The Score: 8.5 out of 10
Is Deadly Premonition (2010) the the closest we will get to Twin Peaks: The Video Game? Japanese video game designer Hidetaka "SWERY" Suehiro loves David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and it shows in nearly every aspect of his XBOX 360 game Deadly Premonition. He unveiled the first glimpse of the game under the title Rainy Woods at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, having originally designed it for last generation gaming systems, like XBOX and Play Station 2. Minor SPOILERS follow, but major plot developments will be withheld, including the identity and motives of the killer.
Original Rainy Woods Game Trailer
|In Rainy Woods, FBI Special Agent Young Frequently Dreams of|
Twin Dwarves Giving Him Clues in the Red Room
|In Twin Peaks, FBI Special Agent Cooper Experiences a Meeting with|
Two Separate, Nearly Identical Dwarves in the Red Room
|Young Twin Brothers Meeting with Agent "York" in the More Textured|
Red Room in Deadly Premonition is COMPLETELY Different...
FBI Agent and Matron Talk Over Coffee
|Agent York Introduces Himself to Greenvale Sheriff's Deputy Emily Wyatt|
|Deputy Emily Wyatt is More than Your Typical Video Game Love Interest|
Possessing a Strong and Distinct Personality of Her Own
|Fake Agent York Quote: "Deputy Emily Wyatt Bears a Striking Resemblance to|
Another Famous Lynch Protagonist, Doesn't She, Zach?"
|"I'll Give You a Hint."|
|"She was a Character in a Film David Lynch Originally Intended as a TV Pilot."|
|"But No Network Wanted it, So He Shot New Scenes and Released it as a Standalone Movie."|
|"Come on, Zach, We Watched this Ten Years Ago. I Know You Can Figure it Out..."|
|"Yes, Zach, Betty from Mulholland Dr., Released in 2001. "|
|"Can You Remember the Actress's Name, Zach? That's Right: Naomi Watts."|
|"She's a Beautiful Woman, Isn't She, Zach?"|
|"Do You Remember Her in Peter Jackson's King Kong, Released in 2005, Zach?|
I Thought She was Great in that as a Struggling Performer Turned Actress."
|"Remember When People Were Complaining it was Too Long? But We Liked|
the Movie's Length Just Fine. Didn't We, Zach? It Must Have Been Hard to Act
Opposite a CGI Giant Gorilla that Isn't Really There in the Studio with You."
|"And Do You Remember Her in that Horror Movie The Ring, Zach? She was a|
Strong Mother and Investigator in that Film. It was Funny How After Watching
the Film, People in Real Life For a While Freaked Out When a Phone Ringed."
|"It was Actually a Remake of Hideo Nakata's Ringu, Released in 1998. But Honestly,|
this is One of the Few Times that I Enjoyed the American Remake More. The Version
Directed by Gore Verbinski in 2002 Just Felt Creepier Somehow... And More Real.
Guess We Should Get Back to the Case, Zach."
|In One Humorous Side Quest You Help Teach Emily How to Cook|
|Much of the Game You Will Drive from Place to Place, Hearing Agent York's|
Witty Take on Popular and Obscure 80's B Movies
|Murder Victim: Anna Graham|
|Agent Cooper Flirts with Annie Blackburn at the RR Diner|
Played by Actress Heather Graham
|Agent York Discovers the Next Clue...|
|Pictured: Agent York Being a Terrible Example to Children|
|Well, "Realistic" is a Relative Term...|
|"I Love this Game, it's Super Duper. I'm Not Andrew Packard and You're Not|
Agent Cooper... So Says Mr. Stewart."
|And the Earnest Agent York is No Less Eccentric...|
|And as in Twin Peaks, the People Here Have a Preoccupation with Food|
A Hunch About Lunch
Like Twin Peaks, much of Deadly Premonition's charm rests in its ability to change gears from sappy and melodramatic comedy to a deadly serious murder investigation without skipping a beat. And like Twin Peaks before it, this frequent change of pace and tone works surprisingly well. You can be knocking back a few cold ones with the Sheriff while listening to the town's lounge singer one second, then running for your life from a deranged serial killer the next. The game is pleasantly suspenseful and unpredictable, but still maintains a strange kind of coherence.
|Sheriff George Woodman and Agent York Socialize at the "Roadhouse..."|
Er, Umm, We Mean at the "Galaxy of Terror Bar"
|The Raincoat Killer Will Attempt to End Your Investigation Regularly|
|Agent York Will Face Many Obstacles in His Search for the Killer|
|And the Raincoat Killer is One of the More Intriguing Video Game Villains|
|His Existence Rumored About in Urban Legends from Sixty Years Ago|
|Hmm, What Would Complement Our Small-Town Murder Mystery? Only One Thing!|
|"Zombies. Why'd it Have to be Zombies?"–Indiana York|
|These Zombies Will Attack You in the Weirdest Way Possible. Thanks Japan!|
|Deputy Wyatt and Agent York Have a Heart to Heart|
|We Have the Opportunity to Play as Emily Who is Probably Even More|
Enjoyable to Play than Agent York. In Fact, She Even Shoots Better
|Frankly, Not Many Games Feature Such Well-Written Women, in Particular|
|Agent York Clearly has Some Interesting Things Happening Inside His Mind|
|Special Thanks to Claire Laffar for Bringing the Game to Our Attention|
|Original Artwork by Claire Laffar|
Deadly Premonition Game Trailer