- Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TearofGrace
- Subscribers (at time of publish): about 593,669
- Types of games played on channel: Mostly Binding of Isaac, but other stuff too
- Commentary: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Nope. Not even.
- Vlogs or additional content: A few, but they are sparce
- Post frequency: about 3-5/week
I love to watch games. To be honest, I prefer to watch other people play games instead of playing them myself. Because of this, I watch a lot of “Let’s Play” channels on YouTube. My new series “YouTube Game Channels” will illustrate some channels I have stumbled across in my viewing time. With that said, let’s dive into Volume 5: TearOfGrace!
- ♦ Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TearofGrace
- ♦ Subscribers (at time of publish): about 593,669
- ♦ Types of games played on channel: Mostly Binding of Isaac, but other stuff too
- ♦ Commentary: Yes
- ♦ Kid Friendly: Nope. Not even.
- ♦ Vlogs or additional content: A few, but they are sparce
- ♦ Post frequency: about 3-5/week
TearOfGrace’s main claim to fame is his playthroughs of games in the Binding of Isaac series. Here is my breakdown of the game: the original is about a boy named Isaac who has a deranged mother that claims God speaks to her. One day, God tells her to “save” (kill) Isaac. Isaac manages to escape through a trap door in his room, which leads to the game. Over the years, there have been several DLCs and spinoffs and non-canon titles tying themselves to the title Binding of Isaac. And, as far as I can tell, TearOfGrace has played them all.
His early channel was dominated by Dark Souls II and Shadow of Mordor, two games I know nothing about. His first romp in the world of Binding of Isaac was in January of 2015 with a Binding of Isaac: Rebirth video:
By this time in his video-making career, he had gotten past his learning curve and finally settled into the TearOfGrace persona that is known today. To be fair, he didn’t need to go very far. Unlike JackSepticEye, TearOfGrace started out expressing his over-the-top personality, rather than slowly exposing it over time. Plus, he has a distinctive voice that made him stand out from the beginning. He seemed a little more timid in his earlier work though, but no matter: he has since made up for it.
TearOfGrace doesn’t really do comprehensive gameplays. Instead, he samples the game and his playing style of them. Part of his style is using ostentatious editing techniques and, what I consider, game chopping. A good example of this is his gameplay of CupHead:
The viewer will notice obvious music plugs to enhance the commentary as well as large jumps in the gameplay itself to move from one area to another. If you enjoy getting highlights of games rather than the whole thing, you may want to check out more TearOfGrace.
When I was first introduced to TearOfGrace, all I saw was Binding Of Isaac videos. I am not a fan of this game at all. So, for a long time I avoided watching him. After a while, I found out that he played other games too like Sonic Adventure DX and Super Mario Maker: games I personally found more approachable. Once I heard his commentary on these games, I was hooked. For me, there’s something so curiously captivating about his voice that I just couldn’t stop listening.
And in case you are wondering what he looks like, here’s a picture of him:
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing the first time I saw him. I couldn’t imagine that deep and almost glottal voice coming out of someone that looked like that! This information enticed me more.
Alright, enough with his voice. About TearOfGrace’s gameplay: I feel it can be hard to judge just how well he plays games mostly because of his editing style. I like to watch gamers that play well. But honestly, the not knowing hasn’t affected my enjoyment of his playthroughs. I feel that TearOfGrace’s videos aren’t about the gameplay, but instead showcasing what the game is about. Plus, it’s fun to listen to his rather blunt remarks.
The best way to sum up what TearOfGrace is about is to listen to his own words from the first video on his channel:
You can see right away the style of humor that permeates this channel. His biting commentary on the games he plays is poignant and comically-driven as well.
TearOfGrace has quickly become one of my favorite gaming personalities on YouTube. What can I say? I guess I’m a sucker for a foul-mouthed cynic. However, I know he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. He may have started out doing more comprehensive walkthroughs, but he has definitely moved past that into another realm of gameplay altogether. This, in my opinion, is a refreshing departure from the normal let’s players who tend to do more comprehensive gameplays. TearOfGrace isn’t perfect (I mean, how may episodes of The Binding of Isaac does someone need to do?!), but he definitely gets an 8/10 on my personal score.
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