The latest Honest Game Trailer targets one of the most popular games from the past few years: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I'm sure this video won't result in a single angry argument over the Internet.
"From the developers of Elder Scrolls, Elder Scrolls HD, and Elder Scrolls with Guns comes a game so immersive you forget to eat, sleep and make friends because you're too busy eating, sleeping and making friends," begins the satirical trailer.
The video levels some fair criticisms at the game. For example, they note that playing as a thief takes about a hundred times as long as playing as a warrior or mage. As someone who played the game as a bosmer archer, I can confirm this sad truth. Killing an enemy with a single backstab or well-placed arrow sure is fun, though.
The ludicrous plot of Skyrim is pointed out as well. Alduin's about to return to save the world and you have to race to stop him...but you can spend dozens of hours wandering the world and picking herbs. There's zero urgency to the mission. I think that's a plot inconsistency that plenty of players are willing to accept, though. Free exploration is what many people love about Skyrim.
Not all of the jokes hit their mark. At one point, the narrator says that the province of Skyrim is "basically Winterfell from Game of Thrones." Y'see, because they're both medieval fantasy worlds with snow on the ground. Get it?!
The crack about Fallout 3 being "Elder Scrolls with Guns" made me groan, too. Whether or not it's true, it's a joke that people have been saying since 2008. At this point, you're not just beating a dead horse, anymore. Someone already carted the horse off and buried it. You're now punching air and yelling, "Take that horse!" while your friends look on with concern.
I imagine most fans will shrug at these observations and say, "Well, that's what we love about the game." There's a lot of walking and horseback riding but people like this exploration. Yes, Bethesda's RPG's are all really similar but that's because they've developed a fanbase that loves their formula.
Smosh Games has released a few more of these "Honest Game Trailers," with the most recent being Assassin's Creed 4. If this type of comedy is your thing, check out their take on GTA 5 below.