Review: Naughty Bear

John Funk

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Review: Naughty Bear

The teddy bears had a picnic, but they didn't invite Naughty Bear. So he murdered them all.

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Sparrow

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Hmm. I was hoping for more than this. Seems it's a bit generic in lots of ways.
 

Andronicus

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I saw the teaser, and it looked extremely generic from the outset. Actually, much of what Funk said comes as a surprise to me, as I had actually thought the game looked worse than what he made it out to be. I still won't be buying it though.
 

Jared

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Something to look at if its a slow month, and nothing else out...as well as when tis cheaper. A fun title, but, not something im going to run on out to purchase, so to speak
 

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the games looks generic but nothing is cuter when a psychopath bear goes and kills his fellow bears

as a child it is how i wanted the care bears to actually act not just put out evil with lovely crap!
 

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Maybe I'm just wrong in the head but...this isn't nearly violent enough. I was expecting something on the level of Happy Tree Friends, this is just a bit tame for a game that revolves around violence.

The only thing that made me interested in this game doesn't look all that great.
 

John Funk

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I was imagining being a politically correct concerned parent watching that review.
"Killing brutally is fun"
"Unfortunately, there are some things that get in the way of your murder, hence why the game isn't so good"
Oh, the laughs i had as i was imagining their reaction to it.
 

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Sad. Even though I wasn't looking forward to this game, it sure is getting a lot of negative reviews. This is definitely something for achievements/trophy collecters to play during their break.
 

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I have decided, I will but this game for all my children... not that I have any, but when I do, I will buy them this and raise them right.
 

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Seems like Manhunt but with teddy bears. A sort of Bearhunt, if you will. In fact, they should have called it Bearhunt and put it in a bright orange box with a guy in forest camo on the front. It would have sold millions!
 

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I smelled suck from the first trailer...

My radar's not perfect, but I saw the rest of 505 Games' (the publisher of NB) lineup on the shelf.

Naval Assault. Morph-X. Crap. Crap.
 

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Points for realizing that evil is some times fun. The laying traps, scaring and going insane thing kinda reminded me of Ghost Master, which is a game where you scare mortals with ghosts to make them perform tasks and solve puzzles for you.
 

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Call me crazy, but I just never found humor in the whole "cute woodland animals die in horrific ways" thing.
 

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John Funk said:
Review: Naughty Bear

The teddy bears had a picnic, but they didn't invite Naughty Bear. So he murdered them all.

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Yeah... that looks like a nice, cheap download, not a nealry full retail.

By the way, is somebody else going to review the multiplayer?
 

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Onyx Oblivion said:
I smelled suck from the first trailer...

My radar's not perfect, but I saw the rest of 505 Games' (the publisher of NB) lineup on the shelf.

Naval Assault. Morph-X. Crap. Crap.
from the trailer? I smelled suck with the name of the title
 

John Funk

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No stuffing physics? Then what, pray tell, is the point of blowing off a teddy bear's head? Making it work like blood takes out all the fun.
Pass
 

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Man, I was looking forward to this but now... Well I might get it when people start returning it so I can get it cheap. It may not be worthy of being called a good full game, it still seems like a good way to pass the time, and get some laughs while you're at it :)
 

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From the looks of it I was expecting an XBLA or Steam title but a full retail title? pfft no matter how interesting it looks I can't see it being worth that much $$$.

On the other hand, the idea of playing a serial killer teddy bear is just freaking cool.
 

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I loved it for about 2 days, haven't played it since. Shame I can't take it back to amazon.
 

John Funk

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It seemed like a brilliant game from what I heard.
After watching this and seeing other gameplay trailers...I am very disapointed.
Ah well, I'm in the mood to watch the Happy Tree Friends now.
 

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When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it could be pretty good-MadWorld meets Manhunt in the land of the Care Bears, but judging from this and some other reviews I've read, the island needs to be bigger and the narrator needs to only speak in cutscenes.

This concept is really fun, but it seems the actual game didn't turn out so well. Is it at all possible that they could make a sequel (If Two Worlds gets a sequel, Naughty Bears should) or some DLC areas and finishers?
 

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I... don't want to play this.

I'm the sort of person who ends up playing a good character in Fable because I can't bring myself to side with the bully at the start...
 

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These wondrous games who's target audience is no doubt the ~16 y.o. crowd are the ones that give gaming a bad name. I'm not saying they shouldn't exist, but I am saying they're shooting themselves in the foot. That 'no publicity is bad publicity' thing doesn't always work.

Thankfully in an almost karmic fashion these games always suffer from technical issues because the underlying idea prevents them from putting real work into the titles, and rarely a qualified development team.
 

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What they should have done is released it as a $10-$15 downloadable game instead of a full-priced retail game. That would be a good value for the money, and it would probably have been reviewed more favorably.
 

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I think it's a real shame games with creative and unique premises like this (okay, it's not THAT unique, in fact I'm pretty damn sure another game was released featuring a psychotic Teddy Bear protagonist before around the Nintendo 64 generation of consoles, if anyone can remember it, please tell me) often get stuck with some really buzz killing flaws like bad cameras and weird bugs.

I especially think they REALLY shouldn't have made the screen so damn busy. I mean, this is a single player game, not a MMORPG like World of Warcraft or a sandbox like GTA, there's really no excuse for the interface being so freaking busy. A simpler interface may have made up for enough flaws to convince me to buy this... a more cinematic approach may have done this more justice, with it suppose to be like a horror hack 'n slash movie anyhow.

Also, I REALLY agree with darkfire613. In fact, I think if this game had a more limited budget and was forced to leave some stuff out to make it a 10-15 dollar game, it would've been allot less repetitive as well as more innovative, and could have made the most out of what little material it had to offer, instead of trying to stretch it all out for a full length game...

Sort of how I prefer shows that have a limited number of episodes and make the most out of their budget out of as few episodes as possible to come out on top with the most profit. The first example that comes to mind (though I hate to use anime as an example of excellence) FLCL, which only had 6-8 episodes and thusly used an animation budget that could have been spread over 8 seasons to make every second of it fantastic visually and the story as well polished as possible, while still keeping its goofy random vibe.
 

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darkfire613 said:
What they should have done is released it as a $10-$15 downloadable game instead of a full-priced retail game. That would be a good value for the money, and it would probably have been reviewed more favorably.
I REALLY agree with darkfire613. In fact, I think if this game had a more limited budget and was forced to leave some stuff out to make it a 10-15 dollar game, it would've been allot less repetitive as well as more innovative, and could have made the most out of what little material it had to offer, instead of trying to stretch it all out for a full length game.
 

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I played this on a friend's 360 and I had loads of fun. But the criticism is valid: it is short, repetitive and misses a key in a lot of places.

One common general criticism I will disagree with is that the game 'isn't violent enough'. The game is extremely violent and my friends were shocked it was given a PEGI 12+. It wasn't until the 80s, the age of the 'video nasties' that horror and slasher films actually became really gory, spurred on by the banned Exorcist and A Clockwork Orange from the 70s. So Naughty Bare has virtually no gore; but extreme violence. Some of the punishments given to the bears can make you wince the first couple of times, really wince and seeing them on a video doesn't have the same impact.

It looks like the game was designed to rest its appeal on abundant upcoming DLC, but made the mistake of selling as a full-title which is understandable considering retailers refuse to stock new releases if they're too cheap. But my local game shop had a lot of pre-owned copies already. With some gameplay tweaks and a lot more content this could have been a classic rather than a far below-average game.
 

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I prefur more story-driven games, but it sounds like a game that's good for beating off rage after work or school.
 

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Sparrow said:
Hmm. I was hoping for more than this. Seems it's a bit generic in lots of ways.
Yup. Also, there's something unsettling about the fact they took a premise that would seem funny for 10 minutes, then unsettling, and ran with developing it for years.
 

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Tharwen said:
I... don't want to play this.

I'm the sort of person who ends up playing a good character in Fable because I can't bring myself to side with the bully at the start...
Yeah... Call me crazy, but I find this sadder than, say, Manhunt. At least in Manhunt the people the protaganist is killing are killers. In this, they're fricking teddy bears. Who didn't invite the pro(an?)tagonist to a party.

It's not the "violence" and "gore" that bothers me. It's the "hey, let's take something cute and innocent from childhood and torture it" attitude. And I've never been fond of the style of humor that tells a "joke" and then barks at you that you'd better laugh or have everyone else think you're humorless, weak, and/or just not "cool enough".

As I've said many times before, I'm not prone to seek to have things banned just because I, personally, find them disturbing. I'll never suggest that the creators didn't have a right to make this game, or even that there's something wrong with you if you do find the concept amusing. Incongruity and cockeyed tragedy (teddybears + violence) are cornerstones of most comedy; I get that.

But I won't exactly weep bitter tears if either play mechanics or content cause enough people to decide they don't want to pick this one up, and thus stave off a sequel.
 

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It doesn't sound that bad...

of course, Im still not getting it.

damn me and ny horribly outdated consoles...
 

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SomeBritishDude said:
Maybe I'm just wrong in the head but...this isn't nearly violent enough. I was expecting something on the level of Happy Tree Friends, this is just a bit tame for a game that revolves around violence.

The only thing that made me interested in this game doesn't look all that great.
Exactly! I was expecting stuffing to be spewing out of their adorable little neck stumps as Naughty Bear viciously removed their remaining limbs, but nooooo!

Ugh... Oh well. I was actually looking forward to this game, too...
 

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Somehow this makes me feel more guilty than stabbing the rapist old man in Oblivion or garrote wiring drug dealers in Hitman.
 

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Timbydude said:
Call me crazy, but I just never found humor in the whole "cute woodland animals die in horrific ways" thing.
Same here. Seems very twisted and disturbed. I'd be more interested in checking the phsyce of someone who gains laughter from seeing cute things die horribly.

That said this game seems really shallow and unrefined.
This game also reminded me of when yathzee said that games that tell you to be bad are no different from games that tell you to be good.
 

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The voice at the beginning of the video made me think of Lionhead's Head, i mean, Peter Molyneux... that would have been wierd if it was him speaking... XD


this is the most Psychopathic game i've ever seen, and it doesn't even have any sense or particular interest to me apart from having the pt of view of a Deranged TeddyBear/dude having enough imagination to kill others in original ways.
 

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Thanks for the review. I have decided to rent the game but won't buy it.

Saved me some money there :)
 

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I was hoping that Naughty Bear wouldn't look so bad. I was actually looking forward to it, but after watching this review... just, no.

Such a shame.
 

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Huh. The game narrator's voice sounds reeeeally familiar. Doesn't he front for a UK kid's TV show IRL? Something on CBeebies?
 

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Going to go against the grain here and say I quite like it, though in short doses. I do agree however that it should have been a download game and not full retail. The multiplier ticking down does ruin a lot of the fun though and going for really high scores requires part luck and part planning.

likalaruku said:
I prefur more story-driven games, but it sounds like a game that's good for beating off rage after work or school.
I see what you did there.
 

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SomeBritishDude said:
Maybe I'm just wrong in the head but...this isn't nearly violent enough. I was expecting something on the level of Happy Tree Friends, this is just a bit tame for a game that revolves around violence.

The only thing that made me interested in this game doesn't look all that great.
yeah...not enough in it. if your going to kill with teady bears....i wanna see some conkers bad furday kinda shit...that game was fun
 

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Great another game that goes ,,hmmm we cant make it good ,,,lets make a game those Watchdog groups can scream about , That worth a few units in extra sale at least. And teddy bears ? ...really ? sigh But to be fair the total lack of any thing new in this game is par for the course for most games nowdays.
 

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I agree 100% with the original review! Only want to add we preordered to get the extra costume, only to find out you still have to unlock it, what kind of crap is that!

I dont think I can stand to hear 1 more BOOOO after the level where you cant hit a bear! LOL
 

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The largest crime was the lag.

A console game should never have lag, period, I don't care what you are trying to accomplish. If there is a millisecond of lag you did it wrong.

Naughty bear has a lot more than a millisecond of lag :/.

It is cute for the novelty though, I got it for 30 bucks so I'm not super hurt by it. But I won't be finishing it because of the score nonsense. It would have been a great hitman knock off.
 

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So it's man hunt, meet's dexter, meet's adorable teddy bears?

Sounds...Interesting...Still, not really my style.
 

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This one came out of nowhere and surprised me when I heard about it, now it will disappear into nowhere, making the circle complete. It's a shame, it had so much promise. Who wouldn't want to play Hitman crossed with Conker's Bad Fur Day?
 

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RobfromtheGulag said:
These wondrous games who's target audience is no doubt the ~16 y.o. crowd are the ones that give gaming a bad name. I'm not saying they shouldn't exist, but I am saying they're shooting themselves in the foot. That 'no publicity is bad publicity' thing doesn't always work.
What are you trying to say about 16 year olds, Rob?

Also, this game looks rather boring to me. I wouldn't buy it even if it was just about the stalking, it just looks repetitive. Plus, a small teddy bear got his heart broken by not going to a party, boo-hoo.

Lame story, repetitive, and poor gameplay. No thanks.
 

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I actually had the intention of picking up this game, it looked fun and unique. Though one thing I have found that I don't like very much is repetition, and it seems that the perception of this is ubiquitous among reviewers. I might still consider picking it up, but only when the price drops on it. Great review all the same ^~^!
 

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Why didnt they just pasted happy tree friends over the hole thing and called it a day, personaly i thaug it should been without the cutenes of teddies and stuck to the 80,s slasher style
 

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This games looks both disturbing and hilarious, but as it's been previously mentioned, it also seems like the sort of thing that would get stale after a few hours of gleefully abusing the hapless plush victims.

The concept of driving a teddy bear so insane with the wrongess of your actions that he takes his own life is good for a few guilty laughs, though.
 

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I have to play this game. I know my little sister would get a huge kick out of playing it too. Soooo cuuute!
 

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I expected good things from Naughty Bear. Even pre-ordered it. I didn't even realise all the signs were there for it to suck; hardly any gameplay footage before release, no demo released, nor were there any early reviews...

It turned out to be rather bad. not SHITE bad but still pretty bad. Main reason is the spastic cameraman and glitches which occur far too often and are really annoying. Plus it's well hard. But I thought I'd give it another try and have kinda gotten into it, and I still can't believe I've managed 2 Platinum "cups" so far because the scores you need to get Platinums are ridiculously high. I do sort-of enjoy it though, and I do plan on at least TRYING to get the Platinum trophy although I have a feeling my control will go through the TV before that happens.

Here's hoping, if he can be arsed to play it, Yahtzee rips NB's stuffing out.
 

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Ice Storm said:
What are you trying to say about 16 year olds, Rob?
-That a number of them are trying to separate themselves from the masses through rebellion based on the taboo of violence. If you happen to like video games and want to be unique, playing games that are too gory for others to touch is a convenient way to satiate both proclivities.

Once you get to 19 or so and into college most young adults are beginning to realize that even if being uniform isn't an option, rebelling in such extreme measures is rather puerile.
 

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What amazes me about this game is that, I imagine, at some point someone or some group of people came up with this idea and had to pitch it to management.

"I know... we'll do a slasher game, but make it with teddy bears! And we'll put in a cool names for the kills like TOTAL DEFLUFFIFICATION. It'll be AWESOME!"

And the guy in charge actually greenlit the project...

I mean, you're automatically going to take heat if you create a slasher game; so the idea behind the teddy bear motif is an attempt to defuse that. But at the same time, since you are laying waste to everything/everyone around you, it's still got to be at least a game for the teen or above crowd. You're not gonna be selling this to the tween set.

Now, I can see teens or adults saying, "Hey, I want to be a medieval assasin and run around eviscerating people"; or "I want to pilot a spaceship and get in dogfights, create a trading empire, and save the universe." But I have never managed to ever think that anyone sat around with their friends talking about how they wish they could be a homicidal teddy bear. Granted that thinking outside of the box can, and has, lead to some of the greatest games out there; but this...

I only wish this review had gone to Yahtzee instead. But then, that would have been too easy.
 

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SomeBritishDude said:
Maybe I'm just wrong in the head but...this isn't nearly violent enough. I was expecting something on the level of Happy Tree Friends, this is just a bit tame for a game that revolves around violence.

The only thing that made me interested in this game doesn't look all that great.
Thanks to you I have now discovered what the Happy Tree Friends are. Holy shit I am shocked.

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Ah well, I'm in the mood to watch the Happy Tree Friends now.
Same here!
 

John Funk

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Maybe if it was a 12 quid xbla title but I wouldn't pay a full 40-50 euro for it. My friend loved it, but he also describes the Transformers movie as "awesome", thought it got even better with Transformers 2 and apparently The Expendables is the best film this year. I probably shouldn't trust his opinion on anything.
 

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I picked this up for a cheap $18 at GameStop a few weeks ago. Most of the points in the review are spot-on, as the game really wants you to keep that score multiplier up, thereby getting a higher score. If one doesn't worry about that, amazingly, the game becomes rather more enjoyable. I enjoy the more arcade-y style games of this generation, and Naughty Bear is no exception. I enjoy it very much.

On a different note, this game is rated "T." However, some of the DLC chapters for this game, one in particular, feature a very prominent symbol that I find just hilarious as well as an integral part to the "story." Namely, a Satanic pentagram that summons a vampire-like zombie-bear called the "Vampricorn." Wicked stuff.

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Naughty bear needs a hockey mask.
Got you covered.