Deadly Premonition is my game of this generation, hands down. There are so many other games which probably deserve this title (Last of Us, Skyrim, GTA V - depending on how it turns out!) but for me, they pale in comparison to this bit of uniqueness. The only question that can decide whether or not you would enjoy this game is: what do you think of Twin Peaks?
If your answer to that question is even the slightest bit of an affirmative, then you need to play this game. But I’ll discuss the similarities more in a bit...
The voice acting in the game is rather dire, as is the script, but that is the point of the whole thing. You honestly can’t hate a game that has the main character talking about his previous cases over dinner, and not quite realising how disgusting it all is, nor can you hate the constant upbeat music that plays during cutscenes, especially after you’ve just investigated a brutal murder. There’s just something that makes you want to smile about the whole thing, especially when you combine it with graphics and animations that look like the game is from a previous console generation.
The gameplay itself is a fairly standard third person shooter, with a forensic treasure hunt and profiling game added into it. It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but I guarantee that you’ll be shouting “I LOVE THIS GAME!” by the time you beat the first boss.
But I’m glad they didn’t.