"Just a Rat"

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Welp, checking for rats just got a whole lot more fun.

So the rat in Battlefield 3 was actually a super-ninja set on a mission to stop you? Well that explains a lot.

Vents are for amateurs
It's always the first thing to be filled with bullets

Are you telling me a six ounce rat sounds different from a hundred eighty pound guy with combat gear?

Yeah, the whole traveling in vents without anyone noticing you thing is bull, but it's so fun too. A lot of sneaking games would be a lot less fun if they were more realistic, but you could say that about many kinds of games.

Nothing beats seeing a security camera without actually having to peer around the corner.

In video games it's never 'just a rat' unless it's a giant rat. A poisonous giant rat.

"Never seen zef so fresh"? That's from Enter the Ninja! Finally I get one of those little references.

Also the comic was good too.

The "Just a rat" guy sort of looks like the Rat King from the Ninja Turtles.

It must be nerve wracking being a mover in videogames: all those man-sized cardboard boxes labeled "handle with care".

Yeah, it's a good thing that security cameras in games come with a handy-dandy laser that shows everyone in the area the camera's current line of sight.

And yeah, unless you've got rats the size of bears, nothing makes that much noise while wandering through the vents.

TopazFusion:
He couldn't have just stepped over and ducked under those lasers? Pfft, what a noob.

Man that's noob! You don't step and duck around lasers!
He needed to lead up to the 2-laser trap with a series of somersaults and flips, then just as he reaches that low laser he needs to go bullet-time so we can see just how close his face gets to it, then as he flips towards the higher laser, bullet-time again as he flips over it, just low enough that one of his pouches gets singed off.

He then catches said pouch when he lands.

Moonlight Butterfly:
In video games it's never 'just a rat' unless it's a giant rat. A poisonous giant rat.

o_0 Where did that thing come from?! If that's what they find in the vents no wonder they can think that guy is a rat!

Imp Emissary:

Moonlight Butterfly:
In video games it's never 'just a rat' unless it's a giant rat. A poisonous giant rat.

o_0 Where did that thing come from?! If that's what they find in the vents no wonder they can think that guy is a rat!

I think it's a Dark Souls rat.

Frankly, the rodent is probably more dangerous.

cursedseishi:

TopazFusion:
He couldn't have just stepped over and ducked under those lasers? Pfft, what a noob.

Man that's noob! You don't step and duck around lasers!
He needed to lead up to the 2-laser trap with a series of somersaults and flips, then just as he reaches that low laser he needs to go bullet-time so we can see just how close his face gets to it, then as he flips towards the higher laser, bullet-time again as he flips over it, just low enough that one of his pouches gets singed off.

He then catches said pouch when he lands.

Kinda like that scene in resident evil 4

The first panel showing the difference between real world/Hollywood security cameras pretty much defines how farcical movie and game security really is.

Devil's Advocate moment: Most security cameras aren't actually hooked up to recorders, or even viewers. Having people see them (not knowing the cameras are inoperative) makes people think that Big Brother is watching.

And it works, too.

NOTE: I got that tidbit from the Davinci Code--book, not movie.

"Whose footprints are these?"

Why did no guard ever ask this upon seeing his OWN footprints? Correctly identifying them as their own footprints is far, far smarter than most anything else the AI in in the first Metal Gear Solid did, and totally out of character.

P.S. Thanks

Yep, in real life a rat really is just a rat.

Ah, I get it now with "it's just a rat" when in video games that tiny tapping noise in the vent could be an assassin.
Least in Dead Space 2, those necromorphs make a lot of obvious noise in those vents. To bad no one decides to flee in time.

Oh, it was a videogame-reference. I thought we were about to embark on a Ratkin Ninja storyline.

Disappointed </3

ForgottenPr0digy:

cursedseishi:

TopazFusion:
He couldn't have just stepped over and ducked under those lasers? Pfft, what a noob.

Man that's noob! You don't step and duck around lasers!
He needed to lead up to the 2-laser trap with a series of somersaults and flips, then just as he reaches that low laser he needs to go bullet-time so we can see just how close his face gets to it, then as he flips towards the higher laser, bullet-time again as he flips over it, just low enough that one of his pouches gets singed off.

He then catches said pouch when he lands.

Kinda like that scene in resident evil 4

That settles it.

Leon is secretly a ninja.

I notice the lack of a tail on that rat, it perhaps explains why when I get sent to brign back 10 tails some rats are missing them, I could never visualize the reason for it before now. >:)

Heh
To Quote Mr.Croshaw
◘Now you have to make your comic funny. And reading most existing webcomics, one could be forgiven for thinking that humour is entirely optional, but believe it or not, there are people who laugh at that stuff, even if it's just the author's mum. Fortunately, the advantage of running a gaming webcomic is that gaming humour is incredibly easy. All you have to do is apply video game logic to the real world for comic effect. For example, in say, Gears of War, you have to push the analogue stick to move forward, when in real life you have to continually put one foot in front of the other. This might not sound like "A" material, but trust me, phrase this right, and there's a fortune to be made in Cafepress shirts◘

Realitycrash:
Oh, it was a videogame-reference. I thought we were about to embark on a Ratkin Ninja storyline.

Disappointed </3

I kinda feared another Grey-doesn't-write-so-Cory-gets-to-draw-rats strip ... Not that Cory's massive rat porn ain't awesome, but ... it's a little too soon for Grey to fail us like that again.

Kopikatsu:
I think it's a Dark Souls rat.

I think so too, but there's also a passing resemblance to the Rodents of Unusual Size in Fallout 3.

FEichinger:

Realitycrash:
Oh, it was a videogame-reference. I thought we were about to embark on a Ratkin Ninja storyline.

Disappointed </3

I kinda feared another Grey-doesn't-write-so-Cory-gets-to-draw-rats strip ... Not that Cory's massive rat porn ain't awesome, but ... it's a little too soon for Grey to fail us like that again.

I kinda liked that storyline. And I still hope for a rat-ninja one. But the average videogame-references is at least above the usual in humor when it comes to webcomics.

Reminded me of this

Such a bad idea in anything that's not a video game... or a spoof movie.

I could see room for, like, a billion of these. Vent shafts, only six inches wide. Guards search the entire room. People not forgetting that someone shot them in the back, two minutes ago.

Mirror's Edge at least attempted to reference this.

<THUNK THUNK THUNK .... WHAM THUNK THUNK>

"Jesus, the rats are getting big in here!

Then, if you played your cards right,

image

lacktheknack:
Mirror's Edge at least attempted to reference this.

<THUNK THUNK THUNK .... WHAM THUNK THUNK>

"Jesus, the rats are getting big in here!

Then, if you played your cards right,

image

image

Wh-WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!??

That thing is as big as a CAR!!

Well that's obviously wrong. Video game rats aren't ninjas... their Batman.

Hehe, nice comic as always.

To reply to the current slight off topic in here, this is why you don't go through the vents:

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