Platforms: Win, Mac, Xbox, PS2
Do me a favor? Before you read anything else, watch the intro cinematic, okay?
Now, I’m fairly certain my work here is done and if you haven’t already played Psychonauts, you’re heading to Steam to buy it (currently on sale for a measely $0.99), and if you have played, you’re either reinstalling or digging out your old console and getting ready to fire it up again.
Yes, it’s that good.
Psychonauts is an action platformer, but it’s also a comedy, and a mystery, and most likely the weirdest damn thing you’ll ever play. Campers at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp start losing their brains, and it’s up to you, Razputin, to figure out what’s going on and restore the brains to the campers.
Although you’ll spend a bit of time in the real world, most of the game is played in the minds of others. You will collect figments of imagination, sort emotional baggage, fight censors, and find and resolve the deep psychological issues in the host – usually via a boss battle. As you rank up, you’ll get new psychic powers, which will not only help you on future mental journeys, but will also allow you to access collectibles in the real world.
For a game that’s over 10 years old, it still looks remarkably good, and there’s support for resolutions up to 1920 X 1080 (although some UI elements might look a little bit stretched if you choose to play in a widescreen resolution). I highly recommend using a controller to play, but folks who are particularly adept at platforming with keyboard and mouse will probably be fine.
With the current Steam sale, and with Psychonauts 2 – finally – having been confirmed, there is no better time to get into Psychonauts than right now. Go. Go buy it.