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THE SECOND YEAR COMETH

28 September 2005

Well met, everyone, on this second year of Captain August! New adventures ahoy!

Apologies for the not appearing of last time's rant. Well, it got there yesterday, but I didn't have the opportunity to upload it earlier. The special was there alright, but if you're interested, there's still a perfectly fine rant that you may have missed in the previous episode. Because, yes, in the end, this is still the work of but one person, and I am prone to the same slip-ups as you.

Or maybe this delay came to be because I bought a new computer after I decided my last one, which was about five years old, wasn't up to par anymore. It was still working fine, mind you, but I gave it to my girlfriend and bought myself a spiffy new one. An adequate system, not top of the line, but very adept nonetheless. But the point I'm trying to get to is that this system enabled me to play, for the first time ever, this weekend, the long-awaited game that has been in my possession for a good month now... PSYCHONAUTS!

And oh! The thrills! Those four years of work from the Double Fine team are so visibly there. Tim Schafer, aided by the skillful designing hand of Scott Campbell, has created an absolutely stunning world that brims with creativity. Surprises and twists hide around every corner; not one level is the same as the other as is so dismally present in lesser, monotonous games; and the genuine fun of it all bursts from its package. I don't want to say too much of it already, because I've yet to finish it and afterwards I'll write more extensive about it, but oh! One thing I will say is that from the very beginning, Psychonauts feels like an adventure. Yes, there are platforming acrobatics that one must perform, and fighting aplenty, but the feel is just there. In essence, it's far more about exploration, light puzzling and simply uncovering this fantastic, atmospheric world, than stomping on an enemy. Tiresome boundaries of genre aside, this is from the get-go another inimitable Tim Schafer game. One I'll treasure for a long time.

See you next time!

Roderick.