Holy shit. I need to tell people about this game.
That's how I feel when I think about Night in the Woods, a game that has completely gripped me and refuses to let go.
Without hyperbole, this may be one of my favorite games of all time. Now don't get me wrong, it isn't perfect, but boy am I completely enamored by the world and characters within.
I want to gush about my favorite parts but I think they're best experienced on your own. The game goes places, like really dark places, sometimes completely out of the blue. The character development is intense, and without much effort on the game's part you find yourself genuinely caring about Mae (the main character) and her friends.
I think this game will resonate with people, especially those in their 20's. There's no shortage of relatable situations to be found here. The writing and the overall humor throughout is very dry and irreverent. At some points (very rarely) it felt a little forced, and the characters feel less real and more like they're on an episode of Always Sunny, but the jokes stay pretty fresh until the end.
The only other negative I can think of is the dream-sequence sections that, although important to the plot in general, fall flat in terms of game play. They outstay their welcome just a little too often and if anything that is a testament to how awesome the story is.
Please if you want an adventure with some of the best characters I've seen in years, give Night in the Woods a chance. It's 20 bucks right now on PSN and probably cheaper on Steam.
I would love to talk about it, so please let me know how it goes for you!
PS. HOLY CRAP THE MUSIC IS AMAZING TOO!