I can only fathom how hard it is for some games to transcend expectations sometimes. If your not a pudgy plumber in navy overalls or a gun-toting psychopath kicking ass and chewing bubble gum, you pretty much get the shaft in the video game industry. But thankfully there are still some great gems out there, and one of those gems is “Limbo of the Lost.”
I can not describe how fortunate we are to see this game released in our lifetime. A game so good, they had to recall it from stores because the world was not ready for it’s brilliant design. A game so far into the future, it pretty much makes you wonder, “Mario who?” This game, is in fact, a divine being of epic proportions crafted for the entertainment of us all, hence it’s hasty departure on the third day. Yes, this game is Jesus.
But don’t take my word for it. In fact, play the game first. Jesus here plays Captain Ben Briggs, a swarthy man who is thrusted into a battle of wits against the deities of fate and destiny. Your objective; look through a dark castle and find a way to destroy fate, and meet your destiny. A monumental goal for even the most hardcore of gamers, since you don’t control Briggs at all, you control yourself controlling Briggs. Kind of like a spotter for the blind, you guide Briggs around this dark keep, traveling until you solve a puzzle or reach a destination.
Along the way you will notice something. At first it is a sinking feeling of the familiar as you look at the backgrounds and foregrounds of the world you traverse in. But that sense of familiarity comes into full swing when you realize that the backgrounds are not just in this game, but from other games as well! Games like “Diablo“, “Elder Scrolls“, “Thief“, “World of Warcraft“, and so forth. There is even a sprinkling of movie titles in the game, such as “Beatlejuice” and “Pirates of the Caribbean“. After a few moments of this feeling, you realize the only conclusion to this great design; this truly is the God of games. It took the best bits of dozens of titles for you to explore, creating a kaleidoscope of awesome experiences in one fell swoop to navigate and solve arbitrary point and click puzzles. Never has brilliance been so easy to spot.
Even with the muddy, pixilated graphics the shiny sheen of Limbo’s light shines through, like on the road to Damascus. Even Captain Briggs seems to notice this, as he, appearing in a quasi- polygonal plain, takes up most of the screen, almost as if he is trying to block the greatness with his bulky frame. It goes to show how a God can be grateful yet jealous at the same time. Even the voices and sound heard from this masterpiece gives you chills, hearing zombies trying to tempt you with their funny, Monty Python accents, as if they are there to tempt you from the path.
“Limbo of the Lost” is your new master. A god among video games, a being of cosmic force that was here in a flash and never shall return. A game that gave us the best in the business, yet was overshadowed by the familiar and the formulaic. Kneel before your God! All hail “Limbo of the Lost!”
Final Score- A+