Postal 4 – No Regents, review

Postal 4 – No Regerts review is about a game that emerged after nearly three years of development: will its low-grade sense of humor stand the test of time?

Do you know Sharknado, the unimaginable 2013 movie in which adorable sharks leap from a horn harvesting terror on the streets of Los Angeles? It was undoubtedly the clearest example of “so bad that it is beautiful” work. Postal 4 fits well with the first part of the famous phrase, but will the usual doses of vulgarity and violence be enough to complete the sentence and enter the Olympus of video games?

It seems that when reading the comments on the early access version, we will try to provide a more relevant point of view in our own Postal 4 Comment: No Regents.

The zip man is back!

zip cover 4

This is not a typo, you read it correctly: Postal 4 starts with the wrong foot right from the title. We removed the unfortunate brackets for Maverick 3 (that was downright bad, giving us Tommaso 3 an enviable number), yet an outside team was tasked with realizing it, Running with scissors Work on the fourth semester began three years ago. The skeleton of the game remains similar to it in Postal 2: The title is divided into five days (Mon-Fri) and in each of them Postal Dude will have to try his hand at increasingly epic feats. After leaving Paradise City, the spectacle of previous raids, the dirtiest hero in video game history is robbed from the wagon while carrying out his physiological needs with his loyal dog Champ.

Without a dollar, but with a great desire to climb the social ladder, he arrived in Edinsen, where he would begin the most modest jobs: maintenance of the sewage system, dog hunters, prison guards. It is clear that each task can be completed with the position of those who “go to the post office”, where the battles in the prison will be suppressed by shooting, clearing traffic jams in the sewers by throwing grenades into the pipes (maybe attention not be overshadowed by debris …), fines for cars Parked regularly by destroying parking meters. so there Multiple ways to solve tasks, although in most cases you will prefer the fastest and most violent. Why waste time hunting cats with cats when they can be shoveled and then used, despite their presence, as a silencer for a Kalashnikov?

Weapons and other facilities

Excuse me, do you have to turn it on?

Excuse me, do you have to turn it on?

In this respect, Running with Scissors’ arsenal has proven to be among the most inventive (and cliched): in addition to classic PUBG-style weapons (including the red glow pistol), we’ll find cages from the bathroom, floor-cleaning mop, and even spray cans. The ultimate Spurt’N’Squirt 9000, whose name shouldn’t need any explanation. The insignificance, especially of a sexual nature, is quintessential to the game’s DNA but may no longer be as disruptive as it was at the start of the millennium with Postal 2, either due to absorbing the impact of the shockwave, or because of that flash of madness that characterized the first two episodes. One of the designers’ greatest perks is to fill the hero’s days with a series of hilarious tasks, such as sabotaging carnival rides or soliciting a bidet to be installed in every Edensin home. Of course, the most reluctant citizens would be happy to put their signature with a pistol aimed at the temple …

However, the real reason for the series’ success is many quotesFrom TV series to movies and even the video games themselves. On Thursdays, for example, Postal Dude must deliver catnip in the pet store’s basement, with an apparent reference to Breaking Bad, but there are also homages to Throne of Swords, Harry Potter, Demolition Man. There he also refers to other games, in particular the titles of the first ID programs, Half-Life, Duke Nukem. In short, you will spend a large part of the exploration phase just for the fun of finding all the Easter eggs that the developers have hidden, and some of them in strange places. One of the most interesting aspects of Postal 4 is the level layout, as there are sites that develop over two floors and contain many hidden passages.

computer system requirements

Test preparation

  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 8/10
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Card: DirectX11 compatible with 2GB dedicated VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Memory: 35 GB of available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended frame rate configuration of 30fps

Recommended requirements

  • Processor: 4.0 GHz Quad Core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Card: DirectX11 compatible with 4GB VRAM

fleeting disaster

Picture of the postal man in a moment of reflection

Picture of the postal man in a moment of reflection

If it is proven from the “cultural” point of view and level structure that the new episode of the saga is at a good level, undertechnical side It is a disaster across the board. We’re in the presence of a title that’s so poorly optimized and graphically poor that the suspicion that some grievances were so masterfully placed there is more than legitimate. Mail 4 uses the fourth version ofUnreal Engine, a toolkit that should not contain any secrets yet for the less experienced programmers, not to mention those who have been in the arena for more than twenty years. However, the game is marred by incredible load times: even the introductory logo snaps! You will only be able to use the electric wheelchair for tens of metres, after which Postal 4 will pause for about ten seconds to load the next part of the map. An open world map which, to be generous, is smaller than the first Assassin’s Creed map, 2008, which didn’t have problems of this kind at the time. And that’s despite Corsair’s 32GB of RAM and ultra-fast SSD (MP600 Pro XT) used in the editorial reference system.

This is not just a bad optimization, on the contrary: this is just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of physics, for example, you’ll immediately realize that “hitboxRandom: a passerby hit him with machetes in the middle of the boomerang and you will find him beheaded, and they threw a grenade at him and he would not bounce, and they sprayed him with gasoline, and the wall next to him would catch fire.

On the other hand, there are many rumors

Who wouldn't lose their minds about Postal Dude?

Who wouldn’t lose their minds about Postal Dude?

Since we like to turn a knife into a sore, just like Postal Dude, let’s talk about it Artificial intelligence. Here we enter the field of metaphysics: at any level of difficulty, the behavior of the Edensen population does not change. You can shoot one protester in a procession and the other five will stand around him as if nothing happened, as well as some prison rioters who, after hinting at the reaction, will freeze to await their execution. On the other hand, try to fine a parked car and the owner will pull a 0.22 within a few tenths of a second, even if he’s just driving around the neighborhood.

Also a big embarrassment for the graphics: In Arizona (the state where the developer is located) the calendar must have been discontinued at the beginning of the millennium, because Postal 4 struggles to keep up with the games that were launched with the first GeForce. Sorry to be so strict, but, just to give an example, the Blood Spear tech demo was tested a few months ago and made by a group of junior high school students, and by comparison looks like a triple title.

The error is the order of the day in the mail 4

The error is the order of the day in the mail 4

It looks like all the effort has been pumped into dubbing: Postal Dude, initially played by John St. John (as Duke Nukem and Serious Sam), can also take on the historical voices of Rick Hunter (Mail 2), who were praised by fans after the initial disapproval and even Cory Cruz, who loaned his own vocal cords for the third chapter. Perhaps this is a real record.

Suspension

tested version Windows computer

digital delivery

steam

price
33.99 €

Postal 4 does not disappoint: those looking for gratuitous violence, vulgarity and irony of bad taste will find bread to their teeth. The results obtained using the winning basis for the second cycle, organized into five levels for several days of the week: more originality will not hurt. Unfortunately, the technical problems are too obvious to overshadow: poor optimization, inappropriate bug-limiting graphics and many bugs still make it look like a baby title, despite three years of development. Or maybe this was exactly the intention of the programmers? The vote below should be read in accordance with the answer to this question: the writer does not think and has adopted a critical spirit, but for followers of running with scissors the value can easily be doubled.

forefront

  • Rude and critical humor with American society
  • Lots of gratuitous health violence
  • endless quotes

against

  • Technically not worth it
  • Does it have to be a counter?

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