When a game makes fun of itself, you know it's bad.

#1 Posted by shivermetimbers (888 posts) -

I'm a couple of hours into this game (I'm at the dungeon with all of those rule puzzles) and I'm, let's say, intrigued at the amount of times this game tends to make fun of its boring/bad design. When given a fetch quest for example, your book sidekick Weiss will say something along the lines of: "Another fetch quest, why don't we do something interesting?" This is just one example of many. The game tends to do it a lot and I don't know whether or not I should laugh at it.

It's like Duke Nukem Forever when Duke says: "Valve puzzles suck" and yet the player is forced to do it.

Any other examples of games that do this?

#2 Edited by TentPole (1856 posts) -

That game has a great story, but it is awful as fuck and nothing can make up for that.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Not exactly. if the game establishes something as bad game design and then practices said game design without a hint of irony, humor, or sarcasm, then that's a problem, but Nuts & Bolts wasn't a bad game because it made fun of collect-a-thons in its first minute.

#4 Edited by falling_fast (2529 posts) -

Saints Row the Third makes fun of itself. it is a good game.

also, I like Nier :/. it is flawed, but it has some interesting things going on.

#5 Posted by Nux (2545 posts) -

Nier is awesome and I will fight all that says otherwise! But yeah it had some problems but I don't think it being self aware at times is one of them.

#6 Posted by frankfartmouth (1047 posts) -

Bard's Tale was stuffed with that kind of shit.

#7 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5005 posts) -

Nier I found was just a really "mellow" game. The art and design was not totally exuberant and the combat I found to be really easy (dark fist all day every day). I despised some things about the end chapter, though.

#8 Edited by Vorbis (2763 posts) -

Nier is one of the best games this generation, keep playing, it has a slow start.

Also a second playthrough is required to understand anything that's going on, don't stop after the "final" boss.

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