Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (PC) Review (Explicit Content)

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Game reviews
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Of all the internet celebrities out there my personal favourite is James Rolfe. Amongst the many other things he’s done like Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, Board James and You Know What’s Bullshit, the series that made him most famous was undoubtedly The Angry Video Game Nerd, where he relives the frustrating games from his youth. Over the years many people have been making games based off him and his reviews, the most recent of which being Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures developed by FreakZone Games. A game which gives the player a first hand experience of what it’s like to be The Nerd. It’s gonna take you back to the past, but is this a shitty game that sucks ass?

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

The story of the game starts out with The Nerd and his friends playing a shitty game when all of a sudden they get zapped into the tv. The Nerd escapes into the basement but an arm comes out of the TV, grabs him by the balls (yeah, that’s what it actually says) and pulls him inside. Obviously making fun of the vague storyline from Cheetahmen. The Nerd then has to escape from game land. For a game based off an angry video game reviewer who swears a lot would you really expect anything more from a storyline? I didn’t think so.

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The gameplay takes heavy inspiration from classic games such as Mega Man and Castlevania. The game starts off with a tutorial stage, with the nerd occasionally making fun of how they just spoon feed you the obvious and how he doesn’t need help, before going to a stage select screen. The game starts out with 8 stages (plus a final stage) with such catchy titles like Future Fuckballs 2010, Dungeons and Dickholes and Assholevania. The game is a pretty self-explanatory platformer. You run, you jump, you shoot, speaks for itself. Each stage is based around certain games that The Nerd has reviewed and the stage boss involves a specific character that has annoyed him in the episodes. The graphics go for the look of a retro game and are really appealing with it’s vibrant colours and detailed character designs. Even the music is stylised like an 8-bit game and the tunes are really catchy, you may find yourself humming along to some of these tunes.

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Of course where this game sticks out is in it’s humour. Throughout the levels The Nerd will spout out random quotes such as “Whoever came up with this level is an asshole” and “They got me finding keys? It’s a fucking platform game” which again makes it feel like a type of game that The Nerd has suffered through. The game has certain design elements that are intentionally made bad to piss you off such as rocks that arc over enemies to over the top death-traps. What would normally frustrate gamers is taken in good grace here as here it feels like you’re in on the joke and you can laugh with it. The game also has more playable characters you can unlock. The Guitar Guy shoots wave beams through walls, Motherfucker Mike uses a lightsaber and can destroy secret blocks and The Bullshit Man can double jump and has stronger shots. Aside from that look out for other hidden cameos within the levels.

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One other thing I have to talk about with this game is the difficulty. Anyone who’s played this game can tell you how balls hard it is. The game starts out with three difficulty options (Easy, Normal and Old School) with three more to unlock (Hard as Balls, Fucking Impossible and the dreaded YOLO difficulty). I can’t beat Hard as Balls, and judging by the achievements very few have. As I mentioned before it has that old school difficulty of Mega Man and Castlevania so there are numerous sections where you will die repeatedly due to insta-kill death blocks or nasty jumps. The game is very frustrating like a lot of the games The Nerd has reviewed, but it is balanced out with a fun factor. Even though you die a lot you still feel like it’s something you can eventually overcome with practice, but it will still have you swearing with anger in the process.

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Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is currently available on Steam for £6.99. I’d personally say it’s worth the money, however I only recommend buying it if you’re a fan of old school platformers as the game is indeed really frustrating. Also it would probably cater more to fans of the Angry Video Game Nerd as all those who don’t get the references wouldn’t be in on the joke and instead see it as cheap game design. But they would be missing out on a fun, challenging and lovingly crafted retro platformer that takes you back to the past, but is NOT a shitty game that sucks ass.

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Final Score: 7.5/10

As this is probably going to be my last review before Christmas in the word of The Nerd “Happy Holidays, and if you have a problem with Happy Holidays then Happy Shut the Fuck up!”.

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