On Fez

Me and my flatmate Chris have recently started playing the XBOX Live Arcade game Fez, after watching the documentary ‘Indie Game: The Movie’, in which Fez is one of the 3 games being followed. The film made me intrigued about the game, which is a platform game that shifts between 2D and 3D.

The best part of the game for me is by FAR the music. I absolutely love the music! It’s all 8-bit style (which goes well with the pixelated art style) and relaxing. Reminiscent of final fantasy and zelda games in particular. So nostalgic. Love it.

Unfortunately, and I’ve found this intensifies the more I play the game, watching the movie made me dislike the creator when playing the game. Perhaps it was the editing, and I know he must have been stressed at the time, but (like all-but-one of the game creators in that film) he came across as a bit of an arrogant douche. I wish I had played this game before watching the film because now, whenever I die or get stuck in the game, I end up thinking “Damn you, guy from that movie! You did this to meeee!!” which I know is ridiculous and childish, but having a face to put to my anguish at not being very good at the game helps a lot.

My irrational notions about some poor guy aside, the game is really fun and pleasant. There’s not much of a goal and it can get confusing working out where to go next and how to get there, but it’s a fun journey and switiching between dimentions really can make you think about things in fun ways!

I’d say the game was a bit pricey at nearly £10, so if it ever goes on sale or comes down in price, I’d recommend getting it then. But still, it’s worth a play, even if just to hear the loveley music! :)

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