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When it comes to creepypastas, they usually fall into one of two categories for me. The first category is what I call crappypastas, or stories that try to be scary and utterly fail, like Sonic.Exe. The other category is what I call creepypastas, or rather the ones that succeed in being scary. This story falls into the second category for several reasons. One is the writing, which is lovingly detailed and manages to create a genuinely creepy atmosphere. Another is the screenshots created by cosbydaf, which manages to enhance the story’s descriptions of this haunted game and even look like they could have come from the game itself. The final reason, and what truly makes this story terrifying as an adult, is the villain of the story, Red. His design is unique and uncanny enough to stand out amongst the horde of Jeff the killer and Slenderman clones, and to show exactly how Sonic.exe’s design is not that scary. The way he torments Zack is monstrous enough to make the reader despise him, and to make his downfall all the more sweeter. If you don’t want to read this rather long story then do yourself a favor and watch the reading of the Creepypasta by Goji 73, who really makes the story come to life with the screenshots, narration, sound effects, and music. This in my opinion sets the bar for a haunted video game story, and truly stands with the greats like Abandoned by Disney, Petscop (which might have set the bar even higher), Happy Appy, Candle Cove, Lost Episodes, and the Russian Sleep Experiment.
I stumbled upon this particular creepypasta via TV Tropes' The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You page. I normally avoid creepypastas like the plague, as I'm not a huge fan of horror or scary stuff in general. But this one seemed intriguing, and I decided to give it a chance.
Whether this series is a good 'pasta, I'll leave up to those with more experience in the genre. But I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it's one of the very few scary stories I'm willing to re-read and recommend to friends.
Cosbydaf has a definite knack for writing, and for creating an atmosphere of dread or calm as needed. He's also proven adept at creating distinct voices for his characters, both with Zach in the original story and Carl in the sequel. I found myself reading breathlessly along as Zach's journey into the world of the game became more terrifyingly twisted, and I'm still watching the sequel story eagerly in hopes that some of my many questions regarding the game will be answered. (Though I won't complain if questions go unanswered - part of the fun of the story is the mystery, after all.)
The visuals accompanying the story are a treat as well. The spritework accompanying the 'pasta is phenomenal, and Cosbydaf has a terrific imagination... if a bit twisted at times. The classic Kaiju of the Godzilla movies that weren't in the original game are wonderfully rendered, and the brand-new Kaiju (the replacement monsters, Red, Solomon, etc.) are quite imaginatively designed and look awesome/terrifying/both at once. Red in particular is a chilling new villain, one that creeps me out and yet fascinates me at once. His past history with Solomon looks like it would be something fascinating to explore in a spinoff story.
People have complained about the story's ending, saying it isn't befitting a 'pasta. But I personally found it satisfying, and far better than the typical Left Hanging or Downer Ending finales of other 'pastas. I wouldn't have rewritten it any other way.
I don't think I can fairly judge the NES Godzilla Creepypasta as an actual 'pasta. But I can judge it as a story instead of just a 'pasta, and in that respect it's a great one, well-written and awesomely illustrated. Recommended (though I wouldn't recommend reading it too late at night... it DOES have some scary imagery...)
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