Tearaway takes the concept of Drawn to Life and fuses it with 3D platforming
Tearaway is beautiful. When the world clicks together in a harmony of platforming, touch screen interaction, AR functionality, and sheer delight, it’s breathtaking. Some of it is gimmicky, especially when the internal camera is used to put your dumb face on the screen, but it’s so earnest and charming that who gives a crap. You could be humorless and decry how you have to use the microphone to recreate the cry of a pumpkin, or you could stop being an asshole and just enjoy a fun thing. Even when the interaction is minimal, Tearaway succeeds by just giving you a delightful world to roam around in and explore.
Tearaway isn’t just one of my favorite games of the year, but it is one of my favorite games on Vita. It just works on a level that I didn’t expect it to when it was unveiled in mid-2012. I’m not a fan of LittleBigPlanet, but Tearaway reaffirmed my belief that if Media Molecule creates a game with good controls, I’d love it. I love Tearaway. I think it loves me back. I mean, I did get to dress up a pig, make a penis crown, and create snowflakes that look like a crudely drawn version of the Green Bay Packers logo.
2013 Week 13: @ Detroit Lions
Ryan Taylor, Ryan Pickett, T.J. Lang
At least the captains photo was a classic.
The Cards Against Humanity guys are the best.
Being a mustached American is something I dreamt about when I was a kid and being a Super Bowl champion is something I dreamt about as a kid as well.
2013 Week 12: Minnesota Vikings
Mike Daniels, Eddie Lacy, Tim Masthay
Aaron Rodgers is the best.
This is my favorite thing today. Even if Rodgers doesn’t play on Thursday, he still makes a hell of an Old Snake.
Things are dire for the Packers right now, but Aaron Rodgers’ photobombs are still wonderful. Even better? I was at this game and even on the field during pre-game.
Hotline Miami is an uncomfortable acid trip (that makes for an awesome game)
My first exposure to Hotline Miami was courtesy of its music. I heard about this indie PC game that was inspired by the Ryan Gosling-starring modern classic Drive that had this killer soundtrack, and soon, I was listening intently to a soundtrack for a game I hadn’t thought of playing. The buzz around Hotline Miami grew and grew, and it eventually transcended PCs, becoming available on PlayStation 3 and Vita. Even more fortuitously, it showed up on PlayStation Plus.
Hotline Miami is an uncomfortable acid trip. It, seemingly deliberately, makes you feel uneasy and confused from the outset. The violence is brutal and outrageous, but remains abstracted enough to make your imagination run wild as a dog pounces on your top-down 2D body and blood oozes around you. The way the text always seems off kilter is a clear indicator that things aren’t as they seem, as you needlessly murder buildings full of people who want to kill you.
The pieces don’t all fit together; you wear animal masks and are treated to bizarre cutscenes that barely make sense even when you know what’s going on. Style comes out every orifice of Hotline Miami and luckily, the substance is comparably delicious. Smooth, retro gameplay rules the day, as you use twin sticks to control your retro-looking mass murderer. Weapon variety makes playing fun and tactical, especially since the strategy demands your patience and your precision. Sometimes, that doesn’t even matter, as every enemy often moves erratically, making it all occasionally unfair. But don’t worry, just tap X to restart, barrel back into that room with your shotgun, and fuck shit up.
I’ve played games that clearly inspired Hotline Miami, but I’ve never played anything quite like it before. If video games were given a level of sanity, Hotline Miami would be standing next to Eternal Darkness and Eternal Darkness would be like “hey guys. I don’t feel safe. Can I chill with Binding of Isaac?” Hotline Miami is The Joker of video games.
Opening Up a Can of Worms
Two worm cans have been opened. One is more likely to stick than the other.
The first is evident by the fact that I’m posting on Tumblr. The second is comic books (specifically the Batfamily in The New 52). One will cost me more money, but ultimately bring me more joy.
Let’s see if either sticks.
Gaming Backlog Progress September 2012
Games I’m playing right now:
- Kingdom Hearts 3D (stagnating after Tron Legacy world)
Final Fantasy VII (I might go back to this, but not now)
Tomba! (done with it. Hit a point that stopped being fun about 2-3 hours in.)
- Persona 3 Portable (started it)
- Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (started it)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (I had my fun. Unless I get Joe to play local co-op with me, I’m done with it)
- Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (stagnating)
- Madden NFL 13
- Professor Layton and the Last Spector (so sue me; I want some puzzles and shit)
- Kirby’s Dream Collection (reviewing)
I need to spread out my gaming love. It’s pretty disproportionate in favor of the PS3/Vita. On 3DS, outside of polishing off some of the backlog or diving into VC games, I don’t have much to play. Some of that stuff, I doubt I’ll ever play.
My Wii backlog needs to get squashed, though, especially with Xenoblade and the Last Story.
Check out the full backlog list here.