Untitled Goose Game, the newly-released game by developer House House, has helped me in a way that I’d never thought possible. And not entirely in a positive way.
As those who play RPGs know, there are loads of different ways to play a game. You can be a lovely saint of a character, who will go out of their way to help anyone and everyone. Or, you can be Satan incarnate, murdering and pillaging your way through every town, village and even stomping on children.
Those that know me are very aware that, despite me doing my darned best to play my character as the cool, suave anti-hero, it just isn’t possible for me. I have a heart of gold and I refuse to make Merrill, from Dragon Age 2, sad.
But, Untitled Goose Game has changed me. Whereas before I’d be biting my lip, wondering if steal the glasses off a young boy was all that just, I’ve evolved into something much more…
A downright heinous, but fun-loving cretin with a beak that goes out of my way to cause misery and misfortune on those who have the crappiest luck and cross paths with me.
I don’t worry about who these people are, or what’s recently happened in their life. All I care about is finding which way to torment them best, and how to make sure they leave our interactions feeling as though I’ve only made them feel worse.
What makes this game feel so exhilarating is that, hah, I don’t care! Your pain amuses me, pixelated friends! Now give me your pipe and let me dump it in the nearest river.
Of course, some people aren’t all that happy with my existence. The enemy that is the groundskeeper is always on the prowl, so I often have to sneak around bushes, honking ominously as I go. He doesn’t fall for my tricks half the time. But no matter. All I have to do now is wait for him to slip up and then, only then, vengeance will be mine.
I know that when I eventually give Untitled Goose Game up and head back to Fire Emblem: Three Houses that I’ll ultimately tell Sylvain his a nice guy really, even if I want to dunk his head in the nearest toilet. But until then, being the ultimate villain is kinda fun.
Untitled Goose Game is out today on the Nintendo Switch and the PC.
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