Postal 2 (2002 Video Game)
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Sometime it gets boring though. Still enjoyed it. Could do better cutscenes. Sincerely I write this review just to get some things done on the check list. Still enjoyed the game. And now: PINGU SO I CAN GET MORE LINES! PINGU!PINGU!PINGU!
Let's start off my review by saying that this game is "certainly" not for everyone. It is very offensive and crude, but if that's your kind of humor you'll have a field day with this gem of a game. I found myself laughing throughout the entire game not only because of it's dialog also because some of the levels are just hilarious from it's over the top violence to it's dark sense of humor. This game didn't receive as much attention as it deserved because this is definitely going in my top ten list of best games I've ever played not because of story or graphic, but because it's a simple concept that proved itself playable, violent, and hilarious that deserves way more attention. Sure the graphics and voice acting isn't amazing, but to me that adds to comical experience of the game. I would highly recommend this game, but be prepared because it is highly offensive.
Although I hate to admit it, Postal 2 can be fun. You get to throw petrol around and set it alight, which is something no other game that I know of can offer. You get to cause trouble generally, in fact, and what, you might ask, is wrong with that? That sounds like fun, doesn't it? The problem with Postal 2 is that, after a short session of playing it, I started to feel ill. I felt like I had just done something naughty, like murdered a prostitute or something similar. This feeling doesn't go away as long as the game is installed on your computer.
I played it with my friend. He felt this way too.
If you have no morals, or are, clinically, a sociopath, then you'll love this game. Otherwise, stick to games which let you explore worlds where people are violent for a reason.
*SPOILERS* At the end of the last level, after the last mission, there will be a "twist": the apocalypse will start, for no reason in particular. Everyone will start shooting at each other, and some will shoot at you. I guess this is supposed to make up for the lack of entertaining game-play. Also, in the final cinematic, when you've beaten the entire game, the Postal Dude does kill that preposterously obnoxious woman he's with... issues, anyone? I vote "yes". *END SPOILERS*
What else is there to say... the AI is nearly non-existent, the level design is lacking in detail, the graphics are overly demanding and not particularly good, the game is thoroughly dull and the "plot" is lame(and at times, utterly nonsensical). The level is built as a small town which you can move around in about as much as you want, with more areas being added as you progress through the game. Unfortunately, the downside to this is that there are "load zones" at every major "checkpoint" in the level, and you have to wait a ridiculous amount of time to get to continue. All in all, the game is just too dull, short and dumb and tries too hard to be politically incorrect... kind of like a game version of Adam Sandler. People with issues may enjoy this. I recommend this to fans of offensive games, not entertaining ones. 5/10
The real selling point of this game, is it's non politically-correct attitude, other than that there's nothing else to this game.
Yes it's great fun being able to urinate on people and watch them throw up.
Yes it's funny to be able to stuff a cat on the end of your shotgun and use it as a siliencer.
Yes it's funny to be able to shoot the c**p out of religious fanatics, rednecks, tree loving protesters and parents against video game violence.
And yes it's even funny hearing people (and your character) swearing all the time.
BUT after the novelty wears off, what are you left with? Not a lot.
The basic premise of the game is you have certain errands to run each day (things like pick up the milk, cash your pay check, urinate on your fathers grave, that sort of thing), but unfortunately things always go wrong (like being attacked by the parents against video games, just after you have been fired from your job with a Video games developer). The errands themself are all quite original and funny and do make you wonder at times how the programmers really think. But there is one HUGE problem with this game, that makes it almost unplayable and that is the loading times between different sections of the map. Now on some errands you have to cross the entire town, which means you'll have to go through 3 or 4 load sections before you reach your goal, and go through 3 or 4 load sections to get to the next. This in itself is pretty bad programming, but for each one of these loads to take 2-3 minutes each, that's completely unforgiveable!! Now I know it's not my PC, as I've got a pretty high spec one (XP3000+, ATI 9700pro, 1.5GB DDR, and Maxtor 7200 rpm HD's), so I checked the net and found out that everybody has the same problem, but there is a patch that reduces this loading time, which I downloaded and applied; but it didn't seem to change anything on my copy. Oh well, never mind, eh?!
Postal 2 is a really funny game and an original take on the first person shooter game, but besides the very adult humour there is nothing else here that hasn't been done better in other games. Buy it for the novelty value only, otherwise get something better like MOHAA.