POSTAL Redux Review
Postal is a name that brings back memories of a gore soaked FPS game from the 1990s. Postal Redux is an interesting take on the series. Join Erik from The Gamers Lounge as he reviews this game and asks, does this live up to the Postal legacy?
Postal was a game I only played a little bit back in the late 1990s. It was a gore soaked FPS from 1997 developed by Running with Scissors. The original Postal encouraged players to kill everyone and do terrible things. The game was banned in several countries. The protagonist was known as dude. While Redux plays and looks different, the game still has the classic Postal themes. Gamers traverse towns and cities and gun down people. Players are able to exit the level after they have killed a certain number of hostiles. The biggest change is Postal Redux is a twin stick shooter and Running with Scissors has returned to keep the game interesting and continue its spree of making games that are controversial.
The gameplay is simple in Postal Redux, kill everything with a variety of weapons and try not to die. There are 10 great weapons to choose from, I cannot recommend mines and the flamethrower enough. The game doesn’t get any more complicated or challenging than that. The Protagonist is easy to control and doesn’t speak much. The repetitive music, sound effects and small voice samples became dull after a while. Where is the upbeat hard pumping rock music? The gameplay gets repetitive after the first few levels and if you have the energy to finish the game, there are 17 levels. Most gamers can finish it in a weekend. The story isn’t much. Gamers are treated to diary entries between stages that show the Protagonist's train of thought.
The visuals are what I expected from an isometric shooter, although when I think of isometric twin shooters, I tend to compare games to Dead Nation. Some of the maps in Postal Redux had unique little details, but for the most part they feel the same. There is a nice retro feel to this, but I felt there could have been a visual overhaul. It seems the developer was more interested in bringing back that nostalgic feel back to gamers.
There a few reasons to keep playing. One of these is the new rampage mode, which rewards players with an aggressive play style who can maintain long kill streaks. It also includes a score at the end of each level. The Postal series is extremely popular with fans. The games in the series have been downloaded millions of times. The game is $15 on Steam. I don’t doubt it will sell and continued to be banned in countries. If you were a fan of the original Postal, than by all means pick this game up.. As for the rest of us, we’ll wait for a sale.
Game was provided by the Developer for review
Final score 3.5/5