far my favorite LPer. He's the only one I watch, really. His voice never gets on my nerves, and usually has pretty good humorous/entertaining commentrary on the games he plays. 
He likes the older games though. Stuff like Lands of Lore, Realms of the Haunting, Stonekeep, Beneath the Steel Sky, etc.  
His Resident Evil1, Daikatana, and XCOM lets plays are fantastic. 
 
Also, not a Lets-Play, but instead a longplay channel. Cubex55 has a ton of great game playthroughs of all platforms and genres. And the videos tend to be super long.    
#32 Posted by cnlmullen (900 posts) -

I'd probably watch LPs of interesting games I wouldn't want to play if my time wasn't so limited. But, a big part of the reason I like the Endurance Runs is the same reason I like Bombcast: I like listening to the editors.

#33 Posted by Addfwyn (1921 posts) -

There's some good Let's Plays, and some not so much. 
 
I prefer the ones with voice commentary, as opposed to subtitles (though Dead Space was pretty funny) and there just aren't many done that well.  I did sit through the entire Uncharted 1 Let's Play and really really enjoyed it though.

#34 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

I've only seen Chuggaaconroy and Darksydephil, both of which are hilarious. 

#35 Posted by Onced (108 posts) -

The only Let's Play I've watched so far is Hamst3r running through Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While it's really entertaining, especially considering it's him solo commentating, it hasn't held the appeal that the ERs did. 

#36 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -
@Zafmg said:
" @kalmis said:
" I never understood the point with Endurance Runs or these Let's Play things. "
it's like watching your friend play a game and it's enjoyable :]  "
I'm not friends with these nerds. 
 
A good Lets Play is like a good anime. It doesn't exist. 
 
Thank God for Retsuprae. You people need to stop supporting this LP bullshit. I want gameplay, not some twat talking over it.
#37 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@MysteriousBob
@Zafmg said:
" @kalmis said:
" I never understood the point with Endurance Runs or these Let's Play things. "
it's like watching your friend play a game and it's enjoyable :]  "
I'm not friends with these nerds. 
 
A good Lets Play is like a good anime. It doesn't exist. 
 
Thank God for Retsuprae. You people need to stop supporting this LP bullshit. I want gameplay, not some twat talking over it.
So you don't like the Endurance Run oh and on that note, since you hate anime you hate cartoons right?
#38 Posted by Zafmg (324 posts) -
@MysteriousBob said:
" @Zafmg said:
" @kalmis said:
" I never understood the point with Endurance Runs or these Let's Play things. "
it's like watching your friend play a game and it's enjoyable :]  "
I'm not friends with these nerds.  A good Lets Play is like a good anime. It doesn't exist.  Thank God for Retsuprae. You people need to stop supporting this LP bullshit. I want gameplay, not some twat talking over it. "
Hurffff now watch me do 100 reps you fucking nerds
#39 Posted by Wes899 (2108 posts) -

I enjoy Hamst3r's LPs. I've also been spoiled on retsupurae, so I can't take any real LP's seriously anymore, aside from the one I mentioned.

#40 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

I only ever really watch Slowbeef's videos and that's mainly because he always has at least one guest and him and Diabetus are hilarious at times.

#41 Posted by evanbrau (1162 posts) -

The only good youtube letsplays are good because retsuprae is tearing them apart. All youtube lps suck but thankfully someone has already posted the archive. If you are looking for good lps go to the archive, if you want funny people tearing apart bad lps then look for retsuprae on youtube.

#42 Posted by JackSukeru (5910 posts) -

I watched some British bloke play through Re:armed and Bionic Commando, that was pretty entertaining. Most of the time though it's just a waste of time that I could be spending actually playing games, so I'd rather not get into it.