Hoo boy. This isn't the first time Phil and Joel have been confronted with a surprise bovine appearance in a Let's Play this year, but all things considered, it's the strangest. In fact, every item and feature in Pathologic is the strangest everything of the year.
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The build we're playing, The Marble Nest, is a vertical slice of gameplay available to Kickstarter backers who pledged $80 or more. It's intended to give an idea of the tone and mechanics of the final game, only in a small and digestible portion that the devs can polish mid-development. It's unsettling like waking up to find Gary Busey sitting at the foot of your bed, whispering his dreams at you.
This new crowdfunded game is a reimagining of the cult 2005 hit, in which you play a doctor at a time of plague, pestilence and disaster. Seriously, death is just always showing up for a high-minded chat in this game.
It's definitely intended as a long-form experience, and the largely un-voiced dialogue interactions aren't to be rushed through if you want to get the most from Pathologic. However, there are moments of high-octane: like Phil slapping a man called Marat very gently until he dies.
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