There’s a purpose that James Rolfe’s Indignant Video Recreation Nerd character has outlasted and out-performed so many imitators – the veneer of showmanship and the pantomimed, goofy, insincere anger are worlds other than the real venom spewed by these he appears to have influenced. The Nerd isn’t a harmful, hateful entity – he’s humorous, he’s foolish, as a result of James understands that it’s absurd to get mad about video video games.
With such recognition and longevity, it was inevitable that The Nerd would see a videogame outing of his personal, and Freakzone’s Indignant Video Recreation Nerd Adventures hit Wii U and 3DS in 2013 to an honest reception. An completed, assured quasi-masocore platformer, it was a brief however candy piece of AVGN fanservice with stable stage design and a pleasant line in hidden content material. Nonetheless, it was a shock when sequel Indignant Video Recreation Nerd 2: ASSimilation hit PC completely in 2016. A lot improved from the unique, we felt it was a disgrace that this superior follow-up by no means hit consoles – till now.
So right here we’ve Indignant Video Recreation Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe, containing each video games with a number of upgrades and extras. Most prominently, the unique sport has been massively overhauled with the much better graphical type of its sequel – the colors look fantastically vivid – and copious enhancements to the extent design.
We are able to’t stress this sufficient; it’s so a lot better right here, it’s like a completely totally different sport in locations. The continual look of “loss of life blocks” – disappearing and reappearing obstacles that immediately killed you – has been swept apart, 99 p.c of them changed by spikey balls that merely do harm. This reduces the problem, sure, however in a significant manner that merely makes AVGN Adventures higher. There are additionally new secrets and techniques and a few very good overhauled music. We let the sport sit on the extent choice display screen simply to hearken to the wonderful remix of the AVGN theme.
Sequel ASSimilation, then, is new to Nintendo followers, and it’s a welcome sight. There’s only one drawback – it’s not higher than the unique! Whereas ASSimilaton is superb (and has additionally seen tweaks from its authentic kind), the enhancements to the primary sport render it, in our opinion, a superior expertise. It’s a little bit of an odd state of affairs to be in, but it surely’s greatest to take a look at AVGN 2 for instance of sequel escalation in each manner. A lot more durable, it provides a clutch of recent mechanics equivalent to Mega Man X-style wall-jumping, and similarly-inspired unlockable upgrades (primarily based on NES equipment such because the Energy Glove) that grant The Nerd new powers; use of those skills evens the percentages slightly, however the sport nonetheless desires you lifeless with levels stuffed with instant-death traps just like the beams in Space 51, or the aforementioned “Dying Blocks” showing out of nowhere within the Monster Insanity-inspired stage.
Regardless of this issue, the bite-sized levels don’t outstay their welcome, and checkpoints are positioned liberally. It’s robust, and may be irritating (have levels with restricted visibility EVER been enjoyable?), but it surely’s very compulsive – you’ll typically die within reach of the following marker, driving you to succeed. There are quite a few issue choices, too, and the decrease ones (together with default) grant infinite lives, making issues far more palatable – if maybe slightly rote in locations with out the strain that restricted tries carry to the desk. Larger difficulties may even carry again the “Dying Blocks”, for the masochists amongst you. The primary issue we had was with RSI – mashing the fireplace button to blast away at bosses received downright painful and we wished in useless for a rapid-fire function.
It’s an absolute smorgasbord for Indignant Video Recreation Nerd followers, with a metric ton of references, gags and nods to traditional episodes of the present. Being primarily based on the present that introduced us “diarrhoea dumps” and “the Nerdy Turd”, you possibly can count on a number of scatological humour, however a lot of it really works nicely – the boss of the Monster Insanity stage is genuinely humorous. Clearing each included video games – they’re not very lengthy, so that is very a lot achievable with perseverance – unlocks a model new last world, replete with the gimmicks from the earlier ones and a few extra up to date AVGN episode inspirations – be careful for the Dynamite Headdy-inspired Large Rig.
Properly-produced and undeniably enjoyable, Indignant Video Recreation Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe will certainly lose one thing for non-fans, but it surely’s a world above the turgid likes of PoopDie. This re-release elevates the workmanlike authentic to the purpose that it virtually outshines its formerly-leagues-better sequel, however each video games are great things. It’s comfortably the very best “YouTuber sport”, and this version polishes it up in all the correct locations. In case you’re a fan of the AVGN, it’s a must-buy. In case you’re not, you’ll in all probability nonetheless take pleasure in your self – Freakzone has crafted a meaty, responsive and rewarding pair of platformers that style fanatics will get a kick out of. In case you’ve already performed each video games, the additional chapter isn’t prolonged sufficient to demand a double-dip, however it’s a good inclusion regardless, and this model is undeniably the higher possibility. (Whoops, we virtually forgot the very best information of all – the Nostalgia Critic has been fully eliminated from ASSimilation. Let pleasure be unconfined!)