Day 719: Get Rich or Die Gaming

Posted: 2012/10/28 in Indie Games

When reading game reviews, I often like to go to Gamerankings.com and reading the review that gives the game the highest rating, and the review that gives the game the lowest rating. Sometimes they sound like two different games (for example, PC game “Postal 2” which has both 10/10 and 0/10 reviews), but it’s an interesting and quick way to get a diversity of opinion. Another game that offers a diversity of opinion is “Get Rich or Die Gaming”, a game that you will either likely love or hate, but it should definitely inspire opinion. This is a game I have repeatedly skipped in the past, but I noted today that an XBLIG ratings site I sometimes trawl for inspiration had six user reviews: four of them rated the game extremely highly (9/10 and 10/10 reviews), the other two rated the game as low as possible (1/10). Whenever I see such a strong split of opinion, I want to check the game out.

Do you like deliberately cheesy B-movies? You’re a candidate for this game. It’s a point-and-click adventure, but one with a deliberately ridiculous storyline and voice acting that switches back and forth between monotone and over-the-top delivery. Humour is a very personal thing, but there is some on display here and you may appreciate the references to internet memes, DoDA, and more. Or you may not. And that’s what makes this game hard to recommend. So I’ll say this: download the trial; if you hate the first 8 minutes then you likely won’t get much out of the rest. But if you enjoy the free trial, you might just find the rest worth your 80 Microsoft Points.

Here’s what the developer (Baller Industries) has to say about the game:

“A young man, Wilson Cooper, is playing video games at home, something his Dad forbids him to do. His Dad unexpectedly returns home early to find Wilson in the midst of a game. Dad is so furious, he kicks Wilson out of the house and leaves him on the streets of a ghetto. It is at this exact point you take control of Wilson Cooper, and guide him to riches.”

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