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Quick Look: Streets of Rogue

What do you get when you cross a gorilla and a vampire? The best tag team you've ever seen!

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

Jul. 18 2019

Cast: Alex, Dan, Abby

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

Streets of Rogue

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This screenshot is giving me literal pain. Horrifying flashbacks of elementary school kids who thought they were hilarious.

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Loved this game. Haven't played in like a year!

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@the_nubster said:

This screenshot is giving me literal pain. Horrifying flashbacks of elementary school kids who thought they were hilarious.

Yeah between the stellar writing on display here and the art that I will generously describe as 'authentic custom RPG Maker 95 sprites' this game will need really good gameplay to even remotely approach making up for its flaws

EDIT: oh god they're drawing pixel art at uneven sizes and at non-snapped coordinates so it wobbles and shifts as the camera moves, this is killing me. Please, no

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@the_nubster said:

This screenshot is giving me literal pain. Horrifying flashbacks of elementary school kids who thought they were hilarious.

Yeah between the stellar writing on display here and the art that I will generously describe as 'authentic custom RPG Maker 95 sprites' this game will need really good gameplay to even remotely approach making up for its flaws

EDIT: oh god they're drawing pixel art at uneven sizes and at non-snapped coordinates so it wobbles and shifts as the camera moves, this is killing me. Please, no

Haha, yeah, just seeing that screenshot made me hesitate clicking the play button.

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A few minutes in to the QL and there's already been a fat joke, multiple incredibly tasteless jokes about slavery, and a bunch of other stuff. I am genuinely astonished. I have not seen this in a video game before, it's beyond even 'what do you think is appropriate in comedy' or 'what do you think is funny' - I can understand people liking some of these jokes but cramming a game full of them and making collecting slaves like pokemon a game objective is just... what are you doing

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I think dan forgot to actually describe what this game is before sprinting into the weeds about fun weird items and characters... it's been 8 minutes and there's been 20 seconds of actual gameplay

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There's some interesting mechanics and systems at play here, but the awful writing and "humor", not to mention the shit pixel art and UI, are bumming me out.

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THis sort of looks quite fun, but I'm having a hard time getting over the graphical style.

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I think Rorie played this a couple of times

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I played this in early access, and it was pretty fun...but the “humor” wasn’t fleshed out at the time. Now I’m kinda embarrassed to own this.

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Nugg QUEEN!

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its also on ps4 and xb1

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I've never been so immediately turned off of a game just from the quick look thumbnail.

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Good game, but tough as nails. Great graphics and humor to boot.

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Bat versus knife discussion was settled in this game

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YOU COULD HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT WINDOW

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Fuck the writing so hard, but the game itself looks way more fun than I was expecting.

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Been playing this game with my kids since it was on UPF. It's a super fun game to do co-op.

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Everything "would" be great on Switch, but a lot of stuff doesn't run well on Switch. So I think saying "this would make a good Switch game" includes the hope that it can run well.

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i think we need a moratorium on the word weird to describe a video game

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Yeah the writing is kind of cringey, but the game is pretty fantastic on the Switch. I don't really stress about dialogue too much in a game like this, but to each their own. If you skip this game because you don't like a screenshot of a bad piece of dialogue, it's your loss.

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that tumbnail ... what a bummer lol

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The quickest look was when I decided this was not worth my time from the thumbnail alone.
The art doesn't help it.

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As the comedian you can "netralize" a character by telling them a joke and (if they like it) asking them to leave. You can also get followers with jokes. It is possible, although difficult, to play as a pacifist with certain character.


EDIT: I haven't played since this came out of early access but that used to be true.

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@steveurkel: I think I tried it on UPF a long time ago! Surprised it's still being developed.

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@rorie: Yep. I saw the thumbnail/title and thought "....wait, didn't they already do a QL of this game?" It was just you playing it on a UPF.

As far as the game? Depending on the cost I may give it a go. Looks like an alright diversion.

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Played 3 hours of this with two friends last night. Shapshifter, Vampire and Hacker.
Definitely up there with favourite co-ops!

Beware countdowns in open fields....

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I think it's cool that Dan is reading Dracula.

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@indigozeal said:

I think it's cool that Dan is reading Dracula.

There's a nice annotated edition that provides a lot of background info and clarifications on things that aren't so obvious nowadays. It also includes the deleted first chapter.

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@gregalor: I actually own that edition, but I've never cracked it. Maybe this is the right opportunity.

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i can vouch for the gameplay here, i haven't played it in over a year & that was before there was any real narrative and the only driving force was the desire to unlock more classes, which was good because i found the loop pretty fun to explore & experiment with. that having been said, the writing on display here definitely made me grimace more than once.

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With the Gallagher bit I wonder if Abby has also missed out on the wonders of The Amazing Johnathan

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I noticed this in Void Bastards. You explain so much detail in the beginning before showing the game play.