Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The question is: Will I like Deadly Premonition as much as Frank Cifaldi did?

When's Frank Cifaldi reviewed Ignition's Deadly Premonition early last year (read it here), he called the game a mixture of The Last ExpressResident Evil 4Shenmue and Twin Peaks.

He also said, "a lot of the graphics would look right at home on the Dreamcast." Admittedly, most gamers would consider that to be a negative, but I'm such a big fan of Sega's consoles that it served to further pique my interest in this open-world survival-horror title.

Hoo boy, this is going to be a weird game, isn't it?

Anyway, after reading Cifaldi's review, and a few associated comments he made about the game on facebook and Twitter, I added Deadly Premonition to my "to buy" list--despite the fact that I didn't yet own an Xbox 360.

Well, I now own an Xbox 360, and soon I'll own Deadly Premonition, too, since I ordered a copy of the game late last week for about $15. While I wait for it to arrive, I think I'll waste my time listening to this chiptune take on the title's "whistle tune."


Drunken Lemur said...

Am i the only one who thinks that the Whistle Tune would fit right at home in Animal Crossing?

Bryan Ochalla said...

You know what? You're right! It sounds like something KK Slider would play/sing :)

Marcus said...

Hopefully you enjoy it! It was one of the best games I played last year. It is clunky to handle but the story is so entertaining and the characters are so rich that it's all worth slogging through. There are a few things that would help make your Deadly Premonition adventure more enjoyable though (like knowing how to get a few really helpful items). I didn't have them my first playthrough, but they do help make it a more overall fun experience. Check here if you're interested:

As for it being similar to Twin Peaks, the way I see it is it basically IS Twin Peaks fanfiction. It's just with changed up characters and a new mystery, but aside from that it's extremely similar. That's not a bad thing at all as Twin Peaks is incredible lol.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

OPEN WORLD survival horror? Like...GTA with zombies? How cool!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Justin: As far as I know, yes, it's an open-world game a la GTA. Can't wait to try it!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Marcus: Thanks for the link! I'll definitely read through that site before starting the game (tomorrow!).

I've read that this game began as a complete rip-off of the Twin Peaks story, and after that was discovered the folks responsible for the story went back and tweaked it a bit. Sounds like they left a lot of their original inspiration in the game, though, huh?

Marcus said...

Oh it's really still so similar haha. I mean, there's a different sort of murder story going on now, but the feeling definitely remains there. Then there's things like "The Log Lady" changed into "The Pot Lady" for the game that cement it's still very close to the Twin Peaks inspiration. Regardless, it's a ton of fun!

The open world aspect is really refreshing. The "scary zombie" bits aren't out in the open, and more like Silent Hill but aside from that it is really awesome. It's Shenmue gone wild, in a way. :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, that's funny (about the slight changes). Maybe playing this game will get me to *finally* watch Twin Peaks :)

Also, I love your description of the game: Shenmue gone wild. Sounds like my kind of game!