Deadly Premonition: The road to Greenvale

Saturday morning I stared into my coffee as I always do. I asked it what game I should play that day, and from the steam the letters D P arose. It could only have meant Deadly Premonition.

Every Saturday morning I make breakfast, get my fortune from my coffee, and do the dishes. Then I sit down and play video games. That’s the weekend ritual.

Recently I got an Xbox One. I’ve had Microsoft consoles in the past, but often second hand, and usually many years after its initial release. And for whatever reason, they never survived long. I think I parted ways with my Xbox when I moved to Seattle, and the disc drive on the 360 I bought from a kid on an ATV in the hood off Craigslist eventually stopped working. I don’t buy my consoles this way usually, but for whatever reason, I was never passionate enough to properly invest in a legit functioning Xbox. In fact, if I remember correctly, the first Xbox I got was found in an abandoned car that was brought into my dad’s auto shop. Ironically, the console had a copy of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City that was left in the disc drive. Funny how things happen.

Anyway, the only reason I got a 360 in the first place was for Deadly Premonition. I managed to beat the game, but I was never able to 100% it due to the failing disc drive. Eventually, I just let go of the console, and made a shrine for the game. After I moved to Seattle, it came out on PS3. I bought it again, of course, and beat it once more. But, again, I didn’t 100% it. And this time I didn’t have an excuse. Maybe it was just my lifestyle at the time? I attempted it, but still, I never collected all its trading cards, and never finished all 50 of its side missions.

Also, I missed the 360 version. In its attempt to “remaster” the PS3 version, the game performed worse than its original 360 counter part. Its load screens were longer, the framerate bounced all over the place — it just wasn’t the same. It’s the video game-phile in me, maybe.

Alas, the thing that finally made me get an Xbox One wasn’t its exclusives, wasn’t the fact that PUBG was on it, or that Game Pass actually seems like a really valuable service, but because Deadly Premonition is backwards compatible.

So instead of catching up on the Gears of War series that I’ve never had the chance to play until now, I decided to instead playthrough a game I already had twice, but this time, with the intent of 100%ing it from the start. Most of what’s stopped me is its silly complicated side missions that can only be done at certain times during certain chapters.

It’s also just good to really take my time again and digest this game once more. And though I’ve made a video about it being more that just “Twin Peaks the game,”playing it again is really driving that home for me, and allowing me to appreciate it even more as its own entity. Especially Francis York Morgan, which upon replaying, is much more rude then I remember the first time. Especially in the scene where puts his cigarette on a plate in the police station conference room.
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Over the weekend I got to chapter 6, and this is where I’m going to attempt to slam out most of the side mission. I’ve collected maybe 10 out of the 65 trading cards. (Also, I’m trying my damnedest to not use a walkthrough.)

Contrary to getting an XBONE just for Deadly Premonition, I am trying to get through the Gears series. I’m currently trudging through number 3. Those games are fun and macho and stupid — I’m having a good time. But admittedly, I am beginning to feel burnt out on its testosterone levels. I want to get through as many games this year that I haven’t played as possible, but Deadly Premonition is like comfort food for me, and sometimes it feels more therapeutic than anything to just take a break from everything, and drive aimlessly through Greenvale’s quirky and mysterious streets.