Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage Review
I first found out about this game from my friend. He really enjoys the game and I think has put at least 50 hours into it. I write a review after 10 hours of playtime unless I can't stand it. I've wanted Santa's Rampage for a long time and I finally got it.
The controls work most of the time, random times when carrying buckets and elf body parts fall for no reason is really fustrating. The graphics are fantastic. A full on 10 for that. It may not be a FarCry landscape but they are not bad graphics. Being a janitor in a game... what the hell? Who wants to play that? It's first-person. You mop up stuff, YOU MOP UP SANTA'S WORKSHOP. The fire-place is your main place to go, that's where you put the Elf parts that cause blood and all the extra items you want out of the area. You use the mop the most, cleaning up blood, booze, weird ornament ooze? You also have your bare hands where you can pick up elf parts and buckets and cans and all this stuff. The next thing is this weird radar that still to this day, I don't know what it does so to me, it's useless. Now to actually start my review.
You basically have 5 rooms, each time you play the game with a new job to clean, it's randomly generated blood and gore. It's just you. The easter eggs are a great part of this game and without giving too much away, finding the floor boards and rudolf's nose. Cleaning with the mop is very easy and very fun to do, you will have to dip it into the bucket multiple times which gets dirty and then you need to get a new bucket. This is actually a pretty fun concept until it's greatly overused. There's an achievement for cleaning the whole workshop and I put 4 hours into it trying to do it, ending up at the end not getting it because an ornament was stuck behind a plant. That's pretty fustrating. The greatest sense of accomplisment at ALL in this game is cleaning each room and completely finishing it. What I find pretty cool is at the beginning you can get a BRAND-NEW generated character, find out the age and backstory... BUT IT HAS NO MEANING WHAT-SO-EVER. I don't expect Viscera Cleanup Detail to have a story-line but it's the same game but in Santa's Workshop. There is one way you can die and that's blowing yourself up with TNT which half the time isn't throwable so you can't choose to die... you do it anyway. You can find Santa's shotgun and pistols but nope, you can't shoot them. I'm not expecting them to be able to shoot but it would have been a cool easteregg. This game is $2.49 and that's a pretty good deal but not entirely for this game, I'm sorry. You don't have much workspace and it's close-corredored. You are a guy but it doesn't matter who you are because it has no meaning. Most of the achievements and controls don't work and the stupid radar thing isn't useful. There's no tutorial so you have to find out how to do stuff, throws you right into it.
Multiplayer is a joke and I hate saying it. My friend and I played it once using IP addresses. You have to download this stupid program to get your stupid IP address to play, how would you know that? Besides, even with a PING on both sides of 20, it's super laggy and with your resolution down. Also, did I mention the game is not full-screen unless you set it to be full? The only time when it's not laggy is when you're using your mop or hands and not moving around. There is a jump function, what do you need it for? There's one game mode, there's not even a game mode... you clean. < That I don't complain about because it's fun for an hour and that's about it.
Let me say what I like about it (unfortuantely, it's not a lot) the graphics are really cartoony and cool. It's something fresh that a 60 dollar game doesn't really have. The backstory and name's and ages of characters before play is cool even if there's no follow-up to it. Clocking out is feeling legit even if it's a 2-second thing. Using the mop is a blast for a bit, it's something new. Making it first-person is super cool. Finding the easter eggs is pretty sweet. Making a bigger mess and clocking off like a terrible guy at his job makes getting the achievement for it so much sweeter.
Unfortauntely, this is my first game that uh... I like and don't like. Even for $2.49 which may seem good, the game is not worth the money. It's about an hour's worth of gameplay if you weren't going for achievements and easter eggs. Otherwise, you get about 10 hours of playtime like me. Multiplayer sucks, fix it and don't use IP addresses. Give us a tutorial, if it weren't for my friend... I don't think that I would've gotten very far into the game without getting fustrated. Controls are 50/50, mop works the best out of everything. Easter-eggs don't do anything (shotgun and pistols) and same with character development. You know what I would've wanted to see maybe at one point like when YOU COMPLETELY CLEAN THE PLACE and about to clock-off... Santa comes. If the game was about a dollar or maybe even free-to-play it would be worth it, but in my opinion and I love the original Viscera Cleanup Detail and hope to see more, Santa's Rampage isn't worth it and it may get a couple laughs out of you but you won't last more than an hour unless you find a way to.
Check the floorboards upstairs and remove them, you get a surprise inside. -Detroit0127