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Marlow Briggs EP11: Marlow Briggs and the Helicopter Canyon

By Shamus
on Thursday Aug 28, 2014
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I feel like this game is invulnerable to my nitpicking. I try to fault it for the plodding mook fights or the incoherent level pacing, but then it throws a new stupid minigame at us or throws in Yet Another Gameplay Element and I’m rendered speechless. I feel like the game doesn’t even care what I think. Someone really, really wanted to make this ridiculous thing, and it never occurred to them to wonder if anyone else would like it.

Comments (54)

  1. Daemian Lucifer says:

    Im shocked that Rutskarn knows of 1942.I used to play that game before he was even sloshing around in the womb.

  2. silver Harloe says:

    “Someone really, really wanted to make this ridiculous thing, and it never occurred to them to wonder if anyone else would like it.”

    That’s dangerously close to the definition of the proper attitude between an artist and art.

    • Peter H. Coffin says:

      Can’t argue with this. I mean, this whole thing is an exercise in Bellisario’s Maxim, but its execution seems pretty exceptional. I don’t think we’ve ever heard such a high rate of “YEAH!” and “Oh I can do THAT, can I?” from Josh in other games.

  3. Gruhunchously says:

    Face it Shamus, this game was made to irritate you. Every time you try to mock some element of its story, the story itself goes ahead and mocks it for you. Every time you accuse it to adhering to some gameplay trope, it goes out of its way to slam you with a complete aversion of that very trope.
    Every time you try to take it down a peg, you just get the impression that its aware of and deliberately ignoring you, sticking its fingers in its ears.

  4. Ivellius says:

    Shamus, I can’t believe you forgot about all of the helicopters Marlow Briggs murders. It’s mooks, wildlife, and helicopters that should fear him.

    And boy is it not afraid to throw anything at the player.

  5. Marlow Briggs and the Canyon of AIRWOLF!

  6. I’ve always wondered what would happen if they turned a Markov Chain generator into a game dev. Now I know.

  7. Eric says:

    Clearly, this is Frog Fractions 2.

  8. TheLurkerAbove says:

    Marlow Briggs meets Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy

  9. Traiden says:

    I love how you can run into your own missiles and get hurt by them. That really shows they paid attention to this section of the game.

  10. tzeneth says:

    I’m wondering if Josh is trolling everyone or just didn’t realize he could upgrade the hammer because if you’re going to use it, you might as well upgrade it so we don’t sit here watching the same combo even longer. Plus, more health.

    • silver Harloe says:

      Normally, I’m all for assuming Josh is trolling, but in this case, I think he just missed the “you have enough xp to upgrade now” message because it flashed while he was busy. He’s pretty consistently hit the upgrade button every time it flashed before.

  11. Phantos says:

    “I feel like the game doesn't even care what I think. Someone really, really wanted to make this ridiculous thing, and it never occurred to them to wonder if anyone else would like it.”

    As much as I could rag on this game, I have to admit I wish more video games were made with that mindset.

    That reminds me, I need to get back to work on that JRPG about the humping robot.

  12. lucky7 says:

    The street I grew up on had two Dunkin Donuts across from each other.

  13. HeroOfHyla says:

    Did Rutskarn make a Professor Brothers reference at 15:50? If so, awesome.

  14. guy says:

    I never want to play this game, yet I feel as though the world is made brighter by its mere existence.

  15. Thomas says:

    Campster, were you thinking of Desert Strike, Urban Strike, and Jungle Strike for the helicopter section?

  16. BeamSplashX says:

    “Marlow Briggs & The Child That Wants To Be A HELICOPTER PILOT?”

    “Marlow Briggs & The Insistence Upon Making Every Implement Double-Sided”

    “Marlow Briggs Teaches Typing”

  17. Daemian Lucifer says:

    By the time I managed to get to the chopper pun I winced.

  18. Neko says:

    The “helicopter arcade game” sections in Jade Empire took me by surprise too, but it was so incongruous that I wasn’t even mad.

  19. You forget Josh that Chris is from the East and has only heard of canyons through myth and legend.

  20. Lee says:

    I gotta say, in the game’s defense, I think part of the pacing problem is Josh’s fault. A lot of those mooks are only there because he didn’t kill the necromancer two episodes back. It’s been following him ever since. Now that he’s killed it, they won’t show up.

    That doesn’t explain the ‘here’s a mini boss, now here’s a big boss’ section, but it does explain why the big boss was immediately followed by another mini boss (the necromancer).

  21. Lord_Bryon says:

    To be fair I think the “boss fight reward is more mooks” is suppose to have you defeat the boss by taking control of him and then you get to slaughter a bunch of mooks with your new “pet”. Because Josh likes to knock the boss off as soon as he has the boss under control, you get to watch him fight the mobs the old fashion way.

    • Clodpool says:

      That would make sense. You get rewarded for the boss fight with a new toy, then get to play with the toy.

      • Richard says:

        Definitely this!

        I kept yelling at the screen “Play with the boss! Play with him!”. Obviously completely ignoring the fact that A) Josh can’t hear me B) I don’t even have a microphone connected and C) This all happened at least a week ago…

        The really big guy even had instructions for use flash up briefly, presumably it should be really easy to smash those three/four necromancers while ‘driving’ him.

  22. Blake says:

    I wonder if Marlow learned to fly a helicopter as part of his firefighter training.

    • Paul Spooner says:

      It would have been amazing if he used the helicopter to fly over other helicopters, and then made one of those water buckets, but instead of water, it’s made of fire, and then he could drop it on the helicopters and say something like “Who’s fighting fires now?”

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