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  • Accentuate the Negative:
    • Yahtzee's style, to the point where he'll occasionally rattle off a four-minute list of a game's flaws and then sum up by saying how much he enjoyed it. ("But having now whinged myself inside-out, I have to say that I find S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky weirdly compelling.") Presumably this means there are some positive qualities, but listing them isn't his department and has claimed "people don't like me being nice to a game".
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    • He begins his Mindjack review expressing disbelief that people have trouble telling whether he recommends a game or not, but acknowledges this trope (along with the mesmerizing fat folds of a close relative) as the cause.
      Yes, I exaggerate every slightish negative feature regardless of overall quality, but how else would developers learn? It's like Chinese parenting, but less nightmarish.
    • Lampshaded in his reviews, where he describes his job as "ruining the developer's retirement plans." His standard operating procedure after playing a game, according to animation, is to toss aside the controller and boast, "And now to tell the world it sucks".
    • In his response to a fan letter saying if he doesn't like a game he points out everything that's wrong with it. "Hands up, you've got me there. I do point out everything that's wrong with a game, but then again, I'm a critic; it'd be weird if I didn't."
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    • He stated in his inFAMOUS review that he views his job as tearing the bad and the mediocre games to shreds so that the rare game that could be called great can shine all the brighter.
    • In his review for Batman: Arkham Asylum Yahtzee says that he's more of a QA man and that anything he doesn't mention in his review is a good part of the game.
    • As he put it in the same review: "You don't call a sewer technician to redecorate your bathroom, and you don't come to me to hear about how a game is good."
    • Played with during his review of Wii Sports Resort, where he attempts to appeal to a fan who'd left when Yahtzee's constant railing on the Wii upset him by sarcastically portraying the game's negatives as positives. He notably skips over two sports that work too well to criticize.
    • "In fact, I might go so far as to say that Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. has sold me on air combat games. But that's not funny, so let's find more things to rip on."
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    • From the Orange Box review: "If I did have to criticize it — and I do..." [Cue Escapist logo holding up a contract.]
    • Portal: "I can't think of any criticism for it." [Cue Escapist logo holding up a contract, and Yahtzee's avatar apologizing] and "Absolutely sublime from start to finish and I will jam forks into my eyes if I ever have to use those words to describe anything else, ever again." He stuck to that promise too, having never given another game a flawless review since, not even Silent Hill 2, which he only reviewed retrospectively for the purpose of explaining why it's possibly his favourite game of all time.note 
    • From the Clive Barker's Jericho review: "I could go on listing the stupid design I will."
    • Even going back to his BioShock review: "If my Psychonauts review taught me anything it's that no one likes it when I'm being nice to a game..."
    • Inverted: when he finally got the chance to play Duke Nukem Forever, Yahtzee was actively trying to like it and ignore the faults, but eventually had to relent because he'd been harsh to games for far lesser reasons.
    • Spoofed in his Gears of War 2 review, where he tries as much as he can to hate it, but lists off some of the stuff it does well that prevents him from hating it. It ends with, "There aren't even any quick-time events! Oh, wait, there is one. A little one. I guess that means I have to hate it."
    • Retroactively played straight again; he bashed the entire Gears series with the release of Gears of War 3. In that case, he acknowledged that he thought it was okay back then, but then he tried to look back on the experience, and realized that he couldn't recall anything meaningful from it.
  • Action-Adventure: He once observed that this genre is little more than a catch-all term for any game that's difficulty to classify, under which one can comfortably lump together everything from Deus Ex to Killer7.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • One of the things which have just slightly less screen time than the devils and someone being violently assaulted onscreen. In particular:
    • At the start of his Halo 4 review, he says that Master Chief spent his four years of absence masturbating to Cortana.
    • At the start of his Half-Life review: " this point there’s only one thing I can do: masturba- I mean retro review!" He apparently uses a toy giraffe while doing it.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • His opinion on E3, taken from the E3 2014 video:
    End this execrable endurance event entailing eager editors endlessly entreating eminent entertainment egotists for efficacious endowments of effluence!
    Delighting as it is that the drought is dying down, doing Destiny drained your debonair delegate. Dominant developers delay for a dog’s age, then deliver a desperately draft discharge and dare to describe it as the due destination for depictions of destruction. Dammit, I don’t desire the designate devotion to drudges as dull as ditchwater, so I’m declaring a downloadables day, derived directly from discovering D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die!
    • To a lesser extent, it persists for his next two videos. In the review of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, he says he's trying to break the habit.
    • From his review of Pikmin 3.
    And all of the sudden, pinpointing the previous Pikmin protagonist is your party of pillocks' primary priority.
  • Adolf Hitlarious: In the "Top 5 of 2012" review, he compares Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, which he describes as "offensively bad", to the #1 worst game, Amy, which he describes as "the kind of bad that dresses up like Hitler and starts doing impressions of people with cerebral palsy."
  • Adult Fear: In his review of Doki Doki Literature Club!, Yahtzee is actually relieved when the game enters "silly horror town" after Sayori hangs herself, since he found her realistically-depicted depression really uncomfortable and sad. invoked
  • Adventure Game: When he first started playing games these were his favourite genre, and he's made several of them himself, though he admitted in an Extra Punctuation column that he's grown to strongly dislike the genre more recently, and noted that he's always liked adventure games in spite of their gameplay rather than because of it.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:invoked Yahtzee said during his "review" for Duke Nukem Forever that the cancellation of the game wasn't the end of the world since it had been overshadowed by other franchises, most notably Half-Life. However, in his Extra Punctuation article, while reflecting on the plans of bringing it out in 2011, Yahtzee admitted that too many FPS have taken the cover-based combat route and he'd like a return to the basics with one guy facing armies all at once.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He jokes about being an example himself, but he still expresses dismay at how widespread this trope is in real life, lamenting that all a crappy game has to do to become wildly successful is stick a picture of a busty scantily-clad woman on the cover.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Brings this up in The Witcher, but takes it as a sign of the game including fanservice in attempt to come off as mature.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked Yahtzee loves that trope.
  • Almighty Idiot: "God" is represented as a giant, etherial ocleot (something like a Fun Size leopard) telling whoever He appears to to "Kill the whores!"
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees:
    • He did acknowledge that "warfighter" is an actual term used by the military which rather justifies its usage as a subtitle, but didn't think this made the title of Medal of Honor Warfighter any less ridiculous.
    • Apparently, he thought that Flak Towers were completely fictional in his Medal of Honor: Airborne review.
  • Anachronism Stew: In his review of Skate 2, when arguing that skateboarding is an activity which could only exist in the decadent modern world: "Take any other period of history, a guy puts wheels on a plank, grinds down the steps of the Parthenon and breaks both his kneecaps on a pikestaff, they'd have him slung in Bedlam to be gawked at by gin-addled chimneysweeps for the rest of his life."
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • His reason for suspending judgment on the Kinect. "Pope Urban VIII probably thought he was very clever when he condemned Galileo, but who got the last laugh there? ...Well, he did when Galileo died in poverty and dishonour but what I'm saying is I'm basically like the Pope."
    • Then there's this example, about the characteristion in Catherine:'s as if men are all directionless tidal waves and women are all dikes built in the path of their raging floods. Blimey, what a badly worded metaphor.
  • And I Must Scream: Starts Animal Crossing: New Leaf off describing a hypothetical situation in which a person's mind is locked out of his body, but is still fully concious as his body proceeds to move around on its own... only doing utterly mundane and insignificant things.
    The higher part of your brain can see how utterly asinine the experience is but it's just getting dragged along for the ride, like a bunch of helium balloons tied to a wonky supermarket trolley. "Sure, lower part of the brain, a blue-tiled roof probably would solve all our constantly crushing sense of emptiness— OH GOD, STOOOP!"
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted and Lampshaded in his review of Crysis 3 where the guy exclaims to Prophet that the Bow and Arrow is 12 times more powerful than any gun for some reason.
  • Apocalypse Wow: Yahtzee states that if No More Heroes was combined with Branston Pickle that the world would end. And it would be AWESOME.
  • April Fools:
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: Yahtzee sardonically refers to this trope as the "sandbox paradox", referring to Wide Open Sandbox games in which the player is given complete freedom to do what they like outside of missions, but within missions must precisely follow a linear series of instructions.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • A few blink-and-you'll-miss-it examples. (As a rule, a list of things - such as skills to buff in RPGs - will get silly at the end, or all the way through.)
    • In Batman: Arkham Asylum:
      "I could talk about how the combat flows, and how the atmosphere is solid, and how the highlights for me were the Scarecrow sections where Batman's perceptions of reality are skewed in favor of a nightmarish introspective delusional glimpse into the darkest recesses of his soul and how jumping on people is cool."
    • On a signpost in the Witcher review:
    • The list of things George Lucas will never do: Definitely end popular moneyspinning franchise, refuse a second helping of pancakes, admit failure, survive in vacuum, shave.
    • In his Resistance 3 review, he accuses the game of copying Half-Life 2. Amongst his accusations are identical mechanics, a straight Expy of the Ravenholm level, and as the final straw, "the scientist has a beard." Because, you know, Gordon Freeman and Dr. Breen have beards.
    • From his Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles review: "Umbrella Chronicles is a heavily cut down retread of three of the major Resident Evil games, starring Johnny Bravo,note  a prostitute,note  an idiot,note  a mullet,note  a 9 year old boy,note  a brick shit-house,note  and Carlos.note "
    • In his review of Shovel Knight (posted on July 16, 2014), he talks about the July games drought (which for Australia takes place during the winter) and his efforts to alleviate the boredom caused by it:
      "It's bad enough that we have to huddle in our homes trapped by the cruel blast of one degree below ideal surfing weather without AAA releases drying up and forcing us to pass the time with games like 'Guess how many kicks to the bollocks it takes to draw blood' or Frozen Grandparent Tetris, or, for those who are truly lost, Boggle."
    • While reviewing Alpha Protocol, there's a claim that Deus Ex lets you specialise in "combat, hacking, or playing the cello".
    • Yahtzee takes a shot at Sony's marketing and merchandising onslaught for The Amazing Spider Man 2 while reviewing the tie-in game:
      "Unless you think Sony's generosity ends with Amazing Spider-Man 2 the film, you don't have to go five fucking minutes without being reminded of Amazing Spider-Man 2 if you don't want to! You can wake up in the morning (Yahtzee waking up on a Spider-Man themed bed) and go from Amazing Spider-Man 2 toothbrush to Amazing Spider-Man 2 Happy Meal to Amazing Spider-Man 2 nitrous asphyxiation chamber..."
    • In the E3 2014 video, the three E's stand for "Excruciating", "End", and "Eggnog".
  • Aroused by Their Voice: His opinion on Stephen Fry in LittleBigPlanet as well as Rucks in Bastion; he's a fan of famous voices in general, and feels that having them as One Scene Wonders is a waste of potential.
  • The Artifact: Feels that the Vigors, the stand-ins for the plasmids in BioShock Infinite, are this since they're kept around for the sake of retaining a gameplay element for the earlier games, an element that he feels is fun to keep around, but lack the significance to the story the plasmids had.
  • Ascended Meme: He originally coined the "Glorious PC Gaming Master Race" phrase as a jab at elitists. That said, when he wrote an article on building himself a new gaming PC, he referred to it as himself returning to the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. Said article was written long after the phrase became a memetic badge of honor for PC gamers.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In "Where I Get My Ideas", Yahtzee ascribes his writing process to listening to talking ravens, aliens and leprechauns. We can surmise he gets asked about this a lot.
  • Ass Pull: invokedAfter playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow he accuses the writer of pulling the Dracula plot twist out of his "biggest and sweatiest ass".
    • Also invoked in his Gears of War 3, where he describes the "exploding planet" plot point as still having "a few stray taint hairs" on it.
  • As the Good Book Says...:
    "...but at all other times you're stuck with the starting pistol, which is the worst gun in the history of warfare, because it only works when you recite the 83rd Psalm between every shot." [the player is shown reading the KJV version of Psalm 83:2/3]
    • In the "Survival Special" he says that "the survival game cup has been runneth-ing over lately on Steam", a pun on the KJV version of Psalm 23:5.
    • In his review of DeathSpank and Limbo, he makes a Mad Libs Dialogue version of 1 Timothy 6:10:
    Yahtzee: They say that money is the root of all evilnote , but somehow I doubt Mrs. Hitler was being impregnated by a roll of Deutsche Marks. The saying works better if you replace "money" with "rich businessmen in tight suits who won't even put twenty cents in a gumball machine if they can't expect a return of investment" and "evil" with "bland, samey action-adventure clones kneeling on the bed of a dried-up watering hole licking the dirt for moisture." (And "is" with "are," if we want to be grammatically correct.)
    • In his review of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, Yahtzee imagines the protagonist North saying that he will "kill all those motherfuckers and then leave Bible verses on their corpses in spunk from my incredibly huge cock." One of the dead imps has "Job 3:14" on it, which indicates "kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins" (NIV).
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In his review of F.I.F.A. 13, he keeps getting distracted by downloadable games.
  • Attention Whore: From what we see of the Mario Bros. back in the old days, fixing toilets in Brooklyn, Mario was already a giant egomaniac who shouts "ITSA MEEEE" at any provocation. (Luigi's Mansion 2)
  • Author Appeal: He notes some of this in Ni no Kuni with his Studio Ghibli bingo card.
  • Author Filibuster: Occasionally.
    • He stops whatever he's saying during a Wii game review to remind people that he really hates the Wii.
    • Whenever he reviews a Sonic game, expect him to go on a tangent on how he finds that the franchise is beyond saving and that Sega should just put it out of its misery already.
    • If the American Military is involved in a shooter, expect a rant that decries them as imperialists.
    • In his A Link Between Worlds review, he went on a tangent making fun of Nintendo relying on Nostalgia and gimmicks.
    • In his The Order: 1886 review, he stops talking about the game itself to rant a bit about how far exclusive titles have fallen over the years, going from great titles that show what the console can do and getting people to buy them, to generic mediocre games with their only claim to fame being that they are visually impressive.
Well it's that time of year again: the stockings have gone up, and the owner of the stockings has been paid $20 and left my hotel room.
  • At the end his Trine review:
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A surprising amount of people write in with requests and then get offended when he rips into the game.
  • Berserk Button: As someone who is professionally angry, Yahtzee has quite a few. While many are specific to a game (and thus too numerous to list) some recur:
    Yahtzee: Oh, you ignorant little bastards. Stick your balls up your arse and clench yourself castrated! I was into shooters when you were still sucking on Wiimotes, you cover-loving, health-regenerating, murderer-come-latelies!
    • He tries to be fair about it, but he really doesn't like multiplayer in general (because he feels it brings in factors beyond the game's control and thus affect the review), so when he faces a game with executive-mandated shoehorned-in multiplayer (like Dead Space 3) he'll get particularly steamed. However, due to Dark Souls and Titanfall, he's getting a bit more kinder for multiplayer.
    • Croshaw has an absolute dislike of games that shoehorn in gimmicks. Since most games made for recent Nintendo systems make excessive use of either motion controls (for the Wii), the secondary screen (Wii U) or 3D graphics (3DS) he'll usually go off on Nintendo as a whole for this. His issue isn't so much that gimmicks exist as it is that they tend to handicap the game more than enhance it. However, he doesn't hold them as much as he does the others due to various things, Nintendo being more focused on games and fun being a major part.
    • Games-as-art products that forget the "game" part. While he doesn't dislike artistic games and indeed is a strong proponent of games being an artform he hates when a game lets being artsy get in the way of being something enjoyable to play. Something of which he praised Watch_Dogs for - the trailer only showed gameplay.
  • Resurrection of the dead, as seen in both Ori and the Blind Forest and Mortal Kombat X, since it removes all sense of stakes for him.
    Yahtzee: When your plot establishes magical resurrection, all the stakes and drama immediately collapse. Where's the meaning in self-sacrifice if we can just get resurrected? Oh, the villain was motivated by her dead babies? NEVER MIND! PBTH they're alive again, be more careful this time! Actually, don't! Who cares? Here's three more babies, fuck it!
  • From his Halo Wars review:
    "We lost contact!" went the character... BULL. FUCKING. SHIT. (the words "WHAT. ARBITRARY. SILLINESS." appear in synchrony with his swearing). All possible threats were dead! We didn't lose contact - I was looking at them - They were RIGHT. FUCKING. THERE! They were so close we could communicate by waggling our eyebrows at each other! What the fuck happened when the stupid arbitrary time limit ran out!? Did their Battle Royale collars explode!? Did they lose honor and disembowel themselves? WHAT?!
    And just to put the cherry on it, you know who they were? Absolutely bloody no one! Generic faceless pricks of the sort I'd vat-grown about fifty of that day alone! But we didn't make it in time, so they were going to make me do the whole fucking mission again!
    As the exasperated Chinese zookeeper said to the last male panda in the world, FUCK! THAT!
  • In one of his Extra Punctuation columns he noted that he extremely disliked Rhianna Pratchett's writing style, having observed many recurring problems in Mirror's Edge, Thief (2014), Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved:
    • A gag in many videos, with a particularly favored one being the implication that he masturbates to dolphins.
    • About 1/3 of the jokes in the Sonic Forces review were about how all Sonic the Hedgehog fans enjoy raping the family dog.
  • Better by a Different Name:invoked
    • Claimed that Dark Void was a better Transformers games than War For Cybertron, since it featured dual-mode gameplay mixing mobile airborne combat and ground-based cover-shooting that he felt integrated the switching in a better fashion (and it even featured a protagonist about as human and relatable as most Transformers).
    • Felt that Rage was "basically Borderlands but better", since they had similar core gameplay but Rage also featured better graphics and the interface wasn't horrible.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: "I made this chart to see how many people visit The Escapist on days besides Wednesday..."
  • Big Bad: Electronic Arts, whose abhorrent business practices and representing of all that is wrong with the video game industry he has a habit of going into Author Filibusters about.
  • Big Eater: Several references have been made to Yahtzee eating (or at least wanting to eat) some absurdly huge quantity of food in one sitting. For example:
    • In his review for The Talos Principle, Yahtzee's avatar can be seen lying on his back next to a conveyor belt rolling an entire cake towards his open mouth.
    • In his The Bureau: XCOM Declassified review, he talks about wanting to call Domino's to ask if they'll make "...a sandwich with pizzas instead of bread. And nine pizzas instead of filling."
  • Big "NO!": The Spore review. Twice. But with a twist.
    "So can his new game, Spore, possibly live up to that legacy? In short: no. In long: nooooo...." (for 15 seconds without taking a breath)
  • Bile Fascination:invoked
    "It's bad. It's explosively, apocalyptically bad, and you should totally buy it. I'm serious, you have to see this shit!"
    • He also claims the only reason Daikatana was released on Steam was so people could see how bad it is.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • When Yahtzee "quotes" a ZP fan extolling Siren: Blood Curse to him, said fan starts spouting off about Yahtzee's love of Japanese horror, eventually devolving into random Japanese words: "Watashi wa baka gaijin," which translates to "I'm a stupid foreigner."
    • In his Sniper Elite V2 review: "I love Russians! Worked with a Russian girl as an office temp and I imagine we would've gotten along great if I'd understood a word she was saying." And what is she saying? "I hate you."
    • Speaking of Russian, in the review for Prototype 2, Yahtzee says that Blackwatch is "the ever morally dubious PMC who could only be called cartoonishly evil if we're talking about one of those cartoons that goes out at three in the morning on a foreign-language TV station", while the villain says, in a Cyrillic form of Russian, "PEYTE DETI KOLBASU", which, when roughly translated, means "DRINK YOUR SAUSAGE, KIDS".
    • In his review for Yakuza 4, when he notes that the game is set in a particularly peculiar Japanese-style sandbox, one of the little black imps has the Kanji character for Oni (demonic ogre-like creatures) on its body.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The crack at Destructoid videos in the Shenmue episode counts, since the Escapist had been bought out a few months ago by the same company that had bailed out Destructoid. A fact Yahtzee must have been aware of, since he'd just attended a panel at PAX about the Escapistk's revival.
  • Black Best Friend: He invokes this in his Call of Duty: Ghosts review, suggesting that the main characters only cared about Alex's death because they couldn't claim to have a black person on their side any more.
  • Black Comedy Rape: When remembering the time he lost his virginity to an obese black woman in his review of Dragon's Dogma, you can see an image of said obese black woman dragging him away by his leg as he is obviously horrified by her. Complete with claw marks on the ground by his fingernails.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
  • He describes Lara Croft's support team as "a small team of ethnically-diverse archaeologists who all seem to be wearing digital clocks on their heads counting down to the point at which they are unwillingly made part of someone else's character development". The black woman's readout is nearly at zero.
  • In his review of Watch_Dogs 2, when describing the main cast, he singles out Horatio as a "fairly indistinct black dude" that he points out "That motherfucker is gonna die soon", including drawing a bullseye on his character.
  • Blatant Lies: In his Heavy Rain review, Yahtzee claims that Scott Shelby is a "fat private investigator, not interesting enough to dwell on", which is only true if you overlook the fact that Scott is the Origami Killer, and thus arguably the most important character in the game.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Makes reference to this at the end of his review for The Darkness 2
    Yahtzee: Darkness 2 is more like an attempt to recreate the comics...[a]nd I've never liked [the] sort of comic...[that features] women proportioned like ice lollies balanced on two chicken drumsticks standing around like God gave them a vicious Chinese burn around their waists.
  • Bookends:
  • Bowdlerise: In the video for the review on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Papers, Please, he originally commented on the single-player co-op mode in the former game, which was just like saying, "I'm not gay, I only suck off pre-op transsexuals." According to Yahtzee, it was supposed to be a joke about cognitive dissonance; but once he discovered his mistake on a poor choice of words because some people who identify as female also have their manhood, he had to change the line in the video review, which now says, "I'm not gay, I only suck off pantomime dames" (which is a British term for "Drag Queen").
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • Yahtzee's description of the three types of levels that typically come up in a random pull in Super Mario Maker:
    Yahtzee: A level with ten million of something, the kind of obnoxious difficulty a Roald Dahl villain would come up with, or ten million of something being obnoxiously difficult.
    • When he mentions the Opening Scroll of Observer and provides an on-screen mock-up of it:
      In the grim darkness of the twenty-second century, mankind has been decimated by war, then by plague, then by meteorite strike, and then by a plague of meteorite strikes.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
  • He describes Catherine as "a Japanese game centrally about the difficulties of relationships, such as unexpected pregnancy, the impetus of commitment, and being chased up a infinite staircase by a giant, monstrous girlfriend trying to eat you with her butt. Did I mention it's Japanese?"
  • In the "Remastered Editions" episode:
    Yahtzee: Ah, spring is in the air; the daisies are in bloom; the mild April breeze is bringing the sweet smell of rotting flesh that emanates from the vacant lot full of disinterred corpses that the winter snows once mercifully preserved, which is as good an explanation as any for why so many fucking remasters have come out this month.
  • An entirely visual one: during his review of Ocarina of Time 3D he describes how the original is supposedly one of the best games ever, with the game standing proudly on a winners podium. The #2 podium is occupied by Fantasy World Dizzynote  which is harmless enough, but the #3 podium is occupied by RapeLay, an infamous Japanese Eroge that is exactly as horrible as its name implies.
  • In his review of House Flipper and Far: Lone Sails, he describes the synopsis of the former:
    Yahtzee: So you play a sort of mercenary handyman and at first, to get to grips, you're given some contract jobs where someone just wants you to come into their house and clean, repaint, buy specific furniture, and/or shank the missus. [cue the Yahtzee avatar banging the female imp] And in the case of the latter, "...maybe the attempt at a thoughtful, understated tone doesn't match the inherent concept of piloting a fuck-off giant roadster that wouldn't have looked too out of place with Mad Max hanging off the front, looking like he's undergoing a wasteland teeth-whitening procedure, the sort of thing I'd want to have push up to top speed and then ride on top of, going,
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: Yahtzee's stock in trade. Some of the jokes come out so offhandedly that you have to pause the video to make sure he did actually just say that.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The No More Heroes review opens with the Stranglers song of the same name. However, the song's abruptly cut off: "No, no, that's a bit too obvious." This isn't mentioned throughout the entire review. Finally, in the credits, the songs used in the video are listed as normal, except that "No More Heroes" has been thoroughly scribbled out.
    • One episode had a spoiler warning in mid-episode, where Yahtzee told spoiler-sensitive viewers to plug their ears and wait for the credits. The credits mini-comic consisted of a series of famous spoilers from other works. (It was his sled, Keyser Soze = Kevin Spacey, etc.)
  • In his Quantum Conundrum review, he makes a reference to his contract with the Escapist, which is represented by a piece of paper with "say cunt a lot" on it. At the end of the review, naturally, he launches into a Cluster C-Bomb.
  • In the Super Mario 3D Land review, he contemplates how a more faithful depiction of Tanooki would work, "in which case it's the Thwomps I feel sorry for." Later, in the Star Wars: The Old Republic review, he mentions as one of the smugglers' moves being "crafty knees to the bollocks, which for some reason also works on robots. Perhaps they're wearing Tanooki suits."
  • A subtle one, in his Mass Effect review he explains how he named his character Titty Shepard. Several years later when Mass Effect 3 came out, he refers to Shepard as Titty with no prior mention of the earlier review. It should also be noted that it isn't mentioned in his Mass Effect 2 review, at all. Also, throughout the Mass Effect 3 review, Shepard is wearing the pink armour that Yahtzee had dressed him in the first review.
  • In the review for Painkiller, Yahtzee sees a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning and says, "It would only be more awesome if it had tits and was on fire." Then came the review for Hard Reset, when he sees that the game copied Painkiller, and about a few scenes later, the guy from said Painkiller game has a lightning-shuriken gun that indeed has breasts and is on fire.
  • In Epic Mickey Yahtzee talks about his fear of Theme Park Mascots. In Hitman he mentions how he has killed many Theme Park Mascots.
  • The "Whipped Cream Genocide Brouhaha" from his review of Darksiders reappears at the bottom of the list of "build-your-own combos" in his review of Remember Me.
  • His review of Halo Wars has one with a shorter setup than most. While talking about the unit selection issues in the game:
    Yahtzee: "Lacking click-and-drag, all you can do is select one prick, select one prick and all his prick friends standing within a fixed diameter, select all the pricks on the current screen, or call a great big all-map prick hoedown. So if you just want to, say, select all your flying pricks for a strategic insertion then you're going to have a bit of prick trouble beyond the might of any soothing cream."
  • In his Alien Isolation review:
    • At the beginning:
    Yahtzee: "Welcome back to the second week of our excursion to opposite-land, where the carpets go on the ceilings, people eat feces and poo out breakfast cereal and somehow the best games going are AAA movie franchise tie-ins"
    • In the middle:
    Yahtzee: "When the alien finally does show up, uncoiling and plopping down from the ceiling in front of you like a big drippy shit into the cereal bowl that is your life"
    • At the end:
    Yahtzee: "Sure, I could go alone into hostile territory yet again to fetch your key card. But how about instead, you eat the contents of this cereal bowl."
  • His double-review of Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons and Papers, Please opened with a rather drawn-out metaphor involving a potential sex partner being turned off by talking about your anime obsession, where after first talking about Neon Genesis Evangelion the demonstrating imp follows up with "Now moving onto Cowboy Bebop". At the end of the review when he brings up samey, unengaging military war shooters, Yahtzee is crouching behind a chest-high wall with another imp, both holding guns and under fire, and he turns to the imp and asks "You ever watch Cowboy Bebop".
  • Broken Record: "You couldn't get away with releasing a buggy game in the cartridge and cassette days; you'd be trampled under the company Brontosaurus. But I'll tell you the worst part- worst part- worst part- worst part- *system error* ...and whistled for a baboon!
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Ride to Hell: Retribution "won" the #0 spot on Top Worst of 2013. This was being charitable, as Yahtzee's reasoning was that "it's not a game; it's congealed failure." It wasn't just for worst game of 2013 either. It was a reward for worst game that he had ever reviewed and a title that he said that it would hold until an even WORSE game came around. Which would be around the time apes had retaken the earth.
  • Brutal Honesty: Yahtzee definitely doesn't sugarcoat anything when reviewing games. Especially critically acclaimed games.
  • Bullet Dancing: Why do developers shun the Wii U? Because, Yahtzee explains, Nintendo has a somewhat strained relationship with developers who don't wish to incorporate their horrible hardware gimmicks into the games. We then cut to the Nintendo logo firing a six-shooter at EA while barking, "DANCE". (A Link Between Worlds)
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Yahtzee's avatar gets hurt in a variety of ways throughout his reviews.
    • The black imp also seems to get a fair amount of pain dealt to him. Especially when he gets a Nazi helmet, at which point Yahtzee will do things like pulling his toenails out with pliers.
  • Button Mashing: In his review of Dm C Devil May Cry, he notes that he always ends up doing this reflexively in action games so moves that require him to pause in the middle of a combo are extremely difficult for him to pull off.
  • Call-Back: As far as the eye can see.
    "Bang! Punch! Bang! Punch! Bang! Punch! Woof!"
    "Grr! Kick! Grr! Kick! Grr! Kick! Splat!"
  • In the Hard Reset review, Yahtzee compares the game to Painkiller by dint of the fact that many who worked on the former were also among the crew of the latter. While praising Painkiller for its array of creative death distribution implements, the avatar onscreen wields a shotgun that has tits and is on fire — precisely the phrasing Yahtzee used in his review of Painkiller.
  • In the New Super Mario Bros. Wii review the credits state that Yahtzee only has two friends. Later in the NieR review we find out that this was referring to the imp and the extremely bored looking man respectively, hence why they are the only recurring characters in his videos.
  • The "paddling pool full of disembodied breasts" analogy in the Saints Row 2 review returns in an exaggerated form in the Saints Row: The Third review.
  • In his The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings review, he refers to Geralt as "Gerald", which continues a Running Gag that began in his review of the first game and carried on in his review of the third.
  • In Dead to Rights Retribution he imagines that Jack Slate worships "some mad ocelot god only he can see". Years later, in Max Payne 3, another tortured ex-cop murder spree game, the head of an ocelot appears on screen when Yahtzee says the phrase "the face of God".
  • In the Hitman: Absolution review, the ocelot returns to urge Yahtzee to take therapy for his (fictional) habit of killing theme park mascots.
  • Challenge Gamer: Sometimes Yahtzee will like a game because it's murderously hard, as with DayZ and the hardcore mode in Minecraft.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Yahtzee claims to be this alignment in his Spider-Man: Web of Shadows review and encourages his fans to argue on the forum as to whether he is or not. invoked
  • Chew Bubblegum: A zombie Duke Nukem says "Time to kick ass and chew brains" in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 review.
  • Child Hater: Every so often, he's made it very clear that he finds children annoying. He's even said that he'd rather commit suicide than to have kids of his own. Granted, this is Yahtzee we're talking here, so how much of it is true is up for debate.
  • Cliffhanger: Strongly dislikes them, especially in cases where a brand new IP ends on one under the creators' mistaken assumption that the game is destined to become the first entry in a franchise (which turns out not to be the case, thereby leaving the game's story permanently unresolved). In an Extra Punctuation column he went so far as to argue that a game with an unresolved story is effectively an incomplete product, and hence selling it is tantamount to fraud.
  • Clip Show: The Holiday 2010 episode, after Yahtzee mocks the viewer for showing up when they should know that he gets that week off.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • At least once per episode. One of his most infamous clusters was delivered in the opening to his MindJack review:
    So in the name of keeping things nice and clear for you touchy sods, let me as unambiguous as possible in this critique: MindJack is FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING BAD BAD BAD BAD. DON'T DON'T DON'T DON'T PLAY IT!
    And that's how we came to be spending the whole game with a support character whose constant ditzy fucking valley girl Joss fucking Whedon fucking sar-fucking-castic observations tormented my stomach lining like a jagged metal enchilada. [cue Yahtzee grabbing the valley girl, ripping her head off and drinking her blood]
    And if we must tilt something to control a game, I'd prefer it not be the thing on which I'm fucking trying to fucking view the fucking ga-fucking-me!
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: The 2009 compilation of reviews replace Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" (aka the Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery theme) with a generic tune seen during the LittleBigPlanet review.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Seen in his review of Monster Hunter Tri, in relation to '"Japanese Sex Games":
    I waggled my (CENSORED) at her (CENSORED) until her (CENSORED)ed at her (CENSORED) until it started emitting a sorrowful howl.
  • Continuity Snarl: Says the metaplot of Resident Evil "sprawls all over itself like an incestuous farming cult."
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment:
    • Apparently whoever designed the inventory system for Resident Evil 5 should be sent to a special Hell where he has to pack shopping for old ladies... or just get punched in the stomach.
    • Says that any developer that holds back stuff for DLC should have their hands cut off, and then put back on after paying 1200 Microsoft points.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: A recurring critique in his reviews is when designers add gimmicks to spice up their mechanics which inevitably turn out to be worse than just playing normally. For instance, in Spec Ops, you have the ability to order a squadmate to shoot an enemy, but by that point you have your crosshairs over them already, so you might as well just shoot them yourself and cut out the middleman.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In his Lollipop Chainsaw review:
    "But there are certainly games with worse combat, and games with more offensive depictions of women, cough Metroid: Other M unconvincing-cough."
  • Crack Pairing: invoked His Tomb Raider: Underworld opens with Yahtzee remarking on the best potential husband for Lara Croft - Jason Voorhees.
    "They've got so much in common! They both have an embarrassing amount of adventures that all follow an extremely specific formulanote , they both have an irresistible compulsion to murder God's creatures, they both spend lots of time underground, and most importantly neither of them will ever just fucking die!"
  • Creator Backlash: In-universe, he noted that 99% of artists claim to loathe everything they made more than five years ago and the remaining 1% are liars.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
    • Platformers and games that don't use bloom and brown gritty graphics earn a somewhat higher note in his book.
    • "Survival Horror is what I call a pet genre. A pet I keep in a tool shed and feed with broken glass."
    • Saints Row 2 is one of the few games that pleased him, resulting in a review that sounded like, in his own words, "an overlong wedding proposal" due to the fact that it entertainingly combines Rule of Fun and Video Game Cruelty Potential.
    • He has a great love for anything that does things differently like Portal and No More Heroes; he complimented Mirror's Edge for trying something new even after tearing the actual gameplay apart, and Assassin's Creed I got praise for being original even though it was let down by highly repetitive gameplay. Similarly, he praised Dark Void for being an ambitious failure, and as such, better than "committee-designed sludge". He also liked Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, despite hating Silent Hill spinoffs and saying that the monsters and chase scenes weren't scary and the psych test gimmicks weren't enough, for actually being a decent remake, and removing what didn't work the first time. He raves about Shadow of the Colossus for creating, naming and codifying the Colossus Climb, and ICO got a love note from him for making him care about a Cute Mute Love Interest.
    • He has a taste for Scenery Porn, although he has said in his reviews that while he loves a good beautiful skybox as much as the next person, he much prefers exploring said beautiful skybox.
    • Cats seem to pop up a lot in his reviews (which sort of makes sense), as do dogs. In fact, he said that one of his three wishes would be a puppy.
    • A warped sense of humor is also a big plus for him, as in Psychonauts, the Monkey Island series and the aforementioned Portal.
    • Good writing impresses him as well; the Mass Effect series has led him to give BioWare a dirt-cheap offer of his soul.
      "When the bottom falls out of the game criticism market and I have to start prostituting myself to developers, BioWare will be one of my first ports of call, because there are few enough developers in the world who treat writing as an integral part of the game rather than an optional set of colorful tassels to put on the handlebars."
    • In his review for the Mass Effect 2, he spends almost the whole review talking about the changes in gameplay, then mentions casually how the writing and characters have gotten better, but because it's BioWare they don't get any points for it.
    • Considering his positive mentions of Serious Sam 3 and his love of Painkiller, along with his positive review of Dead Rising 2, Yahtzee also seems to like games that pit the player against large hordes and give them the freedom to just go wild.
    • The worse you can act towards Nazis, the better, by his books. Bonus points if it's spectacular or amusing.
    • He mentioned a particular fondness for Shaun of the Assassin's Creed series, partly because he reminds him of himself and partly because he often insults Desmond Miles.
    • He has fondness for games that actively embrace Video Game Cruelty Potential and particularly creative ways of The Joys of Torturing Mooks.
    • He has a thing for large open environments with interesting ways to traverse the world, such as Le Parkour or flight.
    • His distaste of America which puts them as overly decadent whiners who try to make a world empire.
    • He's also a fan of first person games that allow a bit of freedom and reward exploration such as Half-Life, Thief, System Shock 2, and Deus Ex.
    • Also, for whatever reason, he likes to somehow include or feature Marmite and Branston Pickle in his reviews, preferably at the most unfitting times. He must be really fond of Marmite and Branston Pickle. That's the British Marmite made by Unilever which is sold in Australia as Our Mate, not the New Zealand Marmite made by the Sanatarium which is sold in Australia as Marmite.
  • Credits Gag:
    • The text next to his name at the end. Also, the opening and closing credits each had a clip from a song whose name and/or content was a pun on the content of the review. For example, Haze, about drug-fueled mercenary super-soldiers, used Afroman's "Because I Got High". This stopped after a while, for fear of lawsuits.
    • The credits themselves have a little minicomic going on, acted out by the little figures he uses in the reviews. The one for Spore had a flying saucer alien abducting Batman, who then beat it up and stole the flying saucer. Additionally, there is generally a caption referring to something earlier in the video.
  • Crossover:
    • With Unskippable. Yahtzee appeared in their Star Ocean: The Last Hope riff and Graham Stark of Unskippable appeared in the first section of the Halo Wars review to review X-Blades before running out of things to say and getting kicked out by Yahtzee.
    • A throwaway gag, mere seconds into the aforementioned Halo Wars review, poked fun at Eternal Sonata, which was Unskippable's premiere episode.
    • In the review of both Left 4 Dead 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Credit Sequence features a short mix-type crossover of the two reviewed games.
  • Crying Indian: The Fallout 3 review featured a deer crying over the landscape being littered with rubble.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Any time Yahtzee unambiguously praises a game (or even ambiguously praises a game in a genre he normally despises, such as when he liked Persona 5 despite his usual stance on JRPGs) you can expect the comments to fill up with people wondering if the sky is about to start falling (and often swearing to go out and buy the game in question, since if Yahtzee likes it then it must be good).
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • He spends the entirety of his 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand review carefully wording his criticisms so that nothing can be misconstrued as racist, then ends the episode on an inspiring speech, saying people of all creeds and colors should try to put aside their differences and work together to build a better world for everyone, but then punctuates that speech with this sentence:
    "Not that they'd know anything about work, the lazy nig-" [END CREDITS]
    • From his Half-Life review, after bemoaning the lack of any new games to review before Christmas: "at this point there's only one thing I can do, MASTURBA- I mean RETRO-REVIEW!"
  • Cursed with Awesome: In his review of Never Dead:
    "Bryce is also immortal, capable of regenerating from any injury, having been cursed by the king of the demons 500 years ago, when the king of the demons wasn't entirely sure what the word 'curse' means."
  • Cute Kitten:
    • At one point in the Top 5 of 2013 episode, the #2 best spot for Papers, Please says "Drifting away to sleep while surrounded by kittens and money." Which is then followed by a Black Comedy one for the #2 worst spot (for Beyond: Two Souls), which says, "Rolling onto a kitten while you sleep and getting the money all dirty."
    • Almost the entirety of the Just Cause 2 review involves cats, which are added for hilarity.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Wonders aloud if Deus Ex: Human Revolution's ending is intentionally bad, so players will purchase the DLC.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: This trope, and the infrequency with which it is played straight, is discussed in his Mafia II review.
  • Damned by Faint Praise:
    • In the Killzone: Shadow Fall review, Yahtzee mentions that Knack "looked pretty spectacular after I fired it out of my clay pigeon launching machine."
    • In his Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review, after saying he liked it more than Call of Duty: Ghosts, he then says "In order news, I also enjoy Chinese water torture more than the hobbling wheel".
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Overlapping with Camera Screw, one of his more persistent complaints is a dislike for games that try to use the right analog stick for things aside from camera controls.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Well, at least "dare to be different", in his Super Mario Galaxy 2 review. In spite of his bashing of it he does admit in the end it is fun and if people want to play the same games he can't really do anything to stop them, but he does request that those people go out and do one thing they never have before.
  • Darker and Edgier: Once a simple story, "the new Bionic Commando has taken the dark and edgy route", illustrated with said commando slashing his wrist and singing "CRAAAWLING IIIIN MY SKIIIN".
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:invoked
    • A big irk for Yahtzee is games where protagonists are just as (if not more) unlikable than the antagonist, citing WET, Kane & Lynch: Dog Days and the God of War sequels as major examples.
    • He also stated that he found Max Payne's constant self-loathing and pessimism in Max Payne 3 to be tiring and off-putting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of course.
    • However, most Deadpan Snarkers in games tend to annoy him, notably Nathan Drake of Uncharted and the Snarky dialogue options of Dragon Age II.
  • Death Seeker:
    "If you are like me: handsome, talented, and secretly longing for death..."
    • While fielding questions about Mogworld, he mentioned someone recommending a webcomic with a resemblance to his own novel. Yahtzee feigned indifference, but his hand kept spasming upward to point a pistol at his head.
  • The ZP review of Mirror's Edge also suggests this: we only have the plot's say-so that the police chasing you are the bad guys, and as far as we know, the packages could be bombs to blow up someone's grandma.
  • He has this reaction to the ISA of Killzone, suggesting that the entire series is basically them being horrible to the Helghast and the Helghast being treated as evil for retaliating.
  • He also believes this about most spunkgargleweewee protagonists, noting "We've got killdroids, they've got rocks!" in his review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. In one column, he suggests that this is because they tend to treat a threat to America as self-evidently evil, which he doesn't get, not being an American.
  • Similar to Nathan Drake, he considers Lara Croft to be this, given her high body count and rather self-centered motivations.
  • Didn't See That Coming: At the end of his Prototype vs. inFAMOUS review he declared both games to be equally good and couldn't decide which one was better. So he jokingly suggested the two developers (Radical Entertainment and Sucker Punch Productions respectively) to send him a picture of the opposing main character wearing a bra, and whoever made the better one would win. They went with it. At the end it was narrow, but Sucker Punch Productions and inFAMOUS won.
  • Disappointing Last Level: invoked Yahtzee described this trope in his review of BioShock Infinite where he discussed both it and the original game suffering from "Shitty Final Level Syndrome" or "the Shinfles".
  • Discretion Shot:
    • The statement that a premise has been "stretched wider than a catamite's rectum" is accompanied by a black screen with the text "IMAGE VERY CENSORED".
    • The captions in censor boxes are a Running Gag:
      "Think of something wholesome."
      "OH DEAR GOD"
      "Look it up"
      "Thanks DeviantArt!"
  • Disposable Vagrant: Yahtzee keeps a spare vagrant chained in his basement — in case he needs to review a co-op game.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Comes up often. In his Bionic Commando review, for example, he's on the fence about whether or not it's a bad game, but ultimately decides that it is because of all the Product Placement for Pepsi, which he doesn't like.
    "Yes, I can be petty."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Subverted/Lampshaded in the video where Yahtzee takes a tour of Washington, D.C. He makes a few mentions that certain buildings or monuments remind him of something, but goes on to mention something mundane and non-sexual. He then double subverts it while looking at the Washington Monument:
    Yahtzee: It's really long and tall, has those trees at the bottom from this angle. Kinda like, uh... a big cock and balls.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Lampshaded in his "Best of 2012" video, noting that neither Far Cry 3 nor Spec Ops: The Line are related in any meaningful way with their respective franchises.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Apparently he hates being called Ben by people on the internet. In one podcast, Yug and Matt of Australian Gamer (his best buds) stated that they don't even call him that in real life. Matt says everyone except his parents calls him Yahtzee. Summed up best during one of his Let's Drown Out videos on youtube
    Gabriel: His name is Benjamin. Call him Benjamin.
    Yahtzee: Don't call me that.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: In his Medal of Honor: Airborne review, he refers to the German flak tower as a "doom fortress".
  • Dope Slap:
    • Yahtzee's been known to do this to viewers for continuing to buy sequels ("Sonic doesn't need another game; he needs help!").
    • He headslapped anyone who chooses to play as the Alliance.
    • For retrogressing back into a plain villain again, Bowser earned a slap with a rolled-up newspaper.
  • Double Subversion: In commenting on how out-of-place the swearing in Bayonetta 2.
    I like my swearing, but in the wrong place it brings down the whole gosh darn tone. You cunt.
  • Drinking Game: invoked
    • Suggested one for his review of Brink, which was to take a drink every time he compared the game to Team Fortress 2.
    • Suggested one for Rise of the Tomb Raider: take a drink every time Lara makes a specific panting noise, and every time Lara says she's "got to" do something.
  • Dumb and Drummer: Invoked in his Guitar Hero World Tour review in response to some of the songs having non-English lyrics.
    Yahtzee: If you don't speak Spanish, singing them is like if the guitarist was required to play wearing mittens. Or if the drummer were required to think.


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