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Postal 2 PC Game Review

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Postal 2 (stylized as Postal²) is a first-person shooter video game by Running with Scissors, and it is the sequel to the 1997 game Postal. Both are intentionally highly controversial due to high levels of violence and stereotyping. Unlike its predecessor, Postal 2 is played completely in first-person based on the Unreal Engine. Scenes of the game can be seen in the music video of the Black Eyed Peas single “Where Is the Love?”

In 2004, New Zealand banned Postal 2 due to “gross, abhorrent content” (urination, high impact violence, graphic vomiting, animal cruelty, homophobia, racial/ethnic stereotypes, etc.) and Australia later banned the game due to “excessive abhorrent content”. On May 1, 2007, Malaysia banned the game outright due to “very high impact violence & offensive depictions of cruelty”. The game is also banned in Germany, France and temporarily banned for sale in Sweden. The games were later legally made available worldwide through GOG.com in 2009 and later on Steam in 2012.

The game received a mixed reception from critics upon its release in 2003, with some reviewers going so far as to give the game a score of zero, while others argued in favour of the game’s concept and implementation. Regardless, the game was successful enough to receive several expansions and to be included in multiple compilations, and a film adaptation of the game and its predecessor was made in 2008.

One of the major concepts of Postal 2 is that it is meant to be a “living world”, a simulation of a tongue-in-cheek off-kilter town. Game characters live out their lives completely separate from the actions of Dude; walking around town, buying and selling merchandise, and even engaging in random shootouts with each other and the police.

The town features many cars but they are all “useless exploding props”, according to Dude, and cannot be driven, although they can be blown up and sent flying into the air. In addition to cats and dogs, other animals present are elephants; these animals can be shot or set on fire—or simply annoyed by the player walking into them—causing them to trumpet with rage and attack anyone within stomping distance. A bizarre feature is the ability to pick up cats as an inventory item. When used, Postal Dude shoves the barrel of the currently equipped firearm into the cat’s anus (cats can only be used while equipped with a shotgun or assault rifle) as a ‘silencer’. Every time a shot is fired, the cat meows in apparent agony, and the gunshot is muffled. After nine shots the cat has run out of lives and it will fly from the end of the weapon. Most dogs have the ability to befriend the Dude if he feeds them a continual supply of dog biscuits or feeds them any other food (pizza, donuts, fast food). Once a canine’s loyalty has been earned, the dog will attack anyone who attacks the Dude, or alternatively, anyone whom the Dude attacks. Dogs will also chase and kill cats, and play fetch with the Dude’s inventory items and also severed heads. There were also going to be cows included in the game, but they were left unprogrammed. They did appear in Apocalypse Weekend and the A Week in Paradise modification.

The game also features a cameo by Gary Coleman, acting as himself, who appears early on as the objective of one of the game’s tasks (travel to the local shopping mall to get Gary’s autograph). The player can choose to fight and kill Coleman or simply have the book signed peacefully (after enduring a long line-up). If the book does get signed, the Dude remarks to Coleman that he really loved him in Facts of Life (a spinoff sitcom which Coleman cameoed in). Regardless of the Dude’s actions, the police storm the building in an attempt to arrest Gary Coleman and a gunfight ensues which invariably results in Coleman’s apparent demise, with or without the player’s help. Later on in the game he can also be seen in the Police Station, when the player escapes from his cell he also frees everyone else—including Coleman, who can be seen running alongside Krotchy. Coleman apparently survives as he can be seen in the Apocalypse Weekend expansion, bandaged up in the hospital (various evil Gary Coleman clones also serve as recurring enemies during Postal Dude’s constant hallucinations).

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  1. My favorite part was that you could do the entire game without doing anything wrong… They even called you Jesus at the end !

  2. Would you believe me if I told you that I didn't know what political correctness is until the summer of the last year? And I'm 26. Goes to show how it's not a thing in some parts* of the world xD

  3. My greatest Postal 2 moment? It was Thursday, I pissed on some armed officer, hid behind the corner. Heard shouting, weapons drawing. After that, 30 people dead. A whole street dead. There goes my political carreer…

  4. I really liked the fact that Uwe Boll tried to make another shitty videogame movie, but picked a game that was purposefully shitty, so the Postal movie turned out quite decent and true to the source, unlike all his other tax fraud shitfests.

  5. You should have noted that the game still gets support, patches and new content after like 12 years. I dont think many games can say this about theirself. In fact it was kinda buggy before it was re-released on Steam in like… 2012? No idea anymore. Either way the game runs perfect now and never had more content.

    Pls ignore Postal 3 btw, not even from RWS. Not even worth a review… Sad piece of software.

    You should have maybe mentioned Saturday Sunday/Apocalypse Weekend. The addon which is now by default in the game. I liked it too but it sucked that it was linear.

  6. Force someone on the ground, light the person up and wait for it to turn into a burnt mess and piss on it

  7. I've played this game, it's boring, the graphics are dull, and the novelty of killing people wears off 5 minutes into the game. Grand Theft Auto did it way better.

  8. Pacafist is impossible. They give you lots of guns and somehow people manage not to kill anyone. I had a really hard time resisting to shoot the creator of the game in the face. "There's a position under your desk for yah sister." he said. I managed to not shoot him somehow…… When he left I pissed on his desk. Take that

  9. I remember when you have to confess your sins, there was a line and I didn't wanted to wait so I shot todo the air in order to disperse it, when to the priest He said no – I splattered his brains out with a shotgun, then this gem pops out "close enough" I lauhged my ass off

  10. Fun game. Postal dude really does have a great voice actor. Its a sick and stupid game made to offended everyone. Even I was I admit and I am not often offended by much. The fact that you both do that to cats and the cats are actually fairly friendly legit pisses me off. Again its just a game and that is the nature of the game and I like the fact that the game rewards you for collecting cats no matter if you use them or not. Postal 2 shows a lot of creativity and is overall a fun game. As far as dumb fun goes there are better games. I say people can be as controversial as they want but as far as "dumb fun" there are games that do that without intentionally trying to piss everyone off. Saints Row goes for intentionally messing with some crowds off but not literally everyone. Obviously I am not saying Postal 2 does piss everyone off, that would be idiotic, but it tries and I do not see anyone disagreeing with that. At the end of the day Postal 2 is completely tasteless but it really is dumb fun and their are few to no other games where you can say "I killed the entire development team and video game protesters" and that with the fun you can have with it and general and the creativity behind such a crude product is fucking awesome.

  11. Fun fact, the actor who plays the "Postal Dude" from the movie, Zack Ward, is the guy who played the bully, Scut Farkus, from the movie, "A Christmas Story." 😀

  12. And in my home country the game is illegal, so…

  13. Like Carmaggedon, everything sounds great on paper, but then you play it and it's actually shit. I had a friend who had both games and it that context they were funny enough, but then I'd try them on my own and all the flaws were magnified.

  14. I love this game.The only game in which I felt sick for some of the things i've done with it. Every summer i buy copies of it to my steam friends. Don't know why but they are just not into it as I am.

  15. Edit: This comment will be a bit long.

    This game is fucking awesome. I wasted so much by just screwing around with cheats in AWP mod. Also the Eternal Damnation mod is pretty great, it has a completely new campaign and a horror environment. Tho the only "scary" things are the occasional jumpscares and the creepy music. The new updated steam version has a modified version of AWP mod and sadly they removed all of the M@DJ@cK@L's stuff, which sadly also includes the best item in any video game/mod ever…
    Weed. Whyyyyyy??????

    Edit: Sadly Postal III was pretty terrible. Hit detection was even worse, there was morality, which at least to me doesn't make sense in a Postal game. Melee weapons are completely broken cuz of the awful hit detection. The M16 is the only good weapon in the game, while other weapons are just weak or don't work properly. It also has missing sounds for fire, footsteps and (I'm not 100% sure) kicking. I never played, but I watched some reviews, um, well to be honest I've seen worse.

  16. My first reaction to there being a movie (thanks to you metioning it): Wait wtf

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