They made an AVGN game compilation? What were they thinking?! It was probably designed by Fred Fuchs so let's check it out.
No Review. I refuse. Okay, fine; I'll review this blizzard of balls if you really want me to. Angry Video Game Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe is a compilation of 2 games: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures which was previously released on Wii U and 3DS and Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation which is new to me because I only play games on consoles like an idiot. Both games are harder than fossilized triceratops turds with plenty of absurd stage layouts, carefully placed hazards, and annoying enemies. However, that's kind of its point. AVGN often plays games that are maddeningly difficult (or, he used to, at least) and plenty of the things that he complains about are represented in these games. For that reason alone, playing these games is a must for fans. Even non-fans who love retro games will get a kick out of it.
The first AVGN game is a basic 2D action platformer where you complete stages in any order you want then take on its final challenging level. Along the way, you'll unlock a few extra characters to play as like Mike (whoever that is), the Guitar Guy, and BS Man who each have their own abilities. It's a typical Caucasian sausage fest but the unique abilities make this aspect similar to Super Mario Bros. 2 except you can swap characters whenever. Anyway, the second game is more focused on unlockable suit parts which makes it feel more like Mega Man X, especially with its wall-jump ability. Also, its stages are laid out on a world map that's similar to Super Mario Bros. 3. If you manage to complete both games, you unlock an extra chapter that helps offer some value if you already own both games.
Of course, your enjoyment of these games will almost entirely rely on your ability to persevere through their insane degree of difficulty. I mean, you could lower it to Easy but it's more satisfying to control the depth of the challenge at first then as you get used to it, it's fine. That being said, some segments are downright infuriating. For example, there's one part that plays like a shoot 'em up but it has far too much onscreen at once such as lightning that you have to memorize where it strikes, enemies that fly in haphazard patterns, instant death blocks scattered everywhere, and all you can do is try your best to dodge everything as you fire your puny NES Zapper. It would actually be easier to go outside in a thunderstorm and try to dodge rain. Just leave me alone, I'm trying to collect Fuchs' Capacitors.
Frustrating moments aside, progressing through these games is highly rewarding stuff. All you do is run, jump, shoot, and unleash the occasional power-up which is simple, fun, and intuitive. There are no Sonic Booms on the moon or Hadoukens up Uranus. However, there are some nifty collectibles to obtain such as NES cartridges that spell NERD and completing stages in less time can be fun.
On the downside, the hilarious death screens from the original that featured generated AVGN quotes aren't in this collection which is a shame. Plus, some levels are laid out in such over-the-top ways that you have to memorize how to advance after many repeated deaths which will make you want to store your Switch in extreme temperatures, immerse it in water, and clean it with benzene, thinner, alcohol, or other such solvents. Did I mention that these are frustrating games? These are frustrating games. I'm dead serious.
It's almost 5:40 so I should really wrap this review up. In short, Angry Video Game Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe is a pretty good compilation. On the other hand, adjusting to its crap factor will sometimes make you rather have a buffalo take a diarrhea dump in your ear.
- + Contains 2 super-frustrating but super-fun old-school 2D action games
- + Awesome amount of AVGN references
- + Rewarding collectibles and bonus chapter
- - Frustration factor is through the roof
- - Having to memorize stages is annoying
- - Where did the funny death screens go?