'Postal Redux' brings remastered senseless violence to Steam, PS4

When Operating With Scissors launched Postal in 1997, Senator Joe Lieberman provided a succinct evaluation of the sport throughout a press convention in Washington, DC: “That is sick stuff. And sadly, it sells.”

Senator Lieberman and different lawmakers have been on a mission to ban or censor many violent, mature video games in america, and Postal was on the prime of the listing. It was an motion recreation based mostly totally on random, senseless killing — viewing the cartoonish Postal Dude from an elevated perspective, gamers run by way of unsuspecting cities, villages and cities gunning down as many individuals as potential. Every degree ends when the Postal Dude has murdered the required quantity of individuals. It is uncompromising and ugly, and the gameplay is interspersed with diary entries that learn just like the spiritual ramblings of a megalomaniac.

It is the type of recreation that, even at the moment, would stroll a superb line between garnering public reward and open disgust — and Operating With Scissors is able to see which means the tides will flip. Once more. Postal Redux, an HD model of the unique title, is heading to Steam (for PC, Mac and Linux) this spring, and to PlayStation four later this yr.

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Operating With Scissors CEO Vince Desi is assured that there is an viewers hungry for a recreation like Postal Redux. A part of that is based mostly on expertise: The unique, non-remastered Postal and its sequels are on Steam, and the critiques are usually constructive (although the identical cannot be stated for Uwe Boll’s 2007 Postal film). Over the collection’ 19-yr shelf life, the video games have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of occasions.

“When players are given the chance to decide on for themselves, they take pleasure in enjoying our video games,” Desi says. “It really exhibits democracy in commerce.”

Postal‘s builders are all about democracy. In a press launch, Operating With Scissors calls the unique recreation “a logo at no cost speech in gaming.” To Desi, the collection can also be a bastion of pure, enjoyable leisure.

“From the very starting, it was our objective to offer a recreation that introduced violence as an absurdity and by no means as one thing lifelike,” he says. “Operating With Scissors has all the time expressed our perception that violence is greatest introduced as a satirical factor in gaming and never within the actuality of the streets.”

Postal Redux comes with some additional bells and whistles, together with Rampage Mode, a brand new single-participant choice that “encourages an aggressive fashion of play” by rewarding lengthy kill streaks and grading efficiency on the finish of every degree.

Operating With Scissors has by no means backed down from controversy and it isn’t about to start out now. The sport was banned in 14 nations and almost barred from the US as nicely, however it’s nonetheless right here, locked and loaded — and remastered.

For Desi, Postal Redux is a part of a cherished, 19-yr dialog with the franchise’s followers.

“Operating With Scissors has all the time skilled a singular relationship with our followers,” Desi says. “We now have actually answered tens of hundreds of emails and telephone calls from our followers, and all the time accomplished our greatest to satisfy distinctive requests.”

Distinctive requests like Rampage Mode on PS4, apparently.

Jessica is knowledgeable nerd, specializing in unbiased gaming, eSports and Harry Potter. She’s written for on-line retailers since 2008, with 4 years as Senior Reporter at Joystiq. She’s additionally a sci-fi novelist with a accomplished manuscript floating via the mysterious ether of potential publishers. Jessica graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism in 2011 with a bachelor’s in journalism.