ILG Player's Club plays PSYCHONAUTS

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And the context is important too - in a point-and-click, you know you're there for the story, and that you're going to be happy to spend a lot of your time reading text. But he just shoehorns that same writing style into cutscenes in a platformer (which is a genre which ideally wouldn't have any cutscenes at all). If he was such a great writer, wouldn't he be better at adapting his style to fit the type of game he was working on?

JimD, Friday, 14 August 2009 15:44 (twelve years ago) link

I thought the voice acting and writing in Psychonauts was great! Miles ahead of Monkey Island IMO.

BOO LIAR BEN KONOP BOO BAD BOO BEN KONOP BOO (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 August 2009 15:48 (twelve years ago) link

To be fair, what I was saying about the Secret remake applied because they were retroactively shoehorning-in voice acting into a nearly 20-year-old game, as opposed to modern games where there's pretty much no excuse not to get it right. And your point about adapting adventure game dialogue into a more action-oriented game is true, the game's flow is often broken because you're constantly running around talking to people over and over again for story bits (especially when it's required to move forward).

But after a little while, I ended up wanting to as much I did in those Point and Clicks because the lines and characterizations are so appealing - Psychonauts is surprisingly rich. Give it some time - the beginning is a little clunky (largely because the platforming is one of the weakest elements of the game - not good for a title that IS primarily a platformer) but the quality of the voice acting and writing is a large part of what makes the game great.

Nhex, Friday, 14 August 2009 18:25 (twelve years ago) link

I got the feeling the first, "military" level was purposefully awkward and bad, to mirror the different psychological levels in the game.

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Friday, 14 August 2009 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

Lungfishopolis may be my favorite level of any game ever.

BOO LIAR BEN KONOP BOO BAD BOO BEN KONOP BOO (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 August 2009 19:20 (twelve years ago) link

Ok, ok, I'll keep playing. :-)

JimD, Friday, 14 August 2009 22:15 (twelve years ago) link

the "sexy glamour" level is lots of fun: BOUNCING

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Friday, 14 August 2009 22:26 (twelve years ago) link

yes, to sexy glamour level. is my favourite so far, i think....

She's big on the mental illness scene (stevie), Saturday, 15 August 2009 10:29 (twelve years ago) link

Milkman Conspiracy level is driving me insane.

genereal disease (jjjusten), Sunday, 16 August 2009 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

Courtesy of this thread I noticed that you could grab this game form the marketplace on xbl. I picked it up last night and am loving it even tho I have hardly any HD space left.

mayor jingleberries, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:09 (twelve years ago) link

ok Milkman Conspiracy, although great in lots of ways (v v funny to listen to the agents deadpan throwaway comments) has one super annoying counter intuitive game design bit of "cleverness" that totally sucks and makes me shake my fist angrily at tim shaefer. also, searching all the identical houses and backyards gets to be total drudgery. still love the rest of the game but booooooooo to that level as a whole.

please link to them and breathe into a paper bag (jjjusten), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

okay, i'm pretty sure i'm near the end of this game now - while i love games i don't get too much time to play them, and also i am pretty dumb, and am dead excited at least because i hardly ever finish a video game for the aforementioned reasons - but oh my god, how wonderful... so well written, so clever, so beautifully designed and so much fun to play.

what else might you guys recommend for an xbox 360 owner who'd like to check out something else along similar lines?

jesus mighty lord chewy (stevie), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:33 (twelve years ago) link

Sam and Max?

a random googler, ripe for clowning (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

are you at the meat circus btw?

a random googler, ripe for clowning (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

meat circus? no, am battling the coach in the wreckage of the asylum... is there MORE?

jesus mighty lord chewy (stevie), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 14:42 (twelve years ago) link

most frustrating part is ahead.

a random googler, ripe for clowning (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 14:46 (twelve years ago) link

;(

jesus mighty lord chewy (stevie), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

oh lord. keep the faith alive, brother

Nhex, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...

This is $2 on Steam through Thursday. No excuse!

Nhex, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:42 (eleven years ago) link

five years pass...

replaying this. loving it still, for its whimsy and its humour and its depth. but motherfuck this tank level.

Credit: howtokeepapositiveattitudedotcom (stevie), Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:15 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Sequel in the works.

The Featureless Mash That Was Once My Face (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 December 2015 16:15 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

gonna play me some psychonauts 2 tonite, anyone fuck w it yet

adam, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 15:52 (one month ago) link

started it last night and so far it feels v similar to the original, which i mean as a giant compliment

orifex, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:03 (one month ago) link

I'll never play this game but I love that it exists. Even the original was too hard for me sometimes - I don't think I got past the level with the lawnmower - but I loved playing it, and i's surrounding universe.

"the fancy things" being his nads, etc (stevie), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:29 (one month ago) link

it does have some difficulty settings so you can make the fights easier or even make yourself invincible. i love a good easy mode and am glad it's more commonplace these days.

orifex, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:50 (one month ago) link

ooh, didn't know this was out!

Psychonauts 2 is great and stevie should play it imo

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 27 August 2021 17:12 (one month ago) link


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