One of the original scandalous and exploitatively violent games on the PC an eon ago, the name Postal has a certain degree of deserved reverence. This modestly-updated version is a chance for people who played the original to remember it and for new fans to see what all of the fuss was about. Sadly, as one of those people who remembered playing it way back when and at least being amused by it allowing and encouraging you to rampage and kill everyone in sight with a variety of weapons I’d say it hasn’t aged well. A function of how violent media and games have been since the original Postal was released is that honestly it all feels a bit silly and certainly overblown. Yes, you can gun down or catch innocent civilians on fire and watch them run around screaming but by today’s standards that’s kids stuff. Then, if you remove that shock factor and glee of doing “bad things” you’re left with a game that’s technically not very good. Aiming is wonky, you’re going to get shot from off-screen quite a lot, and in order to progress plain chaos won’t work in your favor, you’ll instead work on tactics that you’ll repeat that work but aren’t necessarily fun. As a historical artifact it’s important that it exists, and some people may appreciate the chance to check it out, but as a game it’s pretty weak by modern standards.
Justin Nation, Score: