Every week, we ask our panel of PC Gamer writers a question about PC gaming. This week: what game does everyone seem to love, but you can't stand it? We also welcome your answers in the comments.
This is probably PC Gamer blasphemy, and if so, it's been a treat working with all of you. I can't stand Spelunky. To be clear, I don't think it's a bad game. I can admire it from afar, and honestly, as a fan of challenging platformers and intentionally oblique games like Dark Souls, I'm surprised I don't like it. I think it's one of the only games with a justifiable use of procedrually generated levels, I adore the secrets it's hiding, and the chaotic overlapping systems make death as gleeful as it is tragic. Here's the thing: I don't like how the little guy controls.
When you're not running, he crawls. When you are running, he moves like a buttered manatee on a basketball court. The arc and air control in his jump is too sensitive for my taste, and no matter how much I try, I can't seem to commit it all to muscle memory. I'll boot it up a few times a year because I'm an insecure child, and each time, I spend a few hours wondering when I'll die from an unexpected intersection of Spelunky's complex systems instead of a poorly calculated leap. I don't know, maybe I'm the equivalent of being left-handed or goofy-footed, but for 2D videogame jumping mechanics.
Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if some branch of neurons in my brains switched places or got all tangled up—I'm a LittleBigPlanet jump sympathizer after all, and it's regarded as one of the floatiest, most imprecise jumps in the biz. Maybe it's because I missed out on Mario as a kid and grew up with Sonic CD instead. I'm used to jumping feeling like heaving a sack of potatoes across a gulf rather than a precise, predictable math-relationship with a button. It's also possible that I'm just bad at videogames, but c'mon now. Me? Me.Read More...
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