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posted ago by HEXEN ago by HEXEN +22 / -1

Have any of you chosen to watch someone else play a game instead of buying it and playing it yourself?

I just recently finished watching "The Untouchables" with Costner, and I can't get the itch of this time period out of my mind. I just recently started a no commentary playthrough of LA Noire to see if it would scratch, and man, does it ever satisfy.

I've never played through LA Noire myself, but it's been a blast to watch this dude play:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8vQanpkiz8&t=19994s

I love all the accents and lingo, the cars and the way people dressed was just the toppest of tops. I understand this game probably has more of an affinity for being watched than other titles, just given the nature of the gameplay and story, but it's certainly not the first game I've done this with.

Another good one I can think of is Until Dawn. Every Halloween we throw on a playthrough, because no film seems to capture the atmosphere as well as the game.

I'd be greatly interested to see what others enjoy passively watching. There's probably dozens of games that read just as well as a movie with a competent player behind the wheel.

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disgruntled_patriot 7 points ago +7 / -0

By the way, if you're hankering for some 30s era goodness, check out Chinatown.

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HEXEN [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

Much obliged for the suggestion. I've seen others recommend this title and I've never found time to watch it.

Watching the trailer sort of reminds me of "True Believer" with James Woods for some reason.

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MegoThor 2 points ago +2 / -0

Its sequel, The Two Jakes, is good too.

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JulesVerne 2 points ago +2 / -0

Very good movie. Extra bonus points for the Ssss-mokin' Red-head Meg Tilly and the luscious Madeline Stowe. The plot is convoluted. I recommend to pause the movie once in a while (or switch on the subtitles) to catch all the details. You may also want to read the spoiler-filled Wikipedia Plot Outline.

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MegoThor 1 point ago +1 / -0

I don’t remember it being any more complicated than Chinatown. Movies back then didn’t come with training wheels.

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Isolated_Patriot 4 points ago +4 / -0

The Uncharted games. Even just watching the cutscene compilations are like 1 hour+ Indiana Jones knockoffs (with more humor, I might even like Drake more than indie, at least in the first two games).

You would miss some plot and exposition, and lots of one liners, by just watching the cutscenes, but I could see the games being fun to watch all the way through. They become 8ish hour movies at that point though. Assuming the player is skilled or playing on easy.

Used to be a common passtime to watch a friend play through a game. Whether something new, or something I had already played just to laugh at them failing the hard parts. Even better if alcohol was involved.

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farstriderr 3 points ago +3 / -0

Can second this. I think almost 100% of video games have very shallow and vapid writing, not really worth watching. But Uncharted is like watching a big budget action spy film with top notch actors and story.

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CisSiberianOrchestra 3 points ago +3 / -0

A few months back I watched through playthroughs of the first 2 Mafia games, which are a couple of GTA-alikes that I never got around to actually playing. They were pretty entertaining to watch, like a couple of old-school crime dramas. The first game takes place in the early 1930s in Lost Haven, a fictional city located in Illinois. The story of Mafia II spans the mid-1940s to the early 1950s, and is set primarily in Empire Bay, a fictional city located on the east coast of the United States. I've only watched some of the third Mafia, but it's set in the late 1960s in New Bordeaux, a city inspired by New Orleans.

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Iron_Wolf 2 points ago +2 / -0

Love the Mafia series. The first two games’ cities definitely seemed like they were inspired by various real life cities, but new Bordeaux is New Orleans through and through.

I’d guess there’s a possibility to create an awesome video of Mafia 3 cutting out some of the territorial side missions but maintaining the main story elements, but I haven’t seen it.

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CisSiberianOrchestra 2 points ago +2 / -0

Rumor has it that there's a 4th Mafia game in development, and it will take place in a Las Vegas-inspired city in the 1970s.

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Iron_Wolf 1 point ago +1 / -0

Pre castro Cuba/Miami would be interesting too

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CisSiberianOrchestra 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah, the Godfather Part II had scenes set in pre-Castro Cuba. Seems like it would be a good setting for a gangster game.

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Iron_Wolf 1 point ago +1 / -0

Isn’t that where Fredo effed everything up?

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CisSiberianOrchestra 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yep, it happened at a New Year's Eve party in Havana. Fredo let it slip that he knew Roth's right-hand man, and that was when Michael realized Fredo had betrayed him.

"I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!"

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disgruntled_patriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Conceivably any game, really. Shooters are really fun to watch when the player's good at it.

But if you're talking about cinematic, narrative heavy games... do the names Cage and Kojima ring any bells?

Any sort of classic adventure title would do, like the old Lucas Arts or Sierra games.

Heavily scripted linear shooters like The Last of Us or Uncharted would work.

Some game cinematics are written so that they can be watched back to back without the gameplay offering much disruption to the narrative. Metroid Other M came with a movie mode where you could watch all the game's cutscenes uninterrupted like a movie. Not that I would ever recommend anyone so much as look at that festering pile of shit.

The Starcraft and Warcraft cinematics can be watched like a movie. Play recordings can even be easily edited to capture the in-game cutscenes while cutting out all the gameplay in between.

I think an RPG like New Vegas could be watched in such a way if the player moves quickly between quest objectives and doesn't spend a lot of time screwing around between quests.

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Iron_Wolf 1 point ago +1 / -0

I looked up New Vegas videos after reading your comment and landed on this Devs React video of a ten minute speedrun.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SUQ0p9FWznE

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TheImpossible1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Quantum Break is literally 90% cutscenes. It was a failed launch title for the Xbox One. Not sure if it's any good, but it's pre-2016 so maybe not woke?

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JustHereForTheSalmon 1 point ago +1 / -0

Didn't that game have all of it's cut scenes on the internet? Yeah, I too wouldn't buy a game that I couldn't play without some database logging me every step of the way, and saturating my bandwidth to proceed.

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MustafaJones 1 point ago +1 / -0

Quantum Break. A game make by a studio that obviously wanted to make a movie but was instead forced to make a game.

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Assassin47 1 point ago +1 / -0

Just yesterday I watched an old stream of an indie game called Far: Lone Sails. The guy finished it in one sitting. Short, linear games like that are perfect subjects to just watch. Sometimes you'll miss out on the interactivity, but in the case of Far I'm glad I didn't bother.

Friday the 13th (the asymmetric multiplayer game from a few years ago) is more fun for me to watch than play for some reason.

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CaptainRon77 1 point ago +1 / -0

Arma 3 - operatorDrewski and Karmakut put out some really entertaining videos.

I know karma is very polarizing so I’m not saying he’s awesome and I want to be like him. I’m saying he makes entertaining Arma 3 content and that’s it.

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Norenia 1 point ago +1 / -0

Asura's Wrath. It's literally an interactive anime.

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ThePatriotNitro 1 point ago +1 / -0

If you like Until Dawn, check out Man of Medan and Little Hope. Same style of choice driven horror games made by the same people if I'm not mistaken.

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CmonGubMintGibMe 2 points ago +2 / -0

Man of Medan was solid... not as good as until dawn though, that atmosphere was A+. Haven't played little hope but haven't heard great things.

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ThePatriotNitro 1 point ago +1 / -0

Personally I thought Little Hope was a bit better than Man of Medan. The pacing felt better, and I was drawn to the characters more. But both were fantastic imo and worthy of a few playthroughs.

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Graphenium 1 point ago +1 / -0

Any game in the Max Payne series (1&2 are directly related, 3 is more of a stand-alone story)

Or really any Remedy game (Alan Wake or Control included, never played quantum break)

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BasedBoyScout 1 point ago +1 / -0

Red Dead Redemption 2 And when you think it is over, there's a whole other movie to go.

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Cstriker01 1 point ago +1 / -0

The new Resident Evils

Alien Isolation

Subnautica

MGS4

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FromTheShadows 1 point ago +1 / -0

The Dreamcast Berserk game (called terribly in English "Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage). It was a very narratively-focused, cutscene-heavy game that played out like a side-story to the manga, and it was even written by the great (and sadly now very late) Kentaro Miura.

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HikingPatriot 1 point ago +1 / -0

I used to watch my exhusband play COD on the play station on our big TV. Was like watching a war movie.

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WildStar 1 point ago +1 / -0

How about the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy. These were some of the first games to tell a story through cutscenes, and the story is quite good. Plus the games have a reputation for brutal difficulty, so a recorded play-through would give access to the story to many people who wouldn't have been able to play the games themselves.

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chez_blunts 1 point ago +1 / -0

Night Trap.