I’m always baffled by why people love Deadly Premonition so much. It’s not good game, infact, if you look at it logically, or by any standard reference that every other game is held up to, it’s a downright bad game. But for some reason people flock to this game and it has a larger than cult following. It’s held up in almost all gaming circles as a “good” game. Heck, even Nintendo took time out of their Nintendo Direct to not just announce the game was getting a port, but even a sequel. This blew my mind, and when I watched everyone else react with the exact opposite reaction that I had (mine what a out loud “ugh, why the hell would anyone want that piece of trash?!). I think I finally know.
The man behind DP is Sweary65, not to be confused by other wierdo Japanese developer Suda51. In the eye’s of the gaming public Sweary is a genius who creates weird off kilter video games that are so odd and out of the realm of anything else in gaming that they are held to a different standard. I finally think I stumbled onto why everyone likes his games. And it’s like a kid who made a terribly poor drawing, but you love the kid so much you look past the drawing and see the effort behind the drawing.
Deadly Premonition is a game that basically takes large parts of Twin Peaks, and X-Files and inserts in into its own game. The story is nonsensical, with unrealistic locations, characters who would never behave that way in real life, and even a main character that acts so odd, it’s any wonder why no one else just goes “Who the hell are you talking to” when he starts talking to “Zack” the voice inside his head… it’s an odd game, with abysmal driving sequences, shooting sections that go one about 45 minutes longer than they should and cutscenes and graphics that were laughable even by the time it was released in.
Since then, whenever it gets brought up, I am astonished that it has even one follower that genuinely loves it. Since again, if you hold it up to the same standard any other game is held to, it would get a 2 out of 10 rating. It’s straight up bad, but I guess there is something to be said for a creator and his creation, that while bad, is still putting forth genuine effort and creativity (Although with DP I don’t think it’s all that creative when you take large chucks of your game from a old 80’s TV show) but I guess that’s the world we live in.