VJ vs BR Playing Styles (ER Spoilers)

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#1  Edited By ElCapitan

Anyone else think it's crazy how differently these two games are turning out already?
 
Brad and Ryan

  • Takes more damage
  • Better handle on controls
  • More efficient at advancing the story
  • Do a lot more races
  • Appreciate the soundtrack a lot more
  • Have funnier Mr. Smith jokes (in my opinion)
  • Actually go fishing
  • Have a tendency to completely miss everything that happens in a cutscene (or at least pretend they did)
  • Hoards Turkey Sandwiches
  • Reloads right in front of enemies/Forgets to reload
  • Had a tough time with the ceiling crawlers, but gets through them faster
  • Found the radio
  • First to give up on scraggly York and shave
 
Vinny and Jeff
  • Take more time to joke about the characters and make funny voices
  • Tend to play in shorter bursts
  • Show the recap at the start of almost every episode (although they have been skipping it a bit)
  • Explore more, resulting in peeping on Thomas, their phat new ride, and their infinite ammo submachine gun
  • Make raunchier jokes about Emily, Diane, etc.
  • Figured out how to fast open doors first
  • Always crashes car
  • Hoards everything else
  • Eat lunch with Thomas (they love his biscuits)
  • Never died to ceiling crawlers, but fights take FOREVER
 
Even crazier are when they make the same comments or harp on the same things, like the music levels, shaving, or jokes about Mr. Smith. They even both fail/die at the exact same time, mostly when the raincoat guy appears.
 
Add in tendencies that you've noticed too and we can make this list more complete.
 
EDIT: Been changing it up and adding in more stuff.
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#2  Edited By larryrules138

Brad has a better handle on the controls I'd say, it's just that he doesn't seem to realize when he should move away from the zombies. He also didn't even bust out the 10mm until fairly recently. He drives better, and he also knows that down and the X button is the quick turnaround command. Vinny on the other hand is constantly crashing into stuff in cars, hasn't done a quick turn since the beginning of the ER, frequently ducks when he meant to pull out the gun, etc. And VJ's videos are definitely far longer than BR's.. the typical BR video is usually 20-some minutes whereas VJ's have been clocking in around the 40-minute mark.
 
e: Oh, and let's not forget that Brad figured out strafing by now. I don't think Vinny has.
e2: Vinny does know how to strafe, nevermind.

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#3  Edited By Drebin_893

Am I silly for preferring the BR endurance run? (I love them both, but still)

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#4  Edited By Ghostiet
@el33tcapitan said:
" Appreciate the soundtrack a lot more "
This. A day without Ryan singing to the racing track or giving the name of every tune in the game is a lost day.
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#5  Edited By subject2change

I unfortunately gave up on BR Run due to too much time watching both. And I prefer Vinny and Jeff for humor. No offense to Brad, but he lacks in that department as he is often too focused when playing a game.

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#6  Edited By ElCapitan
@Subject2Change: Ryan does end up cracking most of the jokes, but Brad does get a good zinger in here or there. Part of the humor, for me, comes from the stress in watching him get zombie hands stuck down his throat.
 
Maybe you can come back and watch the BR run once the VJ one finishes and you have less to do.
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#7  Edited By Conformunist

I've been watching both and I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite.
 
Brad and Ryan are a great due as Ryan seems to lose his patience with Brad's unique (read: kinda sloppy) play style, while Brad's thinly veiled disdain for the game as a whole is just plain hilarious.
 
On the other hand, Vinny and Jeff are taking the "let's try to actually have fun with this mess" approach, basically adding entertainment value of their own by messing around and not taking it seriously in the least.   Laughs o' plenty.

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#8  Edited By Oriental_Jams

Brad's ire at the crawling lady was unmissable.

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#9  Edited By Dom

Ryan also has his race song

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#10  Edited By Catarrhal

Brad has yet to realize that barrels are explosive, right? I'm fairly certain he inadvertently shot one in the first episode, but I ain't seen it happen since; let's keep in mind, the exploding barrel is perhaps the most prevalent cliché in all of video game history.

I also find it remarkable how, virtually every time an NPC's name is mentioned, Ryan may ask, "Who's _____ again?" and then, after a moment's hesitation, Brad will invariably say, "I don't know." Either that, or Brad will ask, "Why are we talking to _____?" to which Ryan will typically respond in kind. Considering how Brad stays relatively quiet during the cut scenes, you'd think he was paying a bit more attention, but apparently not.

Often, I'm not too blown away with Brad's concept of tactical positioning during combat, although he seems to have gotten a bit better about this recently. Also, he's been overly conservative with York's resources, to their mutual detriment (e.g. his reluctance to eat the damn sandwich despite nearly dying of starvation). This can only detract from the fun of the game, because York has plenty of cash for snacks & supplies!

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#11  Edited By Sanryd
@Drebin_893 said:
" Am I silly for preferring the BR endurance run? (I love them both, but still) "
If you like sleep. (only half kidding)
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#12  Edited By Feser

Brad has no where near as many items as Vinny does.    
But I haven't watched BR in some time as I am watching the original endurance run.
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#13  Edited By ashogo
@larryrules138 said:
"And VJ's videos are definitely far longer than BR's.. the typical BR video is usually 20-some minutes whereas VJ's have been clocking in around the 40-minute mark."
I think you're getting this backwards. Brian's videos have been consistently 30-40 minutes each day, while Jenny's were 20 minutes or so for a while (they have begun catching up lately though).
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#14  Edited By Red12b

@larryrules138 said:

"And VJ's videos are definitely far longer than BR's.. the typical BR video is usually 20-some minutes whereas VJ's have been clocking in around the 40-minute mark."

I think you're getting this backwards. Brian's videos have been consistently 30-40 minutes each day, while Jenny's were 20 minutes or so for a while (they have begun catching up lately though).     


 
 
Really? Brian and Jenny... 
 
Come on. really?  
 
 

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#15  Edited By armaan8014

I love it when VJ crash their car. And shout.

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#16  Edited By armaan8014
@Red12b said:
"
I think you're getting this backwards. Brian's videos have been consistently 30-40 minutes each day, while Jenny's were 20 minutes or so for a while (they have begun catching up lately though).     


 
 
Really? Brian and Jenny... 
 
Come on. really?  
 
 

"
WTF
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#17  Edited By Rxanadu

I'm sorry, but nothing will ever beat the "Show me your biscuit" quote in the 12th VJ episode. 
 
Also, from what I've seen from both ERs, Brad is a better shot, but Vinny is amazing when it comes to hording resources.  This behavior probably lead to his discovery of the infinite machine gun.  However, Vinny has become more reckless since this discovery.   
 
I will say this about BR, though: only having watched their 1st and 17th episodes, I can already tell they use some quick thinking when fighting zombies.  I highly doubt, for example, VJ will ever use the stabilizer in their ER.  

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#18  Edited By dudeglove

Brad tends to walk straight up and reload in zombies' faces, which gets a little old after the fifteenth time, but Brad and Ryan are actually playing the storyline, so we see more of the plot (which is fun). Vinny and Jeff have a penchant for screwing around, which shows off the game's side-splittingly hilarious flaws/glitches brilliantly, like the bathroom dog incident or the peeking through the window thing (which is also fun).
 
To be fair, watching both of them gives an overall feel as to what the game plays like. Limiting yourself to just one means missing out on aspects the other two are revealing (fast car vs. stabilizer, for instance)

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#19  Edited By Hunkulese
@Rxanadu said:
" I'm sorry, but nothing will ever beat the "Show me your biscuit" quote in the 12th VJ episode.  Also, from what I've seen from both ERs, Brad is a better shot, but Vinny is amazing when it comes to hording resources.  This behavior probably lead to his discovery of the infinite machine gun.  However, Vinny has become more reckless since this discovery.    I will say this about BR, though: only having watched their 1st and 17th episodes, I can already tell they use some quick thinking when fighting zombies.  I highly doubt, for example, VJ will ever use the stabilizer in their ER.   "
It's not really quick thinking. It's more like overthinking. The stabilizer is unnecessary and pretty much useless in the game. The crawling zombies aren't that hard to kill but they're going at it entirely wrong. 
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#20  Edited By ElCapitan
@dudeglove:  The dog glitch was hilarious. I thought they were gonna have to reload.
 
I also love that both of them talk about how peeking through windows puts their head inside the building.
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#21  Edited By armaan8014

VJ:
Have lunch with Thomas
Shoot their SMG in air for fun

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#22  Edited By ElCapitan
@armaan8014:  Good ones.
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#23  Edited By ashogo
@armaan8014 said:
" @Red12b said:
"
I think you're getting this backwards. Brian's videos have been consistently 30-40 minutes each day, while Jenny's were 20 minutes or so for a while (they have begun catching up lately though).     


 
 
Really? Brian and Jenny... 
 
Come on. really?  
 
 

"
WTF "
yeah that's right, I said that.
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#24  Edited By ElCapitan
@ashogo:   I like Bryan and Jenny as their hybrid names. Rock on ashogo
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#25  Edited By JP_Russell

Vinny can reasonably competently play video games.  Pretty key bullet point for me.  Though at least Brad is getting a little better now.
 
Vinny and Jeff are both more fun and funnier, both in consistency and in magnitude. Though I don't mean to imply Brad and Ryan aren't entertaining, they are.

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#26  Edited By max3000

I've been using Brian and Jenny in my head this whole time! Glad I'm not the only one. Someone really needs to reach out to Brian about the new cars and infinite smg.

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#27  Edited By Jeremy_x

one word summary for me: 
 
BR:  skippists
VJ: explorationists
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#28  Edited By yakityyakblah

Brad and those ceiling zombies, jesus christ. VJ figured that shit out in like 4 minutes and BR still doesn't get it.

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#29  Edited By rjayb89

YOU CAN'T BLAME BRAD "THE SHANK" SHOEMAKER FOR HIS TENDENCY TO STAB FOOLS.  HE'S USING THE ONLY THING HE LEARNED FROM THE DIRTY SOUTH.  AND THAT'S STABBIN' FOOLS.

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#30  Edited By rachelepithet

When did BR go fishing?
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#31  Edited By Bratcher_Lev
@theandrewtaylor said:
" When did BR go fishing? "
I'm pretty sure it was the first, maybe second episode. They caught one item and Ryan declared "WE ARE NEVER FISHING AGAIN" , if I remember correctly. There's a precedent for that, in the original ER, people pissed and moaned at VJ for not EVER fishing.
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#32  Edited By Red12b
@el33tcapitan:  
Radio fast travel bitch, Game CHANGA!  
Also, DAAYUMM!  
And the Randy and Cowell judging was funny. 
 
BR
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#33  Edited By ElCapitan
@Red12b:  I was skeptical that either team would find the radio. This is a clutch find.
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#34  Edited By ElCapitan

"I'll kill you--er...see you later"
-VJ
 
I love this stuff

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#35  Edited By kevinski
@max3000:
Nah, I think that it'd be more interesting if BR never found the infinite SMG and faster car, while VJ never found the radio. I'm curious as to what the pacing will be like now. Both teams are pretty much neck-and-neck at the moment, with VJ only needing to return to the hotel to be at the same point where BR left off. 
 
Anyway, I'd hafta say that - as has been mentioned before - VJ was much better at combat than BR...until VJ found the infinite SMG. They're just a complete mess right now, although I'd still say that I prefer the VJ run for its increased humor, as well as the fact that VJ understands the concept of reloading responsibly. I find myself yelling at the screen more during the BR run. I wouldn't mind if they weren't making the same mistakes over and over and over again, but they are.
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#36  Edited By ElCapitan

!!!
 
BR shaved!
 
!!!

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#37  Edited By JP_Russell
@el33tcapitan said:
"!!!  BR shaved!  !!! "

Madmen.  Madmen! 
 
At least we can count on Vinny to not shave York's beard.  He seems to have real love for it, not like Ryan's shamefully fleeting attachment to it, and I don't think Jeff's jealousy of York's facial fertility will ever be enough to dissuade Vinny.
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#38  Edited By yakityyakblah

BR beard  
April 5th 2010-May 5th 2010

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#39  Edited By NZV

He really looks a lot better with the beard :(

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#40  Edited By Tuggah

I have prefered the BR endurance run for a while. I feel as thought they play closer to how I would and I find them funnier. VJ makes tons of jokes but they are the obvious jokes.

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