Wet – Review (PS3)

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I’d been eager to play Wet since the initial trailers surfaced and finally got my hands on the game when it was released earlier this month.

It takes on the style of Tarantino / Rodriguez’s Grindhouse films – a sort of knowing nod to the original genre, with a scratchy film reel effect over the action which adds to the feel of the game.

Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) lends her voice to main character Rubi – an assassin who is highly skilled with guns, swords and even crossbows :cool:

With Rubi’s heightened ninja-like senses time slows down whenever she is firing her weapon while in the air or sliding on her knees. As I said in my Demo Impressions blog, this leads to some superbly satisfying gunplay whereby it’s possible to take out three or four enemies at a time with the gun and then finish the combo by taking down another with the sword. :smile:

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Overall the presentation in Wet is wonderful, Bethesda really have nailed a stylish feel and the voice acting is strong – helped by the memorable (yet cliched) characters.

The main problem I found with the game was the camera and control system. The basic controls were fine but often Rubi wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted her to do – sometimes when attempting a wall run she’d just back flip off the wall. Sounds like a little thing but when it results in death and a horribly long restart it became frustrating.

And when I say horribly long restart I don’t mean load times. For some insane reason you could often go through a lengthy gun fight move onto the next section and die then have to do both sections again.

At times the camera would swing wildly, leaving you with no idea of where you were about to jump or what you were aiming at.

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That’s really it for the bad stuff and none of that was frustrating enough to not make me want to play the game.

Having said that the finale of The Opera House chapter almost beat me. It was 1.30am. I’d been trying to beat this boss / spawn door room for an hour. I was almost ready to quit :sad: but my gaming pride wouldn’t let me and eventually I made it through.

The levels are well designed and you do get a variety of internal and external locations so it never feels too samey. Graphically the game doesn’t stand up against a lot of next gen games but it’s better than Fallout 3 and several others – it’s certainly not really an issue.

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The highlight of the game, graphically at least, is the awesome ‘Rage Mode’ – a Sin City style section, where the screen goes red and enemies appear white. In these sections enemies are easier to kill as Rubi is more powerful and it’s possible to rack up huge chain kills – 31 being my personal best :cool:

There are also a few car chase sections, with the twist being that Rubi ‘car surfs’ as opposed to drives. A mixture of shooting at the other guys in the cars and quick time events to avoid obstacles/move vehicles, this was also great fun and really cool.

So Wet is a fairly diverse game. I suspect casual gamers who pick this up may find it a little too difficult control-wise to really get into but for your average gamer the controls are mastered fairly quickly.

For all the annoyances and frustrations that you’ll have when playing this game it is definitely still worth playing.

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It depends if you’re willing to give a game with flawed camera/controls a shot or if you’d rather just pass on it. Personally I’d rather play a slightly broken but extremely fun game. (Hiya Kane and Lynch :smile:)

At one point, as I got towards the end of the game, I ran along the side of a parked truck firing in slow motion, shot a far off enemy manning a Gatling Gun in the head, flipped off the truck and killed two more enemies on the ground and then, while coming down to land, slashed a remaining enemy with my sword to kill him. It. Was. Cool. :cool:

Rating: 7/10

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Wet – Demo Impressions (PS3)

 

I’ve been looking forward to Wet pretty much since it was announced.

The Grindhouse/Tarantino feel and having Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku voice the character was enough to get my attention.

This is the first time I’ve gone into a demo knowing I’ve already pre-ordered the game. So I felt a sense of unease in case it turned out to be terrible.

Judging by the demo Wet is not gonna win any awards but the fact is it’s stylish, cool and very fun.

You play as Rubi Malone, an assassin for hire, who has an extensive acrobatic repertoire and can handle guns and swords with ease.

The demo essentially showcases the main parts of the game – fighting, ‘rage’ mode and on rails driving.

Let’s start with the controls before anything else. A bit complicated is the best way to describe them – R1 is shoot, x is jump, o is slide, triangle is action, square is sword and L1 is wallrun.

I suspect as you play the full game and get accustomed to the control scheme this will prove no problem at all. But for the demo it was a touch confusing at times.

So first after a brief tutorial in how to shoot/wallrun etc you’re thrown in the deep end of a Crazy 88 style fight in the middle of China Town.

Time slows down for Rubi whenever she is firing her weapon while in the air or sliding on her knees. This leads to some superbly satisfying gunplay whereby it’s possible to take out three or four enemies at a time with the gun and then finish the combo by taking down another with the sword. :smile:

The fight lasts until you destroy 3 spawn points with each closing one of the doors the enemies are spawning from.

The next section sees Rubi taking out enemies in the more enclosed setting of corridors and stairwells. But first the fantastic ‘rage’ type mode is triggered.

Whenever Rubi is splashed by the blood of an enemy as she kills them she enters a mode where the screen goes red and enemies appear white. It’s a lot like Sin City, which is a good thing. During this time she has heightened abilities and can chain kill enemies well into double figures (I think I got 14 in a row). This was very, very fun and if used sparingly could be amazing. :cool:

The final part of the demo sees Rubi involved in a car chase – as in on top of the cars rather than in them :surprise: A mixture of shooting at the other guys in the cars and quick time events to avoid obstacles/move vehicles, this was also great fun and really cool.

Overall I’d say despite a slightly cumbersome control system Wet is shaping up to be a really great game. It’s different to anything else out there at the moment and has enough cool features to stand out from the crowd.

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