Opinion: All Hail ‘The Rad Brad’ – King Of The YouTube Walkthrough!

His name is Brad. He’s Rad. And his blind video walkthroughs of games such as Dead Space 2 and Amnesia: The Dark Descent are monstrously entertaining. Mark Butler salutes the YouTube sensation – and his rapidly expanding collection of catchphrases.

It’s two in the morning on a mid-week work-night, and for the last four hours I’ve been watching a guy I don’t know wise-crack, freak out and indulge in random but hilarious asides as he ploughs through action-packed horror Dead Space 2 for the very first time. Given the amount of ‘likes’ below his YouTube videos and the hefty number of views he’s amassed over the last year or so, it seems I’m not alone in this obsession. It seems I’m just the latest member of The Rad Brad’s fan club.

Let’s face it – there’s something distinctly uninteresting about the vast majority of gaming video walkthroughs. They can be useful if you’re stuck in a rut, or perhaps if you’re curious to preview a title before you buy, but let’s be frank: most are completely and utterly dull.

You simply experience someone else’s playthrough of a game, minus the excitement you’d get from actually playing the thing yourself, while often being treated to a tedious or self-important commentary, rattled off by someone who’s keen to tell you all the things you should be doing when tackling the game; dispensing sanctimonious advice and guidance with varying degrees of success.

Not so with The Rad Brad, a man who has been steadily gaining a popular and enthusiastic following on YouTube, complete with the kind of dedicated fanship that only comes along very, very rarely.

You see, Brad’s video walkthroughs are all about entertainment value, and on that level they manage to be so delightfully fun that you can easily find yourself drawn into his exploits for hours on end.

Brad's fantastic playthrough of Amnesia manages to convey terror and humour in equal measure

Brad specialises in blind playthroughs of horror games, with his refreshingly amusing commentary, instantly quotable catch-phrases and his genuine, unrestrained reaction to in-game events combining to produce videos with the power to make you laugh-out loud again and again. As one YouTube commenter points out, only The Rad Brad could turn a game as messed-up as Dead Space 2 into a full-blown comedy.

“Yeah, take it bitch!” he yells gleefully, blasting a troublesome Necromorph to the ground. When it leaps unexpectedly back to its feet a moment later, minus its arms and head, our humble guide reacts instinctively in the way only he can. “What?! He’s supposed to have taken it!” he yelps, before blasting and stamping the thing into a bloody pulp.

The fact that Brad commendably plays these horror games in the middle of the night, on his own in the dark and with his headset generating copious volume, only adds to the vicarious entertainment. When he plays a game as terrifying as Amnesia: The Dark Descent he takes the viewer through his own gambit of emotions and on a rollercoaster ride that is as funny as it is nerve-wracking.

He really does communicate the power of a great horror game: whether startled and shaken in a jump-fest like Dead Space 2 or absolutely terrified to his very core by a psychological mind-fuck like Amnesia. He’s experiencing everything the game has to offer for the first time, and you really do feel his excitement, curiosity and fear – with a few nifty one-liners along the way to neatly dispel the tension.

The guy’s catchphrases are already gaining ground. Hell, it probably won’t be long before they’re printed on T-Shirts and selling on the high-street.

His recurring soundbites accompany him randomly throwing objects about (“fuck you cactus!”), being unnerved by a rather unpleasant sound or mind-trick (“what…the…fuck?”), blasting attacking zombies or monsters (“yeah, take it bitch!”), being chomped on by said zombies or monsters (“get off me Jesus!”) or, when he’s truly been pushed to the brink by a horror game’s most deeply unsettling attributes, moments of petrified weakness (“I wanna go home!”).

"Get off me, Jesus!"

There’s also his laugh-out-loud funny response to any less than startling beast or creature that should come loping at him out of the corner of a room. “Well, heeeey there man,” he’ll chirp in comically cheery fashion, before pasting the thing’s brains all over the wall.

As well as the games mentioned previously, The Rad Brad has done walkthroughs of many others including terrific Half-Life 2 mod Nightmare House 2, Dead Rising 2, Alan Wake and most recently Dead Island. As a starting point, I heartily recommend his Dead Space 2 and Amnesia adventures – which are bursting with memorable outbursts and ponderings – but if you’re after a short stand-alone video to introduce you to the man’s unique brand of gaming commentary, I suggest you try his brief but unforgettable trek through the department store level of Condemned: Criminal Origins. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

To visit The Rad Brad’s YouTube channel, click here.

 

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31 Responses to “Opinion: All Hail ‘The Rad Brad’ – King Of The YouTube Walkthrough!”
  1. Sean says:

    I love Brad. Some games I cannot tolerate, like Dead Island (it just goes on and on) and he stayed committed to the walkthrough series. Plus he’s hilarious. Much love from Canada.

  2. Jack says:

    TAKE IT BITCH!!

  3. FanBoy says:

    Yay way to go brad some recognition at last

  4. Ethan says:

    RadBrad is the king of Let’s Plays, He’s Hilarious!

  5. Samlock says:

    TheRadBrad is my idol – without him, I would’ve never got into playing Amnesia, now I can’t stop playing it! Hilarious videos :)

  6. Momoya says:

    You forget:

    WHAT THE FUCK CHARLES!
    &
    WHO THE FUCK IS CHARLES ANYWAYS?

    Brad is the king!

  7. Shamzter says:

    I been Following Brad since the early times, and Ive grown fond of him overtime. The Man is a legend and his commentary is exceptional. All I gotta say to Brad is that I love you very much, you sexy beast! Keep up the good work bro, we be cheering you on. :D

  8. I found Brad many months ago as I was searching for information and videos on YouTube about Dead Rising 2, because I was thinking of getting it for my computer. I’ve always enjoyed walk-throughs and usually I like to watch Civilization IV/V Let’s Plays. As soon as I came across Brad, I was hooked and have become a loyal viewer and fan of him, his commentary and just as he puts it, “his random personality.” I’ve watched most of his playlists numerous times, including Dead Space 2 and Dead Rising at least 5 times each. The man is a legend and has kept me entertained and also, just with his commentary, has actual lifted me up on days where I felt terrible from being under the weather or just from being in a bad mood. Between his catch-phrases, commentary, his numerous “take it bitches” and classic “Aahhh” sound when he gets surprised or cornered by a pack of hungry zombies or necro-morphs, once you watch one of Brad’s videos, you’re hooked for good.

    Keep up the awesome work Brad and I look forward to all the endless amounts of fun and entertainment you’ll be bringing us.

    -Mark

  9. Kevin says:

    I love Brad but Uberhaxornova is the true king of lets play

  10. Shawn says:

    Take it bitch!, Take it hard!, What the fuck Charles!, Holy shit!, O my/ma god (died), Ahhhhhhhh..!! I love this dude he is the King Of The YouTube Walkthrough! and yea Take it bitch!!

  11. Terry says:

    Brad is the Elvis of Youtube Walkthroughs!!!

  12. PAoloMAcalino says:

    Whaddap?? DAmn BRad is so Awesome he even got am article in FMVmagazine and im asian dont really know if this website is popular in america or not but the point is he got in he IS the KING OF YOUTUBE WALK THROUGH

  13. Dartuza says:

    Brad has always been my number one youtuber. I find myself checking youtube everyday in hopes of a new video. Go Brad go!

  14. William says:

    I love all walkthrough posted by Brad….even though I just followed him for two weeks, I had to say “Brad is the Best!”

  15. rYn says:

    brad is fucking amazing lol i cant stop watching all hes walkthroughs. Anyway goodluck with ur future videos and keep up the good work ! =)

    Greetings from Estonia :P

  16. ZMAN says:

    brad is hilarious

  17. ZMAN says:

    RAD BRAD IS THE KING OF GAMING WALKTHROUGHS LIKE SKYRIM,AMNESIA< DEAD SPACE 2,ALSO SILENT HILL.

  18. ashman1267 says:

    What the fuck charles!!

  19. miguelpld27 says:

    hey radbrad you should look into playing day z mod

  20. xXExtrikerXx says:

    ALL HAIL BRAD! ALL HAIL BRAD!

  21. SkyReaper says:

    He’s dead as fucking fried chiken! lololo Still the best catch-phrase he created

  22. Anonymous says:

    I first discovered Brad sence “the walking dead.” I have seen many of his game plays they are very entertaining! Dude got skills, humor, and heart. I would rather watch his tutorials than anyone else. He has come a long way from youtube and made lots of fans and I hope that he continues to make walkthroughs for youtube! My favorite catch phrase and possibly the most popular would be…”yeah fuck yo chair bitch!”….Good luck Brad! hope to see another one of your gameplays soon! (;

  23. jimmyr61 says:

    I’m Brad’s oldest fan, and that is because I’m 61 years old and a gamer for about a couple of years now. Brad’s best walkthrough commentary was Cry of Fear without a doubt. It seems that whenever I’ve started to play a game that I just got, there is Brad, giving me his comments as he goes through each walkthrough. Beacause of my age, I’m not as fast as you younger guys, so it takes much longer to complete games. As a result I have to go to the walkthroughs to get help. Brad is always there with the game I just started.
    Great job Brad!

  24. xd says:

    FUCK YOU CHAIR

    TAKE IT BITCH

    WHAT THE FUCK CHARLES

    TAKIN IT DEEP

  25. James says:

    Brad for me is the best gamer I have ever seen on youtube,Together with his catchphrases such as: WHAT THE FUCK CHARLES,FUCK YOU CHAIR,TAKE IT BITCH and others he makes amazing videos everyday.Keep up the excellent work Brad.Much love from Malta.

  26. Siddharth says:

    Jesuus!

    Started with GTA 5, now to Last of Us. Can’t stop!

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