This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
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Hey, kids! Are you trying to write a comedy game but are worried you don’t have the chops? Well, worry no more! You don’t. But you can fake it ’til you make it with the patented Borderlands method! A simple three-step process that will turn any dry functional dialogue line into gut-busting hilarity. Step one: say the thing. Step two: keep talking like you’re a socially inept partygoer who’s just had his first line of coke. Step three: transition into some kind of embarrassed tangent to reflect a level of self-awareness otherwise largely absent from the work. Let’s see it in action! “Go through that door” becomes “Go through that door because there’s probably treasure on the other side and by treasure I mean more hideous violence against strangers which is treasure to me. My doctor says I should get out more.” Now was that funny or what? No, it wasn’t. Not in the least. But it does have a sort of comedy vibe about it and maybe that’s all you need. You know, it’s comedy in the sense that Owen Wilson is an actor. Obviously I’m being facetious here, there’s a lot more to Borderlands’ specific brand of humour than just characters who talk too much. Sometimes they do it in a silly voice as well. And some of them shout a lot.