Double Fine Goes to War

Posted: June 28, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Double Fine, the video game studio behind titles like “Psychonauts” and “Brütal Legend” released a war game called “Trenched” last week on Xbox Live.  While I have yet to play “Trenched,” it has received fantastic reviews from critics, making me me want to buy it even more.

The game is set in an alternate reality World War I complete with robot walkers, a strange radio broadcast that blows up people’s brains and television programming that drives the antagonist to the point of insanity.  However, “Trenched” isn’t your usual “Call of Duty” shoot ’em up war game. Despite how violent the game may sound, it is apparently quite comical and full of witty dialogue.  This is a refreshing trademark of Double Fine’s.

According to reviews, “Trenched” plays very nicely too. The game allows players to customize their robot walker before entering battle.  Not only can you change what the robot walkers look like, but you can also alter the weapons, armor and grab upgrades from your fallen enemies.  Enabling players to choose how they want to fight presumably adds a nice amount of personality to the game. Whether  you prefer to be really fast or heavily loaded, it seems “Trenched” will accommodate for many different playing styles.

“Trenched” is available now on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 1200 Points, which equals about $15.  It has a single-player story mode and and an online multi-player mode.  I will be downloading the game and giving it a shot very soon because, honestly, $15 is nothing for a video games these days.  Any other Jerks playing “Trenched?” Let me know!

-Mike Thal

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