Long before The Joker, there was Postal in 1997. Even then, there was a feeling present that modern life in certain conditions can make someone go crazy. What can we expect from such a game in the current year? Ask Postal 4: No Regerts.
Already meme-infused in its very title (No Regerts), Postal 4 aims to exploit the modern-day culture of nihilism and self-aware irony. After the embarrassingly negative reception of Postal 3, which was a third-person shooter, Running With Scissors studio embarked on a completely self-funded venture so they could have full creative control.
Moving away from detached isometric mayhem, Postal 4: No Regerts puts you right in the shoes of its deranged character while becoming an open-world, first-person shooter.
As you can see from the trailer, Postal 4 is all about being zany in a non-linear world. No mental load required in terms of tactics or story-driven decisions. Instead, the world of Postal 4 is there to entertain you after a hard day at work or school.
Early Access Funding Model
Running With Scissors explains that they have finally opted for the Earl Access funding model because of two reasons:
- Interested investors backing away from funding due to possible controversy the game might cause.
- Early Access offers real-time feedback and access to early gameplay, unlike the Kickstarter funding model.
This time, you can even opt to play as a pacifist or, at least, use non-lethal tools to wreak havoc — thanks to imaginative tools and weapons, of which some are difficult to imagine existing in the real-world.
Speaking of which, this may be a problem for some. When a game world is inundated with memes and sarcasm, the gameplay stakes become unstable. If everything is wacky and flimsy, where would the player engagement come from? Only from messing around with various assets and NPCs? Would that be enough to make the gameplay enjoyable? Hopefully, Running With Scissors is aware of this problem.
On the other hand, they may be counting on a certain type of audience that places the lack of seriousness above everything else.
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