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Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective Review

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Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Is Dangeresque 3 another box office hit?

The time has arrived - after 4 years, one of the most anticipated Strong Bad-related things is finally here! In Dangeresque 3, the sequel to Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? and Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1, you once again need to search for clues and talk to various characters to advance the plot.

This time, though, you don’t really play as Strong Bad - you play as Dangeresque! (No, it’s not just Strong Bad wearing sunglasses, where did you get that silly idea?) The game opens up with Strong Bad answering yet another fan e-mail asking when the movie will finally be released. Coincidentally, it was just finished, so Strong Bad pops the movie into his VCR and the rest is up to you!

Dangeresque 3 tries to be as much like a low budget action movie as possible: cardboard title cards, abrupt transitions and obviously fake stunt actors are all present and correct. It’s also packed with clichés: Dangeresque must team up with old adversaries to defeat a new foe, he gets to find his missing father, Dadgeresque, and he has to get information from shady informants -- stuff you'd find in pretty much any other action film.

All old Dangeresque characters return and they’re just as cheesy as they used to be. Perducci, Killingyouguy, Cutesy Buttons, Renaldo and others all make an appearance. Every character is horrible at acting, which just adds to the humour. They mis-pronounce names, read the dialogue in very monotone voices, and even forget lines!

Another thing worth noting is the ridiculously high number of different locations this time. There's so many that your map (which, this time, is a super high tech global positioning system) will only have a single empty space left at the end of the game!

Like the other episodes of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, there’s a “retro” game to play as well. In 'Space Circus Catastrophe', you must rescue members of the space circus (performers, ringleaders and bears) while shooting down evil space clowns. You also have to dodge asteroids by quickly moving in the opposite direction of where they’re coming from. Like the previous games in the series, it’s fairly simple but for some reason it manages to entertain longer than the others. Unfortunately, just like the previous episode, there’s no do-it-yourself Teen Girl Squad comic this time – Sorry TGS fans!

The Extended Play (unlocked after beating the main game) in this episode is also a bit more entertaining. This time you can see deleted scenes, bloopers, and other material cut from Dangeresque 3. As with the three episodes before it, you will most likely take around 2 hours to beat this instalment.

Conclusion

Dangeresque 3 is pretty much just like the previous episodes of SBCG4AP – not too long, but fun while it lasts. This episode is a bit different from the others in that it actually finally successfully delivers something the website has been promising for over 4 years. With lots of funny dialogue and memorable moments, such as thwarting the invincible Killingyouguy in a car chase and defeating an amazing CGI monster, this is easily the best episode yet in the series. Let's hope the series finale is even better!

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User Comments (36)

kitroplious

#1

kitroplious said:

Great review Drake! :D

I think I should pick up the series sometime now. It's getting interesting! :)

Rexy

#2

Rexy said:

Having obtained the other 3 episodes of SBCG4AP, it's no secret that I'm anticipating Dangeresque 3. But the sound of this being the best episode so far makes it all the more exciting news for me to boot. Nice summarisation, Drake :D

Mind you, as we know, Episode 3's Wiiware release out here is running late, and I already (impatiently) downloaded and cleared the PC release. The only hopes of this reaching European Wiiware this week is if it comes in a double bill with the previous episode (which is a very long shot), so what do you think would be the best bet for us Europeans - download the PC version now, or risk a week's wait?

ness

#3

ness said:

Can i start with Episode 4 without playing 1-3? Or is it not recommendable?

Rexy

#5

Rexy said:

@Ness, comment #3: All the episodes are loosely connected to each other, so you don't necessarily need to play the prior 3 episodes to understand this one. All you need to see are the 2 SBemails above that give you some info on the whole Dangeresque setting, which should take no more than 10 minutes at that.

Starwolf_UK

#6

Starwolf_UK said:

I don't know if this is true of not but there was this comment on another website regarding the review...

Hey cool, spoil the end of the game in your review. Awesome, I’m glad I don’t have that to look forward to anymore. Thanks!

That has scared me from reading the review :( I have a thing for spoilers...if it is somethingf I don't care I won't read them but if I do care let me at em :P

ness

#7

ness said:

@ KnucklesSonic8: At first, thanks for the answer. But why should i begin with the second one?
According to the review of the 2nd game, it does not substantially improve on the first.

And the sentence "this is easily the best episode yet in the series" let me tend to begin with the 4th one, but i don't know if it will be confusing or something like that without playing the games before^^.

EDIT:

@ Rexy: Thank you for the information =).

DrakeStaff

#8

Drake said:

If you're tired of waiting I think your best bet would be to wait for Episode 5 and then buy them all on PC. There's a discount if you buy them all simultaneously.

Wiiloveit

#9

Wiiloveit said:

Due to my low memory and whatnot on my computer (it's a stone-age WinXP), I can't get them on my computer, and would prefer to play them on my WIi anyway: pointer controls FTW!

Anyway, I'm really excited for this one now. Goddammit Nintendo, WHERE'S STRONGBAD GONE!?!

Wiiloveit

#12

Wiiloveit said:

@Gameking23: as Dazza said for the previous review: Marcel's been quite privileged to have had a few weeks to perfect his 'style' on the press copy which Telltale provided us with. And as Marcel said for the review of episode two: I played the PC version, which was sent out to the press a few weeks in advance. The WiiWare version is EXACTLY the same aside from the ability to send photos to friends (In the PC version they can be saved on your computer), so no complaints about this please

Rexy

#13

Rexy said:

@Drake, comment #8: I'm aware of the discount, though having already cleared the Wiiware versions of Episodes 1 and 2 it might be a bit pricy to get the season pass now. I appreciate what you're saying though.

Wiiloveit

#14

Wiiloveit said:

@Rexy: It just works out cheaper to get all five on the PC, than the last three on the Wii - I think... the price conversion things a bit iffy at the moment what with the credit crunch and all.

Oh, and this post commemorates my 500th comment on WiiWare World!

Objection

#17

Objection said:

Congrats Wiiloveit. Now I gotta go see how many I have... Holy crap! This is No.817!! Sorry, Wiiloveit, you just lost (?) Just kidding its not a game...
Also, any word on a retail release of SBCG4AP on Wii?

Wiiloveit

#19

Wiiloveit said:

@Objection_Blaster: Eight...hundred...and...seven...teen? Meh, I'm still proud of my achievement. On VC-Rev's, I think I've posted about 30 times :| I wonder who's posted the most? Any way of finding out, WWW?

Rexy

#21

Rexy said:

@Wiiloveit, comment #14: Are you sure? I looked at the price for the five-game PC deal and compared it to the £21 I'd normally pay for 3 episodes. Because of my location, they added import taxes on top of the payment, so it actually sounds more logical to get the last two instalments seperately, though the format remains to be seen.

Yep, once again it sucks to be British, and don't get me started on the credit crunch @_@

Trombone_Hero

#25

Trombone_Hero said:

I've been playing it for a couple hours (about 3-4 non-stop)) still not done with it. Almost at the end though, it really is a fun game and is the best installment in the series (but I may be bais, I'm a Dangeresque fan). It's Amazing! But it seems that this comment is over, so it looks like I'm gonna have to JUMP

Clayfrd

#26

Clayfrd said:

@Wiiloveit - Huh, I've only posted here 193 times, and that counts all of the VCR WiiWare articles that were ported over here...

I've made 168 comments on VCR, and I've been commenting (I started visiting before I started commenting) there since June 16, 2007. I apparently don't have as much to say as many of you...

Good review...

Wiiloveit

#29

Wiiloveit said:

@Rexy: You're probably just best waiting for the UK release - what with the conversion rates being all over the place at the moment.

Rexy

#30

Rexy said:

It's not the money I'm really worried about, but more like the timing of Nintendo's VC/Wiiware release schedules out here (and yes, i'm still kind of peeved that we still haven't got Secret of Mana yet). Besides, in spite of the conversion rates, I was 15p better off for the PC version of episode 3, import taxes included O.o

Thus, the least I (and some of us other Europeans out here) can do is wait for this week's Wiiware update and see what happens.

Wiiloveit

#31

Wiiloveit said:

HOLD THE PHONE!
Fifteen whole pence? I could buy three cans of Baked Beans from Netto with that. So it's settled - PC is better than WiiWare!

Drizzt

#33

Drizzt said:

Come on! I just spend a massive bundle on Tales of Symphonia, Zack and Wiki and Animal Crossing/Wii Speak, not mention some DS games, and now I find that Episode 4 came out of Strong Bad? And it's the best one?!
I gotta budget myself :P.

Drizzt

#36

Drizzt said:

@Wiiloveit: I know, I didn't even know episode 3 was out. I'm just living in my own little world. Well, I bought this anyway after. Haven't had much time to play it though. I bought Sonic Unleashed lol.

Yikes, I should really stop spending so much money. :P

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