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Costume Quest: The next great console RPG is a download?

There’s a wealth of cool things to do

Costume Quest is one hell of a varied game. Being based around the JRPG model, there is a certain structure to proceedings, but the game is so pacey, and the bombardment of side-quests so frequent, that the experience is nothing like the level-grinding trudge you might expect.

To complete each main area, you’ll need to trick or treat all of the houses (or shops, in the case of the mall) scattered around. Each building can hide a normal citizen bearing candy or a monster bearing violence. But whether their inhabitants are looted or booted, there’s plenty more to do in between.

Maybe you’ll find yourself tracking down all the players of a hide ‘n’ seek game. Or you might end up in a skates vs. skateboard road race using your robot suit’s wheelie sneakers. Or you may go exploring the sewers behind a waterfall using your dustbin lid shield as an umbrella. Or use your space warrior costume’s plastic lightsaber as a torch during a stealth infiltration. Or bob for apples as part of a neighbour’s protest against Hallowe’en’s unhealthy candy fixation, only to be bestowed with a huge pile of the sugary stuff as your prize.

All main and side quests run simultaneously, so there’s no need to lock yourself down to any particular one. In fact some are solved within or as a direct result of others, adding a really organic, living, breathing feel to an already vibrant world. And all of them come dripping with lovely, lovely XP. Forget any bad RPG memories you have of killing time by killing monsters. In Costume Quest you won’t be bored for a minute.

It’s very, very funny

It’s a Double Fine game, so you should already expect that. But just to make sure you’re aware, Costume Quest is one of the most chucklesome games I’ve played in a very long time.

There’s the way the Dungeons and Dragons nerd agrees to join your party after you explain your woes at length (“You had me at ‘quest’”). There’s the impromptu debate over the patriotic nature of a Statue of Liberty costume (“Actually, it’s a symbol of tyranny, which is a different and more inclusive concept than loyalty to country” “But will it get us into that guy’s party?” “Oh totally”). There are the subtle and smart nods to media culture (“A witch did it”) and other games (the Earthbound-style police roadblock cannot be a coincidence).

But whatever your comedic tastes, something in Costume Quest will make you laugh. It will make you laugh hard, and it will do so not long after you start the game. And then other things will do the same. Frequently and at length.

So in summation then,

Do you need any better reason to get excited?

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19 comments

  • joshin69 - October 4, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    really will come down to price. I loved deathspank but i felt that was a couple of quid to much
  • thedonut - October 1, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    Why wouldn't anyone get excited in the first place? It's a freaking game by Tim Schafer!
  • Robusken - October 1, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Do want! My wallet (or credit card) is screaming for mercy but I need this game.
  • AlpineGuy - October 1, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    My boner for all things Schafer commands me to pick this up, regardless of the fact that it looks awesome anyway. I'm glad Double Fine has moved to downloadable games; this way I can get more original games without having to watch it go into bargain bins at Wal-Mart.
  • WrathLord03 - October 1, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    Don't you know that every gamer wears clothing? As for Eric, I'm always out to forgive a moderator - that was a bit dickish, but I'm not going to RAGE QUIT or snything. @drewbian - I CARE! The English language was meant to be spelt properly. No 'congraturations' of 'All your base are belong to us' on my comments (Except for humourous effect)! As for another comment on this game, a few of my friends have considered buying this and so my chances of getting it are have increased.
  • Killshot - October 1, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    This will quench my thirst while i wait for the next paper mario game, and why is the person above me selling cloths? this is a gaming website
  • thatblindgamer - September 30, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    This only makes me more excited to pick up this gem. Hopefully it will sell better than every other Double Fine game.
  • Cleanser247 - September 30, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    I've known this information for weeks, thanks to TalkRadar!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 30, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    Do want. :D
  • FACANAWESOME - September 30, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Well I dont do download only games. I like to own a disc(I know I'm old school)oh well sounds like a great game though. :(
  • BK-201 - September 30, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Might get this depending on if I like the demo/other articles posted on it.
  • drewbian - September 30, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    game sounds awesome, looks like a really sweet title. and to the dude above theres no point in an edit button cus noone cares if another person makes a typo, its the internet, NOONE CARES. sxweet article though i hadnt heard much about this game other than it was made by schafer
  • WrathLord03 - September 30, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Needless to say, that line should read "Depending on the release date, I'll see if I can afford it - October's driving me broke - but so FAR I like what I read about this." And since an editor's here, please consider adding an edit button to comments. Please...? [Edit: I've got one. Don't you? - Eric(Sorry, was that a bit dickish?)]
  • WrathLord03 - September 30, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    Can you turn into a newt? And if that isn't relating to "the subtle and smart nods to media culture" then I really need to watch some recent movies. This game seems worth a download, but only if there is a demo and I like it, or if there are more articles about it and I like them. A bit unsure about the turn-based combat, I'm not really up for that, but there's so much variety in the game that that won't really matter. Depending on the release date, I'll see if I can afford it - October's driving me broke - but so farm I like what I read about this.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - September 30, 2010 4:33 p.m.

    'Fraid not, Cheesy. No word on a PC version as of yet.
  • CaptBloodboots - September 30, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    you had me at halloween themed rpg...Scanning back i don't think i actually saw any of those 3 words used in succession but confound it all that's what i'm sticking with (",)
  • Kouin - September 30, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    It reminds me of that South Park episode "Good Times With Weapons", and the animation style changes to animé when they're "fighting".
  • TheCheesy4 - September 30, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    They seem to have forgotten to write PC in the intro. Right? RIGHT?!
  • OnyxOblivion - September 30, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    I need one more reason to get excited... a price.

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