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:


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 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.

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.