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A gamer who lives on a spaceship, possesses an off-the-wall reviewing style and a mite too much energy, "Angry" Joe Vargas got his start by submitting a video review for Army of Two giving constructive criticism that was surprisingly what the developers really wanted to hear. Angry Joe now does reviews and other videos on his own website and is a major contributor for That Guy with the Glasses.Back in November 2010, he and the other video games segments of TGWTG were spun off onto their own separate website, Blistered Thumbs, with Joe as the site's executive leader. Now, however, he has left Blistered Thumbs to focus on managing his own site located here. In addition, he is a member of Polaris.
SONIC FREE RIDERS! The entire review is one giant tangent about how horrible it is.
Mindjack sure as hell came close to outsuckying SFR for him, and while SFR could be given a pass for being a bad implementation of new technology, Mindjack is in a firmly established genre, which has no excuse.
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime made Joe so unbelievably mad that, instead of just doing a review, he first did a Let's Play to show just how bad the game is THEN did an angry review.
Mass Effect 3 and its ending. So bad, that Joe had to write a separate video, detailing the main reasons why he thinks it sucks so bad; and to further hammer in his distaste for the ending, the video was very clearly Joe Vargas speaking & not the Angry Joe persona.note He admits though that the rest of the series, and 90% of ME 3 is still damned good Also, keep in mind that he highly praised the extended cut for pretty much solving most of the complaints everyone had, stating that it seems like the developers really took the time to listen to the fans and give them what they wanted.
In his 'Comic Jumper' review, do not make fun of his mustache or else you're in a beatdown, as Bizarro Joe learned the hard way.
Joe himself has specifically stated that he despises Capcom's DLC practices, and the increasingly common codes required for online play.
On-Disc DLC in general...and bad DLC. See below for one game he ALSO complains about having it.
Kinect games, particularly those that require the player to lean.
However, he gives a pass to Dance Central, even giving it the "Badass Seal of Approval".
He's never liked online passes and despises things that prevent used games from being played/sold easily, so he completely blew his stack when he heard that the Xbox One charged a fee for disc-sharing. Although he's calmed down about it now since it's been confirmed that there is no fee for disc-sharing.
Ride To Hell Retribution infuriates Joe for being utterly terrible not because of glitches or bugs or being incomplete, but for simply being bad, with a boring story, lackluster voice acting, shoddy sound production, low-res textures, practically nonexistent enemy AI, uninspired quick time events, and very disturbing sex scenes (in addition to being poorly animated, many occur immediately after saving the girl from danger).
Angry Joe: This thing has nothing to offer ANYONE!
As of Total War: Rome II, we can add overly-streamlining a game to the detriment of strategic play, especially when it involves removing features.
Rambo: The Video Game. Joe hates, hates this game for representing everything wrong with licensed games, its horrid, outdated gameplay, its game-crashing bugs, the absurdly hard final level, and the fact that aside from said level, the total gameplay time was only two hours. The only reason why he only rated it a 2/10 instead of a 1 was because it made him laugh at how bad it was, although he questions if it was good for his health, as evidenced by his degrading mental state playing the game.
Angry Joe: Rambo: The Video Game has NO reason to exist! NONE! WHATSOEVER!
Entries in previously multiplatform franchises becoming exclusive to one system, something he's ranted about with Rise of the Tomb Raider being (initially) exclusive to the Xbox One, Street Fighter V being exclusive to the PS4 console-wise, and (in an unposted video), Bayonetta 2 being exclusive to the Wii U.
Fable III Got Joe so mad at it's dissapointment he listed 32 reasons why he hates it and thinks it sucks. He never even bothered to give it a review.
"You done fucked it up!" — Whenever he reviews a bad game that he'd been looking forward to.
Caustic Critic: Despite the name, he's usually pretty nice. Nowhere did this become more apparent than when he teamed up with Spoony at E3 2010, where the two practically became a Good Cop/Bad Cop comedy duo. When Joe does lose his temper, it's usually over something most people would be frustrated about, and he manages to get control of himself quite quickly. He even always takes the time to point out things he likes in games he doesn't like, and makes the reviews funny whether or not he makes fun of the game.
Cold Open: Often gives his opinion of the game in a succinct, often silly, manner. Other times they just have something funny to say about the game.
The more Joe loved the game that he reviews, the more intricate and complex his cold open will be. On the opposite end of the scale, if he hated the game he will merely stand in front of his green screen and yell "You done fucked it up!"
Death Seeker: While playing Shadows of Mordor, he was defeated by Olgoth the Humiliator so many times he demanded Olgoth kill him.
Digital Piracy Is Evil: Or rather the heavy handed enforcement of persecuting free use is evil. Joe had been targeted for using copyright material in a review, leading to many of his videos being taken down.
When Lisa Foiles complains about the Iron Man 2 video game, and gradually loses clothing as she gets angrier, Joe forgets that he was supposed to be reviewing the game becomes fixated on Lisa, even remarking "I think I'm in love!"
The Ditz/Malaproper: While he's not excessively dim, Joe's limited vernacular is treated as a running joke by his peers on the Channel Awesome podcast.
Joe: I'm going home! Oh, I am home... Well, I'm gonna play my (board) game!
Computer: By yourself, Joe? LOL!
Drugs Are Bad: And so is chewing Cat Butt Gum. "It will take over your life!"
Ironically, you rarely see Angry Joe actually being angry. Even when he did, it's not nearly as angry as AVGN; a more appropriate nickname for him might be "Crazy Joe," because most often he's grinning like a maniac. Sometimes even when he is showing displeasure.
His first review of The Last Airbender had genuine anger, but he forgot to turn on the mic.
Four Point Scale: Averted, and he's basically stated in this video that it's a Pet Peeve Trope of his. Instead he uses just about every number on his 1-10 scale and always qualifies it. 5 is flat average, 3 (like Risen) has nice points but is not worth recommending and so on.
And while 7 would be a weak score on that scale, Joe considered that the best score he could give Dance Central, even though he thought the game was still awesome, and named it one of his top games of the year.
Although, 7 would still be considered good, as he said Two Worlds II was a 'great' game, yet gave it a 7. The Gunstringer got a 7, yet he said it was a must buy for Kinect owners. 7 would be considered highly above average.
Similarly, he gave Asura's Wrath as 6 out 10, but gave it his Badass Seal of Approval because he was in sheer awe of the game the whole time playing.
Gilligan Cut: After vowing to take down Chick-Fil-A unless they start opening on Sundays, he's shown on Monday enjoying one of their chicken sandwiches instead.
Go Mad from the Revelation: The Ride to Hell review starts with Joe rocking back and forth in his chair, sobbing helplessly. Other Joe tries to snap him out of it, and then sees the cause - Joe's computer, open to Steam, with Ride to Hell open in the library.
Other Joe:Twenty-one hours?!? Oh my God, what the hell are you thinking? Are you stupid?!?
Greek Chorus: The background screen in Joe's new base of operations on his show. Sometimes it seems to have a personality, such as in the review of Risen, where it wakes him up after sleeping standing up.
Hot-Blooded: Joe's blood is on fire. Fortunately, he's not totally kneejerk and will usually justify his reactions to things. Sometimes, his passionate style backfires on him (see Creator Backlash or Internet Backdraft) but he hits more often than he misses. Even if you disagree with his opinions, odds are good that you'll still be entertained by his reviews.
Particularly in his Dragon Age: Origins review, where he hams up both Abomination Joe and Warden Joe - especially after Warden Joe slays the Abomination.
Hell, he could give BRIAN BLESSED a run for his money. This is barely hyperbole: just look at the opening to his UFO: Extraterrestrials review where he gives a slow-mo Big "NO!" followed by a stentorian "I WILL AVENGE YOU ALLLLLLLLLL!"
Laughably Evil: Corporate Commander is actually quite amusing whenever he shows up.
In his "Disney Buys Angry Joe Show" video he took off his black Superboy shirt (to replace it with a Captain America shirt), revealing that his undershirt was... a black Superboy shirt.
Madness Mantra: Part of his Rambo: The Video Game review featured him playing the game and being subjected to soldiers yelling "Come on, comrades! He's a man, not a god!" over and over until he just started chanting it on his own.
My Eyes Are Up Here: Perhaps the only known example where this is done by a noncorporeal entity. During the Azura's Wrath review, the background shows one of the sauna girls on the right side with her face covered by the screen-in-screen display, where the text comment reads "Ehem. I'm up here."
Previously On: How his Green Lantern review starts, reminding us how much he was NOT looking forward to it.
Real Men Wear Pink: Real men profess their love of dancing games and cross-dress as a geisha or a little girl when the video demands (excuses) it! And don a pink tutu and boa (plus a military helmet) for an interpretive dance about Battlefield 3!
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered a long and blistering one to his fans who viciously attacked Anita Sarkeesian in his "Top 10 Gaming Controversies of 2013" video.
Retool: The show retooled itself sometime after Kickassia, and is easily the best produced show on Channel Awesome, as far as visuals and backdrops go.
Joe: [The dev team] probably actually listened to the feedback that they got from the angry mothers and grandmothers who bought their kids this crap. Well...(claps three times slowly)...good for you. That's what you're supposed to do.
Shoo Out the Clowns: During his "Top Ten Gaming Controversies of 2013," Joe stops his funny jabs and rants on the perpetrators behind the controversies to a give a serious 10+ minute long "The Reason You Suck" Speech to those (especially his fanbase in particular) who harassed Anita Sarkeesian, criticizing them for sending rape and death threats to her for her opinions. Joe said he didn't agree with her opinions, but that didn't mean she deserved threats at all. He goes right back to his joking attitude right after, causing quite a bit of Mood Whiplash.
Shown Their Work: Joe does plenty of background research for his reviews, especially for games that are part of an existing franchise. For instance, being able to provide examples of The Darkness' Super Weight despite being an obscure IP, and researching Ace Combat enough to warn fans that Assault Horizon was not a 'true' installment of the main series, despite earlier admitting he hadn't actually played any of the previous games before his review.
Sound Effect Bleep: Sometimes when Joe swears, it's bleeped out, and sometimes, it's not, seemingly at random. There's no real reason for this other than Joe being silly. Often the bleeps aren't synchronised with the words they're meant to be bleeping, for the same reason. He claims he does this just to see if anyone points it out. That's it.
Stylistic Suck: Parodied in the review for Kane and Lynch: Dog Days. Corporate Commander tells his employees to just take the first game and add tons of terrible YouTube video filter effects to screw it up and add Shaky Cam until nothing is visible. "Yes! More! Excellent!"
Played straight in the Aliens: Colonial Marines video, where Marine!Joe is fighting Xenomorphs who are quite obviously little action figures, and you can even see the hands manipulating them.
"Assault in the First Degree: To knowingly inflict bodily harm"
The second game he's given a 1/10 to, Mindjack, was so bad it left him a Stephen-Hawking-like shell unable to speak or move without mechanical assistance; it probably would have been a lot less offensive if the game hadn't had such a cool initial concept married to such a broken execution. Its one good point? Monkeys.
Ride To Hell Retribution not only left him catatonic, it sent him to hell to deal with Demon-Joe to do the review (Demon-Joe worked on the game, apparently...). However, the game ended up not breaking Joe as Demon-Joe hoped, but driving his rage-levels to new heights. He then woke up for the final blows to "perform the exorcism."
Star Trek: Trexels is the fourth game to receive a 1/10 due to its massive overuse off paywalls and microtransactions.