This might actually end up being a part 1 of things I love about Deadly Premonition, partly because there are a lot of things to list and I don’t really write many long posts. It’s mostly because it’s a really long game and I am still exploring.
I can only play for an hour here and there, but every time I play it feels like I am introduced to a new game-play mechanic [in-game] inspired by different survival games and horror shows of the past. It’s like several of the greatest times I had as a kid wrapped up into a game. Sure, my best childhood memories were watching shows like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and several campy B-horror flicks. Anyone remember the 1993 movie Ticks?
I played games like Resident Evil, Clock Tower, Dino Crisis, Fatal Frame, Silent Hill, Parasite Eve, Nightmare Creatures, Alone in the Dark, Obscure, Galerians, D, Sanitarium and I could go on and on. Every time I play Deadly Premonition I get reminded of a lot of those gems from the past.
If these were the types of things you grew up on as well, and enjoyed them. You really should give Deadly Premonition a chance. Let’s talk a little bit about Mr. York shall we?
The main character is FBI Agent Francis York Morgan, he’s super awkward and in town investigating a grisly murder. He talks to an imaginary friend, he gets his fortunes from his coffee, and he’s got no time for anyone and their nonsense. However, he never comes off as annoying, ridiculous at times but he still seems like a dude with personality, one I’d like to meet in real life… because I’d want to hear the kinds of things he’d say to people.
On top of being a fun character to see interact with others, he’s also informative. This is the first open world non-linear survival horror game of its kind, and when driving around from location to location (and there’s a lot that) he’ll tell you all kinds of movie trivia (there’s a lot of that too, and it’s a least a good variety so you’re not listening to the same trivia 10 times in a row).
Though, he’s not the most fun all the time, he’s been through some shit. I’ll leave that reveal for later on…
Oh, and while you’re driving around be sure to keep an eye on gas!
The little details in Deadly Premonition still surprise me, where it lacks in graphics it makes up on charm and in-game efforts. Your vehicles can run out of gas if you drive around all day without paying attention. York needs to eat, drink, and sleep to live so keep an eye out for resting spots around the town. His facial hair also grows through-out the day, so you can let him have a more gruff look or keep him clean shaven. You can also change out his suits, so many little details! :cute:
I love that you can go around the town at your own pace, and search for hidden items or look for suspects instead of having your hand held the entire game.
I don’t want to go into the story, not yet, there is so much to cover and I don’t want to give any spoilers. Especially since I have 3 PSN codes that I’ll be able to share with you guys soon. [SPOILERS: there is a Deadly Premonition Directors Cut giveaway coming shortly]
End of part 1.