Mark Leung Revenge of the Bitch PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Uglysoft
Classification:
MA15+
Review Date:
Feb 2011
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.0


Mark Leung Revenge of the Bitch

Imagine getting 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 manoeuvres 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 level.

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 good.

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!






 
 



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