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I have no idea if Paradise Killer is worth playing but good LAWD the soundtrack

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)

I guess it's like...Dadangr...Dadangronpa? Danganronpa? Dandangrandpa? The anime game where everyone kills everyone and there's like...uh, a bear? He's like two colors? That one.

It's an adventure game where everyone is doing Jojo-poses and you interview them and try to find a killer. Apparently there's like...multiple ways to clear the game and solve the murder, and it's got this insane story with nutso characters with weird names.

But who cares?! Listen to the soundtrack, GOOD LORD

FUCK





I'm gonna have to play this aren't I?
 

Lance Noble Aster

did his best!
(he/him)
There was a thread where a few of us played it, and we all liked it. I definitely recommend it. One of my favorites of the year so far. Also the protagonist is bisexual, and I'll take that representation wherever I can get it.
 

4-So

False is the dawn that promises anything
Someone inhaled a massive dose of synthy 80s and citypop. I approve 10/10, would listen again.
 

Lance Noble Aster

did his best!
(he/him)
Fun fact: all the music is played in-universe. There are a few locations you can go where there's no link to the island's audio system, and you're just stuck with ambience in those locations.
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
Okay I now have an idea if Paradise Killer is worth playing and the answer is a resounding HOLY SHIT YES
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
I beat this the other day. The trial at the end was a nice way to wrap everything up, I just wish the game would've let you corner people BEFORE the trial proper. Instead whenever you go to them with proof they're just like "lol no way I did that" and then when you present the same evidence in trial they're like "No!!! How did you catch me?!?!" It's a little awkward, but I guess it's a side effect of the "open" structure of the game and your ability to kinda shape the ending to be whatever you want it to be. It also would've been nice if there would've been some kind of commentary or resolution to the absolutely fucked nature of The Syndicate but it became pretty clear early on that the game was like "Yeah that's just who these people are, you need to accept that they're bad people". Early on someone pointed out that The Syndicate are kidnapping and enslaving people and LD's options are like "Yeah, it's important" and "Yeah it's messed up but we gotta". And it's just like...oh...cool, everyone is garbage. Also the Syndicate lost SIX PEOPLE from the trial in my game and SEVEN from murders before the game even started...the Syndicate is like less than half what it used to be! And from the lore, you learn that they've lost multiple members over the years too. And the game like...never addresses that? Again, due to the open nature of it but still...it's weird.

I was a good little boy and stuck to The Facts™ and ended up dispensing a helluva lot of justice. Anyway, despite everything , it's a really great game! I don't even LIKE adventure games or puzzle games and I ate this shit up. A+, buy it for Switch or PC, it's 20 bucks! Don't be cheap, we live in a pandemic hellworld, enjoy a weird adventure murder mystery neon citypop game
 
I'm playing this right now, and it's such a mix of incredible, confident design and aesthetics and objectively "meh" physical mechanics.

I've spent two hours primarily walking around, finding odds and sods and putting off key conversations. The platforming is hella clunky and the design of this gameplay layer - the collecting - is basically the worst of the N64. It's Bubsy Visits The James Turrell Retrospective. The wit and care that is evident in the writing is entirely absent.

Here's the twist, though - I love it. I'm playing on my phone via steam link while my partner watches TV, and there is something so immensely chill about strolling through a vapourwave graveyard listening to city pop. If I didn't know there was a compelling story waiting to be found I might not be into this experience, but for now I am immensely enjoying the collection of these bafmodads in the world implied by an Outrun track.
 
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