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  • Game of the Year Kanye West Meets Salmon in Fins of the

    first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Different Games is a video game festival held here in New York City where developers show off games a little left of center compared to AAA games or even prominent indie games. So it’s a hot bed of Game of the Year candidates. When I went to the conference earlier this year I played a meat-based dating sim, horror empathy text adventures, and multiple games about female anatomy including ones with… unique controllers.But this week’s Game of the Year is a game from that show with maybe a smaller brain but a great big heart. You Don’t Know the Half of It: Fins of the Father, by James Earl Cox III and Joe Cox of Seemingly Pointless, is a fishy “music video(game),” and it’s the Game of the Year.Plenty of video games feature music, and rhythm games like Guitar Hero incorporate music videos into their presentation, but the minutes-long Fins of the Father markets itself an interactive music video. I’m sure this isn’t the first instance of this idea, but it’s still pretty novel. The song in question? “Bound 2” by Kanye West, or rather, the dance-friendly “Nobody to Love” remix of that song by Sigma.A video game even tangentially inspired by Kanye West is already overqualified for Game of the Year, but that’s just the beginning of Fins of Father’s absurd delights. Here’s the thing, this game has barely anything to do with its song, except for maybe being a reference to South Park’s Kanye West fish jokes. The game begins, the music starts, and we saw some pixel graphic versions of clips from the “Bound 2” music video (with added fish), but the game then shoots off in its own wonderfully weird direction.Players control Salmontha, an anthropomorphic salmon race car driver trying to live up to the memory of her deceased father. Yes, this a racing game, not a rhythm game. The music just adds extra emotional impact. But that’s just the half of it. No matter how well you race, your car eventually explodes (sort of synced to the song), and mourners stress how your fate mirrors your father.You then meet your father in Fish Valhalla, hop on his motorcycle, and shoot down hellish undersea enemies to save this aquatic afterlife as the music keeps playing. One minute the game is Pole Position and the next it’s Gradius.When I finished Fins of the Father I briefly convinced myself it was the long-awaited Frog Fractions 2. While I hope that secret sequel is a more ambitious work, Fins of the Father’s sense of humor and willingness to change genres on a whim is definitely in line with that Game of the Year. Plus its proof that playing a dope song in the background of your game can make it way better. So bring on the music video(games)!You Don’t Know the Half of It: Fins of the Father is available for free on PC. It’s a short but heartfelt musical tribute to the bonds between parents, children, and salmon, and it’s the Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on targetlast_img read more