POSTAL Redux is a high definition remake of the classic dark and surreal twin-stick isometric shooter. Take control of The Postal Dude as he fights to survive in a world gone mad with violence.
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Release Date: May 20, 2016

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Thanks for buying POSTAL Redux!

Hopefully you're all having a good time with the game and enjoying our passion project. If you have any technical issues, please post them to the forums - we review every single one and will do what we can to help you out. Please give us 24 hours to reply.

Ditto for future update ideas. Much like POSTAL 2 before it, we'll evolve the product over time. Extra maps, co-op / deathmatch and other modes are all planned - at no extra cost to you. We've had many suggestions for smaller features (such as disabling the crosshair) that we'll also be happy to work in.

If you're enjoying the product so far and would like to help support our efforts further, please consider writing up a Steam review.

Best,

RWS Team

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About This Game

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 you make your way through a violence-stricken town.

It's time to relive the madness of GOING POSTAL!

  • Brand new Rampage mode: Take aim for the high score in this frantic mode that awards points for sustained kill streaks, creative methods of destruction, and blistering fast action!
  • Battle through 17 levels in the classic Campaign: Beginning from your humble Home, traverse through The Mine and Trailer Park, witness the mean streets of The Ghetto and the bright lights of The City, all the way to the final standoff at the Air Force Base, including a stop at the all-new Carnival.
  • A wide range of foes: Defend yourself against gun crazy Vigilantes, trigger-happy Police Officers, trained and efficient SWAT and Military squads, the quintessential Marching Band, and angry Ostriches!
  • 10 weapons of destruction: Lay waste with the mighty Shotgun and Spray Cannon, roast attackers with Molotovs and the Flamethrower, fill the streets with fire with the Napalm Launcher, clear out entire groups with Grenades and the Rocket Launcher (Heatseekers included!), lay traps for unsuspecting pursuers with varied types of Mines, and introducing the commanding Revolver!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 512MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a 64 bit operating system
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz multi core processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 1GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a 64 bit operating system
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Very Positive (219 reviews)
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Blades
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
What do you mean "the Elementary School level would trigger SJWs"? What do you mean "we replaced the Elementary School level with something that has less edge to it"? What do you mean "people gotta pay a tenner for a POSTAL Redux without the Elementary School level"? No, please, give us back the Elementary School level!
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Swedish
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great game for High School kids!
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Steve
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Roughly 2 hours to beat the game on normal difficulty. Theres a rampage mode that allows you to replay levels to test your skills with a high score. Its worth the money if you can get it for under $10.
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camXmile
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
No school in the redux version? Cut off your balls, Vince! But I guess you have none already. And the new achievements pictures are bad.
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Incipit Satan
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I Swear Playing The Redux Is More Harder Than The Original!!!!!!!
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Zircon308
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game puts Hatred to shame.
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Diothorn™
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
I am really happy to see a game that inspired so many more titles like Hatred being overall enhanced and done in a right way. It is not only faithful to its origins but the devs has taken it one step further. I totally recommend it!

+graphics
+new mode
+future updates with co-op etc
+arsenal
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Jag Of Troy
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Started playing this game.. wondering why I don't hear people suffering on the ground, crying for help, leaving blood trails as they try to crawl away..
All that good stuff in the original? It seems they toned down this remake a lot, even Postal Dude's language is "softer."
Better graphics didn't make for a better game and as much as I love RWS, I don't recommend buying this even for the 50% off discount I got on it.
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[DFS] DumbBeard
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I've never been so horrified... 666/10!

This is easier to handle then the original postal. They redid all the graphics and transformed all that feedback ridden sound into what I can only describe as Audio Chocolate.

It hasn't lost it's horror. The loading screens are still cryptic and scary, the sounds of the dying are still there, and even the strange sounds in the postal dude's head is there (at least I hope those sounds are in his head!)

The only downside is that sometimes it can be stubborn to start up as of 6/23/2016. It does this annoying thing where it opens the window, plays the vanity plate, then stops responding. So you just close that out, start it again, don't touch anything, and it's good to go. They're very likely gonna patch that out soon.

Give in to the voices in your head. The ones that say buy this game... not the other ones. You should really see a shrink about those.
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Hyperchaotic
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Nice remake. I like controls, graphics and Dude's voice acting.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
If you're a fan of the Postal series or even if you're just hearing about it, this takes the original Postal game brings it into our day and age of pc games. Although the original Postal was groundbreaking and highly controversial in 1997 when it was 1st released, trying to play it nowadays was a royal pain andddd got more boring and frustrating then fun. Not any more! What RWS and Jon M (in my opinion the best thing that's happened to Running With Scissors since Steve Wik) have done is bordering on genius. They made a 19 year old game something you now want to play again. Just hearing The Dude's voice not only makes this fun but makes me wanna jump back on the Postal sequel also for some long forgotten fun. 11/10 Stars and 4 thumbs up (don't ask up where). Buy this now!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
While the $15 pricepoint can be a little iffy to some with a tighter budget, its still a great game, as well as a bit of an investment.

First off, if you don't know what the gameplay in Postal is like, its a slower paced twinstick shooter. It not blazing fast like Hotline Miami, nor is it some top down tactical shooter, but its also not a standard twinstick with a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of people being thrown at you, like Total Carnage or Smash TV. To describe it, I'd say its like a bunch of seperate scenarios being put together to make a cohesive level. Some levels are smaller or more populated and end up playing out as almost non stop fighting, as you inevitably will anger one crowd while fighting another. Other levels are more spacious and allow you to come up with a simple strategy to follow through on when you move in. Its a great mix of thinking before you act, and acting without thinking.

The improvements all around from the original Postal 1 are all welcome. The controls are smooth as silk, and you no longer need a controller to have twinstick style controls. Some weapon rebalancing is also present, and working with the new control scheme the gameplay has more skill and strategy to it rather than just "crawl forwards slowly and pray to ♥♥♥♥ing jesus you dont die." The overall sound design is fantastic once more, and the atmosphere is just as stellar as it was in the original game. Also you can wear the original Red Coat, or pink if you're feeling particularly gay like I do sometimes.

Currently though, one thing to remember is this game as of whenever this is being posted, the game is an investment. Right now you get a solid campaign that lasts different lengths of time depending on the difficulty (about 1 hour on normal, 3-4 on hard), and you get the rampage mode if you enjoy score attack type stuff. RWS has confirmed co-op, deathmatch, the expansion levels, brand new levels, iirc a nightmare mode difficulty, and potentially a few extra things if all goes well. RWS is really ♥♥♥♥in' passionate about Postal Redux and it shows with how much they're talking about it. RWS is a fantastic company and you are certainly going to get more content than there is in it right now. Hell if anything just buy the game to support RWS cause they're ♥♥♥♥ing awesome people.

also Mike J Vince Desi Toploader/Kamek I'm still open for performing the act of fellatio on you fellas. The rest of you at RWS I don't know who you are but I'll do it to you folks too if you want. Women are only allowed to pat me on the head however.
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
-insert edgy review about school shooting-
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
The same good ol’ unnecessary violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuhEoxzpvow

So, where to start? I was a bit skeptical at first, despite knowing that these devs won’t ever change, i was still a bit scared that any other Postal game after the first and the second ones will be less fun and won’t be the same, because, to be honest, in the recent years the gaming community started getting very sensitive to certain aspects of violence. And i don’t like to say this, but we need to face the fact that violence is part of the human nature, of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean something good, and it surely doesn’t mean you should replace this kind of behavior in the real life.
And i strongly believe it’s a good thing if developers (generally speaking) are adding such senseless violence, racism, and various other kinds of hatred. And please, don’t get me wrong, I am not racist, nor homophobic, i don’t believe in any of these intolerant groups, but these are things you see them in your daily life, they are everywhere, and i think we need to accept the fact that for the moment they are still a big thing, and i believe that trying to ignore them in movies and games doesn’t do anything good, on the contrary, we are running away from the ugly truth.
This is life, good and bad aspects, good and bad people.
Now, about Postal Redux, I was glad that i was proven wrong, nothing changed at the very core of Postal.
The game is polished, and it was improved alot graphically speaking, the VFX in this game are also eye-pleasing.


Gameplay

You have a good variety of weapons and explosives to create mass chaos with, and each of them are very fun to use.

The difficulty option does its job pretty well, i tried the game in both the easiest difficulty and the hardest one, for example in the hardest difficulty, you might die once or twice every level until you figure out the best pathway to start your killing spree, and the difficulty option adds extra hostiles, changes some enemy types, and also changes how often you find health/guns/ammo.
Isometric games tend to be confusing at times, even the original Postal was a bit confusing. In this one it was slightly weird only when you were walking and having to shoot enemies from multiple directions at the same time, but i think this is not something unusual.

Also.. SECRETS! I personally loved when games had secret areas hidden throughout them, and i am glad this one has some aswell, they might not feel so rewarding as the ones in Duke Nukem 3D, let’s say, but it’s nice when you find them (not very hard).

I think this is everything that could’ve been written at this section of the review, if you are familiar with Postal, you know it is a simplistic game with not a rich background story, but a rich and fun Shoot’Em Up experience.

What some people might not be very fond of, the actual playtime, for me it was around 1.6 hours, but as far as i know, the first one was also the same.
On the bright side, you will probably love to replay this quite often.

Also, a new mode was added, Rampage, in which you you mantain killstreaks and try to get high scores, i still have yet to play it properly, but i am happy overall that they've added some new content to this great cocktail of insanity.


Soundtrack
Not sure if this soundtrack fits Postal Redux as it should, but it is amazing.
It made me feel energic, it made me feel like i was going literally insane. I loved it! Unique, very dark and mysterious but also with a strong psychopathic vibe to it.

Ending note: I love this new remake, i am very happy that it didn’t change, i am happy the developers still work on the POSTAL ‘franchise’, and i am very glad i got the chance to play this.

Thank you, RWS.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
POSTAL Redux

DISCLAIMER: I received this product for no cost for the purpose of reviewing.

If you've played the original postal, then there might not be a whole lot for you in this review aside from the changes made from the original. This is the first time I've played a Postal game despite owning "POSTAL" & "POSTAL 2" on Steam. This means I'll also be looking at the game from a mechanics point of view as well as it's play-ability.

As many people already know, the Postal series has you as some dude, (appropriately named; "Postal Dude") shooting up civilians and any hostile enemies trying to end his rampage. The game is a 2D top downish-isometicish twin-stick shooter. The story is almost non-existent from what I can tell, but the blatant unprovoked violence was once something of controversy when the original game first came out.

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Graphics: 7 / 10

I have looked at the graphics quality of the original game and have compared it to the redux version. I can say that there definitely was an improvement, which is to be expected. It's sharper and more polished than the original. It also accents more of the detail there is in the game. Without the comparison, and taking into account that it is an indie title, the visuals are still pretty decent. They aren't amazing, and really aren't on par with a lot of the other games coming out, though you could also say that making a redux version could not tamper with the actual visuals too much, as it's more of a "restoration" of the title. All in all, I do think it's fine, and the retroish style will also appeal to others. The game is not that demanding and seems to be optimized fine. It can run on almost any lower tier graphics card and CPU.

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Sound: 6 / 10

I'm not entirely sure if the sound assets were changed or if there was a quality improvement to the original, though the game's soundtrack, gun noises, and one liners are decent. The sound assets are all a tad muffled, though I think it adds to the experience of the game, and somehow it fits. Although I'm not much into the metally rockish grunge kind of music that the soundtrack consists of, I can see how some people would enjoy it, and it does really compliment the game's theme.

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Mechanics: 6 / 10

The game mechanics were not changed from the original game at all from what I can tell. You run around killing people. It's a very simple system. You have a certain amount people you have to kill before moving on to the next stage. You can pick up a variety of weapons that each need ammo (aside from the starting gun). You can pick up ammo and health in some stages. Knowing when to use which guns with certain enemies is also key, as some guns do more damage than others. The enemies also have they're own arsenal, so you have to be careful not to take too much damage from them, as well as avoid environmental obstacles like fires and barrels, although you can also use these to your advantage. Although simple, the mechanics are solid and get the job done.

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Final Personal Remarks:

As someone who never played the original, the game is decent. It has a few difficulty settings depending on how good you think you are at the game. It's not the kind of game I'm personally into, and I wasn't around when there was all the controversy surrounding the original. This means I probably don't appreciate the title to it's fullest, however I know there are people that do, and because the game is somewhat of a classic, I know there are people that would enjoy having a much more up to date version of this game.

Thanks to the devs for giving me the opportunity to review the game, as well as anyone who took this review into consideration, I hope it helped.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Really good update of the game, especially if you're like me, a Postal 2 fan who found the original's controls baffling.

(SPOILERS?) It's a real shame they changed the ending. That's a very un-RWS way of doing things. Oh well, I'm happy to have a redux of this great game.

UPDATE: Mike Jaret responded!

rWs MikeJaret [developer] 8 Jun @ 12:27am
actually Spaceman, the RWS way of doing things is to do what we want, and WE wanted to change the ending, no one made us! BUT glad you liked the game, thanks for playing!!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
https://youtu.be/FBUpI38CzzQ
Game: POSTAL Redux
Genre: Isometric Shooter
Developer: Running With Scissors
Publisher: Running With Scissors
Copy supplied by PCGN

POSTAL Redux is a remastered version of the 1997 isometric shooter developed and published by Running With Scissors. I played the original game multiple times (even with its outdated controls) and I love the FPS sequel. I can safely say that this is a remaster done right.

STORY
Honestly, there is basically no story. You play as the Postal Dude, a guy who is fed up of the world and goes postal (which is, go on a killing spree). Compared to its sequels, this is much more bleak and depressing and neither funny nor satirical. However, it also isn't offensive and controversial just for the sake of it (looking at you, Hatred).

GRAPHICS
The game adopts the original isometric camera angle, and updates the look of the original art style, bringing back some good ol' nostalgia. Each level feels different from the other, ranging from city ghettos and mines, to carnivals and small towns with marching bands. The only thing that kinda looks outdated are the character models, and the environments do lack color variety, but it fits the grim tone that the game is going for like a glove.
What I would really like to see in a future update is a little bit more gore: right now there are only head exploding if you execute people with the shotgun and burned bodies if they got hit by fire. I would love to see gibs when you use the rocket launchers, or limb removals when a grenade goes off.

GAMEPLAY
The game is a twin-stick shooter with a simple goal: to kill every hostile in the level. You start off with a machine gun, and you slowly start acquiring an arsenal of death featuring shotguns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, and even an all-new revolver. There are also civilians (and sometimes even animals) that can be killed, earning this game the title of controversial.
The controls are very smooth, especially compared to the original version: simply being able to aim and shoot using the mouse changes the entire game. There is also a new game mode called Rampage, which is a Score Attack mode with lots more civilians and enemies in the levels, encouraging the players to use different weapons and playstyles to get higher scores.

CHALLENGE
The enemy AI is decent, and usually plays more on the defensive staying behind walls and covers instead of rushing towards the player. (On the higher difficulty levels especially), they deal a lot of damage, so keeping check of the location of every single health pack in the levels is paramount.

SOUND
The updated soundtrack and sound effects are great: the hard-rock music pumping through the levels keeps the adrenaline up to 11, and the screams of agonising civilians who are about to get their head blown off by a shotgun blast are oh so satisfying.

REPLAYABILITY
The game features the original 17 levels (with the ones from the expansion pack to be released later for free) and the new Rampage mode. Also, knowing the developers, the game will be constantly updated for years to come, and I wouldn't be surprised if they manage to add even more levels, Workshop support, multiplayer modes and even new DLC just like they did for the now 13-year-old POSTAL 2.

Overall, this is a very fun and satisfying twin-stick shooter with good replayability and with multiple updates to come. Highly recommended to fans of the genre and of the original game. And it definitely is better than Hatred.

Story: n/a
Graphics: 8
Gameplay: 8.5
Challenge: 8
Sound: 8
Replayability: 8.5

ENJOYMENT: 8.5
FRUSTRATION: 4

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Started playing this game.. wondering why I don't hear people suffering on the ground, crying for help, leaving blood trails as they try to crawl away..
All that good stuff in the original? It seems they toned down this remake a lot, even Postal Dude's language is "softer."
Better graphics didn't make for a better game and as much as I love RWS, I don't recommend buying this even for the 50% off discount I got on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Nice remake. I like controls, graphics and Dude's voice acting.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
(First off, if you want to know what I think of the first POSTAL, please read my review on it. I'm not really going to repeat myself in this review on any of the points I made in that review, instead I'm going to focus on what new things this redux brings to the original.)

POSTAL Redux in its current form, is good. But it has the potential to be great.

If you are a fan of the original, than this, I feel is the definitive version of the game for you. Transferring over to the UE4 engine, right off the bat let me just say that this version of the game controls like a dream for both keyboard & mouse, and controller. Gone is the clunky nature of the controls, now replaced with smooth and responsive ones. So instantly that's a huge plus in my book. Aiming is much more precise and easier, and there is now a health color coded crosshair on your enemies letting you know how much health they have and if they are in your range.

As of this review, the game only has the original base game's levels, minus the original ending, and with the addition of a brand new level; a carnival. Otherwise the objective is the same, strategically take out at least 90% of the hostiles, bystanders run around to be gunned down (or not), collect ammo and supplies, it's all the same. So if you had taken issue with POSTAL's gameplay first and foremost in the past. THIS REDUX WILL NOT CHANGE YOUR MIND. Turn away now and go play something else.

The new level fits in nicely, and even surprised me with a nod to the classic 1997 title "Blood". It continues to be darkly humorous with a new enemy type, a clown with what appears to be a balloon animal tommy gun. The game also offers a new weapon, the revolver, that has a high chance of insta-killing anybody. It personally brought back memories of Half-Life's overly powerful revolver, though I don't know if that was a nod to that series or not. Otherwise, all the classic weapons are here, save for some minor changes like the machinegun becoming a sub-machinegun, and the auto-shotgun using its own ammo now.

The game also ditches the stupid gauntlet mode and replaces it with something that has more meat on the bone. Rampage mode lets you pull together kill combos by killing fast and effectively with all your weapons. Get a high score and a grade and move on. It's a lot like Hotline Miami, and it's far more chaotic with a much more loud and aggressive soundtrack in the back. With more hostiles and more weapons to boot, this is another welcome addition.

The art has all been re-done, and scaled to fit modern screens. Gone is the muted and dithered coloring, all the colors are nice and rich, and while this is nice, there is one drawback. Personally, it feels a little too zoomed in at times. Much like "Hotline Miami 2", I've come across areas where I was being shot at off screen. This is a design flaw that can really irritate me and it could be easily fixed by either zooming the camera out a little or giving the player a camera shift key much like the first "Hotline Miami" (not a nerfed one like the sequel). A cool detail however is the addition of slightly changing scenery. Some things like gas tanks and gas pumps will actually explode now, as opposed to the cheesy illusionary tricks they tried to pull off in the original game (hiding barrels behind objects). However it would have been nice if they took it up a notch and made cars explode into metal pieces and fire as well.

Besides the level art, the cutscene artwork and intermission artwork has also been cleaned up and updated, and I'm glad to say that, at least in my opinion, it retains that dark and disturbing atmosphere from the originals. The HUD is also cleaned up and looks nice.

As for the old voxel models, they've all been replaced with actual models and the art style has lots of people divided. I'd describe it as cartoony myself, and at first I really was not digging it at all. But with the promise of new content on the horizon, I've learned to live with it. Some things like blood and more gore effects however, are what the game really needs to tweak, as it feels a little weaker in the ♥♥♥♥ed up department of things compared to the original game. Which is a shame, POSTAL has always sorta been the darkest joke of the gaming industry (and I mean that in the nicest way possible, really.)

The ambiance I'm sad to say, is mostly missing as of this review, little things like the wolves howling and the dogs barking are gone. The music however is pretty much all remastered and sounds fantastic, though I honestly wish they'd let us play the creepy music while we play. I find the lack of it during gameplay greatly affects my enjoyment of the game. Also, while the original POSTAL's voice acting was as annoying as sin, I funnily enough find this one too quiet. All the overly cheesy lines seem to have been dropped, which is GOOD, but now people are far too silent. Again affecting the ♥♥♥♥ed up atmosphere. The voice actor for Postal Dude re-recorded his lines, and I honestly have to say they sound really tame and flat compared to the originals. Which is a damn shame, all the devilishness in his voice is gone, replaced with what sounds like boredom now.

Story wise, it's all the same, minus the ending which I will not spoil for either game. An interesting note to make is, if you play on normal or easy, the diary entries are unchanged from their creepy originals. However if you play on hard, not only does a small detail in the ending change, but the diary entries change to the ones originally in the manual for POSTAL. Even more interesting, is rampage mode has its own, entirely special ending. So you're essentially looking at three endings here.

All in all, I know some people are disappointed with this redux. I think I can understand why too, after the release of Hatred, a game obviously inspired by the first POSTAL, I think a lot of people thought they were going to get a Hatred 2 with this, from Running With Scissors no less. The sort of godfather of this very niche style of games. The reality is this; they probably got sick of updating the antiquated original and decided to start fresh, to make it easier to deliver content to you in a much faster fashion. So, with the promise of more levels coming, more content coming, multiplayer modes, etc. I think this is a fair package for what it is. POSTAL updated for those who maybe never played the original and are curious of the series roots, or fans who enjoy it for what it is, but would gladly ditch the clunky controls and the take up the offer for more support.

For that, I recommend it for now. If the game doesn't get the content it was promised, I'd be iffy on it, but if this game gets the content it was promised, then I'd fully recommend it easily. Like I said, lots of potential here to make this a great product well worth your money.
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