View Full Version : Similarities Between Psychonauts and GF

09-03-2007, 12:02 PM
Just completed Phsychonauts in 53 hours! (not playing time..) it was suprisingly good!
anyway i couldnt but help notice some similarites between the 2 games.

Warning: Spoilers for Phsyconauts and Grim Fandango

1.Raz and Manny
Both have a mysterious past
Both very mouthy and funny
Trying to find out whats going on
Both have a hint of anarchy about them

2. Lili and Meche
Both secretly fall for Raz/Manny
Both are angry/unfriendly with Raz/Manny at some point
Raz/Manny both have to save lili/meche
Gets together in the end with Raz/Manny

3. Dogan (i think thats his name, The little blue guy) and Glottis
Both Stupid
Both need help from Raz/Manny
Both very Powerfull
Glottis/Dogan looses his Heart/Brain. Raz/Manny Gets it back.

4. Coach Oliander (another name im unsure of) and Domino
Both originally on your side
Both Later found out to be corrupt
Both in a higher position
Both Fought and Defeated

5. The Old Psychonaut guy (lol?) and Sal
Both Manny's/Ras' Leader/Mentor
Both Have underground secret Lair's
Both give tasks to Manny/Raz
Both Defeated By the Enemy

6. Other Things
The Lungfish monster greatly resembles the underwater sea monsters from grim fandango.
Lungfish city has an underground resistance like the El Marrow resistance.
The Music is EXTREMELY similar

Well thats it!
Oh and not forgetting
"its a tunnel that opens up into a system of catacombs" line, making its 3rd apearance.

09-04-2007, 12:02 PM
now now, Glottis aint stupid...just simple!

but funny ye spotted it

09-08-2007, 01:47 PM
Those are some pretty interesting observations. The one relating Sal and Ford Cruller (the old guy) is pretty apparent; the whole concept of a great, powerful mentor being defeated was (Is?) quite popular in cinema, but is something that clearly works well in games too -- obviously something Tim is fond of!

Although some are kind of loose, I think it does kind of show patterns in the way Schafer thinks when writing stories. They are always excellent so there must be some kind of magic going on when he's doing so. :D

Du Man
09-12-2007, 06:26 PM
thought you guys might like this, and warning for the kiddies there is some rude language.


oh, and if you have bought Psychonauts (unlike me), don't follow the demonstration at the beginning.

09-16-2007, 01:01 PM
Haha, that was so true and so funny. Kind of like a cross between the hitchhikers guide and South Park