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January 16, 2019 1 min read
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is, as the title implies, a turn-based RPG that centers around a group of hipsters from the year 1999. A lot of its presentation is based around a mixture of 90s nostalgia and attempts to subvert genre conventions by subtly deviating from the norm in some fairly interesting ways.
The star of the show is a whiny brat named Alex. He has recently returned home after finishing college, and he's now living with his mother while he "tries" to find a job. After following a cat into an abandoned building, he meets a mysterious young woman who is almost immediately abducted by some creepy, hooded supernatural beings. From here on out, Alex is obsessed with this woman and, with the help of some friendly locals, spends the next 20 to 30 hours attempting to rescue her.
The setup is, intentionally, vague but more or less serves its purpose of getting things going. Unfortunately, the main character, Alex, is an insufferable jerk. From a narrative standpoint, his personality works. From a player perspective, it makes the experience incredibly torturous. Even after the closing credits, I fucking hated this guy.
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