Clever satire in saga of clueless vice president
Citizens of Earth may not be the easiest game to play, but it certianly draws some of the easier laughs I've had with any game in the past year.
The saga of a clueless Vice President and his constituents saving Earth from evil isn't an idea packed with originality, but the hilarious dialogue and charming cast of characters might just get you through the 20-hour experience rife with sluggish pacing and technical glitches.
Anybody who has ever played Earthbound for the SNES will instantly grasp that Cutizens is, essentially, a giant spoof of the 90's original classic.
Everything from the art direction to the battle animations, right to the fact that you can dumpster-dive for inventory items is reminiscent of the 90's classic.
Fortunately, Citizens doesn't rely on an exclusionary in-joke for its laughs. It gets most of its humour from a role-call of hilarious characters who, presumably, represent the best and worst of what human kind has to offer.
You'll meet a plethora of typical examples along the way; the conspiracy nut, the stoner Jamaican musician, the jolly German pastry chef and so forth.
The gameplay, meanwhile, should look familiar to classic RPG lovers, with a bit of a twist.
The game takes place in an overworld map that has your party of misfits encountering foes that range from protesters to violent coffee beans.
On the plus side, it doesn't use random encounters. It also has an instant win mechanic against weaker foes. On the flipside, the throngs of enemies in later stages can be just about as annoying as buckshot to the face.
The battle system itself uses the familiar Dragon Quest-style mechanic that brings you to a combat screen with your foes placed in front of you.
Unlike the RPG classic, however, your attacks are based on not-so fantastic moves that range from yoga warmups to a verbal dressing down by your mom.
Overall, Citizens of Earth is very tongue-in-cheek and can be enjoyed thoroughly when not taken too seriously.
Although the game definitely lacks polish in some areas, it makes up for it by being truly hilarious with generous helpings of clever satire.
citizens of earth
PC / PS4