There is a story that Hideo Kojima once wanted to make a game that erased itself when the player died. It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from a man who wanted a sniping boss battle to last a week, but fortunately Kojima had people telling him “no”. We all need to hear it sometimes. We all have bad ideas.
One Life seems like it’s made by a team that doesn’t ever get told “no”. Shall we make a game where you only have one life and sell it for $10? Yes. Should we let players piss on each other? Yes. Should we allow players to play weird mind games and lock each other up? Yes. Should we announce it along with one of the worst trailers ever made? Yes. It might as well be called YOLO.
It recently joined Steam Greenlight, where you can find this description of the game: “One Life is the first multiplayer survival game with perma-permadeath. If you die, you will leave the game forever. Will you manage to survive in this harsh world full of dangers? Upgrade your battle truck and set off for hot spots with friends. Play with your own rules but remember: your every move can be the last one.”
There’s also a bit afterwards that makes it sound kind of gross. It’s under the header “Domination”: “When the enemy is defeated, you decide his fate.” Note the use of “his” there. They clearly have their target audience in mind.
“Forgive, humiliate, finish off, take everything he has – it’s your choice. Saved life of some loser? Take them captive and make them work off. They will do everything to be free again. No other game will give you this feeling of power over other people.”
Art house it ain’t. On the bright side, you can probably try it out for an hour, inevitably die, then get your money back with a Steam refund. No other gaming platform will give you this feeling of power over disappointing games.
Check out the trailer – it really is something: