Still Just a Rat

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you are a very, very bad person..
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The face of the right guy on the last panel was just awesome. Now I will think about this any time I kill someone with a rat swarm.

Okay, I literally laughed out loud reading this one. Which I think is a new benchmark for most any webcomic. Finding something funny, isn't uncommon, but literally laughing is.

Hmmm. Well, I might have to pick this game up, now.

Personally I think Dishonored and Darksiders 2 share the award for 'Best Original IP Using Unoriginal Gameplay'. Both I think will also sadly get passed by most mainstream gamers, almost guaranteeing we won't see a sequel. Which is a goddamn shame, because both are absolutely brilliant.

The final panel is gold. Pure gold.

The "Pied piper of Fuck You" really made me guffaw.

Gasbandit:
The "Pied piper of Fuck You" really made me guffaw.

go.....fly my pretties!

I picked up Pokemon Black 2 anyway so I can't buy this game anyway.

"Open, fun, lacking in structure".

That is why Dishonored fails as a stealth game. It feels much too loose, like you can complete the level by just sneaking through the shadows. And if someone sees you? Not to worry, just stab them. I know people don't want to see a "game over" screen anymore, but there needs to be some incentive to do things properly. The levels could have been randomly generated for all I know. Give me Splinter Cell or Thief over Dishonored, at least those games had consequences.

So it WAS just a rat. Lots and lots of rats.

It finally was a rat...a lot of demonic rats that will tear your flesh off. The Pied Piper of Fuck you...Lol

I like to think someone on the dev team thought of this joke when they added that move. The brilliant things is often the most obvious in retrospect :)

I don't have the ability yet, but I believe there's one power that lets you possess and become a rat. So, in one sense, everything IS the rat's fault.

I remember thinking something similar the first time I heard a guard in Dishonored dismiss my fumblings as "just a rat".

If there's any setting where blaming random noises on suspiciously rats is justified, it would be this one.

But, it's a stealth game!
You've got to finish the game without ever killing anyone and without ever being seen even once!

For once in a stealth game, it actually -is- a rat...

...and for that, you should be very, VERY scared.

...and just why can it not be a Ninja AND a Rat?

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The look on that guard's face in the final panel has been pretty much my first reason to smile today. Thank you for that.:)

The whole Rat Plague mechanic is one of the stronger point of Dishonored, one of those cool little things that just seem to add to the game. I especially like how rat swarms can appear spontaneously. For instance, in one of the early levels I found a guard stomping some rats. A fair number of them, but not enough for a swarm. I bypassed him and opened a nearby door to a ruined building. Out came a bunch of rats, not enough for a swarm, but again a fair number. Then they went to join their brethren. Then suddenly the guard was dieing and screaming, which drew all the nearby guards. This in turn allowed me to bypass several patrols that would otherwise have been a pain in the arse.

This sounds interesting enough to pick up Dishonored now.

I know he's grinning because he turned out to be right after all, but the art really makes it look like he's just a sick fuck who enjoys the view of a person getting eaten alive by rats. Or maybe that's just my interpretation.

:) This is the best Critical Miss yet. Hands down.
I will have to get this game soon.

Skeleon:
I know he's grinning because he turned out to be right after all, but the art really makes it look like he's just a sick fuck who enjoys the view of a person getting eaten alive by rats. Or maybe that's just my interpretation.

It's missing the next panel where he constantly switches from "Yay! I was right! Hah! Fuck you, Soldier #1!" happy face to "Oh God, they're eating out Soldier #3's intestines!" horror face. Probably would have killed it though....

When it drops in price a bit, will probably pick it up just because of this article. So that when I play, this comic will be firmly entrenched in the back of my head.

After Assassin's Creed, any more stealthy actions games sounds fun.

CleverCover:

Skeleon:
I know he's grinning because he turned out to be right after all, but the art really makes it look like he's just a sick fuck who enjoys the view of a person getting eaten alive by rats. Or maybe that's just my interpretation.

It's missing the next panel where he constantly switches from "Yay! I was right! Hah! Fuck you, Soldier #1!" happy face to "Oh God, they're eating out Soldier #3's intestines!" horror face. Probably would have killed it though....

That could've worked that way if, for example, his pupils were directed at soldier #1 instead of at the scene of the carnage in the picture where he's grinning, I think. Because then it would've been a grin like "See, I was right!" directed at soldier #1 specifically.

This may be one of my favorite of your strips. That last panel was too good.

This made me laugh, especially with the last panel. Except I don't think he'll be smiling for long, the rats are eating the guards up alive so something like that isn't going to be easy to avoid or bloat about lol.

Blood Brain Barrier:
some incentive to do things properly.

You do know that the entire point behind Dishonored was the eschew the whole idea that "there's a proper way to get through this level!", right? And that that's the reason it's so open, to give the player as many options as possible instead of making them feel like they're being forced into one particular solution? There are so many games already that lead you by the hand down the corridor to the end and smack your cheek if you so much as dare look away for more than a second, it's nice to finally get a game that says "Find your own way to the exit." And a good stealth game should let you just hide in the shadows and get through the entire level without engaging a single enemy, without making you feel utterly inept if you happen to be spotted.

OT: The last panel was hilarious. Finally, it was indeed "just a rat".

Evil Smurf:

Gasbandit:
The "Pied piper of Fuck You" really made me guffaw.

go.....fly my pretties!

I picked up Pokemon Black 2 anyway so I can't buy this game anyway.

Pokemon White 2 over here ;) but, yeah, I'll pick up a copy of Dishonored when money is avaible... also I think Grey's comment should be somewhere on the game's box, instant sale :P

we should petition bathesda/arkane to put 'become the pied piper of F%^& you' on the boxart for the goty edition that is blatantly coming
seriously
i would buy that box and mount it on my wall.

CleverCover:

It's missing the next panel where he constantly switches from "Yay! I was right! Hah! Fuck you, Soldier #1!" happy face to "Oh God, they're eating out Soldier #3's intestines!" horror face. Probably would have killed it though....

When it drops in price a bit, will probably pick it up just because of this article. So that when I play, this comic will be firmly entrenched in the back of my head.

After Assassin's Creed, any more stealthy actions games sounds fun.

So THAT'S Dishonored's primary rip-off source. But still, if it ain't broke and all that. I just may get the game, despite the ads with the creepy little girl singing before EVERY video on this site.

So now that the rat issue's been settled, what about the mysteriously moving cardboard boxes?

DaRigger420:
...and just why can it not be a Ninja AND a Rat?

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Hey! that was supposed to be my line! I Used it on the last "just a rat" comic!

... then again... ninja's honor says whoever ninjas the line gets it, so go ahead. You earned it...

Dishonored does actually encourage you to interact with the guards.
You get to steal their money if you.

Darth_Payn:

CleverCover:

It's missing the next panel where he constantly switches from "Yay! I was right! Hah! Fuck you, Soldier #1!" happy face to "Oh God, they're eating out Soldier #3's intestines!" horror face. Probably would have killed it though....

When it drops in price a bit, will probably pick it up just because of this article. So that when I play, this comic will be firmly entrenched in the back of my head.

After Assassin's Creed, any more stealthy actions games sounds fun.

So THAT'S Dishonored's primary rip-off source. But still, if it ain't broke and all that. I just may get the game, despite the ads with the creepy little girl singing before EVERY video on this site.

So now that the rat issue's been settled, what about the mysteriously moving cardboard boxes?

The soldiers will just think it's a box full of rats and either ignore it all the same or shoot it before it eat their legs off. Very chancy.

Captcha: way to go donny!

Thank you for the cheer, captcha, but I'm not Donny...unless you mean Darth Payn... Is your name Donny?

I've been playing this game and I ABSOLUTELY SUCK.

Need to exploit those stealth powers maor >_>

So is the guy on the right the player, controlling some idiot guard?
I don't have this game yet, but the day I do is the day the "Rats in the Wall" story is reenacted, only with less survivors.

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