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GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Let's Play "Postal 3"

Postal 3 is an exercise in freedom of expression, and if you want- an exercise in patience. I'm a big fan of both, so I found this game to be particularly enjoyable. The crude, tasteless and intentionally goofy storytelling is easily the highlight, and it all reeks of smug self-satisfaction. The game insults the player, and your reward for perseverance is to endure more merciless mocking and aimless social commentary. I wish more games had the balls to be so shameless.


Does it all mean anything, though?

The game carries on the themes of its predecessor, Postal 2, but it's a lot less artistic about it. Postal 2 was “only as violent as you are”, and the same can be said of Postal 3, but Postal 3 is less interested in gray morality or nuances. There are two black and white paths to choose: Good or Insane. Being insane is easier, more fun, and allows you to use the crazy variety of messed up weaponry to your enjoyment. Being good is... boring, and difficult. It's similar to Postal 2's thematic take on morality, though it lacks the depth. Being good is hard and boring, being bad is easy and fun. The message hasn't changed much.

The thing that sold me on Postal 3 in the end was its hidden third ending, which you receive only if you complete the campaign without killing someone. It's a monumental task and your only reward is a cutscene, but it's physically possible to play this entire game non-lethally. Again, being good is hard. Being a pacifist in a world of murderers is even harder.


How does the game play?

The core gameplay is probably what disappointed people the most. It's comprised of largely linear objective-focused traditional videogame levels. You shoot men or collect things or guard someone, then you move onto the next level and do it again. I think the shooting feels fine, and I appreciate the wide variety in locations and the odd attempt at enemy variety. That being said, the sheer repetition of things could easily get to a lot of people.

There is one particular mission that was bugged beyond all reason, but aside from that, most of them seemed to function as intended. There were the occasional freezes, but that's what the quicksave is for, surely.

So let's go forth and be sane. But no spoilers, please.


Videos

The Paradise Bridge


Porn World


The Robbery


Police Academy


On Patrol


The Arcade


Border Patrol


The Lab


On Patrol... Again


The Raid


Gay Rodeo


And So It Ends

GamesAreSupernice fucked around with this message at 15:34 on May 5, 2019

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BrightWing
Apr 27, 2012

Yes, he is quite mad.


Alright, you have my attention.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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BrightWing posted:

Alright, you have my attention.

I like the duck in your avatar.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Porn World


Cum.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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The Robbery


Kadorhal
Jun 3, 2013

Look, just sign the stupid petition. I've got stuff to do.


I think the most interesting thing about Postal 3 is the way that, thanks to the whole development brouhaha it went through with Akella taking the reigns, the game feels like a period piece for a time period that had already passed it by once it actually came out, which makes the game feel older than it is. It came out in 2011, but if you didn't know that you could be excused for thinking it was, at absolute latest, a game from early 2009. Just from these first few videos we can already see it just in how it's presenting a dead ringer for Sarah Palin as if she's someone we're supposed to remember, when she stopped being relevant right around when Saturday Night Live stopped making jokes about her being able to see Russia from her house.

It's interesting in comparison to Postal 2, which also felt a lot like a period piece to the late '90s (particularly the constant railing on Joe Lieberman, at a point when he'd stopped being really relevant to the movement against violence in video games, while even in Apocalypse Weekend there isn't so much as acknowledgement that Jack Thompson exists) but then, with the typical subtlety of a brick through a window, reminded you that it was actually post-9/11 when bin Laden lookalikes showed up and started suicide-bombing people an hour in.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Kadorhal posted:

I think the most interesting thing about Postal 3 is the way that, thanks to the whole development brouhaha it went through with Akella taking the reigns, the game feels like a period piece for a time period that had already passed it by once it actually came out, which makes the game feel older than it is. It came out in 2011, but if you didn't know that you could be excused for thinking it was, at absolute latest, a game from early 2009. Just from these first few videos we can already see it just in how it's presenting a dead ringer for Sarah Palin as if she's someone we're supposed to remember, when she stopped being relevant right around when Saturday Night Live stopped making jokes about her being able to see Russia from her house.

It's interesting in comparison to Postal 2, which also felt a lot like a period piece to the late '90s (particularly the constant railing on Joe Lieberman, at a point when he'd stopped being really relevant to the movement against violence in video games, while even in Apocalypse Weekend there isn't so much as acknowledgement that Jack Thompson exists) but then, with the typical subtlety of a brick through a window, reminded you that it was actually post-9/11 when bin Laden lookalikes showed up and started suicide-bombing people an hour in.

I think maybe RWS just operates in a different timescape than the rest of us.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Police Academy


Well, here's the broken level. At least we get it out of the way early.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

Somebody call for an ant?



The dumb ai also plays into the general atmosphere the game seems to be going for. The cutscenes are reminiscent of all the youtube poop nonsense that people made for half life and whatnot. The ai running around in large groups acting goofy adds to that feeling in game.

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Jan 3, 2014

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FoolyCharged posted:

The dumb ai also plays into the general atmosphere the game seems to be going for. The cutscenes are reminiscent of all the youtube poop nonsense that people made for half life and whatnot. The ai running around in large groups acting goofy adds to that feeling in game.

People in the world of Postal 3 acting smart would be very strange indeed.

malkav11
Aug 7, 2009


I really enjoyed that man being attached to your leg the entire level.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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malkav11 posted:

I really enjoyed that man being attached to your leg the entire level.

I wish I knew how to reproduce that glitch, I can't imagine what even caused it

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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On Patrol


Creators of fictional media are on a much higher standard of existence than mere humans such as myself

Sally
Jan 9, 2007



ugh, i felt queasy watching the porn world vid.

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Jan 3, 2014

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Dash Rendar posted:

ugh, i felt queasy watching the porn world vid.

surprisingly, a few of my friends also said they didn't like seeing cum being shot at people out of a shop-vac

it barely fazed me, which leads me to believe that the general populace needs more exposure to cum

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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The Arcade


Together, we can do more.
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I've noticed I have a habit of coming across as more condescending than I intend to. I've been trying to fix that lately, and I hope now I can still get my points across without sounding too harsh or judgmental. I can't flip it like a switch, but hopefully I'll seem less spiteful and pissy. I apologize if I've directly insulted anyone watching my videos so far, since the purpose of these is to create discussion, not silence it.

Also this is a great level.

Captainsalami
Apr 16, 2010

I told you you'd pay!


Wait...aren't you banned? I'm on mobile and I cant read poo poo.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Captainsalami posted:

Wait...aren't you banned? I'm on mobile and I cant read poo poo.

I got unbanned but still have the banned sticker on my account, and I think it's kind of cool so I didn't really complain about it.

Sally
Jan 9, 2007



how bizarre, how bizarre. coming off a ban is supposed to wipe your avatar clean--not even a stupid newbie image. it's not unheard of, the ban image staying, but it is uncommon. i'm guessing you didn't buy yourself a platinum account either?

well, the banned av does suit the whole Postal 3 aesthetic. and if you don't mind it, between that and free platinum, it sounds like the forums Radiumed in your favour!

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Dash Rendar posted:

how bizarre, how bizarre. coming off a ban is supposed to wipe your avatar clean--not even a stupid newbie image. it's not unheard of, the ban image staying, but it is uncommon. i'm guessing you didn't buy yourself a platinum account either?

well, the banned av does suit the whole Postal 3 aesthetic. and if you don't mind it, between that and free platinum, it sounds like the forums Radiumed in your favour!

i mean, i'm not complaining, i kinda dig it

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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Border Patrol


I would kill to defend the Evergrace soundtrack. But, kill something small, like a carrot. Not spiders, spiders are icky.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

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That was indeed, a pretty catchy tune. Good work on arresting those people for disturbing the peace by trying to cover it with gunfire.

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Jan 3, 2014

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FoolyCharged posted:

That was indeed, a pretty catchy tune. Good work on arresting those people for disturbing the peace by trying to cover it with gunfire.

The music in this game is generally (thankfully) pretty loud, but even it can be drowned out by enough automatic weaponry.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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The Lab


The world's easiest boss fight, guaranteed to only frustrate players who attempt to play the game as intended.

GamesAreSupernice
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On Patrol... Again


Seems like an alright neighborhood to me.

GamesAreSupernice
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The Raid


I love this level.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

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The people who made the game are big old cowards incapable of standing up for cool beliefs. This explains their inability to fite you 1v1 irl over whether the game is good or not.

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Jan 3, 2014

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FoolyCharged posted:

The people who made the game are big old cowards incapable of standing up for cool beliefs. This explains their inability to fite you 1v1 irl over whether the game is good or not.

It's not that they're cowards, but I find Vince's attitude pretty funny given his usual "I regret nothing" stance.

I did direct message RWS's other Twitter first to give them a genuine compliment about the game, but then they ate my soul and now I feel nothing but a desire for revenge.

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Jan 3, 2014

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Gay Rodeo


If you think there are actually heterosexual cowboys, I'm not sure how to fix that.

Poil
Mar 17, 2007



Painting the rhino like a bull was indeed a nice touch. Even though it looked more like a cow to me.

To be honest the whole thing was so dumb and lazy it was difficult to be offended.

GamesAreSupernice
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Poil posted:

Painting the rhino like a bull was indeed a nice touch. Even though it looked more like a cow to me.

To be honest the whole thing was so dumb and lazy it was difficult to be offended.

Dumb and lazy is a pretty fair description of Postal's humor in general, but I'm exactly the kind of person that also laughs at Monkeybone.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

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Homo on the range is a pretty amusing pun too.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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And So It Ends


I miss you already, Postal 3.

BioEnchanted
Aug 9, 2011

He plays for the dreamers that forgot how to dream, and the lovers that forgot how to love.

I guess, due to doing this game a favour, you could call this thread a... Postal Service!

Poil
Mar 17, 2007



Welp, way too much random monkey cheese. Thanks for let's playing this for your and our mild suffering. This game is not a hit, but what it is rhymes with it.

GamesAreSupernice
Jan 3, 2014

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BioEnchanted posted:

I guess, due to doing this game a favour, you could call this thread a... Postal Service!

I wish I thought of these things during videos.


Poil posted:

Welp, way too much random monkey cheese. Thanks for let's playing this for your and our mild suffering. This game is not a hit, but what it is rhymes with it.

I had a good time. If anything, I wanted a good excuse to keep playing, but there are other experiences out there to explore still.

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Sally
Jan 9, 2007



BioEnchanted posted:

I guess, due to doing this game a favour, you could call this thread a... Postal Service!

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