29 June 2012

On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness

Penny Arcade are one of the longest running gaming webcomics in the world.  They've built up a name using big words and satire to most, if not all, extents.  So after many years of drawing and building up their little animated world, and toying with the ideas in the back of their heads, they naturally made a game.

It's not an easy game, by any sense.  It sometimes take a little while for one to figure out what they should be doing in the game, but it does eventuate with entertaining cutscenes, familiar cameos, and a ridiculous storyline.  Oh boy is it ridiculous.

They released Episode 3 recently and were forced to change the style of the game from a Cell-shaded 3D graphics game to a classic 8-bit RPG format.  And frankly, I'm only a little surprised they didn't do that in the first place.  Were I in the position of Penny Arcade Aristocracy, I would have requested the suggestion of changing formats of each Episode.  A game about a Gaming Celebrant should celebrate Formats and their Generations.

Which is why I'm happy for Episode 3 to have changed the style.  I appreciate that they kept with the RPG format they intended, though I would be interested to see more.