Bug or Intention?

I just started playing White Gold today. The sequel to Boiling Point. Yes, that Boiling Point. The one with the flying jaguars and ridable sharks. I know.

And it’s… well, what it is and what it isn’t doesn’t really matter, at least in terms of this post, and you’ll all be able to read my wordthinks at a later date. But what is interesting is that, especially with Boiling Point’s pedigree behind it, I’m having a… confusing time of things. Please, let me explain. Ah, thank you.

You see, there’s a lot of really, really weird shit going on in White Gold. It shares a lot in common with Far Cry, if only because it’s a lone gunman getting sent to some tropical islands for some roaming manshoots, but it’s all delivered with a sort of semi-serious attitude where you’re playing towards different factions, putting together reputations and side missions to build up relationships with one particular one over another. Side with the Guerrillas, and the Government gets pissed at you. Side with the Mafia, and the Guerrillas get pissed, and so on. Inevitably, you’re going to end up pissing off pretty much everyone but one, but luckily factions are somewhat forgiving, and if you’re stealthy enough, you can get away with slaughter so long as no one sees you. Apparently that means headshots, because otherwise they’ll scream. Which will alert their friends. Unlike, say, a gunshot, shooting someone in the head. Foibles.

So you’ve got that, which is deadpan and serious, and played straight. But also, these islands aren’t quite what they seem. Just outside the first town you leave, there’s a guy standing by a wrecked car. I walked by him three or four times, before talking to him just out of idle curiousity. He starts talking about how this sucks because he only just had the car fixed up, and now a giant spider comes along and now his car is wrecked, and now his mum is going to have a go at him because he can’t take her to church and hang on a minute did you just say giant spider? Turns out yes, a giant spider came out into the road, and yes, he ran it over before wrecking his car.

And this spider is still in front of his car, pinned against a wall by the bumper of his write off. It’s twitching.

Apparently that’s not the only bit of local wildlife that’s been getting bigger than its britches, although it’s the first and only I’ve come across. Beyond just making the whole game suddenly seem a few more degrees batshit crazy than hilarious voice overs and strangely placed Maxim magazines, now I’m not sure what to think when I see things. Driving along, suddenly a car fell from the sky and exploded right beside me. I wasn’t sure whether some inaccurate god was pissed off with me or this was actually meant to happen. Looking up, there were a few men standing on a cliff looking down, so maybe they just engaged in a creative execution. Who knows.

It probably doesn’t help that random fights break out between the different factions regardless of what you’re doing, so stuff is happening all around you whether you’re paying attention or not. What this does mean is that random events like falling cars can’t be assumed to be bugs. And in a Boiling Point game, you assume everything is a bug. It’s a shame, really, that the only major bug I’ve encountered so far is suddenly loss of sound effects, caused at random and requiring a restart to fix. Apart from that, it’s just been slightly suspicious, but just about keeping itself crazy, but not bugged out wigging it crazy.

About Phill Cameron

I've graduated, had a look at the world, and spat. Now I'm devoting my time to moving from 3/4 of a games journalist to 9/10ths. I figure I can get away with 9/10ths.
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