By okoctothorpe 9 Comments
So after watching the Endurance Run of Deadly Premonition (shamefully, most episodes more than once), I got hooked. I'm too impatient to wait for the next Endurance Run, so I started looking for playthroughs with good commentary.
I've been watching Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on YouTube - I'm a sucker for good horror games. Wait, could we really call Deadly Premonition a GOOD horror game? It was a good horror story. It was weird enough to be a Stephen King plot, although with a lot less euphemisms for "vagina." I was compelled enough to want to experience the story again and to look for clues I had missed the first (and second!) time around. But I was damn thankful I wasn't playing the game myself - the controls seemed awful at best, the combat was tedious, and it looked frustrating overall. Can you be considered an exemplar of "good horror game" if you're missing the criteria of being a "good game"? But we can't forget that this is a $20 game - for $20, it was pretty good. And it was funny as hell, if unintentionally. It was successful as an enjoyable way to pass the time, so does that count as "good game"?
So back to Eternal Darkness. The playthrough I'm watching is entertaining, but the commentary is somewhat.... lacking. It sounds like the player is a fourteen year old girl. Not that there's anything wrong with being a fourteen year old girl - I've been one myself and I see them in my classroom every day. That's probably part of the problem - listening to the commentary reminds me of being at work. And it's not nearly as funny as the Giant Bombers. Eh, I'll keep looking and see what's out there. Worse come to worse, I can just wait til the next Endurance Run.
1. What makes a good game?
2. Any playthroughers you'd recommend?