Having kids is wonderful when it's not the most tiring, life-changing thing you can do to yourself – and even then you only remember the wonderful bits. When your child smiles at you for the first time and it isn't a build up of gas... wonderful. When your child says "dada" not as part of a string of completely random sounds... wonderful. When your child laughs at you for doing something only they would laugh at... wonderful.
As I said, it's not always wonderful. Waking up four times a night... not wonderful. Standing in a stress position to hold the hands of a tiny child trying to walk... not wonderful (but also wonderful). Constantly tidying things that are never actually tidy... not wonderful.
But if there's one thing that sums up having young children it's this: It's 4pm on a Saturday. Essentially the evening if you're a parent. It's a little too early for dinner, but you at least know that that's soon and then after that bed time isn't far off. The sweet release of bed time. Anyway, you see a crumb of chocolate just sat in a crevice of your shirt. Given that dinner, as established is still some minutes away, you fancy a small snack. Yum! Chocolate. But you've forgotten, just for a split-second, that you have a baby.
Welcome to VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast: Ep.18 - The best game you thought was one genre but turned out to be another.
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The best game you thought was one genre but turned out to be another
This is the topic of Episode eighteen of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. Here’s a rundown of who picked what.
Tom - Bugsnax
Look. Loads of you are going to be all "that's not really a different genre, is it?" and to that I say: "poo poo." If you've not experience the horror of Bugsnax you can't comment on it. Simple. It's harrowing. The PlayStation Access video above explains it all brilliantly if you have no intention to ever play the game yourself.
Alex – Brutal Legend
It might seem like the obvious choice – and that's because it is. But honestly, who cares? Brutal Legend is absolutely the best example of a game that you think is one thing... but turns out to be another. Publisher EA is partially to blame for this, too – almost all of this game's marketing beats sold it as an action-packed hack-and-slash game set in a heavy metal world. And it is that... for a while.
But part-way through Brutal Legend, it reveals its secret Ace of Spades: it's not just an action game set in a world inspired by heavy metal album covers, it's a real-time strategy game. Soon, you're taking part in wild battles with masses of troops, fighting demons for the fate of a world populated by Ozzy, Lemmy, and other metal greats. It's brilliant – even in the hard turn into RTS turned a lot of players off.
Connor - Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is a game for perverts, but I had no idea I swear. I swear to god I didn't know. I, a pure 13 year old, thought I was buying a cheap fighting game. So what if it had bikinis on the front, how was I supposed to know it was softcore porn? The lads at the GameStation let me buy it, it's their fault when you think about it.
If you like beach volleyball it's allegedly the focus of the game. You're meant to build up a friendship with a variety of women in order to improve your overall performance at seaside sports. You can also play tug of war and "butt battles" by the pool, but you can't even parry incoming ass blasts so what's the point, to be honest. You can, believe it or not, also do jet ski races. In fact, it was one of the major selling points for the game, according to revered DOA historians.
It did have a casino though, which was fun, but the game was a totally different package than what I was expecting. In hindsight I probably should have thought of a thought-provoking genre-twisting game, but the moment I saw the podcast brief Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 was the only thing that came to mind. I am sorry.
Come back in a week for another episode of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast.