Sunday, 9 January 2011
Review of Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch
By Andy Yates
Mark Leung (also the creator of the popular College Saga youtube sensation) is a complete genius and has the most thorough understanding of internet psyche I've ever encountered. Well it's that or he's seriously wrong in the head. Either way it feels like Revenge of the Bitch is designed to annoy half of the people in the world while making the other half chortle for hours on end.
Quick though! Let me tell you what this game is: it's an JRPG parody, a game that pokes fun at everything that is Final Fantasy and you can't help but admire the sheer bravery and persistence that it must have took to create it. Or perhaps the motivation came from the need to insult just about anything and everything to do with the world and the internet. I'm still not quite sure...
Trying to pull apart the threads of crazy thought that make up the plot it's difficult to see if the story is any good. In many ways it's very traditional in it's "a dark power is threatening the world" sense but on the other hand it's consistent use of over the top satire and characters that continue to stay completely in character throughout. Mark especially continues to be a complete arse at all times and never learns any kind of moral lessons at all....yay!
The very best parts of the game for me however have to be the filmed cut scenes. This is something that gamee have lost over the years in favor of scripted sequences and in some cases we've lost out, but Mark Leung has returned this greatest of gifts to us! These are seriously laugh out loud funny, it seems like everyone involved really got what the idea of the game was and it was very much like watching the shouty dialogue of an old kung-fu movie.
Ok now for my confession, I've not yet completed the game! ooh, shock horror! I'm over 10 hours in and it's just too long with all the grind for me with all the other stuff I need to do for now. I'm sure it's far longer than this and I will continue to play it when I can and update this if any of my views change over the coming weeks.