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Quick Look: Sayonara Wild Hearts

I hope you're hungry because the motorcycles, giant wolves, and fake VR are just the beginning of this audio and visual feast.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Oct. 3 2019

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Dan

Posted by: Vinny

In This Episode:

Sayonara Wild Hearts

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Didn't expect someone to invoke Ninja Blade in the year of our lord 2019. What a terrible game that was.

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This rules.

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It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't like Rez why it's so great, and I'm trying not to be hyperbolic here but the first time I played Rez I had some kind of religious experience.

And no I was not high on any drugs.

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CHVRCHES!

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As someone that loves all the music the devs cited as an inspiration for this game, I was very surprised to only actually like two of the songs in the game. Enjoyed it enough to play it twice though.

Also Vinny shouldn;t have said the Queen Latifah thing! That's such a great end credits reveal

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@scylo said:

As someone that loves all the music the devs cited as an inspiration for this game, I was very surprised to only actually like two of the songs in the game. Enjoyed it enough to play it twice though.

Also Vinny shouldn;t have said the Queen Latifah thing! That's such a great end credits reveal

Maybe if you are into or know who Latifah is that would be considered a spoiler. To me it wasn't.

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@meierthered: @meierthered: I didn't say anything about it being a spoiler, I just said it was a great reveal. Obviously it wouldn't mean anything if you don't know who she is lol

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@meierthered: The credits save it as the very final thing, even past the special thanks and legally crossing the Ts with font rights etc. Its clearly meant to be a surprise for the players even if it didnt affect you personally

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This is the abandoned child of Killer7 and Scott Pilgrim, whom Rez took in and raised, and sent to WarioWare University.

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Glad this is finally getting covered, it's one of my favorite games I've played this year.

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God I love this game so much. I feel like it is made specifically for me somehow, definite GOTY!

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I kind of understand the Rez comparisons but the way this game plays reminds me more of a runner, which also isnt bad at all. I definitely want to check this out

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This is my GOTY. Fantastic game.

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It doesn't make you a bad player to not collect the hearts in the first level! That's my riddle for today.

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Edited By steveurkel

I love the music but the lyricist sounds identical to the birthday massacre, who are more dark wave/gothic, but basically could be the same person.

https://youtu.be/HzhLj8UMOkE

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Boy I really wish I liked this game. It may be more on me for expecting it to be a rhythm game, but it really barely is, and it's more of a "runner with notable music". Music that outside of the "boss" levels they don't give you enough time to actually get into because the levels are crazy short. Only being able to do well on a level through sheer memorization and not good reflexes also feels bad.

I'm also not a fan of loose, vague story telling because it left me with 0 emotional investment and the final level felt like it should have been impactful but it just did... Nothing. Like a lot of indie games I've tried it feels like it does 1 thing (style, in this case) really well, but is a lackluster overall package and it's a bummer.

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Flamboyent Sonic Adventure God-Hacking Quick-Time Game.

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OK, definitely gonna have to play this one, it seems right up my alley with aesthetic, music and style- thanks for covering this one!

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This looks really cool. But I'm glad I checked this QL, because I thought it was more of a straight-up rhythm game instead of this runner-with-music thing it seems to have going on.

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I liked this game and its very much worth the hour+ to play through, but couldn't help but coming away disappointed for a few reasons.

For as much as they play it up as the "pop album video game" its actually like 4-5 great levels/songs and then a bunch of interludes. There's a couple good bits in the interlude levels, but the real meat of the game are those boss battles with big songs and there just aren't enough of them.

It definitely doesn't have that Rez feel of interacting with a song through gameplay. You flow along with the song at times, but you are never building the song and the collection aspects feel incidental.

The replayability through score is a high bar. The scoring system is heavily reliant on building up long combos, and combos zero out when you die, so you basically have to play through a level flawlessly in order to get gold rank. With how fast the game is, that's a real tough ask for most levels and it made me give up trying to replay the levels for score.

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The length of this game is perfect. You feel invested but like you just took a wild ride. It doesn't let up for a minute. Certainly one I will return to many times.

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Chev-Urches is a band I wish I liked more.

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Appropriate that Giant Bomb's Alex "The Wolf" Navarro wants to be in the cyber-wolf-gang.

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@humanity: Chev-Urches should be Exhibit-A1 when people act like Dan isn't playing up his ignorance for entertainment.

Smart move by Alex to eject from Dan's "is this synthwave?" trap and not fall into the maw of Twitter's genre-dick ire like Patrick did with EDM.

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This soundtrack fuggin slaps

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Holy moly. This game looks incredible. I wish it was on PC...

It has STYYYYYYYLLLLLLLLE

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Whoa, the developer is Simogo, who did the great mobile game Device 6 and Year Walk. The creativity and inventiveness of these folks is really impressive.

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Played this and it's not really for me. It's not a rhythm game at all, the music ain't my style at all, and the gameplay is super basic, which is understandable since it's a mobile game. I didn't really care for Rez and I don't really care for this. Honestly, I don't really get the hype, but power to you if you're digging this. To me, it's little more than a barely interactive music video.

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I will say this works totally fine on ipad on Arcade with the caveats that you HAVE to go into the settings of the game and put it on "High Touch Sensitivity" and also the level with the convertible seems to just not work correctly on touch. Besides that, fantastic game, touch works well

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The kinda game you excitedly boot up for the first time only to put the controller down and leave it on the title screen for at least... 3 loops or so.

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looks great, but seems pretty repetitive.

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I'm so hungry

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i hope this comes to pc eventually!

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Immediately went out and found the music from that robot wolf level in Spotify. That song bumps.

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Doki Doki is just supposed to be like onomatopoeia for the beating of a heart in Japan I think. Like how we say "thump thump" for a heartbeat or something.

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"...is this a Disney song?"

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I love this game. I'm glad Vinny loves it too, and also, his one gold rank is the same one gold I got!!

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@danryckert "doki-doki" is a Japanese onomatopoeia (Japan loves those) for a heartbeat sound. It means something that gets your heart racing!

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This is SO an Abby game and she's not here to enjoy being in the QL.

Chuhvurches

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More weird games, please! Especially when they're this polished.

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This is extremely my shit. Reminds me of the vibes you get watching A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night where the music is so intertwined with the narrative that it's practically written into it. Definitely picking this up and getting lost in the jams.

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Played this over the weekend and immeditly played through it again thru the album unlock mode. I agree with Vinny 100% it's rad as hell just dripping with ssttyllleeee.

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Very cool to see Vinny had a similar sounding experience that I did. I am a huge fan of this game and while I'm glad it is getting the coverage, I think it is much better played through as a more solo experience without really knowing too much ahead of time. The story is more of a backdrop but the emotional journey is what sold me. Also, the arcade mode you unlock by completing it is probably a better way to play the game without any breaks for scoring.

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