The Angry Video Game Nerd by James Rolfe becomes one of most famous internet series on Youtube. He's an icon for playing old console's from his youth and plays the worst games of all time. He's currently on his seventh season of the show which means there about 112 episodes so far. The AVGN goes from the bad consoles like the Mega CD/Sega CD, Atari 5200, Jaguar and the CDi to the bad games of unsuccessful standards, unfair difficulty and poor design. AVGN is currently in development of a movie that's coming soon and finally ScrewAttack are actually making an Indie game that is based on him which this idea is a dream come true for AVGN fans.
I watched the Screwattack's Screwin' Around episode in which the company decided to showcase two of the games levels but I honestly don't know how many levels that the game has in total. This blog explains my impression from watching that Screwin' Around Episode.
The game itself is a platform game much similar to other games which are trying to revive the old school retro feel much like Mutant Mudds and Shovel Knight which emulate the games of the old school. You control the Nerd himself who has his trusty Zapper and his famous quotes like I'd rather have a buffalo spit up my *** than be be stuck here in this slimy *** of a game any longer!!! which are very hilarious. The game itself is supposed to feel as if the Nerd himself is reviewing his own game which actually sounds cool.
The game is incredibly difficult with the amount of deadly traps from laser beams, skull blocks, blocks that can fade in and out and enemy placements that aim to destroy you. As you die you'll get to see different quotes of the Angry Video Game Nerd himself that have been suggested by the fans. Each time you die you'll get a different quote which splicings things up. The game is programmed to make you feel like the Nerd who died at a really hard game.
The Nerd can fire his Zapper gun in a straight line but also like Contra you can control where he aims with the RT Button and the D-pad to aim where you want to. You'll find power ups like beer which restore your health, the glitch gremlin who can glitch the entire game and change the music like the Time Stop item in Castlevania and also the Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 BC version 4.0 BETA B***h who literally destroys all enemies that are on the screen.
While you play as the Nerd you can find additional characters as you go like Kyle Justin, the guitar guy who's usually behind the couch, B******t Man and finally Mike Matei. The Guitar guy can shoot Sonic Booms that can go through the walls so that you easily target enemies and has a greater range, B******t Man is very strong and can shoot deadly poop at enemies and Mike can use his Laser Sword to cut things and reveal secrets. Each of these characters have their own strengths and the Nerd is the all round character that you play as.
The game will have a few shmup segments from time to time as you can ride on a surfer board and blast several enemies charging in at you. Eventually you come up to a boss which references to the AVGN's other reviews and it takes several tries to memorize the boss' pattern, much like the game's tricky platforming.
Like from any modern game that makes the retro games look today it looks impressive alongside the music jiggle of the AVGN Theme. I honestly say that this game is challenging and looks pretty fun to play. The crew have announced that they will release the game on Steam and they are currently working on getting the game to Nintendo consoles like the Wii U and the 3DS. They also have a pre-order bonus for Steam users so anyone who is a huge fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd Internet series will find a lot to like and get frustrated over. For me I'm going to wait till the game comes out for the Nintendo 3DS system.
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