Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's all in the presentation

Just last week I heaped a great deal of scorn upon Power Gig. It was terrible, to be sure, but what made it even worse is that it tried so very hard to pretend it wasn't terrible that I felt like the game was patronizing me. Last night I started Rock of the Dead, another terrible almost music game. Think about the Typing of the Dead, replace a keyboard with a guitar, and that is the whole game. It's awful, but I played it for two hours last night and enjoyed every minute of it. Why? Because it was so self aware that it managed to poke fun an itself with surprisingly good writing.  I laughed out loud several times, which a lot coming from a game.

Is it bad. Of course it is, but it isn't pretending not to be. A Rob Zombie soundtrack never hurts either. Shit, it almost made Way of the Warrior bearable. Almost.

Man. I paid money for that.

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