I am helpless before The Witness (Thelka, 2016). I don’t mean it’s difficult, I mean I just can’t stop playing it. It presses my buttons hard. It’s a miracle I can tear myself away to write something about it.
Here are some key points about what The Witness is and why it’s good. I'll talk a little about structure, but won't spoil any of the puzzle solutions so you can read with impunity.
On Hylics (Mason Lindroth, 2015), Robert Yang wrote: “There are a lot of things to like about Hylics. The randomly generated dialog text both exposes the emptiness of most RPG NPC dialog while simultaneously showing how much better and more poetic it can be.”
As I played through Hylics I realised it exposed pretty much the whole JRPG format.
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- Obsolete, Orihaus
- Proteus, Key & Kanaga
- Flight Simulator II, subLOGIC
- GTA III, Rockstar Games
- Fuel, Codemasters
- Dear Esther, The Chinese Room
- TRIHAYWBFRFYH, Connor Sherlock
- TIMEframe, Random Seed Games
- Secret Habitat, Strangethink
- Bernband, Tom van den Boogaart
- Aeon, Orihaus
- Lumière, Orihaus
- Césure, Orihaus
- Xaxi, Orihaus
- Jerry Goldsmith "The Cloud" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack)
- Rémy Bourgeois (prev. Aaren Reale) "Bal de Nuit"
- Max Richter "Maria"
- Andrew Hewitt "The Double Theme (Version 2)" (The Double OST)
- Andrew Hewitt "A Boy Held Up By String" (The Double OST)
- Jerry Goldsmith "Ilia's Theme" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack)
- Max Richter "November"
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-- Zak McClendon, Lead Designer on Bioshock 2
The car smashes through the glass front of Easy Credit Autos and I brake to a halt. I hop out of the car, run to the back of the showroom and grab the package. Nothing happens. No one wants this package. No one even gets upset at the damage, which will be repaired without fuss while I am away.
I was a moth to the dull flame of the hidden packages of GTA III (Rockstar, 2001), pieces of virtual tat that simply add one to a meaningless counter. I continued to burn rubber for hour after hour until I had found every last package.
They’re just one example of the now ubiquitous collectible. Today I’d like to introduce the collective noun for the collectible: a fucking plague.
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Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 3 of 10.
Instead of a Let's Play, it's a Let's Bop and Sway! Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly engage in some deep shoulder action with rhythm roguelike Crypt of the Necrodancer.
- Crypt of the Necrodancer came out in April this year
- "I just like dancing in the room!"
- "Yeah Joel I'll come over and help you - oh I'm dead."
- "It collapses to single player very quickly."
- "Before we turned the camera on, we got to Zone 2!"
- Closing music this week is "March of the Profane" from Danny Baranowsky's Crypt of the Necrodancer soundtrack
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This is the final part of a three-part essay on The Talos Principle which includes commentary from writers Jonas Kyratzes and Tom Jubert. The first part and second parts were posted earlier this week.
“There was nothing here when I first arrived. Did you know that?”
After completing The Talos Principle, I immediately bought The Road to Gehenna. Whereas I played Talos over nine months, I was more aggressive in working through Gehenna, tearing through it in a matter of weeks... although I fear the word “tear” has overstated my skills. It would be more accurate to write I “oozed through it like syrup”.
Gehenna is incredible. It’s so good that I now tend to think of Talos as a prequel to Gehenna.
Spoilers for The Talos Principle and The Road to Gehenna follow.