Here's Why Absolutely Everyone Should Play Psychonauts 2
Many believe there's no such thing as universality when it comes to video games, or any form of entertainment in fact. Everything's just too subjective.
But there are exceptions to every rule.
For instance, I don't believe there's a soul alive who can say they don't like "The Princess Bride" (and if you ever do find someone who doesn't, be wary...they may not be human). And every once in a great while, a game comes along that seemingly everyone likes, if not loves. In my 30 years of playing, I haven't come across many but I do believe that the platforming classic Psychonauts is one of them.
Firstly, I'm not a really big fan of the genre in question. I never have been. I actually bought the original game on a whim; it's one of the few impulse purchases I've ever made in my life. I was out of things to play, I'd heard some great things about it, so I snagged it in passing one day. Two weeks later, I'd done just about everything there was to do in the game (including getting all 100...what were they again?) and I just adored it. But there's something beyond that personal love.
I do believe that this one game featured not just one but several of the most impressive, best-designed levels in video game history. The Milkman Conspiracy, Waterloo and Black Velvetopia were so distinct, so inspired, so creative, so wonderfully absorbing and outrageously fun, that you just couldn't help smiling when playing. This is the kind of thing you can expect from Tim Schafer and Co., even though I admit I'm not a huge fan of all his games, like some people are. I just know brilliance when I see it even if it's not necessarily my cup of tea.
But in regards to Psychonauts, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't enjoy that game, whether it was their "cup of tea" or not, and why I think everyone should try the upcoming sequel. Yeah, we have to wait until 2018 but I can be patient. After finishing its crowdfunding campaign with over $3.8 million, one has to assume Double Fine has what they need to create something very, very special. And when it finally does arrive, you owe it to yourself to at least give it a whirl. I went out on a limb with zero expectations and even some preconceived (though admittedly) false notions back in 2005, and I was justly rewarded.
Your turn will come in 2018. :)
Related Game(s): Psychonauts 2
1/13/2016 9:37:05 PM Ben Dutka