A trailer for Square Enix and Luminous Productions’ forthcoming title Forspoken was shared by the game’s Twitter account, and promptly went viral for less-than-flattering reasons.

People are dragging Forspoken’s dialogue-stuffed trailer

In the trailer, protagonist Frey moves fluidly through a fantasy setting, showing off her magic in combat against dragons and other creatures. She looks incredibly powerful, adventuring in a world that looks exciting to play around in. But here’s the catch — she also narrates through the entirety of the trailer in a “well, that just happened” style. In the trailer, Frey says: “So, let me get this straight. I’m somewhere that’s not what I would call Earth… I’m seeing freaking dragons, and… oh yeah, I’m talking to a cuff. Yeah, okay, that is something I do now. I do magic, kill jacked-up beasts Twitter users took to the platform to parody the trailer’s ridiculous voiceover by using its tone to describe the plot of other popular games.
In the past day, Joss Whedon, who is not involved in this project, began trending on Twitter as people pointed out the similarities between the trailer’s tone and Whedon’s tendency to pepper the dialogue he writes with quips. It’s not uncommon for protagonists to talk to themselves in video games, whether it’s for wayfinding, story progression, or quest line purposes. It can range from annoying to unobtrusive and even useful. Aloy from the Horizon series, for example, tends to talk to herself about how to take down particular machine enemies. It’s true that people do not actually talk like this, but the dialogue offers valuable strategic intel that I’ve found helpful when playing those games. Forspoken’s trailer … is not that. It feels like a bad TikTok voiceover, or the Marvel (we can also just say Big Disney Franchise) school of thought, with a protagonist mostly pointing out expository details that viewers can easily identify, instead of simply feeling things. It’s the difference between screaming “help, I am falling off of a building,” and “AAAAAHHHH” when you’ve been pushed off of a building.

Source: This news is originally published by polygon

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