Octodad: Dadliest Catch PS4 Review

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to live a day as an octopus…who was pretending to be human? No? Well then this game isn’t for you, but if you answered, “Yes! I’ve always wanted to know what a day in the life of an octopus pretending to be a human was like!”, then this game is for you and so is this review.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

The main story revolves around a nameless octopus, what’s in a name anyway, who is living as a human. He has a human wife and human kids (don’t ask me how he has human kids), and none of them know that he’s different. You’ll play out his wedding to his clueless wife Scarlet and then live a full day in his life. Wake up in the morning, get some coffee, give one of his kids some milk, do some outside chores, and do some grocery shopping. Normal right? Then take the family to the aquarium! Feel the pain of the trapped sea creatures, have some fun with the family, and defeat the psycho chef before the big reveal of who you really are.

Not good for long periods of time, this game is good for those times when you have an hour to kill. Surprisingly there is some character development in this game that makes it interesting. Scarlet doesn’t see the octopus as an octopus, but as someone that she loves. Someone that has helped her raise a family, and when it’s revealed that she’s married to an octopus she still doesn’t care. There’s some underlying meaning in this game and I like it. Even the kids think it’s cool and accept the octopus for who he is, a good father to them.

The playability of this game is just awful, which is to be expected because you’re playing as an octopus. Your legs and arms don’t move right and you’ll often get stuck in certain spots which after a while is just plain annoying. There are also a lot of glitches and bugs that cause the game to freeze, especially at the end. I only recently started playing this game again because I didn’t like that it froze my whole system and it had to be restarted.

Graphics wise this game is pretty cool. I like that it looks like a big Pixar movie that you get to play in. There’s a lot of detail in such a small game and it was surprising in a good way.

There are 20 bronze trophies for this game and you’ll get 2 of them without doing anything special. The other 18 require level specific tasks and can be a pain in the ass to get. You’ll eventually get the trophies as long as you’re persistent, but your controller will pay the price as you contemplate breaking it when it takes you a dozen tries to get one trophy.

Luckily there is no multiplayer, but if you want to hook up a second controller for some good old co-op fun, then go for it.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Touching story with heart.
+ Cool graphics.

What’s Not So Great:
Crappy playability. It’s laughable at first, but quickly gets annoying.
Really bad bugs and glitches that cause the whole game to freeze and the system to have to restart

If you’re looking to play an octopus for some reason, no judgement here, or you’re just looking for a game that has some underlying heart and meaning then this is the game for you.

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