10 years on, it is nonetheless a setup ready for a punchline
Comedy and videogames are unusual bedfellows. When a recreation is humorous – actually, snicker out loud humorous – it is often all the way down to a selected collision of participant(s) and mechanics. Principally, in my expertise, the capability to screw over your pals in native multiplayer, the funniest being the sorts of recreation that may change their end result in a microsecond. Hubris exploding in a participant’s over-ambitious, excessively assured face. That is humorous. Quick-paced, head-to-head insanity. Ideally even with barely dodgy controls and/or dealing with. Micro Machines V3 is humorous. Dashin’ Desperadoes is humorous. Duck Sport is probably the funniest factor ever made.
Ten years later, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (Xbox 360, PS3) continues to be by no means humorous. Video games making enjoyable of themselves isn’t, and has by no means been humorous. A totally rote third-person shooter – utterly bereft of any distinctive mechanics – primarily based round a washed-up outdated recreation character who would not need to get replaced. The joke is that the sport is dangerous, videogames are silly and that you simply’re silly for liking them. Doesn’t this stage suck? Aren’t these controls terrible? Isn’t this stage design uninteresting? This complete factor is so unoriginal, proper? In a way, I genuinely admire the audacity of creating a videogame about how videogames are in the end wearisome. In that respect, Eat Lead is superficially just like Undertale, however with none of its subtlety and with none of the humour managing to be amusing.
Matt’s presence on this antiquated Outdated West surroundings is idiosyncratic and from thence, the humour come up.
I need you to think about one thing. I would say shut your eyes, however I’m working with textual content right here. Think about a person kicking you within the shin. Not overly laborious – extra of a agency faucet together with his foot than an outright kick. However nonetheless, it is direct, it is an act of, seemingly, aggression.
“Are you able to imagine I am doing this?” he laughs. “That is so annoying! And painful! Why would I do that!?”
You shake your head, not sure, irritated. You realise you recognise the person’s voice; it is the man who performs Bojack Horseman.
“However I’m doing it, although” the person continues. “I’m doing the factor that I’ve beforehand acknowledged is a foul factor to do.”
That is Eat Lead. That is Matt Hazard. Does that sound humorous to you?