almost every RPG cliché in existence and then throwing them into
a blender. The result would be Mark Leung Revenge of the
Bitch that is one of the world's funniest parodies on Japanese
role-playing games. More importantly, this game is like a comedy
of epic proportions that had me in stiches, not to mention
creating a big fat cheesy smile on my face through the majority
of the game.
So who is Mark
Leung? Mark Leung became an internet sensation after his College
Saga series on YouTube that made a mocker of video games and
from there, Uglysoft was formed with some help from the
Polytechnic University of Hong Kong's School of Design. There is
where the birth of Mark Leung Revenge of the Bitch was born...
and yes I like writing the word bitch in a review!
In essence, Mark Leung Revenge of the
Bitch takes anything that
was sacred from the world of Japanese RPG such as the Final
Fantasy in order for it to become twisted by Mr. Leung's insane
logic. Even though it makes fun of this genre, there is actually
some good gameplay behind the title.
Like traditional RPG titles, Mark has a mission and this
mission includes... uhmmm... doing stuff. By successfully completing missions, you
are awarded experience that can be used to level up and purchase
additional equipment and weaponry. There is a story behind the
game but I don't want to spoil it because it has to be
experienced to be enjoyed. But apart from making fun of Japanese
RPG's, it makes a mockery about almost everything in the
real-world from Scientology to Justin Bieber, vegetarians to
Christianity and even Jack Thompson to the US mortgage crisis.
This game does not pull any punches, just like combat.
My first experience of combat had me wide eyed and thinking...
WTF?!? This was like a South Park episodehat had me fighting cute little forest animals such
as cats, lambs and hamsters as they attempted to scratch out my
eyes. Combat is almost a mirror of the Final Fantasy system
which is based on a turn based method of attacks and movements.
Your character also has access to "magic" or special
that can turn the scales of battle as you kill your way (quite
violently at times) to victory. Some of these special manoeuvres
are quite out there and would not look out of place in a Will
Ferrel movie. It's all very cool on some strange subliminal
Ironically all this wackiness in combat actually works quite
well for an "indie" game as are the various monsters... more
particular, normal animals that you fight such as sheep or
pandas! And then you have your enemies that have some hilarious
entertaining attacks such lambs who use their cute looks to make
your characters difficult to hit them and my favourite, the
baboon... of course, if you have watched YouTube, you probably
have an idea of how these attacks end.
Enemies are quite diverse
and there is plenty of combat to had in this game from random
battles to some rather challenging boss fights. Just be warned
that this game requires a considerable amount of grinding to
boost your levels up but what Final Fantasy game isn't? As you
grind your way through enemies, you are awarded experience
points that can then used to "level" up your characters with new
abilities. It's good old fashioned Final Fantasy fan service but
with a healthy dose of mockery included.
Graphically, Mark Leung Revenge of the
Bitch has this great
early 90's retro feel to it that at times, looks like 2D has
melted into cell shading. The effect looks quite decent as are
the various special effects in the game. Character design looks
simplistic but thankfully contains some decent animation. The
highlight of the graphics are the cinematics that use
live-action video footage of Mark, his friends and colleagues
with over the top acting and costumes that make cosplay look
Music has this real Japanese RPG atmosphere to it that works on
an ambient level without it becoming too annoying. However in
terms of annoying, some of the sound bites do get a little
repetitive and unfortunately the comedy wears a little thin
after the 10th time you've heard it in combat like "Thankyou for
the experience" or my favourite, "Strength and honor, motherf*ckers!".
But given the content of the game, you can appreciate what Leung
is trying to achieve here. I'm still grinning just thinking about
some of the animal voices and characters such as Goldman Sex, a
gay C3PO clone who is really over the top and is oozing with way
too many politically incorrect stereotypes but I'm sure it's
okay to laugh at this character. Or is it? A special mention should also
be made about the dialogue in this game because not only is it
cleverly scripted but they are true ball breakers and Mark
voices most of them.
In the end, Mark Leung Revenge of the
Bitch takes gaming back to
its roots and makes it enjoyable, entertaining and amusing. It
may not have the world's greatest graphics or even gameplay but
when it comes to story, South Park style comedy and showing a
big fat mirror to the world, this is where the game succeeds.
Best of all, Mark Leung Revenge of the Bitch is
quite affordably priced, so if you're in the market for
something different or just want to see what all the fuss is
about, you really should check out this game. It may be puerile
and juvenile about 99.9% of the time but by the great gaming
gods, this had me in hysterics!