YMMV / Zero Punctuation

  • 8.8: Some of his critiques (most notably Super Smash Bros. Brawl and The Last of Us) ended up causing a reaction like this. Also a notable inversion, in that his reputation as a Caustic Critic who's humor derives off of taking the piss out of games causes some people to shrug off his negative reviews as "Meh, it's Yahtzee, he shits on all games."
  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Swindon, George Lucas, generic modern-military first person shooters (Nicknamed "Spunkgargleweewee" after Medal of Honor Warfighter) and others.
    • Nintendo and their franchises gets ripped a lot too, largely for what he sees as "gimmicky motion controls" and a lack of innovation in main franchises from the Wii onwards. However, it's also very Zig-Zagged in the Eighth Generation of Consoles. He will still rail on Nintendo for their practices, but he's praised the Wii U the most of the eighth generation because it's been for him the only gaming console that wants to function AS a gaming console, rather than an inferior PC.
    • Even though Yahtzee Hates Everyone Equally, he shows a clear preference for insulting Britain (his homeland), Australia (his current residence), and the United States (because he can get so much material from Eagleland, Boorish Flavor).
    • Anything Japanese, especially anime and JRPGs. People who enjoy them to any degree are also unfailingly stereotyped as fat, virginal nerds who pleasure themselves to the female characters. His new Hatfall game even contains an easter egg that, while host to some original jokes unrelated to Japan, is still set up as a massive Take That against visual novels and those who play them.
    • By extension of George Lucas, Star Wars never receives any kind words from Yahtzee (He even claimed Empire, A New Hope (at first) and the original KOTOR are the only good things from it in his Force Unleashed 2 review, labelling the acclaimed Super Star Wars games as crap while proclaiming his hate for the series and its fans) to the point of going into Bias Steamroller. His Extra Punctuation article "Why Exactly Do We Care About Star Wars" is rather blatant in this regard.
    • Nazis, as noted in his review of Sniper Elite V2. To sum up: They're basically the ultimate acceptable targets, and no matter how gory the kills are, you'll never feel bad, because they're Nazis! He also notes how Wolfenstein: The New Order completely dodges all possible moral debate in killing the enemy by making the enemy Nazis, and screw those guys.
    • He also seems to greatly dislike kids.
  • Ass Pull: Did a last-minute review of Undertale so he could include it in his Top & Bottom 5 of 2015. Not a negative example, though; he had explicitly praised it in an Extra Punctuation article and in his Let's Drown Out series, and said that the experience couldn't be explained in detail without dulling it for those who haven't played it yet.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The premise isn't audience-alienating in and of itself but rather how he does it: him tearing down on even the good games and giving them the same negative attitude as the bad games, as well as having a rather misanthropic attitude in his reviews may well turn many people off.
  • Bias Steamroller: A frequent criticism of him when it comes to Nintendo (and by extent, practically anything he reviews), though he denies it. It's mostly because the fact that he has a very specific idea of what games should and should not be, and it's his job to say what he thinks about games. He also has gone on record saying that it's totally OK to enjoy games he dislikes either because of gameplay or genre (he's still going to call you a pussy about it, cause he's that kind of guy )
    • To be fair to him about his opinion with Nintendo, the steamroller crushes equally. He's not very fond of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and if the actual game he is reviewing is one he likes, he usually can't resist taking a few jabs at either system, he clarified that even if some games on the new systems are good, they still are not yet worth buying due to the price tags and lack of backwards compatibility.
    • All-but confirmed in the case of Japanese media. He's very vocal about his hatred for JRPGs, and the few games he actually enjoys that fit that title are usually defended as being cases of You Are a Credit to Your Race, such as in his EarthBound review. And try to find any positive reference to anime or its fans in any of his videos.
    • Despite this, outside of Zero Punctuation he's a bit more lukewarm towards Japanese media, and in episodes of The Ego Review he's cited certain anime as inspiration.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Boxer shorts with googly eyes in the LittleBigPlanet review. At the very end of the review it then came back as a Ringu-esque Screamer Trailer. Possibly connected to an earlier comment about "[sticking] googly eyes all over your mission hub".
    • The boxers come back in the hundredth Zero Punctuation for a split second.
    • The SimCity Societies review ends early and includes a Team Fortress 2 Heavy/Medic love tragedy told in pictures.
  • Broken Base:
    • Generally divided into people that think he's hilarious, entertaining but not to be taken seriously, or unfunny, irritating, and bigoted.
    • And on a different note, the theme song. Awesome or generic? For some, the issue is not that the song is bad, but that his older reviews began and ended with songs either fitting or ironic toward the game reviewed.
    • Also there's people that say that he's too narrow-minded with his Bias Steamroller frequently showing in reviews of genres of games that he doesn't normally enjoy (i.e. JRPGs, Real-Time Strategy, Fighting Games, Modern Military FPS) while others find that it makes him interesting.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In his Super Mario Maker review, he makes a claim that all of the level styles are just aesthetic changes. Failing to realize that all four of the engines are different. For example, you can't wall jump or ground pound in any engine besides the NSMB one.
    • In his Extra Punctuation column after 2014 where he elaborates on why he won't be reviewing the fourth Super Smash Bros game, he makes the argument that, "none of the characters in Smash Bros were best known for being melee fighters in their original properties", conveniently ignoring characters like Link, Little Mac, Kirby and Meta Knight, just to name a few. And that's further ignoring the fact that Mario's one-two-punch-kick attack combo is based on when he did the same thing in Super Mario 64.
    • One example that he later admitted was the result of his schedule restricting him from playing much of the game was in his Valkyria Chronicles review, where he claims that protagonists are unable to die and that weapons only have a linear upgrade path, two traits which stop being true later in the game.
    • Yahtzee complains in the Dead Rising 3 review that zombie viruses are a fairly lousy weapon. This would be a fine point, were it made about a series where that was the point. In the first game, it was a lousy weapon, but it was being used as a deliberately symbolic act; in the second, the outbreak is caused to harvest the zombies for a chemical that's used to create the cure; and in the third, the outbreak is a handy excuse to institute martial law, and is part of an unsuccessful scheme to seize power as part of a military coup.
    • One of his primary points of contention over Mortal Kombat X is an argument that once resurrection becomes possible, it lowers the stakes of a given piece of work. The point of the plot, however, is that resurrection isn't possible, except in one very particular way, and the death of a major character near the end of the story mode takes that method off the table. This is explicitly stated multiple times, rendering Yahtzee's entire line of criticism moot.
    • His "Battleborn vs Overwatch" video has him complaining that Overwatch costs a lot. Except not, in fact Battleborn's initial price was 20 USD/Euros higher than Overwatch's.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Very fond of racial/sexual jokes, stereotypes, and other forms of very politically incorrect humour.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Face of the Band: As far as anyone cares, he's the only person on the Escapist.
    • Unfortunately, this old joke has become true. After the departure of Jim Sterling and the firing of Moviebob and Extra Credits, Zero Punctuation and Critical Miss are the only major content still left on the site.
  • Fetish Retardant: Yahtzee describes Bayonetta's hyper stylistic design as such, most notably her long legs and that if he were to have sex with her he'd need a step ladder.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Brings this up with Modern Warfare games is his "What is the Matter with You People" article, where aside from bringing up the reason for the above question, he brings up that when one of the player characters was killed in a nuclear blast in the original Modern Warfare, it was a well done shock in almost every moment like it, the character will survive or somebody will rescue them, and it's especially gripping with the character's struggle to move before finally dying. The next games in the series he feels missed what made that a powerful moment and started killing characters left and right, causing the deaths to loss impact, and that the infamous "No Russian" level - while it served the story at the time - came off as more a cheap attempt to shock the players just for the sake of shocking them, and the dead child seen in the 3rd game just fell completely flat in every sense.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In his Top 5 of 2012 video, when talking about X Com Enemy Unknown, he mentions how reimagining a 90s franchise for the modern audience is sometimes a necessity. The game his avatar is holding during that sentence? Dungeon Keeper.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • His "iPhone Games" video praises the mobile gaming scene as the place where actual innovation seems to be happening and that it's not full of the shameless cash grabs that he's come to expect from the console gaming industry. Fast forward to today, and a great many people will argue that almost none of those compliments are still valid with the rise of tons of Clash of Clans clones and predatory microtransaction practices in games that are ostensibly free but in reality exist almost entirely as engines by which to extract money from the player.
    • In his review of the Walking Dead game (which, at the time of his review, only episodes 1 and 2 were out), he states that it would end either with the "evil military" coming in or "best case scenario, 2 to 4 of the least ass-holey survivors go and live on an island somewhere". He was... wrong. In fact, to quote a comment:
    Ellimation360: Ah hahaha, oh, none of the stereotypical endings happen...
    • In fact, there have been cries for Yathzee to do a re-review for the game if only for the conclusion.
      • His review of The Walking Dead Survival Instinct mentions him being emotionally hit hard by it.
    • Watch his review of Far Cry 3, play the game, and then watch it again. He briefly mocks the characters' whining, complete with an image of one of them saying "my bum hurts." The joke becomes much, much darker when you realize that Buck was raping his prisoner...
    • The part about Oliver not getting his mother back, taking up taxidermy and wearing her dresses in his review of Ni no Kuni becomes far darker once you find out that she doesn't come back.
    • His review of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 opens with a desire for Duke Nukem Forever to come out just so he could play a shooter which allowed you to carry more than two weapons at a time. And then DNF came out, and it turns out it didn't (though a patch was later released for the PC version that allowed you to carry four weapons at a time).
    • When his review of Yakuza 4 was about to go up, the 2011 Japan earthquake hit. Realizing that a lot of the video was about Japanese cultural quirks that he finds weird/creepy and that this trope would come back to bite him in the ass hard if left as-is, he quickly went into a bit of damage control and made sure the video started with a disclaimer about the recent events and how he would never wish ill will upon a people who he has always had his admiration and respect, and he hopes they'll forgive them for the savage mocking that was about to commence.
    • In his review of the first Assassin's Creed, he praised it for trying something different in an increasingly homogenized industry, even if it wasn't perfect. Fast-forward to the present day, and Yahtzee now views Assassin's Creed as one of the most Strictly Formula and uninspired franchises in existence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Has its own page.
  • Ho Yay:
  • Hype Backlash: Subverting this trope is basically Yahtzee's self-professed goal with his yearly E3 reviews. This is subjective because he's a) a thorough misanthrope, and b) has a specific and deceptively simple set of standards for what he considers a good game (variation by genre; JRPGs don't count because he despises them on principle), and which few games have ever legitimately achieved. He repeatedly warns against E3 game trailers that rely on pre-rendered cinematics with no significant length of actual game-play footage, sighting this as a red flag that there's something wrong with the game-play that the developers "don't want us to see". He pointed this out for the recent Metal Gear Solid release when the developer rep actually fast-forwarded through game-play footage of the fast travel system because it was boring. He also despised the hype over the next-gen consoles because they were, in his opinion, overhyped, overpriced social networking platforms that alienate the player and undermine gaming history with console exclusives and the omission of backwards-compatibility (at least until Microsoft started offering it in 2015).
  • Internet Backdraft: On occasion. One case he certainly didn't help was the response to fanmail he received for his already controversial Super Smash Brothers Brawl review (which in itself caused an earlier instance of such).
  • Love It or Hate It: Easily one of the most controversial game review shows on the internet.
  • Medal of Dishonor: He spent some time of his review of Alone in the Dark slagging off on its heroine. This particular tangent opens with an awards ceremony wherein the heroine cleans up at the "Horrible Game Character" category, taking home 'Most Obviously Crowbarred-in Love Interest', 'Most Irritating', 'Least Useful to Gameplay', 'Least Necessary to Plot' and 'Lifetime Achievement'.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race". It was meant as satire (Yahtzee believes PC and console gaming are equally shitty) but it quickly became an Appropriated Appellation. There's even a subreddit named after it (which, to be fair, is somewhat tongue-in-cheek).
    • From his review of Dark, "TELL ME MORE ABOUT X", mocking the unnatural conversation flow resulting from dialogue trees.
    • Press X to Not Die achieved memetic status so much so that it got a trope named after it (and another one too, by extension).
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • A portion of his fans are notably outspoken, and tend to feel strongly about his opinions towards works, an attitude he regularly decries.
    • The appropriated use of the "PC master race" by PC users is another one, considering it was clearly meant as satire in the first place.
  • Misblamed: Zig-zagged. Yahtzee caught a lot of flak in his Papers Please/Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons review on the grounds that he was transphobic. Part of it was a clumsy joke that he apologized and later edited out (the "sucking off pre-op transsexuals" line), but the "no trannies" sign he drew up for the Papers Please half was actually Yahtzee hanging a lampshade on the game (border guards are ordered to detain trans people if their paperwork isn't in order), not an endorsement of transphobia.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Yahtzee apparently has a long-standing fear of theme park mascots, which he's previously let known in his old blog, that he conquered playing Epic Mickey. This was not helped during a trip to Disneyland, especially with the parade.
    The grins. A sea of grins. Staring. Judging.
    • This fear was apparently not-so-conquered, as he brought it up again in his review of Five Nights at Freddy's, saying that he couldn't play the game for more than three minutes at a time because it made him too tense.
    • From the series proper, in his Bioshock Infinite review, he lets out a surprisingly intimidating "Get Out" when reminded of BioShock 2.
    • His suggestion in the "Nintendo Needs To Reboot Mario and Luigi" Extra Punctuation article that it would be a great thing if a failed reboot of Mario caused fans to commit suicide.
  • Older Than They Think: Yahtzee hits upon an idea in his Watch_Dogs review of a game built entirely around the CCTV-based character escort missions. This, however, is an idea that République already did almost half a year before Watch_Dogs was released. And before even that, back on the Playstation 2, there was Operator's Side
    • He touts the Brutalities in Mortal Kombat X as a new mechanic, even though they've been around since Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, albeit in a slightly different form.
    • His Extra Punctuation column on making other types of gameplay turn-based suggests the idea for a turn-based racing game. This idea actually exists in board game form with Formula D, and in video game form (albeit without cars) in the form of Quadriga.
  • Player Punch: Spec Ops: The Line. Pretty much all of it. To wit...
    Spec Ops: The Line is one of those pleasant surprises that comes along every now and again, a video game story that really got to me, giving me genuine feelings of weariness, guilt, and actual physical sickness.
  • Reviews Are The Gospel: Yahtzee despises both this sentiment among gamers and the fact that professional critics use scores. That being said, his more zealous fans follow this practice with his own reviews.
  • Tear Jerker: Had quite a bit of trouble finding funny things to say about Spec Ops: The Line. It's that depressing.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, he praised depressing emotionally gutting games like Silent Hill 2 and Spec Ops: The Line, but on the other hand, one of his Extra Punctuation columns bemoaned the popular trend towards making existing franchises Darker and Edgier (after reviewing Twisted Metal and finding its inconsistent tone rather perplexing), and discovering to his surprise that he found the increasing emphasis on Gorn in video games a little disquieting with his advancing years. He has also given high praise to games with a notable lightness of tone, such as Psychonauts and Driver: San Francisco. To be more concise: it's not so much the gorn that he hates, but rather when the gorn is utterly tasteless (Tomb Raider), or when it's utterly repetitive (Splatterhouse).
    • . He also gave high praise to Undertale for averting this, being dramatic and genuinely funny in equal measure without either coming across as feeling forced, and using The Power of Friendship in a way that actually worked.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Transsexuals, judging by the comments under the Papers, Please/Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons review. See Mis-blamed.
  • Values Dissonance: He suggests that this is why he dislikes games such as Call Of Duty. The games rely on the premise that the player possesses some degree of nationalism towards the United States, and for obvious reasons, he has no such feelings. That being said, his extremely negative portrayal of America isn't that flattering to those that are American or support the country either.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • In his review of Medal of Honor Warfighter and Doom 3, Yahtzee described how for everything Doom 3 got wrong, it still was a game that stands head and shoulders above realistic modern shooters.
    • His Extra Punctuation follow-up to Far Cry 3 has him saying the same thing about Bulletstorm and Wolfenstein (2009). Sonic Colors was similarly slammed harshly the first two times Yahtzee mentioned it, but every other time it's been brought up he's been much more favourable to it, comparing it to Resident Evil 4 as the game in the franchise that got away from all the things that was dragging it down.
    • He was originally rather harsh to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, arguing that its narrative was inconsistent and its gameplay boring and unfulfilling. Fast-forward to 2013, and Yahtzee's already saying that it was a much more self-aware and interesting game than its successor.
    • Yahtzee compares Super Mario Sunshine unfavourably to Joseph Goebbels' head pasted onto a praying mantis in his Super Mario Galaxy review, but he later says he enjoyed it a lot more than Super Mario 64 in his "XBLA Double Bill" review.
    • Also tends to happen whenever he includes a game he wasn't too positive about in his end-of-year Top 5, as was what happened with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
    • Yahtzee mentioned during his The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker that despite the game being lambasted at the time for its celshaded graphics, it actually allowed its graphics to age very well over time.

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