There’s a motive that James Rolfe’s Offended Video Sport Nerd character has outlasted and out-performed so many imitators – the veneer of showmanship and the pantomimed, goofy, insincere anger are worlds aside from the real venom spewed by these he appears to have influenced. The Nerd isn’t a harmful, hateful entity – he’s humorous, he’s foolish, as a result of James understands that it’s absurd to get mad about video video games.
With such reputation and longevity, it was inevitable that The Nerd would see a videogame outing of his personal, and Freakzone’s Offended Video Sport Nerd Adventures hit Wii U and 3DS in 2013 to a good reception. An completed, assured quasi-masocore platformer, it was a brief however candy piece of AVGN fanservice with stable stage design and a pleasant line in hidden content material. Nonetheless, it was a shock when sequel Offended Video Sport Nerd 2: ASSimilation hit PC solely in 2016. A lot improved from the unique, we felt it was a disgrace that this superior follow-up by no means hit consoles – till now.
So right here now we have Offended Video Sport Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe, containing each video games with a bunch of upgrades and extras. Most prominently, the unique sport has been massively overhauled with the much better graphical model of its sequel – the colors look fantastically vivid – and copious enhancements to the extent design.
We are able to’t stress this sufficient; it’s so significantly better right here, it’s like a completely totally different sport in locations. The continual look of “demise blocks” – disappearing and reappearing obstacles that immediately killed you – has been swept apart, 99 p.c of them changed by spikey balls that merely do injury. This reduces the problem, sure, however in a significant manner that merely makes AVGN Adventures higher. There are additionally new secrets and techniques and a few excellent overhauled music. We let the sport sit on the extent choice display simply to take heed to the superb remix of the AVGN theme.
Sequel ASSimilation, then, is new to Nintendo followers, and it’s a welcome sight. There’s only one downside – it’s not higher than the unique! Whereas ASSimilaton is superb (and has additionally seen tweaks from its authentic type), the enhancements to the primary sport render it, in our opinion, a superior expertise. It’s a little bit of an odd scenario to be in, however it’s greatest to have a look at AVGN 2 for example of sequel escalation in each manner. A lot more durable, it provides a clutch of latest mechanics akin to Mega Man X-style wall-jumping, and similarly-inspired unlockable upgrades (based mostly on NES equipment such because the Energy Glove) that grant The Nerd new powers; use of those skills evens the percentages a bit of, however the sport nonetheless needs you lifeless with levels stuffed with instant-death traps just like the beams in Space 51, or the aforementioned “Dying Blocks” showing out of nowhere within the Monster Insanity-inspired stage.
Regardless of this problem, the bite-sized levels don’t outstay their welcome, and checkpoints are positioned liberally. It’s powerful, and might be irritating (have levels with restricted visibility EVER been enjoyable?), however it’s very compulsive – you’ll typically die nearby of the following marker, driving you to succeed. There are quite a few problem choices, too, and the decrease ones (together with default) grant infinite lives, making issues rather more palatable – if maybe a bit of rote in locations with out the stress that restricted tries carry to the desk. Greater difficulties may also carry again the “Dying Blocks”, for the masochists amongst you. The primary problem we had was with RSI – mashing the hearth button to blast away at bosses received downright painful and we wished in useless for a rapid-fire characteristic.
It’s an absolute smorgasbord for Offended Video Sport Nerd followers, with a metric ton of references, gags and nods to basic episodes of the present. Being based mostly on the present that introduced us “diarrhoea dumps” and “the Nerdy Turd”, you’ll be able to anticipate a whole lot of scatological humour, however a lot of it really works effectively – the boss of the Monster Insanity stage is genuinely humorous. Clearing each included video games – they’re not very lengthy, so that is very a lot achievable with perseverance – unlocks a model new closing world, replete with the gimmicks from the earlier ones and a few extra up to date AVGN episode inspirations – be careful for the Dynamite Headdy-inspired Huge Rig.
Effectively-produced and undeniably enjoyable, Offended Video Sport Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe will certainly lose one thing for non-fans, however it’s a world above the turgid likes of PoopDie. This re-release elevates the workmanlike authentic to the purpose that it virtually outshines its formerly-leagues-better sequel, however each video games are good things. It’s comfortably the very best “YouTuber sport”, and this version polishes it up in all the correct locations. When you’re a fan of the AVGN, it’s a must-buy. When you’re not, you’ll in all probability nonetheless take pleasure in your self – Freakzone has crafted a meaty, responsive and rewarding pair of platformers that style lovers will get a kick out of. When you’ve already performed each video games, the additional chapter isn’t prolonged sufficient to demand a double-dip, however it’s a good inclusion regardless, and this model is undeniably the higher choice. (Whoops, we virtually forgot the very best information of all – the Nostalgia Critic has been fully eliminated from ASSimilation. Let pleasure be unconfined!)
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