Once again buried—sent to die, really—in a week where some pretty bodacious games are coming out; Deadly Premonition: The Directors Cut is a game that deserves both your attention and dollars. Originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2010 by way of Ignition Entertainment, the game is best described as a messed up, coked-out horror experience where absolutely nothing makes sense and most of the entertainment value comes from straight up laughing one’s arse off becuase of the horrid gameplay, awkward controls and the over-the-top narrative. It’s simultaneously one of the best and worst games I’ve ever played.
I know what some of you are thinking: “oh, there goes that dirty hipster Rubs again, hyping up some random B-tier game while continually shitting on AAA games,” but for serious: Deadly Premonition is a breath of fresh air in an industry where seemingly every single content creator and publisher has lost the plot and forever changed “video gaming” into “six-hour asset tourism, and oh—some QTEs.” I’m pretty sure SWERY and his team are time travelers; the only logical explanation I could think of to explain DP’s existence is that they used to be 3DO programmers from 1993 that shifted forward in time and decided to acquire Xbox (1) devkits and publish a game for the 360. What I’m trying to say is that it controls like an early-90s 3D game, looks like a last-gen game, but by gosh if you can just get past the technological shortcomings, is a game that provides the best off-the-wall story we’ve seen since Metal Gear Solid 2 (before Kojima became self-aware and started taking himself too seriously, of course).
Deadly Premonition is my new litmus test for people. If you liked something like Bioshock Infinite more than you did Deadly Premonition, then I would automatically assume that you are an invalid, have no capability to make rational decisions and are probably a gruesome slugperson who deserves every single second of ridicule ascribed to your worthless life. No offense, of course.
On the other hand, if you are a cool, level-headed person that appreciates good videogaming regardless of the format, you can pick up Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut at your nearest DataBlitz, post-haste.