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E3 2013: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

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Posted on June 13, 2013 AT 12:30pm

Publisher Young Horses
Developer Young Horses
Platform PS4, PC
Release Date 2014
Not sure what any of this stuff means? Head on over to our E3 hub for all the deets.

The Rundown

I’d like to preface this overview by saying that none of this is a joke. This is a real game that you will be able to buy and play. Pinky swear.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game that puts you in the tentacles of an octopus who has managed to find a nice girl, settle down, and start a family, all without anyone discovering that he is, in fact, a cephalopod. The main goal of the game is to accomplish a series of mundane tasks like getting dressed or taking care of your children without raising suspicions about your true identity. The challenge comes from the fact that the controls are quite convoluted, forcing you to carefully aim your clumsy tentacles to pick up objects and walk step-by-step, planting your suckers firmly on the ground without knocking over everything in your path.

The Verdict

I’m a huge fan of the original Octodad, a free PC download made by DePaul University students, so I may be a wee bit biased when it comes to Dadliest Catch. When I saw Octodad’s lumpy orange face pop up on the screen during Sony’s E3 press conference, I emitted an audible squeal of glee, and my enthusiasm hasn’t waned one bit after going hands on with the game on the show floor.

The intentionally awkward mechanics have made a near-flawless transition to the PS4′s controllers. In fact, having to fiddle with the buttons and analog sticks might be even more inexplicably enjoyable than the PC version’s keyboard and mouse setup. As I got ready for my wedding—the level I played was a flashback, so don’t worry that they’ve messed up the franchise canon or anything—I struggled to open doors, put on my bow tie, and walk down the aisle without reducing the entire church to a pile of rubble. It was nothing short of glorious, the sort of quirky, hysterical experience that you just don’t get on consoles. Not Killzone, not inFAMOUS, not Knackthis is the game that’s going to make me pick up a PS4 at launch.

To be clear: I’m not saying that Octodad will be a PS4 system seller for everyone. That’d be silly. I am, however, saying that in a perfectly reasonable and just universe, it totally, totally would be.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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