Five Sweary Games Still on the Horizon
George Carlin once performed a stand-up skit about the seven words you can’t say on television (I won’t elaborate any further) and while that was a few decades ago and times have changed, it made me think about the most recent review I wrote.
Having spent the weekend playing Lollipop Chainsaw in its entirety (you can check out the review here) it got me thinking. I’m no prude, and I enjoy a good dose of adult dialogue (I freely admit that I’m prone to worrying bouts of heavy duty profanity when playing online), but even some of Lollipop’s language seemed to be used for the sake of it, rather than for effect and even I felt uneasy with it.
After thinking about it, I managed to come up with a list of five games that will most likely get right on the censors nerve and assail our ears with cursing until they leak blood. That being said, I can’t wait to get my hands on these titles.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a given. If you’ve watched even just one episode of the show, you’ll know you’re in for one hell of a ride. I’ve loved South Park for a long time and I think it was the first series on VHS (yes, that long ago) as a Christmas present that endeared me to the potty-mouthed stars and their misadventures.
At a guess, with Matt Stone and Trey Parker at the helm we can expect a whole lot more of the same, and kids dying of course. There hasn’t been a truly spectacular South Park game to date and hopefully the combination of the classic artwork, a hands-on approach by the two creators and the RPG style will allow the genius of the show to finally shine through, in all its profane glory. If you thought the show was bad, you’ll probably want to avoid this one.
Devil May Cry
DMC has had it’s unfair share of lengthy verbal abuse thrown at it, and what appeared to be open and frank competitions to see who could come up with the most creative and insulting abuse took place. That said, footage featuring a boss battle with a poisonous slug-like demon revealed that this new look Dante isn’t afraid to mix words with all powerful beings, resulting in back and forth of “f*** you’s,” which is not entirely at odds with the cocky Dante we all know and love, just a little more…sweary.
It makes sense that demon’s would be foul-mouthed, as anyone who has seen The Exorcist can attest to, and it feels right. Whether or not it comes off in the right context is anyone’s guess as we don’t want to spend hours with an overly foul-mouthed protagonist who lost the bleeper switch. Love it, or hate it, this one is on its way and the combat looks mighty impressive and fluid. Maybe there’s life in the series yet.
Far Cry 3
I know, I know…I can’t seem to leave this one well enough alone, but it definitely deserves a mention if we’re talking about profane content. The character of Vaas, played by the very talented Michael Mando, is doing an excellent job portraying a pirate on the edge of the lawless world. From the very first reveal it was clear that Vaas is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, and his foul language is just an extension of his rage and insanity.
The voice acting is superb, and never felt awkward in any of the showings (a sign that both the writers and actors are working together) and does nothing but build on the concept of insanity. All this, and the intense gameplay, should create one of the stand-out shooters of 2012. It may be a sequel, but it’s headed in a very different direction from most of the shooters on the market.
I’m feeling a real sense of Deja Vu at this point, as Watch Dogs keeps popping up everywhere. I guess it’s one of the standout games announced in a while, but it seems to be trying to do the open-world style with a more cinematic flair. The conversation between Aiden and his ‘associate’ in the club is fantastically natural, and heavily lined with curse words.
The delivery is fantastic, and the back-and-forth between the two is cinematic; a performance that any movie director would be proud of. I’m guessing this ‘friend’ will show up quite a bit in Watch Dogs, with his potty mouth in tow. Since there’s very little to go on at the moment, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Dead Space 3
Issac Clarke may have nearly lost his mind, perhaps he has, but somehow he is still alive and kicking and ready to dissect, dismember and reduce Necromorphs to cinders. This time he won’t be doing it alone and between the two of them, they manage to drop enough f-bombs to keep the ‘mature’ audience happy.
Whether or not Dead Space 3 will manage to keep the survival horror aspect, though things are looking bleak in that respect, is not the only question here. Will the game lose its appeal with a new character, and have they re-written Isaac to become more of an action hero with an all new excessive potty mouth? I’m sure these questions will be answered in due time.