Postal 3 was the game in the Postal series that missed the mark, yet I can still recommend it to niche players of this cult classic game series. The developer of the Postal series, Running With Scissors
, had licensed a Russian company called Akella to help create the game. The result was sub-par, leaving Vince Desi of RWS and all of Postal's fans a bit disgruntled. Postal 3 was supposed to be created on a larger scale and ultimately be more impressive than Postal II. This, unfortunately, did not happen.
Postal 3 had moved away from many of the aspects that made Postal 2 such a solid and extremely fun game. Some of these aspects that were removed included a free-roam, non-linear storyline. Postal 3 makes the player feel like they're just about trapped in the character's video memoir. Now, I like a linear story line every now and then and Postal 3 is not too terrible in that aspect, but the Postal series is known for its free-roam, go anywhere, kill anyone style. Unfortunately, I cannot say this for Postal 3.
Moving away from the detail, now that you know a bit of the history about this series, let's look at how it actually is...Pros:
- Voice acting is done very well, with the same old Postal Dude.
- Cameos from pornstars and other miscreants litter the game!
- The graphics are, of course, better than its predecessors, using the Unreal Engine
- The gore is nice, not enough blood however.
- There are some interesting missions to undergo.Cons:
- Straying from the rest of the series, it is a very linear and contains barely any free-roaming. There are maybe a small handful of free-roam esque missions.
- Removed 1st person view in favor of an over-the-shoulder camera
- The shooting & fighting feels rushed and clunky.
- There is almost a hoarde shooting effect. Enemies crowd around and fire, making it difficult to keep yourself alive. In Postal 2, about 1-4 enemies would attack at once; An extremely decent fight system.
- Dismemberment physics very
overplayed, even for a Postal game! Ex:
An M16 burst will rip off an arm or leg.
- Many, Many cutscenes attempting to explain a story that isn't terribly interesting. To those who know and love the Postal "story", it may be more interesting to you.Verdict?6/10
- Well, Running With Scissors is one of my favorite indie companies. I had so many hours of fun when Postal 2 came out that it became one of the best gamiing expierence of my life. Postal III was a huge let down to the diehard fans of the series, and Vince Desi even knows so. I hate to hate on RWS, but everyone knows how this game turned out. Listen, this doesn't mean don't try it.
Post Review Notes on the Postal Series
---- If you're like me, you're a die hard Running With Scissors fan. If you are, then I would recommend at least trying this game. It is not so bad for those of us who are interested in The Dude's story, or even just to see what happens.
All others that are looking for Running With Scissors' great black-satrical, violent, excellent Postal games that we've come to know and love, I implore
you to purchase the Postal 2 Complete pack or in addition, buy the first Postal
. In my humble opinion, Postal 3 can only be appreciated by the amount of love you have for Running With Scissors. I give them a pass for what they call a "mistake". Postal 2 Update News:
A decade has passed since the original release of Postal 2 and it is now on Steam for new generations to find. It was once a cult classic, pushing the boundries of violence in video games.
Sooner or later, and sooner we hope, Postal 2 is getting another expansion titled Paradise Lost. And hopefully there will be a Postal 4 in order to put this Postal 3 disaster in the past. For now, I'm going to recommend it simply because I do not hate nor dislike this game, but the devs dropped the ball by allowing Akella to develop with them. And becuase I play it anyway!