Deadly Premonition - Nintendo Switch - eShop $30 USD
The beloved cult classic, Deadly Premonition, is finally available on a Nintendo console and for the first time in portable form.
If you're just learning of this game from the recent news, Deadly Premonition is best described as a cross between a slice of life Shenmue style town with a Japanese take on Twin Peaks. If you dig quirky Japanese titles, ones that may have flawed elements, but live on the strengths of their wonderful characters or bizarre world, you gotta check this game out.
In Deadly Premonition you play as the incredibly charismatic FBI agent, Francis York Morgan. A man who is defined by his love of coffee, who will also rave about his favorite cult movies to his imaginary friend Zack.
The game is set in Greenvale, a small pacific northwestern town featuring a cast unforgettably unique and colorful townsfolk, all of whom operate on individual daily routines.
It's up to you to unravel the mystery of a local murder in this seemingly quiet rural town.
It would be great to see veterans of the game assist newcomers. As well it will be awesome to see how new players get to experience Deadly Premonition nearly ten years on from release.
Advice for newcomers:
It's been a bit since I've revisited this game, but I've got a series of tips that should benefit newcomers:
- You will not run out of time like in Shenmue. If the game is telling you to go meet x person by 5PM for the main story, you can dodge that deadline and just hit it up on the next day without consequence.
- Thus, my biggest advice is to take your time, get to know the townsfolk, explore around and don't just rush the main story.
- The above is extra important because the side quests grant significant rewards that will improve the quality of life of your gameplay experience.
- Don't spoil yourself, the story is a joy to experience and the web is full of spoilers for this game. Apparently even old trailers contain spoilers.
- Temper your exceptions regarding combat and performance. This game shines in some aspects, but the RE4 gun-play is not its bright spot. Thankfully combat is only an infrequent part of the game.
- As I recall, the in game map is a bit hectic to adjust to. Don't be afraid to pause and refer to the map in the main menu, or this map of the town.
- Cigarettes will move time forward in any amount you wish from more secs to hours as long as you have enough sleep and aren't hungry!
- You will get a lot of back story when you talk with the town residents. ... They will change what they say depending on the weather.
- I found that the most interesting conversations happened while raining! Also it is worth it to do side missions. You can get great weapons, items, and insights. Completing George's gains ... (see spoiler below).
the radio, the game's fast travel.
[*]There is a fast travel device. You can pick it up in CH2. Do George's side mission within the Sheriff Department, smoke until it closes, and make sure to pick a flower that appears only when raining asap. Give that flower to George when he is home after 21:00.
Map of Greenvale:
Map of Greenvale:
Chemi_ro has a fan site with an interactable map and more detailed beginner information. Check out their site.
If you guys need a map I actually recommend the zoomable version on my fansite, Welcome to Greenvale, as it contains more information than my distressed map shown in the original post. (it's also in downloadable jpeg form too!)
I also have a beginner's guide you guys might find useful as well. Usually when people ask me for tips I tell them this:
- Deadly Premonition Origins does not feature the bonus cut-scenes that were added with the Director's Cut re-release. They're arguably not that significant and may be in the process of being retconned with the release of the sequel. Regardless, if you would like to check them out, here are links to some rips on YouTube, unfortunately featuring a watermark. These should not be watched until finishing the game.
- It should be noted that there seems to be some concern over the audio quality of this port.
- In related news, the physical release of Deadly Premonition Origins on the Nintendo Switch will be releasing in November of this year, from Numskull Games.
Pre-order links are up in various regions.
North America: https://store.aksysgames.com/collections/preorder-now/products/copy-of-pre-order-deadly-premonition-origins-nintendo-switch