I just have created a account here in Gamespot to say that I already downloaded this game and I never had seen before such a terrible, horribly, bad-taste, pain-in-the-a** review.
An emphasis on style over substance defines Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, though unfortunately even the stylish aspects have serious problems.
- Responsive controls
- Interesting puzzles.
- Awful quick-time events
- Distracting visual design
- Verbose, cliche dialogue
- The Island management subgame is nearly worthless
- Punishing checkpoint system.
Revenge has never been so tedious. After salacious photos of Ash, the prince of hell, make their rounds in the underworld, the fiery rabbit goes on a quest to kill 100 creatures that are reveling in his embarrassment. Excessive violence follows you through the twisted worlds that make up this lengthy adventure. Enemies erupt in fountains of bubbling blood, and Ash has a crass witticism at the ready to make light of their torment. It's a preposterous setup, and Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit doesn't hold back from objectionable situations. But once you become numb to the juvenile antics, shallow gameplay derails your blood-splattering fun. Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Undead Rabbit relies on its immaturity to reel you in, but the poorly developed action makes your time spent in hell miserable.
Hell Yeah doesn't shy away from long story sequences. Ash trades insults with the various critters he meets during this 2D adventure, but the dialogue is so cringe-worthy that even trying to enjoy it on an ironic level is asking too much. References to outdated memes and dusty catchphrases populate every exchange, making you wonder if there's going to be an original utterance in the interminably long conversations. When Ash says, "Talk to the paw" (get it, because he's a rabbit!) or when one of the countless minigames commands you to "Om nom nom!" you can only shake your head. Hell Yeah tries to be humorous but relies on such tired material that you'll skip past the trite lines so you can get back to the action.
And, at least initially, the action holds its own. Hell Yeah is an expansive platformer in which you travel through a variety of off-the-wall locales connected by teleportation gates. Locked doors and impenetrable walls keep you from exploring the entire world from the get-go, so you have to hunt down the nasty creatures enjoying your humiliation to gain access to more of the map. Ash has a powerful repertoire of destructive tools from the beginning that become even more dangerous as you claw deeper into this nightmarish world. A handy saw circles your body at all times, allowing you to cleave through certain walls and weaker enemies without breaking a sweat. When a formidable baddie stands in your path, an arsenal of pain-dealing guns can make short work of him. A flamethrower, Gatling gun, missile launcher, and more are used to turn enemies into bloody piles of goop, and using your prodigious power to slay your oppressors carries with it some feral joy.
It's a foundation for a savage adventure, but it's not long before the puerile antics become dull. The moment-to-moment action in Hell Yeah encompasses the basics needed in a platformer without any extra flair to make it special. Ash has a floaty jump that makes avoiding enemy projectiles or leaping to higher ground a cinch, and dual-stick aiming makes gunning down enemies while dancing about the playing field second nature. But the ease with which you traverse the worlds makes the various encounters feel like mindless busywork. The majority of enemies are little more than bugs splattering against your fast-moving windshield, and the jumping challenges don't demand the precision or immediacy that could have made them compelling.
Instead of being made up of enjoyable traversal and exploration, the majority of Hell Yeah features by-rote stretches that pad the overall length until you face the next of your many antagonists. It's when you square off against your 100 most hated enemies that Hell Yeah reveals its true colors, and, sadly, it's also when this adventure is at its weakest. Each of these creatures has a name and a backstory, and you frequently trade barbs before a fight. But don't think that all of that buildup translates to an engrossing fight. Instead, you can dodge and counterattack against most of these enemies and come out on top in about five seconds. Your impressive arsenal is laughably large, considering how rarely you have to switch to a different gun.
this is coming from the guy that gave Fable: The Journey 8
i hate this stupid clown a joke of a Editor.
What a clown. The community score is far more indicative of what this game deserves. It is just plain fun and is unashamedly tongue-in-cheek with the humor much the same as Duke Nukem 3D was all those years ago. Anyone considering this should look past the poor review and trust what the majority of people are saying: Play it!
I Agree with this review, this game is rubbish in my opinion. It's boring, tedious, repetitive, not fun and has poor button mapping. I had high hope for this game when i first saw it.
Amazing soundtrack and fun game, a million weapons and costumes and weird enemies. A bit of repetition and frustration at times but this 4.0 score is a complete joke.
I'm really surprised by this low score... even though I generally don't like this sort of frenetic in-your-face immature cartoon violence, and have got a bit tired of 'indie' style platformers, I think this game is a blast! (Though I did get it free from Playstation+)
@neuroboy This game isn't free for PS+ last I checked a day or two ago, it's just discounted three dollars.
Oh, and the random 'quicktime' events to finish off bosses are a lot of fun, and a great idea which I've never seen in a 2D platformer before.
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i am gonna like this game. There are many games with bad reviews but i like them best like Darksiders 2 for instance got a low score on bugs eh? U show me one i those bugs then ill say i havent found a single bug in this game well as they say
'Its The Difference In Opinion'
Got this game free on PS Plus and I've played the first two zones so far. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD IS THIS GAME AWESOME! Do not understand the bad reviews at all. I mean.....damn. This game is gonna have to get pretty damn awful later on for my impressions of this game to lower. I'm so impressed with it. Insanely fun.
This isn't a 4.0 game. It's a great reminder on what made Sega a great company 15 plus years ago. It's one of the few current Sega games to do that. However, you can't just ride on that notion either. Is the game fun? That is a simple matter of opinion. You have Tom saying that the visuals are too distracting and the puzzles are fun. Another major publication says that the visuals are fun, not distracting, but the puzzles lower the fun.
Basically, this game is a matter of taste. It's got a good retro vibe and simplistic gameplay that is meant to be more fun and entertaining, rather than too hard and frustrating. You see, I've played a shitload of platformers in my 32 years of life, and the most frustrating platformers are those that are far too hard. It's a good reason why I couldn't get into Vectorman that much. So striking that balance of fun and challenging has always been a tough feat for any developer.
Now, as I said, this is a game taste, but does that warrant a 4.0 grade? Sure, he didn't like it, but the score dictates that it isn't a quality game. He isn't fond of the little mini games and says it isn't fun, but is the quality actually degraded because of their inclusions? No, it isn't. Does the game have control issues? No, it doesn't. Does it have a ton of glitches? No, it doesn't. Is it a game that will be enjoyed by many? Yes, it is.
This is where I think reviewers have lost their credibility. A score should not just be given because of their personal taste. Giving a low score to a game that honestly has quality, is just self pride. I didn't like Marvel Vs Capcom 3, but while it is a 4.0 game to me, it wouldn't deserve that score. That is another game about personal taste. I like strategy and realism in my fighting games, but others enjoy the fast paced button mashing style of MvC. It's still a quality game.
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@Gelugon_baat @o016945 Yes, but professional reviewers, are supposed to have objective opinions, and I think this is where Tom has failed by being too harsh because of his personal tastes , and therefore his credibility as a reviewer has been harmed.
This game is great at what it does - provide a ton of mindless fun, and even chucks in some innovation amongst the idiocy! The low score could sink this game, when it really doesn't deserve it.
"You may want to know that Kevin vanOrd, who checks the reviews of his colleagues, thinks that L.A. Noire is not a good game - his opinion did not stop him from endorsing Carolyn Petit's praise-filled review of that game."
Which is EXACTLY my point of how a professional is supposed to behave and why it's not all just about opinion. Merry Christmas.
And just to be clear, I think McShea's written review is very well done and insightful, it's your "just an opinion" broad defense I take issue with. Now that I have noticed all of your other posts, it's clear you're some sort of apologist thinking his tireless kiss up campaign will land him an internship at Gamespot.
What you said is a load or crap. I didn't care for the demo of this game, from what little I did play I agree with Gamespots review, but any shmuck can give his "me likey, me not likey" opinion; we're talking about professional analysis here. A 4 out of 10 is a broken game with little to no redeeming value and going by other reviews and gamer reception, this game is nothing of the sort.
I can't stand this cowardly "it's an opinion" nonsense. When you've been gaming long enough you learn to tell the difference between a game that is trash and a game that just isn't your cup of tea, you also learn how to recommend games you personally did not enjoy to a broader audience because on a fundamental level they are a decent play. I didn't like Bioshock, I didn't care for the narrative and the combat felt clunky to me, so going by your logic I should shrug the whole game off as a 4 out of 10 if I were working for Gamespot.
@Gelugon_baat last word
@Gelugon_baat Yet again you miss the point. Look at it this way. You are saying that my opinion that Tom's opinion is wrong is invalid because it's just an opinion, but by saying that you also say that my opinion is valid and so is your opinion that my opinion on Tom's opinion is invalid. So, your circular logic works against your argument, or at least can not be used to prove anything. What I'm saying is that this review, and all of his reviews, are based in opinion and not real critical analysis...thus, his opinion can be discarded. Everything he mentions to give this game such a low score is very much based on how he liked said part of the game or hated it, not that those parts are badly implemented or didn't work. I'm saying Tom should stick to his opinion shows and articles, much like Rush Limpball, and leave the reviews to more competent and logical critics. Then again the quote is basically meant to tell the viewer to make their own informed opinions on what to think and believe and to trust yourself. Which is interesting because you never have your own opinion. You tend to just side with whatever the GS review says instead of forming your own informed opinion on said game. You give new meaning to the phrase "sheeple". :P
@Gelugon_baat ?You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.? ? Harlan Ellison
@Gelugon_baat You heard, but you never listen. Which is why everyone hates you.
I see myself as a self-proclaimed caller out of bullshit.
Why do you care so much as to defend every shit Gamespot review?
@Gelugon_baat @neuroboy Of course credibility is real and necessary for any critic to be taken seriously. Tom has no credibility and everyone knows he scores games lower than a credible critic normally would just to get a response or maybe to prove some sort of sick hipster mentality. There are MANY examples of this and most people don't take his reviews seriously because of it. It's a sad fact. Personal opinions are fine, but when you get paid to review games there needs to be consistency and a modicum of impartiality in the final score to be taken seriously.
Also, why do YOU care so much to defend EVERY shitty review he makes? You seem to love throwing around terms like fanboy and nostalgia, even though you are the worst person to make such claims, since you just side with the mods on GS no matter what and hate on just about every game in existence. Why do you care so much about defending Tom's review - do you get paid to do so - a slap on the back - anything?
Oh goodie, Tom Mc Shea reviewed this. Now I don't know if it's a good game or a bad one since he always seems to make games seem sooooooo much worse than they actually are.
Mr McShea being a douchebag? Nothing new here. Just read the very last paragraph of his article here : http://l.gamespot.com/LwpEU3
Can't put too much stock into anything on this website anyways, I mean, seriously, this is Gamespot. You know? The same place that fires employees for writing fair and balanced reviews.
@nemt GS should put a tab on the header already. "Buy your reviews here"
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@Gelugon_baat Not only me it seems...
And i'm just making a stand from what i saw, i played Hell Yeah, and 4? BS. That's why i wrote here. Nothing to do with likes, handshakes or convincing. I'm done with that.
@Gelugon_baat A long time ago i stopped caring about GS readers, because 80% are trolls (not saying you are though). I'm not interested in convincing anyone anymore. So my comment WAS directed to people who already think like me.
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Lucky for us GameSpot has been proven corrupt a number of times, most notably during the Kane & Lynch debacle.
I agree with everything in this review except the score. My main gripe; it does indeed feel shallow. But 4? Man, that's harsh. I've seen much worse games get much better scores.
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@Gelugon_baat Thank you Mr. Obvious. From all your reply's, I've noticed you have the uncanny ability to either A.) belittle someone for having an opinion different than your own, or B.) state the obvious. In this case you have stated the obvious. Of course it's a difference of opinion, that much is obvious. Sometimes it's just better not to say something if you have nothing to say, you know?
Well I stuck with GI's review of 8.5 and bought it day one, as I was really looking forward to this. Also didn't let Gamespot's review of Tokyo Jungle sway me from buying it. Seriously, the average user review for Hell Yeah is a 4.5 out of 50 ratings or something, while Tokyo Jungle's is an astounding 4.9 out of 200 or so.
It didn´t seem so bad in the giant bomb quicklook :S
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@megakick @Gelugon_baat @SolidSnakeFan While I think Tom has been too harsh on this game, I wouldn't say that Gamespot gives low scores... if anything, they are too liberal with the 8 and 9 marks, and have devalued 5, 6 and 7s so people think that that is a bad score rather than an average to good.
Too many games get hyped up to be worth 8.5 or 9 points, and people forget that 7/10 is actually a good score - I recall the outcry when Mirror's Edge got 'just' a 7, but I thought that was a fair score, even though I personally love the game.
As a real life example, I have a First Class BA Degree with Honours, and to get that I needed to score on average 70% across my units... not 90 or 100%.
This game doesn't deserve a 4.
Just because he doesn't like the game play, Maybe some people do, BAD REVIEWER biased opinion.
4 is below average visual and subject alone is better then most games.
@Gelugon_baat Thanks for the redundancy; I come to expect that from you.