For those that have kept up with my work for the past few years then you’ll all know that I’ve been quite busy with video games. Not as frequently, but I still like to keep up to date. As I was browsing the Xbox store for some new IPs, I saw this. Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator. Now this is a game I’ll play through again. I originally reviewed the PC version of this game and said it was good but, “got boring after an hour or two”. Still, that can be fixed through some hard work and Xbox achievements, right?
Well, yes, I believe it can, and it has been fixed as far as I’m aware. This experience with this game was a lot more positive than I had originally thought it would be. At first, paying £2.39 seemed like too little. I’d be getting my money’s worth whatever happened. After playing this game for the better half of a day, I’d say I’ve swindled Vile Monarch out of a fiver. Poor bastards. Anyways, enough filler, here’s my review of Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator.
For me, this game is quite simple. I mean, simple as in plot. It’s your job to insult your way to God to find out The Meaning of Life. To do so, you simply need to insult your way through five levels in a tournament style mode. Of course you can also play a singular round if you would like, but for me the tournament was where it was at. It was a hell of a lot of fun to battle my way up to God and then kick him down a few pegs.
I feel it really just goes without saying that the graphics for this game is sublime. There’s a definite comical appearance to the graphical style. I wouldn’t call it cell shaded, but I’m really not sure what it is. Maybe it’s, I don’t know, it looks papery? Hell I don’t know nor care about the graphics, all I know is that the game has some lovely looking characters and maps.
Now you all know I do enjoy achievement hunting. I recently hit 180,000G, all thanks to Oh Sir…The Insult Simulator. Achievements are often what makes or breaks a game for me. It allows me to achieve something I wouldn’t normally do. For this game, completing the tournament five times with different characters and insulting people with specific slams was enough for me. A lot of them were references to pop culture which I can always appreciate.
Of course, there is a heavy leaning on Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969 – 1974) through both the humour and story. There’s even a few achievements in relation to the show and the films too. On top of that, a number of the insults are definite nods to Monty Python, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I like the show, and recently binge watched all four series and the films. So more Pythonesque humour is more than fine with me, especially in such a fun game.
There were some new characters, which nicely leads me to my favourite part of this game. Playing through the game as H.P. Lovecraft was genuinely brilliant. Each character now seems to have personalised insults that relate to their character. Honestly it’s the smallest of details that are the best parts of this game. When you chain together that perfect insult, and get the characters special taunt. My God was it great to see Cthulu creeping out of his jacket. Details like this are brilliant.
Everyone had their own little details. From their own unique insults to their repeated taunt, everything was just greatly put together. There’s a definite sense of care with everything in this game. See, there’s even an online mode now, which I think was something lacking when I did my review. Still, being able to insult people online without a microphone is great. Although, it didn’t stop me from inviting them to the party chat and yelling obscenities at them.
Now, although this game is good, and is definitely worth playing, I do have a couple of problems. Mainly the biggest concern is the unavoidable one, the insults do sound robotic, especially the lengthy ones. That’s unavoidable though, but the transaction, for the most part, isn’t terribly noticeable. If your insult is short and sweet then you should be alright.
As of right now, there are only five maps so far. Now I don’t know if there are any secret maps or more to be unlocked, but it doesn’t seem like it. More maps means more variety, which in turn leads to more things to play. Hell, slap some new maps together in relation to Monty Python and I’d be golden. Make a map pack or something, I’m happy to buy that.
I feel as if I was rather harsh on Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator the first time I reviewed it. For that, I owe the Vile Monarch team an apology. As I said in my first review of the PC game. “The gameplay gets old very quickly” is not something I would stand by anymore. Mainly because, after having a much more loose and free time with the game, it was a hell of a lot more fun. See, I didn’t plan on reviewing this game, and by the time I did, I’d already finished the game.
See, what Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator does so well is that, well, it’s just pretty damn fun. Yes, some may find it does get old rather quick or repetitive, but I think it’s absolutely brilliant. A lot more fun than its PC counterpart, mainly because the achievements kept me going. Not just that though, being able to yell shit through an Xbox Live party is great fun. Maybe not as PG as the game, but my constant yelling really added to the atmosphere for me.
Regardless of that, at £2.39, Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator is a genuine steal of a deal. It’s fun in every sense of the word.