As mentioned in reviews Deadly Premonition is a game that is very similar to Twin Peaks in style. This is one of the reasons that it surprisingly has such an avid following, even if the game itself is somewhat flawed. The gameplay and control are often sluggish and can be annoying at times but the fact is that the quality and unusual style of the game keeps fans much more interested than the gameplay itself.
One of the most appealing parts of the game is the comparisons that can be made with Twin Peaks. The show is widely regarded as one of the best to ever grace our television screens so fans very easily find the similarities and are hooked, they want to see just how deep the similarities go, and these are in fact pretty deep. For a very comprehensive look at just how deep there is an article here that looks at almost everything.
Twin Peaks and Greendale, the World of the Strange
One of the easiest comparisons that can be made are the two detectives. Agent Dale Cooper and Francis York Morgan both are quirky characters who like their coffee and also spend most of the time talking to themselves. Cooper talks into a tape recorder, making notes for “Diane” a character we never actually meet (his personal assistant), she acts as his confidant at times. York is even stranger with his friend “Zach” who is in fact an alternative identity, he is much more of a private matter for York and it puts his sanity in question at times.
Another connection between Cooper and York is obsessions and coffee. Where Cooper uses his Tibetan beliefs to help him solve his crimes, York tends to use his morning coffee to ponder his nightly dreams and visions. Coffee is an important part of Twin Peaks, and Cooper is often famous for his catchphrase “DAMN good coffee”. York with his morning coffee shows that the same obsession with the caffeine filled drink shows the connection.
Other than the connection between the two agents there are of course similarities between the “other worlds” of the Black/White Lodge and Deadly Premonition’s Red Room, and of course the murders themselves Laura Palmer and Anna Graham are both prom queens and their murders are what drives both of the plots.
The article I provided above goes into further details about just how Twin Peaks and Dark Premonition work together, but do be aware that there are a lot of spoilers in the details that are given. These spoilers are obviously there because to show the similarities plot elements must be discussed, and although I’ve not really gone into detail myself, the article linked obviously does. For people who have completed the game or at least have the general idea it makes for a very interesting read.