Badgering Us: Postal III Trailer

By John Walker on March 25th, 2009 at 11:02 pm.

I've never trusted badgers.

I feel terrible breaking the relaxing silence with this, but here’s some new game footage of Postal III. Fire, shooting and badgers. And it’s got some awfully raucous music on it, you know the sort, all shouting and banging and you can’t make out the words. It’s beneath.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any signs of this in motion. There was the prison break-out level commentary last year, and the badger weapon footage before that, but what we’ve got here is a bundle of bits and bobs that show you the sort of naughty behaviour you’ll be getting up to.

There’s no hint of structure, although history suggests that’s possibly quite representative of the game. It shows off the cover system as you mow down police, passersby, old ladies, and so on, as well as the much-touted badger weapon, biting chunks out of people. And there’s the obligatory setting people on fire, although so far no sign of pissing on them to put it out. In case you didn’t play Postal II, that’s not an exaggeration-based joke, it’s a feature that will almost certainly be in the finished game. So, turn down your speakers and enjoy:

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  1. catmorbid says:

    There’s not really much to comment about Postal III… Sure it looks like a decent shootie, based on the vids, but that’s it. One thing though: They should’ve spent some more time in making a more disgusting dismemberment/mutilation system, similar to the ghoul system used in the all-time classic Soldier of Fortune 2. I mean all mutilations nowaday are the same old basic “head and limb go off and torso is instact” instead of the Ghoul variation: Part of face is torn off, stomach is gutted and eventually cut in half”.

  2. mysteriesofkabir says:

    Can’t be as bad as the Uwe-Boll-movie, but hey what do I know. Whatever happened to Tunnel rats? Already released? Did I miss the eurogamer review?

  3. ascagnel says:

    @zigs: Because Postal 2 had a definite gem buried under mounds of crap (the gimp mission, in particular, was awful in the manner in which you were forced into violence).

    Although nobody ever really played it, the MP modes introduced in the expansion were a decent bit of fun. Especially when you play the not-real “fireman” mode. Don’t think about it too much, although someone mentioned how to deal with fire above.

  4. Binary Assassin says:

    @Thiefsie
    ” I’ve always wondered at what gametrailers.com think of the huge amount of people who watch their videos all born on the same day of January 1, 1900.”

    neat. We have the same birthday!

  5. 357SIG says:

    Speaking of awfully raucous music, does anyone know what band that is?

  6. lumpi says:

    A “juvenile” mature rated game. Oxymoron much?

    Despite us all knowing that the game is pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy about games being violent, it has the superficial school-shooter charm to it that will convince Merkel and the rest of the EU parliament to ban all games with a gun in them.

    Because games are for kids of course.

  7. ZIGS says:

    I actually enjoyed Postal 2 but this one looks… uninteresting. Maybe it has a deep storyline with creative and varied missions and… ah, who am I kidding

  8. phuzz says:

    @357Sig at the end of the vid it says:
    Music by Wrythe
    http://www.myspace.com/wrytheband

    not my sort of thing really :(

  9. Chaz says:

    Will Gary Coleman still be in it?

  10. Dante says:

    I didn’t mind Postal 2 much I have to say. Because, well, when you think about it it’s actually far less evil and immoral than GTA.

    After all, your missions are all ‘buy milk’ etc, it’s often perfectly possible to do so without doing anything evil or immoral. It’s entirely your choice to do so. GTA on the other hand forces you to break the law constantly, and let’s not get started on Manhunt, which I honestly would dub ‘sick filth’.

  11. Guhndahb says:

    I hope it’s similar to Postal 2 where you don’t HAVE to go around killing people (at least not people who aren’t trying to kill you first). A few bits of Postal 2 bothered me but mostly you could play it without being terribly evil. Also I really hope it can be played in 1st person.

  12. Mungrul says:

    Andrew Dunn / Kieron: I see you (Andrew) mentioned Kieron’s PC Gamer review of Postal 2. Can I get a link to that?
    I’m genuinely interested to see what Kieron thought.
    I personally loved the game, although I felt they went a little too far with the Osama Bin Laden references.
    It had sandbox gameplay in spades, and as somebody else here mentioned, I loved the fact that for some of the game, violence was purely an option, but the game conspired to aggravate you into flipping.
    If they had been brave enough to make every scenario of the game “do-able” without resorting to violence, I think that it would be being hailed as a classic today.
    Here’s hoping they can do this in 3.

  13. Kieron Gillen says:

    //title//
    POSTAL 2

    //strap//
    Portrait of a serial-reviewer.

    //word//
    DELIVERANCE

    //main body//
    MONDAY: Package received in the mail. Brown paper, wrapped up in string. One of my favourite things: Game with note attached: “This is Postal 2. Sequel to gore-a-thon syndicate clone. First was rubbish, try-too-hard controversial nonsense. Review it”. I obey.

    Things have changed. It’s a first person shooter using the snazzy new Unreal Engine. The playground is a city whose areas are unlocked as you continue, with you moving in a non-linear fashion between zones. You play a computer programmer working, in a Meta-game style, for Running with Scissors. Your job is, simply, to go about your daily tasks such as collecting your pay-cheque, getting milk and pissing on your Dad’s grave. Oddly, there’s no real reason for you to hurt anyone – you can theoretically just walk around doing your work and then progress to the next day’s errands. So I do. Calmly, and with the minimum of violence. Immediately, problems abound: The loading pauses are extensive unless you turn down the texture details. The textures themselves are amateurish. The humour sophomoric. The physics system more than a little buggy. As an FPS, it’s really not very good at all.

    On other notes, I met the girl today. I am to take her on a drink tomorrow. If all goes to plan, the rest of the week will be booked. Until Sunday, when I will chill.

    TUESDAY: I play, but my anxiousness about the date is clearly effecting me: I’ve submitted to the violence. In many ways it was inevitable – playing Postal 2 is very much like being a deaf, dumb and blind paraplegic who’s only possible means of interaction with the world through the two pistols in the place of his hands. There’s such a great variety of weapons, many useable in ways a little bit more interesting than the standard “Point at” and “Fire”. Take the gas can, where you can lay down petrol then throw a match. Or the scissors. And how about the crack-pipe which you smoke for a health bonus, only to lead to a constant and crippling need to find more?

    Clearly it’s in terribly bad taste. Beyond bad taste – the game is, quite simply, indefensible. Anyone even trying is a bit thick. This isn’t something that you should try and justify: this is the Jackass team rewriting the Marquis de Sade for the Attention-deficit-disorder generation. Occasionally it could justify itself as Satire. In fact, it’s easy to read its violence as a meta-criticism on videogaming itself – any situation, no matter how innocent, is always ready to explode into violence. Mostly, however, it just finds the nearest taboo and slaps it around the face with its engorged penis. Curious. I cease playing, and will now head out for the drink with the girl. Wish me luck.

    WEDNESDAY:

    I am not making love. The plan has gone awry. No matter: I will continue to play Postal, forever. This is well. I don’t like to leave the flat before night-fall anyway. Light creaks through window, chasing me across the room. I hide from it. I’m now continuing to explore. The Taliban has stormed a church, attempting to reclaim it for Allah. Gary Coleman signs autographs in a mall. Rednecks dress me in a gimp-suit, causing the entire town to laugh at me. It’s odd – in the darkness I’m beginning to see something here, pass the amateurism. It’s got more ideas per square inch than any FPS since No-one lives forever. With the physics system and AI interacting to create unpredictable situations, you could draw it into a family tree with GTA3 and Deus Ex as the inbred hillbilly cousin. It’s funnier than it used to be. Blood flows downhill and I giggle. I’m sure I used to think this was wrong. I’m sure I used to remember what “wrong” was.

    THURSDAY

    I kill a woman who has her face made up JUST LIKE A WHORE and kick her up and down the street a few times. I then decapitate her with a spade, sending the head flying into the air, bouncing down the street. A friendly dog runs after it, picking it up and returning it to my feet. I cover the dog in petrol and light the match. It runs away, igniting a crowd of passersbys. I watch, until they all fall to the floor twitching and raw-skinned, before walking over, opening my flies and extinguishing the fires with the flow of my urine. Someone watches, cowering, vomiting in fear. I step closer, hand grasping my shovel and… The cops are coming! Quick!

    I also eat donuts.

    ER… TUESDAY?: No matter how hard I try, I can’t put all the blood back in. It just won’t fit.

    GUNDAY: Game complete. In fact, now I look again, I’ve played it many times over. I will now go and find that girl. The song is speaking, but do not understand. If I must eat the girl on Monday, how will be able to kill on Sunday? Postal 2 has the answer. Postal 2 is the answer.

    KIERON GILLEN

    Verdict:

    Postmodern and Posthuman, its entertainment factor just about overwhelms the rampant amateurness ad bugs. Just don’t show the Daily Mail.

    71%

  14. Mungrul says:

    Cheers Kieron, good review. I also get the feeling that you agree that there’s a good game in there (“It’s got more ideas per square inch than any FPS since No-one lives forever.”).

  15. Kieron Gillen says:

    It’s certainly unique.

    KG