Dota 2 gets The Stanley Parable announcer pack

Sardonic meta-commentary available for purchase in Dota 2.

The dry humour of the narrator in The Stanley Parable is now available to players to purchase as an announcer pack for Valve's Dota 2.

The pack features the voice of Kevan Brighting, who plays the narrator in The Stanley Parable. The pack has an attached price of $10 but is currently discounted by 10% for a limited time. In addition, The Stanley Parable will be 50% off on Steam for the duration of the weekend.

The Stanley Parable was released last year on Steam. The game was originally released to public in 2011 as a modification built using the Source game engine, but was later re-made and greenlit on Steam. The game was well-received in GameSpot's review, praised for its entertaining humour and abundance of meaningful choices.

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faizanhd
faizanhd

Just fantastic in every way.

I just love everything that has anything to do with the Source engine.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

I guess it's just me, but I really disliked the Stanley Parable announcer. He wasn't witty or charming or entertaining in the slightest for me. I guess he was just a different style of comedy (and traditionally, I like British humor) I think Wheatley did a much better job being endearing and lovable, even as an enemy.

JediLegacy
JediLegacy

@aegis_kleais  His humor isn't meant to be "British." The Stanley Parable is a sly, sardonic take on the narrative of video games. It's meant to be a slow burn of humor, a narrative that starts every time just slightly off kilt but that ends up crashing and burning in the most delightful ways; the Announcer is more akin to GLaDOS in the original Portal in this respect than the neurotic Wheatley.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@JediLegacy Thing is, the entire time I was playing the SP demo, I never laughed once. Not even a chuckle. Everyone was rating the game like 90/100, and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about, but by the time the demo was over, I was left in a stupor and resigned myself to the belief "This is like Family Guy. Where, it IS popular, and it IS successful, but not to me."


GLaDOS's dialogue was clever, witty, and very tongue-in-cheek. The announced for SP just seemed to try to hard, and I guess a lot of steam was taken out of his sail because I actually predicted his commentary many times before he even spoke it. It seemed very vanilla to me.