Whiptail Interactive – Postal 2 review

not the most tasteful of 3D shooters
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£19.99

The original Postal game was banned so quickly that this reviewer never even clapped eyes on it. Still hasn’t, in fact. This makes for loads of good publicity, in much the same way that ‘Frankie goes to Hollywood’ benefited from ‘Relax’ getting the big thumbs down, but selling an outlawed product is morally questionable at best. The publisher of Postal 2 has got an 18+ certificate for the game, so the kill-fest is on, unless you live in Germany where it won’t be released.

Postal 2 is a first-person shooter that is all about mindless violence. Its recurring theme is “It’s always funny until someone gets hurt… and then it’s absolutely friggin’ hysterical” except they don’t use the word “friggin’” in the game but are instead rather more direct. You can probably see the level of humour we’re dealing with here.

The principle of the game is quite simple. You roam the town of Paradise completing simple missions such as collecting a pay cheque, buying milk and getting a petition signed. Clearly that isn’t a great deal of fun, but thankfully the town is full of weapons and is populated by homicidal maniacs who are also armed, as well as plenty of police.

Most of the weapons will be quite familiar and there is little to say about the pistol, shotgun, machine gun, hunting rifle or rocket launcher but some of the others bear closer examination. A rotting cows head shows the type of humour that you come across throughout Postal 2, as does the notorious Unzip weapon.

In the event you haven’t heard about the latter, I’ll try to explain as delicately as possible. When you’re out of ammo you can resort to kicking your enemies or you can unzip your jeans, and, well, pee on them. You can also pee on yourself if you should carelessly get too close to burning petrol (another weapon).

For extra ‘amusement’ you can sneak up on a cat and insert your gun in its rear end and turn it into a silencer. Of course it only last for nine shots before it is blown to pieces (nine lives, you see?). It’s all very tasteless.

Any number of games are described being violent in the same way as Tom and Jerry, but Postal 2 is more like Itchy and Scratchy. The violence is intended to be comical and is totally over the top. Those of a delicate disposition should steer well clear.

Company: Whiptail Interactive


Verdict
Postal 2 takes gaming violence to a whole new level. If you remove the violence and play in 'safe mode' it's rather dull and pointless, and not much fun at all. At £19.99 this is a cheap first-person shoot-'em-up, but it's certainly not for the squeamish.