Postal 2 Complete (PC) Review

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The original Postal 2 was a video game for PC was released way back in 2003.  It didn’t use any cutting-edge graphics technology at the time but made a name for itself for its dark humor and graphic violence, and was subsequently banned in several countries.

Postal 2 Complete was released eleven years later on November 2, 2012.  This latest version of the classic PC game came available on Steam as a result of the community’s Greenlight program.  This version of the game includes both official expansion packs: “Share The Pain” and “Apocalypse Weekend”.

 

The game uses the same Unreal Engine that it was originally released with, and there are no graphic enhancements, although it does support any screen resolution your PC can handle, including wide-screen.  As such, even the “Recommended” system requirements are amazingly low, and any modern PC should have no problem running it.

  • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor:1.2GHz
  • Memory:384 MB RAM
  • Graphics:64MB GeForce 3 or Radeon 8500 Video Card
  • DirectX:8.0
  • Hard Drive:1200 MB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Share the Pain is an updated edition of the game, which has an added multiplayer mode.  This edition originally eclipsed the sales of the original Postal 2.

Apocalypse Weekend is an expansion pack that expands the reaches of Paradise with new maps and missions.

The original Postal 2 ends with a gunshot after a confrontation with The Postal Dude’s wife, but the player really doesn’t know what happened.  Apocalypse Weekend continues this story on Saturday morning with The Postal Dude waking up in a hospital bed with his head bandaged.  The official Postal website revealed that the Postal Dude shot himself due to his wife’s nagging.

Since he discovers that his wife is leaving him, The Postal Dude sets off to recover his dog and his trailer.  The city seems to have calmed down since the prior day’s carnage, and The Postal Dude goes through several assignments from his former employer and encounters Mad Cow Tourette Zombies, and of course terrorists and the military..

 

After battling Gary Coleman clones in his demeted psyche, and fighting off zombies and the National Guard, the Postal Dude leaves Paradise shortly before it is destroyed in a nuclear blast.

The gameplay of Apocalypse Weekend is much more linear than the original Postal 2′s sandbox world.  The expansion adds a machete (which can be thrown), as well as sledgehammers and scythes.  You also have “dervish cats” which not only muffle guns but can be thrown at NPCs.

 

There’s absolutely nothing new about Postal 2: Complete.  If you already have the “Share the Pain” and “Apocalypse Weekend” expansions, then there’s no need to buy the game again.. unless you lost your game discs.

If you haven’t played the expansions then it might be worth taking a look.  It costs $14.99 and is available on Steam.

Jenna is really into video games and gaming culture. She writes articles on nearly every aspect of gaming life, but much of her spare time is hovered around her Nintendo.