Alot of reviews on here are made by people who have gotten used to HD graphics, co-op play, multiplayer deathmatches, and little to no story.
There are plenty of games that cover those bases (and I do enjoy those as well) but this game is not for everyone.
It pretty much is a combination of silent hill and free roam driving like grand theft auto. The quirky story is what keeps people playing. You are on the case to find a killer in a small town and the townsfolk are pretty odd.
I played this game to read on and find out what happens. This game has resident evil tank controls but I don't mind those since I'm a fan of those games. Many people are used to running and gunning and shooting whatever and dying in one shot. This is not the game for that. The graphics are about dreamcast or playstation 2 era. The reason for that is the game has been in production for some time now.. They released the game as a budget title and that is what it is.
People pay $60 or more for a game and of course they want the best they can get out of a game. So when a game at release date is $19.99 they are going to assume it stinks due to their preconceived notions.
Just rent the game and judge for yourself. Many younger games on this site I'm sure are going to hate the game due to it not being a big name AAA title but I had fun with it.
I appreciate all genres of games and know when something is fun to play.
Pros: Story is interesting and quirky trying to figure out who the killer is.
Characters are odd and really grow on ya.
Cons: Poor controls
Outdated graphics (doesn't bother me been gaming since NES days)
So please just give it a chance. You are not buying the game so it is not costing you money. If you do not like it you can easily send it back in the mail. No Harm done.
Deadly Premonition is a game that does nothing particularly well. The graphics look like a first generation PS2 game, combat feels like a clunky version of RE4, most of the game is spent driving from point a to point b, sound effects are hilariously bad, half the music in the game feels totally out of place and the gameplay gets really repetive. Yet it somehow comes together to become a memorable experience. This is due mostly to the interesting characters, well told story, and quirky dialogue.
If you really like horror games and like to watch cheesy B movies as a guilty pleasure, or, if playing as a chain smoking FBI profiler named York, that has an imaginary friend named Zach and gets most of the breaks in his case by looking into his morning coffee interest you. I highly recommend giving it a rent. Otherwise you should probably stay away. This is definitely a love it/hate it sort of game and the majority of gamers are probably going to be on the hate it side.