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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review - Octodad: Dadliest Catch

I had a very long and heartfelt review written for Octodad: Dadliest Catch for you all to read. Unfortunately as I went to publish it the article was lost. Deleted from both Blogger servers and Pages. 

With that said, here is my shorter, much more concise version of the aforementioned article.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch tasks you with the daunting challenge of navigating a slippery, uncoordinated Octopus through every day chores. The right and left triggers control each respective tentacle, with the right stick controlling his arms. You'll fall and crash into objects, have difficulty with simple tasks such as opening doors, and above all else become frustrated with yourself.

But Octodad: Dadliest Catch is much less a game about having to awkwardly move a silly Octopus through the supermarket and more about the every day struggle of not being accepted for who you are. The only reason any of these issues arise is because Octodad is forced to hide his true self. Unable to reveal who he truly is. It's an oddly emotional journey and one that should leave you reconsidering how you treat those different than yourself.

The story is heartwarming, charming, devastating, and difficult. It's ironic in that the game itself puts on a facade and beautiful for doing so. You may not notice it's true meaning immediately but with only a slightly closer look you'll see it: Octodad struggles not only because of his physical handicap, but also because he is forced to cover it up.

Buy this game. Play it through more than once. Appreciate it for what it is and change the way you treat one another. Trust me, you'll be a better person for it. 

This review is based off two complete playthroughs of Octodad: Dadliest Catch on Steam PC. 

Scores are out of 100 and are meant to be taken very seriously.
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