Tyler
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Tyler

So if it was that good, just play it again. Assume you hit a perma death in a rogue like. Start over. You’ll blow back to where you were in 3 hours tops. How many hours have we all spent replaying the same shit over and over in Dark Souls, and rave up and down the block about it. If you were 40 hours into a JRPG I’d say yeah fuck that game, but this is a short linear action game.

Sam Leheny
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Sam Leheny

I don’t think it’s unfair to count this little hiccup in your experience in your review of the game, because it sounds less like a “bug” and more like a design/programming oversight. One that anyone could encounter if they too forgo relighting their torch as you did.

Jesse
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Jesse

I find it frustrating when games don’t let you manually save. I think there should always be a manual save space in case of something like this.

guy smiley
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guy smiley

Very interesting review Jim. Of what looks like a very interesting game, too. One thing I’d like, if possible, would be to include the usual publisher, releases, price point, etc. information in the post of video reviews like this. Cos that’s still information best expressed in just that format that you have in you text reviews, and also most of that information was missing from the video review. Other than that, great stuff.

That Damn Rat
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That Damn Rat

I think you’re being a bit soft here Jim, as the problem you encountered stems from a design choice that is basically on the “unskippable cut scenes” scale of inexcusable game design decisions would I think preclude the game from being worth above a 5. One of things I like about you as a reviewer is your willingness to be a hard taskmaster, and I would say a game like this where the devs have obviously have actual talent need to be held to that higher standard. They’ll never realise their potential if they’re allowed to coast on the merit… Read more »

Thom
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Thom

Genuinely curious about the frequency of that particular glitch and if it’s been fixed yet. Seriously think this game is right up my alley.

d.09
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d.09

Hey Jim, I’m not much of a commenter, but I wanted to stop by to let you know I really enjoyed this style of video. It sounded really sincere and was pleasant to listen to. I don’t read reviews, I need my entertainment spoon fed in video or podcast form, so I guess that’s what I’m missing out on. But, it would be really great to see similar stuff to this. The game looks interesting as hell too.
Regardless, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

Also, scores s’mores, 1, 8, 9 or 7, the video said so much more.

UniversalToby
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UniversalToby

This entire story exemplifies why I love your coverage: It’s honest and we get to see the man behind it. You make mistakes, you’re a disgusting kiss-boy <3 and you're wrong about Zelda, but we get to have a discussion about it! And in a journalistic field so far up its own ass, so afraid to piss off advertisers and rock the boat that is commendable. Great review Jim, give your favorite boglin a kiss from me.

Jack Bonar
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Jack Bonar

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain broke at the end of the game for me. I couldn’t go back and couldn’t go forward. I never beat it. I still look back fondly on the game though and think of it as one of my favorite PS1 games and probably in my top 100 of all time. Still sucked though.

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

Oh jesus christ, yeah, you need to mention that you spent a while listening to that scream over and over again so near the end of the game, that does (not sarcasm) make the initial 1/10 entirely reasonable, especially if there’s only one save file.

While the idea of a gameover screen that is an extended assault on the senses is an idea that game developers keep reviving, it’s never a *good* idea, never ever. stahp.

BAH!
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BAH!

Obligatory “Breath of the Wild” joke.

Terry Osaurusies XI
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Terry Osaurusies XI

‘without wanting to spoil, that permadeath thing? Don’t worry too much about it.’
…hmmm. The game installs a fear into you that all your effort could end up being for nothing, but mayhaps after enough survival, one learns that the fear was all part of the tricks of the mind? I think I see what they’re aiming for there, personally I think it’s well played in that regard.

GreenGarden
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GreenGarden

Also last thing on permadeath, as someone with mental disabilites (autsim), I’m not entirely sure what permadeath in a game actually supposed to mean here? Like how do it represent how we struggle, many of us are fully capable of pulling ourselves back up and while we do stuggle doing stuff, differing wildly from person to person, we’re not a hive mind and don’t experiance the same things. I’m just not sure what’s it’s getting at? Is it supposed to be a vax thing? Like because many of us didn’t get MMR Jags we’re more vunrable? The demons in our… Read more »

George
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George

Good review Jim! This video review is more interesting than the splatoon 2 review. I’m not sure why but I feel like there is more depth and focus. It seems like this one also had less meandering and made better use of the format to demonstrate certain aspects of the game that you are talking about. Now…As stated in the other page I admire your devotion to “reviewing the game you have not the game it could be.” People may call you contrarian but that’s bull shit utter bull shit. You’re much more honest and objective than I would say… Read more »

Benj
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Benj

I suppose one way to think about this is: if the game abritrarily ended at the point you got to with no resolution and a sequel hook would it still be an alright game? It seems the answer is broadly yes.

Mankind Divided was pretty good despite the sudden early ending.

GreenGarden
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GreenGarden

(Okay wait, Total Biscut and PC Gamer are saying the permadeath thing wall a bluff by the devs?

What? Like, that was a really dick move on the devs.

Miliardo
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Miliardo

A friend of mine brought this game to my attention, but didn’t really tell me much about it. Now that I’ve gotten a proper review, and even seen it in action, I’m very interested. I’ve been away from the site for a while, and could be behind the curve here, but I do hope this isn’t signalling a shift toward video-only reviews for the site. I enjoy reading the text reviews, and I’m totally open to a tandem text-video review, but I’d be sad to see the text ones disappear. I quite like the video, and don’t get me wrong,… Read more »

GreenGarden
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GreenGarden

That whole only 1 save file and perma death really puts me off the game and pretty much passing on it. I have the wost luck when it comes to glitches in game so just know that’s going to stress me out while playing it.

I’m really not a fan of that mechanic in a game and hate the idea of games erasing your save files.

SmaMan
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Allow me to comment on something other than the 7 (out of 10) ton elephant in the room.

They’re just *barely* out of the uncanny valley with Senua. I haven’t seen any moving footage of this game before today, and initially I was awestruck with just how real it looked… but as it goes on you just see those little unrealistic inconsistencies that unnerve you just ever so slightly… and given the subject matter that’s probably what they were going for.

Also, I agree that the new term “Indie-AAA” needs to die in a glitch zone immediately.

dyscode
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Sorry, if I am picky, Jim but did I understood it right, that this 7 is now issued on a game you have not / [could not have]* yet completed, yet?
So how can you say we should not worry about the save game deletion when you don’t know how the difficulty / insta-kill puzzles ramp up past that point?

There have been games before that fall apart in the last few minutes.

Or did I miss something?

If not, the final verdict is – actually – still out. which is unsatisfactory to me*
If so, I obviously missed that and say sorry.

*Edit.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Assuming you showed the portion where the auto-save actually occurred: that torch was not very big, nestled in a corner, and covered in a TON of motion blur, made worse by the fact you can’t take your time and have to sprint through. I know a few people in reals who would miss that. Hell, I might’ve missed it, and I’m surprised more people DIDN’T.

Shame about the bad times. 7 seems about right based on the game play shown and the fact it can feel tedious.

Eirik Hafskjold
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Interesting series of events from you today Jim. Been fun to follow, for me at least, but pretty sure you stressed out to the max and slept next to nothing. Hats off to you for taking a good close look at yourself there. Also, you made me obsessively await that place with the torch you apparantly missed, so I dont wind up in the (funnily enough) VERY real Hell of Loops – as you did with your failed save.

Good show, mate – bloody good show.

Денис Фролов
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Денис Фролов

Eh. Text version please? I can read it much faster than in 14 minutes, and lack of it is extremely annoying. Please don’t abandon the format.

TheAgingHipster
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TheAgingHipster

For what it’s worth, I think that’s a perfectly fair reaction to the situation and a worthy score.

Anton
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Anton

Nice touch with Jimsaw popping up to announce the score at the end.

Bummer about your experience with the game, sounds like you got cheated out of a potentially great experience. If you’re at all interested in finishing, I’d recommend reaching out to someone in your fanbase who’s got the game. Once they get to the point that you got stuck at, they can copy their save file and send it to you, so you can finish the game yourself.