History VideoGame / DeadlyCreatures

17th Sep '17 1:48:57 AM rmctagg09
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** The Scorpion's [[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]]. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.

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** The Scorpion's [[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]].{{Finishing Move}}s. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.
16th Sep '17 3:56:39 PM deeman45
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* GenreBusting: It's {{Xenofiction}} told from the point-of-view of Sonoran Desert arachnids that is also a story of human greed and cruelty, and that's not getting that the two playable characters have radically different playstyles. The Tarantula's segments play like SurvivalHorror, with you being severely outmatched by most enemies, and it also has a heavy exploration bent to it. The Scorpion's levels, meanwhile, are straightforward ActionAdventure due to it lacking the exploratory tools of the Tarantula yet having the capability of going toe-to-toe with most of the enemies in terms of combat.
16th Sep '17 3:44:13 PM deeman45
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* ClimaxBoss: The rattlesnake in Chapter 9. [[spoiler:A BattleInTheFlames with the Tarantula's ArchEnemy, and it's even the last enemy the Tarantula faces, but it's not the final boss of the game.]]

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* ClimaxBoss: The rattlesnake in Chapter 9. [[spoiler:A BattleInTheFlames BattleAmongstTheFlames with the Tarantula's ArchEnemy, and it's even the last enemy the Tarantula faces, but it's not the final boss of the game.]]



** Mantises have similar damage output than rats, are swift, and are generally more durable. However, they are less aggressive and will typically try to hang back and wait for a chance to strike rather than rushing in like rats, making for a more defensive and less frantic battle.

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** Mantises have similar damage output than to rats, are swift, and are generally more durable. However, they are less aggressive and will typically try to hang back and wait for a chance to strike rather than rushing in like rats, making for a more defensive and less frantic battle.



* MightyGlacier: Horned Lizards. Their thorny hide NoSells any attack that isn't made to their face (and hurts you for trying), they can curl up into a defensive ball that NoSells any move, period, they hit extraordinarily hard, and they have a projectile attack and you don't, forcing you to come up close and play on their terms.

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* MightyGlacier: Horned Lizards. Their thorny hide NoSells will NoSell any attack that isn't made to their face (and hurts you for trying), they can curl up into a defensive ball that NoSells deflects any move, period, they hit extraordinarily hard, and they have a projectile attack and you don't, forcing you to come up close and play on their terms.



* ShieldBearingMooks: The Shield Beetles, who can form their carapace to bounce off attacks. That's basically all they've got going for them.

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* ShieldBearingMooks: ShieldBearingMook: The Shield Beetles, who can form their carapace to bounce off attacks. That's basically all they've got going for them.



** The Scorpion's FinishingMoves. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.

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** The Scorpion's FinishingMoves.[[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]]. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.



* WhoseLaughingNow: Found yourself laughing at the Wolf Spiders whenever they showed up after Chapter 2 or 3 because they CantCatchUp and you're just that much stronger than them? Well, have fun fighting a dozen at once in Chapter 7's WolfpackBoss.

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* WhoseLaughingNow: WhosLaughingNow: Found yourself laughing at the Wolf Spiders whenever they showed up after Chapter 2 or 3 because they CantCatchUp and you're just that much stronger than them? Well, have fun fighting a dozen at once in Chapter 7's WolfpackBoss.
16th Sep '17 10:44:14 AM rmctagg09
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* {{Kaiju}}: While the animals are all normal-sized, according to WordOfGod the battles amongst the titular deadly creatures are meant to evoke kaiju battles.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's mentioned that the treasure is supposedly cursed, though Wade doesn't put much stock in the notion. It's left ambiguous whether [[spoiler:Struggs getting wrecked by scorpion and then blowing himself up]] was just him being really, really unlucky, or if the Deadly Creatures were the instruments of the treasure wreaking its curse on Struggs.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's mentioned that the treasure is supposedly cursed, though Wade doesn't put much stock in the notion. It's left ambiguous whether [[spoiler:Struggs getting wrecked by the scorpion and then blowing himself up]] was just him being really, really unlucky, or if the Deadly Creatures were the instruments of the treasure wreaking its curse on Struggs.
16th Sep '17 8:17:24 AM Kuruni
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* [[SimpleYetAwesome Awesome Yet Practical]]:
** The Scorpion's FinishingMoves. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.
** Unlike the Tarantula, poisoning with the Scorpion. It takes much less time to charge up the venom, and you can do it from a safer distance thanks to his stinger tail.
** Stealth attacks from the Tarantula. Deal ''massive'' damage, enough to one-hit-kill certain enemies, and can also be used to escape hairy situations. Though be careful using it on Horned Lizards. Unless it's set up so that the lizard is facing you but isn't aggroed (which is rare) then you'll just hurt yourself on its hide.
** Just press C with the Tarantula and he'll blast web directly in front of him. This can be used immediately after a combo to set up the enemy for another combo, can be used to stop a charging enemy in its tracks... it's extremely versatile. Though again, the Horned Lizard can NoSell this one.


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** The Scorpion's FinishingMoves. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.
** Unlike the Tarantula, poisoning with the Scorpion. It takes much less time to charge up the venom, and you can do it from a safer distance thanks to his stinger tail.
** Stealth attacks from the Tarantula. Deal ''massive'' damage, enough to one-hit-kill certain enemies, and can also be used to escape hairy situations. Though be careful using it on Horned Lizards. Unless it's set up so that the lizard is facing you but isn't aggroed (which is rare) then you'll just hurt yourself on its hide.
** Just press C with the Tarantula and he'll blast web directly in front of him. This can be used immediately after a combo to set up the enemy for another combo, can be used to stop a charging enemy in its tracks... it's extremely versatile. Though again, the Horned Lizard can NoSell this one.
16th Sep '17 3:14:56 AM deeman45
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* MarathonLevel: Chapter 7 for sure. The longest level in the game, ''multiple'' boss fights, coupled with a labyrinthine layout while you're exploring the abandoned truck and CheckpointStarvation. Chapter 8 is also long, but not as bad.
16th Sep '17 3:09:39 AM deeman45
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* AllegoricalCharacter: Struggs basically represents everything that's wrong with humanity, in line with the game's CentralTheme: he's a petty, selfish, amoral asshole who never misses a chance to demean his companion or piss on nature, and he's willing to [[spoiler:attempt murder over just a bit of gold.]]



* ArchEnemy: Implied with the rattlesnake and the playable tarantula. The snake goes out of its way to antagonize the spider at any given opportunity and is a RecurringBoss. A picture of the two fighting is even on the boxart.
* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Civil War gold that serves as the story's MacGuffin. People have killed each other over it before, [[spoiler:and Struggs repeats history by turning on Wade before the story is over.]]



* AwesomeYetImpractical: Poisoning things with the Tarantula. The charge-up takes a long time and leaves you a sitting duck. You can web up an enemy to immobilize it, but that still leaves you open to its buddies. And if it's alone, you may as well just knock it over and start feeding on it instead. The Scorpion has burrowing. Does tremendous damage, but the input is specific and doesn't always read, it depends on unpredictable AI to walk over the burrowed scorpion, and he just plain can't do it in certain locations. However...
* AwesomeYetPractical:
** The Scorpion's FinishingMoves. They instantly kill any opponent when used successfully, you're completely invincible during execution even if you fail, and it even restores a little bit of life. Even if you fail, if you're quick on the trigger you can just initiate it immediately when normal gameplay resumes. The only reason not to do it is if you're getting tired of the scenes.
** Unlike the Tarantula, poisoning with the Scorpion. It takes much less time to charge up the venom, and you can do it from a safer distance thanks to his stinger tail.
** Stealth attacks from the Tarantula. Deal ''massive'' damage, enough to one-hit-kill certain enemies, and can also be used to escape hairy situations. Though be careful using it on Horned Lizards. Unless it's set up so that the lizard is facing you but isn't aggroed (which is rare) then you'll just hurt yourself on its hide.
** Just press C with the Tarantula and he'll blast web directly in front of him. This can be used immediately after a combo to set up the enemy for another combo, can be used to stop a charging enemy in its tracks... it's extremely versatile. Though again, the Horned Lizard can NoSell this one.



* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Several times.

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* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Several times.In chapter 3, you see the rattlesnake pursue and devour other spiders, and it stalks you throughout the level. At the end, you finally come face to face... only for it to be captured by humans before you can throw down. The real boss of Chapter 3 is actually the Crimson Widow you just beat earlier.



* BossArenaIdiocy: The very first boss in Chapter One would be unbeatable if it wasn't for the wall of cactus nearby.
* BullfightBoss: Chapter Two's Gila monster.

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* BigBad: Struggs, though in an interesting twist he does not directly menace the arachnid protagonists until the end of the game. He is the villain in the human-centric plot that goes on in the background until then, however.
* BossArenaIdiocy: The very first boss in Chapter One would 1would be unbeatable if it wasn't for the wall of cactus nearby.
* BossInMookClothing: Albino Rats (every bit the LightningBruiser that normal rats are, with even higher damage output and more health) and Horned Lizards.
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BullfightBoss: Chapter Two's 2's boss battle against the Gila monster.



* CentralTheme: [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Mankind is the deadliest creature of all.]] The animals in the game fight and kill each other for things like territory, food, or simple survival. Humans, meanwhile, can and will kill each other just for a bit of money--or for no reason at all. [[spoiler:Even in the end, Struggs's near-death is by his own hand.]]



* ColossusClimb: The scorpion's final boss.

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* ClimaxBoss: The rattlesnake in Chapter 9. [[spoiler:A BattleInTheFlames with the Tarantula's ArchEnemy, and it's even the last enemy the Tarantula faces, but it's not the final boss of the game.]]
* ColossusClimb: The scorpion's final boss.boss. [[spoiler:Scorpion vs human.]]
* CorruptHick: Struggs, a sleazy, country-accented gas station owner who will lead a man to the desert, have him dig up treasure for him, [[spoiler:beat him with a shovel, and leave him for dead.]]
* CriticalExistenceFailure: No amount of poison or blows will stop you until all your {{hitpoints}} are gone.



* CriticalExistenceFailure: No amount of poison or blows will stop you until all your {{hitpoints}} are gone.

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* CriticalExistenceFailure: No amount CruelAndUnusualDeath: The rattlesnake is bitten several times by the Tarantula, [[spoiler:webbed up, bitten even more, tricked into biting itself, shot point-blank with a shotgun, and then blown up.]]
* DegradedBoss: A Crimson Widow serves as the boss
of poison or blows will stop Chapter 3. Other versions appear as EliteMooks in later versions whenever Black Widows appear. A Horned Lizard also serves as the boss of Chapter 5 and you until all your {{hitpoints}} are gone.fight it again at the beginning of Chapter 6; after this they become semi-recurrent DemonicSpiders. ([[BossInMookClothing Still keep everything nasty about them, though.]])



* EliteMooks: Crimson Widows to Black Widows, Bone Scorpions to other enemy scorpions, Emerald Mantises to the normal kind, Silverback Tarantulas to the other kinds, Albino rats to normal rats... suffice to say, the game does this a lot.



* EvilIsPetty: Struggs goes out of his way to verbally berate Wade at every turn and tricks him into rubbing dried horse shit all over his body, basically for no reason other than to be a dick. [[spoiler:Considering he's planning to kill him for the treasure, it's to be expected.]]
* FlunkyBoss: The Crimson Widow that serves as the boss of Chapter 3 fights alongside several normal Black Widows.



* FragileSpeedster: Quite a number of enemies.
** Wolf Spiders, which go down in a few hits (or even one in later chapters, if you get a strong move like the Scorpion's sting or the Tarantula's sneak attack) but are very fast, enjoy side-hopping, and like to bring friends when they fight you. The WolfpackBoss fight against almost a dozen of them in Chapter 7 exists to remind you why the FragileSpeedster should be feared.
** Lizards (except Horned Lizards) are very fast and have a dash attack that's extraordinarily difficult to dodge and is faster than anything you can pull off, but they have less health than any other vertebrate and an easily broken guard.
** Tarantula Hawks are a mid-level enemy and a group of them fighting together even serves as the boss battle of Chapter 4. However, they tend to rely on hit-and-run tactics, poisoning you and then hanging out in the air where you can't reach them. If you manage to get one when it's close to the ground, however, you can bring it down in just a combo or two.



* GenreBlind: Wade doesn't seem to pick up on how ObviouslyEvil Struggs is, or wonder stop to think if a bully who demeans him at any opportunity and generally thinks he's the dumbest person on the earth [[spoiler:would really be willing to share even the barest slice of that gold with him.]]
* GlassCannon: Black Widows and Crimson Widows. ''Insane'' damage output thanks to having the worst poison in the game, but little else going for them: they don't have good defenses, they aren't especially fast, and they don't have a lot of HP. The most that can be said is that they tend to show up in numbers.



* TheGoomba: Normal beetles, who have no gimmicks are are easily stomped by both characters.



* HopelessBossFight: You can't beat the Gila Monster in Chapter 2, only dodge it until you can dig your way to an escape route.
* HumansAreBastards: Struggs in particular represents everything wrong with humanity: he's a slob, pointlessly cruel to nature, and willing to commit attempted murder over a bit of gold.



* JackOfAllStats: Enemy Tarantulas and Scorpions. Decent maneuverability and offense and they can mimic the starting movesets of your characters, but nothing to really make them stand out.



* LightningBruiser: Done in two different flavors:
** Rats. They are very agile and are capable of stunlocking you. The tradeoff is that they actually don't have that much HP for a high-level enemy, but that matters less than you'd think, considering that they tend to show up in groups of at least two and that getting stunlocked even once is generally guaranteed death.
** Mantises have similar damage output than rats, are swift, and are generally more durable. However, they are less aggressive and will typically try to hang back and wait for a chance to strike rather than rushing in like rats, making for a more defensive and less frantic battle.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's mentioned that the treasure is supposedly cursed, though Wade doesn't put much stock in the notion. It's left ambiguous whether [[spoiler:Struggs getting wrecked by scorpion and then blowing himself up]] was just him being really, really unlucky, or if the Deadly Creatures were the instruments of the treasure wreaking its curse on Struggs.
* MightyGlacier: Horned Lizards. Their thorny hide NoSells any attack that isn't made to their face (and hurts you for trying), they can curl up into a defensive ball that NoSells any move, period, they hit extraordinarily hard, and they have a projectile attack and you don't, forcing you to come up close and play on their terms.



* PoisonedWeapons: Subverted: even if you're using a scorpion and a tarantula and eventually fights off several other venomous creatures along the way, poison never seems to pops out in game.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Struggs just screams "murderous scumbag" from first go. Lucky for him that Wade is GenreBlind.
* PoisonedWeapons: Subverted: even if you're using a scorpion and a tarantula and eventually fights off several other venomous creatures along the way, Both characters can poison never seems to pops out in game.enemies, though it's not a skill they begin the game with. (For some reason.)


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* SceneryGorn: Subterranean tunnel that halls you crawling through the bones of a long-forgotten corpse? Mass of brambles covered in spiderwebs? Ruined truck that's become a haven for wasps and spiders? A rusty, forgotten culvert filled with creaking chains and shorn metal? It's all here.


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* SequentialBoss: Done at the end of Chapter 1, where you fight the rattlesnake with the Tarantula and then immediately fight the soon-to-be-player-controlled Scorpion immediately after, and the beginning of Chapter 6 you fight a Horned Lizard before immediately battling the Tarantula.
* ShieldBearingMooks: The Shield Beetles, who can form their carapace to bounce off attacks. That's basically all they've got going for them.


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* WhoseLaughingNow: Found yourself laughing at the Wolf Spiders whenever they showed up after Chapter 2 or 3 because they CantCatchUp and you're just that much stronger than them? Well, have fun fighting a dozen at once in Chapter 7's WolfpackBoss.
* WolfpackBoss: The game likes doing this. The boss fight of Chapter 4 is fighting two waves of multiple Tarantula Hawks (which previously served as powerful enemies which you would encounter one at a time throughout the chapter.) Chapter 7 has multiple instances, including two Albino Rats at once, two Horned Lizards at once, and a fight that will make you fear even the timid Wolf Spider when you have to fight nearly a dozen at once. Chapter 8 has you fight multiple Crimson Widows (which are at this point [[DegradedBoss Degraded Bosses]]) at once with Black Widows helping out.
16th Sep '17 1:33:09 AM deeman45
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6th Apr '17 3:33:31 PM N.Harmonik
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* {{Xenofiction}}: The protagonists are a tarantula and a scorpion being a tarantula and a scorpion, with the human interactions happening in the background.
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