(shows a clip of the first few seconds from the original review from 2004 in black and white) In May of 2004, I gave a warning about a game called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I made it perfectly clear: DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME. But from what I understand, people have played it. They didn't listen. But it wasn't their fault. I only showed about one minute of footage from the game, and even though I talked about it at great length, it didn't do any good. (AVGN drinks some Rolling Rock) I called it a piece of shit. I called it an awful pile of steaming goat shit. But that was honoring it. I could have said anything, it wouldn't have mattered. I could have taken a shit on it, but my own shit would have been offended to lay on this loathsome piece of FILTH! Just the thought of covering this thing in doo-doo is like encasing it in gold. I curse the day I ever laid eyes on it. I curse the plastic that holds this abomination. My words are insufficient in describing the total insult to humanity that this "game" has provided. Everything that I've ever said, and anything that anybody else has ever said is not enough. It must be shown! (drinks more Rolling Rock)
(takes out a toaster cartridge from Nintoaster and starts to put in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," but stops) What's up with the guy on the cover, anyway? He looks more like Two-Face. (camera cuts to the cartridge) You know, I wonder where this guy is today. Did he even realize the magnitude of what he's taken part in? He's the one who made me want to play this game. (camera zooms in on the person on the cartridge) He meets your eyes with this hypnotic gaze, luring you in, thinking that you're gonna play somethin' cool. But really, you've just been fooled, like biting into chocolate-covered shit. (starts to put in the game again, but stops again) You know this game was made by Toho? The same company that made the Godzilla films? No wonder Godzilla's been extra pissed off lately. (does the same thing again) You know that the proper pronunciation is JEE-kull? That's what the author of the novel insisted, Robert Louis Stevenson. But only the first sound movie got it right, which was the one starring Fredric March. And every movie since then said JEH-kull and nowadays, that's kinda...I know, I'm only delaying the inevitable. (sighs, then the same result) You know, puppy dogs in France in 1951 had a...UGH! All right. Goddamn, let's do this. (FINALLY puts the game in, then turns the game on. After drinking some Rolling Rock, then switching to a bigger bottle, probably containing something stronger. The Nerd gets ready to play the game, then notices the music) Wait a minute. That music... Okay, you ever played Rygar? You know, that action-adventure game? Well, listen to this. (Music from "Rygar") Sounds familiar, right? Yeah, all right. Let's play some Jekyll and Hyde. Oh, God. (Plays the game, and eventually loses, causing the Nerd to be speechless. He also drinks some more stronger alcohol)
Here's the deal. If you die as Jekyll, you turn into Hyde. Die as Hyde, the game's over. There's two ways to die as Hyde. Number one, the traditional way, getting hit too many times. Number two, getting as far as Jekyll. Yeah, you know whenever lightning strikes and you drop dead in your tracks for no apparent reason? Well, that's the reason. You got too far. You see, when you're playing as Hyde, you're actually playing the same stage that you played as Jekyll, but in reverse. So, if you reach the same spot where you died as Jekyll...as Hyde, then...you die as Hyde. Wrap your head around that. (drinks some more stronger alcohol)
The whole idea is to turn back into Jekyll. You do this by killing certain creatures which relieve your Stress Meter. (yellow arrow points to the Stress Meter) You get the meter back down, and you go back to being Jekyll.
This is no town, like in a Zelda game. These people don't want to talk to you, oh no. They simply want you dead. For what reason, I cannot imagine. Your only weapon is a cane, but it does nothing! When I first played this, I thought I was doing something wrong. I mean, there's gotta be some explanation, right? But, no, there is none. The cane has no purpose whatsoever. Why would you put a weapon in a game that you can't even use? When you're Hyde, it's like playing an entirely different game. Ahh! Help! Help! I can't walk backward! I'm getting scrolled! Even when the steps come, you're forced to jump. Even though the enemies here look far more threatening, you can actually fight back by shooting crazy projectiles that the game calls the Psycho-Wave. Very creative. It certainly travels in a wave-like path, and yes, I call it psychotic too. With a pattern like that, you have to be lucky to hit anything. Oh, and guess how you pull off the move? By pressing Up and B. Yeah, Up and B. Not too cryptic, but not too obvious either. B punches, but why would you want to punch when you can shoot? It's not like you could run out of ammunition either, so the punch is worthless.
The irony here is that when you're Jekyll, it's unplayable. But when you're Hyde, it actually starts to feel kind of like a fucking game! But you're not supposed to let yourself become Hyde, as if bad is more fun as being good. That's the idea, right? Jekyll's good, Hyde's bad. So why do the townspeople hate Jekyll? Should it be Hyde they're fighting against? When you're Hyde, you're just defending yourself from evil monsters. You should be going around the town beating people up, walking into bars, starting fights, getting drunk, raping women, and causing a ruckus. That's Mr. Hyde. No, instead, you're shooting fireballs at ghosts, demonic babies, and brains with legs.
Now, I'm sure the same thing is on everybody's mind. Does any of that shit that happens in the game happen in the book? Well, I have read the book. And, no, it doesn't. Although I can say the game is very true to the original title of the book, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because this game is certainly a very strange case indeed!
Supposedly, the Japanese version has more levels while the US version replaced them with some of the same levels repeated. So I guess the Japanese version is better? Kinda like eating a skunk versus eating a skunk with a little salt on it. All you do is walk to the right. Don't stop for anything. It's not like you can attack anyway. Just keep walking and walking and walking and occasionally jumping or waiting for a spider to move. Uhh, I'm actually out of breath from looking at this! Why do you walk so slow? You know what, it's not that you walk slow, you walk normal like a real life human being. But everybody else comes flying at you with all piss and vinegar! What did the good doctor do to make everybody so upset? I can see the townspeople sitting at the local pub, talking about him all day. "Yeah, ya see Jekyll, see him? He keeps walkin', he just keeps fuckin' walking! I don't like him. He's an asshole. He wears his underwear backwards. He has eyeballs for testicles!"
Well, according to the manual, Jekyll's on his way to his wedding, and the kid with the slingshot named Billy Pones has a crush on Dr. Jekyll's fiancée. Wow. I'm impressed. I didn't think there'd be a reason. But it doesn't explain all this other shit! Who's this jackass with the bomb? Don't you just hate it when you're walking down the street, minding your own business, and somebody puts a fucking bomb in front of you? This is the worst part of the game! If you get hit by the bomb, it takes half your life, and sometimes all of it! And the range of these bomb blasts is truly remarkable. You could be a mile away and it still hits you. And each level has about a thousand of them! Why can't the bomb kill anyone else? Is the rest of the town immune to bomb explosions? Even the spiders don't die! Oh, these bees! Go away! (kills a bee) What happened? I killed a bee? (kills another bee) I KILLED SOMETHING!! The only thing you can kill in the whole game, and it's a little tiny stupid FUCKING BEE! (angrily drinks some more stronger alcohol)
There's a grave digger throwing dirt in your face, there's a hunter shooting ducks out of the sky that conveniently drop on your head, and there's a singing lady who hurts you with her musical notes. Honestly, that's the explanation that they use in the manual; "Her singing is so bad, it hurts you." Not at all like the music we hear the whole fucking game! Augh, I'm getting pwned by Billy Pones! I'm getting charged by women in pink dresses! I'm getting mutilated by rabid dogs and pissed off cats! Watch out for the bird shit! The---whawhawhawhawhat?! (notices birds shitting) It's definitely shit in a Nintendo game. And are the birds shitting dog turds? Yeah, look at it, they shit half their own size. That's not right. Birds shit little white splatter pellets, not big brown coiled-up poop mounds! And they never stop! Geez, wouldn't this be a good reason to call off the wedding? I mean, he has had quite a day. Wonder how the bride's been doing? She's probably worried about, I dunno, her dress or the color of the fucking flowers or some shit. Next thing, the groom shows up covered in bomb ashes and bird shit. "Sorry, honey, I'm late! I had quite a day. The whole - all living creatures in the whole fucking town tried to kill me, that's all!" (drinks some more stronger alcohol) What makes him think the church is gonna be any better? Is the priest gonna throw candles at him? Is Jesus gonna climb off the fucking cross and start hitting him with it?
(notices a pissing statue) Is that statue taking a piss? It's taking a piss! (birds shit into the piss fountain) Oh, great. Now there's birds shitting into the piss fountain. This is perfect. Look at this picture! This sums up the whole game. When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his story about a doctor who makes a potion that exposes his inner evil, he didn't realize that the potion would become a reality. Not in the form of chemistry, but through a late 20th century interactive electronic apparatus. Awful music, dreadful graphics, unspeakable gameplay, deceptive enemies, unavoidable hazards, useless weaponry, all mixed together and calculated just right, that is a horrible concoction. Fuck! Fuck! FUCK! FUUUCK! FUUCK! UNGH!!! (drinks the last of the stronger alcohol, and falls over. The Hyde to Jekyll transformation music from the game plays as the Nerd starts turning into Hyde with changes including a different face, putting on a cape and hat, and getting a cane. The Nerd then takes the game out and tries to hit it with said cane, but, just like in the game, he misses. The Nerd then prepares to run out of the room) Robert Louis Stevenson, YOU RUINED MY LIFE! (then walks out of the room angrily)
(cut to graveyard scene, where the Nerd digs up a skeleton from Robert Louis Stevenson's grave. The skeleton laughs and gives the Nerd the bird) (Skeleton: Fuck you!) (tries to hit the skeleton with the cane, but misses, resulting in the skeleton laughing) (Skeleton: I am the devil! MUHAHAHA! Now go play some Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYDE!!) No! (Skeleton: HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYDE!!!!) No. (The Jekyll to Hyde transformation music from the game plays, as the Nerd wakes up and sees the "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" game)
I think I get it. Why, it’s the best game ever made. It’s more than a game; It exposes the dual nature of the human spirit. The only way to win the game is to be Jekyll, but you wanna be Hyde so you can shoot shit. You see, it’s a constant battle between good and evil. And Jekyll must stay farther along his path than Hyde; if Hyde gains the lead, then evil will triumph over good, and that’s the true conflict to the human soul. And to deny the evil completely, would only force it to the subconscious mind, like a city broken into different social classes. People don’t wanna step outside their own boundaries, like Jekyll wandering into the wrong section of town. He’s unwelcome. Nevertheless, he must abide by his own good nature.
No wonder the cane doesn’t work. The game does not reward you for acting upon your malevolent intentions. It’s a proposed guideline for a set of morality rules to be programmed through real life.
It uses the Victorian era as a fundamental depiction of outward respectability and inward lust. It’s a metaphor for social and geographical fragmentation. It eludes the Freud theory of repression in which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from the conscious mind and left to operate on their own in the unconscious.
Or, you could just say, THE GAME FUCKING SUCKS.