gamers (87%) found this review helpful
Okay so if you aren't at least 25 years old (probably more like 30) you probably won't "get" this game. The main character is constantly referencing old movies from the 80's (most of you reading this weren't even born for another decade) so it may be difficult for you to appreciate how quirky and funny this game is. I should add that Deadly Premonition is basically a video game version of Twin Peaks, a short lived television series that first aired in 1990. Sure, names and places have been changed but for the most part, this is Twin Peaks. So for all of you who still remember Special Agent Dale Cooper and company you may want to give this game a whirl. Just don't judge this game by the first 15 minutes because those are terrible and made me want to sell this game on ebay asap.
Presentation: Brilliant ideas here (a lead protagonist with a personality disorder is great fun); GREAT STORY (very intriguing); Even some of the QTEs are different than what I am used to
Graphics: PSone at best, but honestly, it adds to the charm and hilarity of it all
Sound: you will probably hate it but I for one love the same 3 songs that play over and over and over...not to mention how the music constantly drowns out the dialogue (this was done on purpose...I think)
Gameplay: downright terrible; terrible control scheme (somewhat like RE4 but feels like Alone in the Dark in its clunkyness); bad camera angles sometimes; right thumbstick/camera control is terrible; combat sequences are nearly unplayable due to bad controls; terrible map system (the city is rather large and the map doesn't zoom out enough to let you navigate easily)
Lasting appeal: really depends on your ability to put up with the bad controls, overall strangeness and repetitiveness
In all, if you have no idea who the "log lady" is, I suggest looking somewhere else; however if you prefer your coffee "Black as midnight on a moonless night" and can deal with archaic controls then def give this game a shot.
The game is good if you like survival horror or puzzle games. The controls are very similar to a playstation 2 game called Rule of the Rose, except for the driving parts. The when you drive you stuck in the driver's view, and I've never liked that. the graphics for the characters are okay, however the graphics for the environment look like they belong on the early Playstation 2.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Look, if all you care about is shiny graphics and high production values, yeah, you won't like this. But if you like originality and outright weirdness, this game is right up your alley.
It's essentially Twin Peaks: The Video Game, as you direct a quirky detective around a small mountain town solving murders with a supernatural element. However, the game gives a bad first impression. The monsters rarely appear, and most of the time it's very much like a surreal Fargo. You have freedom to roam around town and find clues that tie into the main investigations, and can even peek in people's windows and watch them go about their day. You have hunger/fatigue levels, and can go fishing.
Honestly, this game is very much like a Dreamcast game, and not only in the graphics. The controls mostly utilize the left stick, and the camera follows behind you. Trying to adjust the camera with the right stick is asking for trouble. Driving is kind of wonky but you only use it to get from place to place, so it's not a big deal.
Aside from the gameplay mechanics, this is just an extremely bizarre (and awesome) game. The main character, Agent York, constantly talks to "Zach", an imaginary friend (and the player). When you drive around, he talks to you about 80s movies such as Tremors and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This is the first game I've seen that actually does stuff like that. The voiceacting ranges from hilariously bad to hilarious and good.
When you first enter the town and go to a hotel, the old owner lady invites you to breakfast. You both sit on opposite ends of a giant Mr. Burns-type table and York has to yell the same stuff at her over and over. There's weird whistling music in the background that keeps getting louder and drowning out her voice, and the floor is some sort of weird orange and brown camouflage pattern.
Honestly, I think this is a massively under-appreciated game, mostly due to the Modern Warfare style of games popular now. This is the new God Hand.