So we meet again my crazy mass murder friend (aka “The Postal Dude”)
I have a very special bond to Running with scissors original “Postal” game (which would be an isometric third-person shooter), because when the game was originally released back in 1997 (I was 13 years old at the time). I was going through a very though time at school (I was the fat kid, so I got bullied a lot). And when I heard about “Postal”, I got somewhat curious to find out what the game was all about. Because I remember that I read about the game in a really old Swedish Gaming magazine called “Attack Games“, and at the time I had never seen (or heard) about any games quite like “Postal” before. However, I should point out that Rockstar´s “GTA1” got released just one month after “Postal 1” (“GTA 1” launched in October, 1997). And Stainless Games “Carmageddon“got released the very same year, and so did Interplay´s “Fallout 1” (1997 would later be known as the year when a lot of violent video games hit the market ).
Any ways, as I was saying. The more I read about “Postal”, the more I wanted to give the game a try. So I ended up downloading the demo of the game (which took me about two days to download, since I used an old 33K modem at the time). I would not regret my decision to do so though, as “Postal” offered me a gameplay experience which I had never experienced before. And I just knew that I was in for a real treat as soon as I booted up the game. As the start menu looped a very disturbing and crazy song in the background, and the main menu picture looked like something taken from a horror movie.
However, I do not recall ever seeing a plot of any kind (at least not in the demo). Then again, the full version of “Postal” doesn´t really have a plot either (you will have to read the game’s manual to find out more about the game’s slim plot). Nevertheless, you do get informed that you´re playing as “The Postal Dude“. Which would be a full-grown male who has gone postal due to the fact that his been evicted from his home. So you basically have to see the world through a psychopath’s eyes, and live through his actions as he heads out on a mass murder crusade. And like I mentioned earlier, during this time I had dealt with a lot of bullying in school. So I could somewhat relate to the parts about “hate“, “anger“, “loneliness”, “lust for revenge” and “eternal darkness”.
Even so. I never had any real plans for pulling off a Columbine massacre of my own (the best revenge is to become successful, so I dealt with my overweight problems and started to get my life together). However, in a bizarre kind of way “Postal” worked as a sort of therapy for me (I killed off a lot of pain and anger with the help of the game). And I soon realized that I was the right opposite to the Postal dude, as I´m the kind of person that deals with my problems non violent (only use force as the last resort).
Anyhow. Gameplaywise, “Postal” reminded me about an ultra violent action version of “Fallout 1” (minus the RPG and turn-based elements). As the main goal of the game is to kill everything and everyone (humans and animals), and you have a rather big weapon arsenal at your disposal to do so (machine guns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, you name it!). Not to mention the fact that you can slaughter people in the most violent ways imaginable (you could even execute people on spot). And Running With Scissors enhanced the psychopath level in “Postal”, by adding one of the most disturbing soundtracks that I´ve ever heard in my whole life (the soundtrack sounds like something taken from the deepest of nightmares, or the inside of a psychopath’s twisted mind).
And you sure get the message very early on that the Postal dude is already dead inside, as he doesn´t really care about any eventual consequences (like death or a life-long prison sentence). And throughout the game, you will get to read the crazy thoughts of the Postal Dude via his diary. Messages such as:
“The earth is hungry. Its heart throbs and demands cleansing. The earth is also thirsty.” – The Postal Dude
And the further you get in “Postal”, the crazier it gets. Nevertheless, I´m not going to spoil anything for those who haven´t played through “Postal” before. Especially not since Running With Scissors has made it official that they´re going to release a HD remastered edition of the original “Postal” game (“Postal Redux”) during Spring this year:
“The classic dark and surreal twin-stick isometric shooter returns with a vengeance!
POSTAL: Redux is a high-definition remake of The Postal Dude’s infamous first foray into the world. Prepare to experience his psychological journey with faithfully recreated high-resolution visuals, remastered music, sounds, and dialog, and revamped and modernized gameplay. Crazed gunmen out for your blood await you around every corner. The only choice is clear: Get them before they get you. Fight back with a devastating arsenal as make your way through a violence-stricken town.
It’s time to relive the madness of GOING POSTAL!” – Running with scissors
“Even with all the noise surrounding POSTAL, gamers focused on the experience, playing the game by the millions, giving it great user reviews and helping us not only survive, but flourish. POSTAL Redux is a love letter to our fans,” Vince Desi, founder of Running With Scissors
Awesome indeed. Even so, I had some pretty mixed emotions about “Postal Redux” (for Windows, MAC, Steam OS and PS4). Because even though I enjoyed the original game quite a lot as a kid, it´s no secret that “Postal” had its flaws (the game received quite a lot of mixed reviews on release). So I really hope that Running With Scissors has sorted out most of the things that annoyed people back then (the enemy A.i and the sloppy controls, for example). Nevertheless, I like what I´ve seen so far from “Postal Redux”. And let´s be honest, “Postal” hasn´t aged all that well (the game was released 19 years ago), so I guess that´s just one of the many reasons why “Running With Scissors” decide it´s time for them to release an HD remake of “Postal”.
And since Destructive Creations “Hatred” has already warmed up the market for mass murdering simulators. I hardly doubt that “Postal Redux” will cause the same kind of fuss that the original game did back in 1997. No matter the outcome though, I´m still going to give the game a fair chance. Besides, I really like some of the new features. Such as the brand-new “Rampage mode” (get high scores through sustained kill streaks and creative methods of destruction). It seems like “Postal Redux” won´t include the four levels from “Postal +” though (“Postal Plus” has 21 levels in total, while “Postal Redux” has 17 levels), but who knows? Running With Scissors might release those levels via DLC later on?
Time will tell I guess. We will know for sure once “Postal Redux” hits the market during this Spring (for Windows, MAC, Steam OS and PS4).
With that said, what do you think about “Postal Redux” so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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