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Lets Play: Harshly Critical
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HarshlyCritical (real name John) is an ambitious, inquisitive YouTube LetsPlayer who specializes in horror games. Unlike most Let's Players of this genre however, John tends to give clear, decently thought-out commentary about the aspects of the game rather than scream at anything remotely scary. HarshlyCritical is known for his excellent choice of games, which range from low-budget Indie titles to professional games.

He has an official website as well as a Facebook page. And, of course, his YouTube channel.

His fans are called "critical viewers".

    Games HarshlyCritical Has Finished 

    Incomplete Let's Plays 

His Let's Play videos include instances of:

  • Angrish: Happens on occasion. Most notably in a Cry of Fear episode when he forgets to save and dies from a single gunshot, forcing him back to an old checkpoint. Heavy frustration ensues.
  • Berserk Button: Harsh's alter ego Justine tends to get "angsty" whenever John forgets a tinderbox in the Amnesia custom stories.
  • Catchphrase: Think critically.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He played Kingdom Hearts with one of his close friends. The video was a temporary departure from the horror genre.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: John is capable of voicing Justine in a convincing female voice. Some of his RPG Maker playthroughs have him voice each character in a different tone of voice.
  • Verbal Tic: When anticipating a Jump Scare, he tells the environment to "Shut it..."
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In the Call of Cathulu walkthrough, the game glitched so that an important event required to progress didn't activate. Harsh eventually had to download a save file online to fix the issue.
    • Also, the audio in the second-to-last episode of the Condemned playthrough was missing. John has still not fixed that issue.
    • A couple episodes of F.E.A.R. had the audio missing as well.

Until next time, think critically.
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