History VideoGame / Postal

8th Mar '17 5:24:14 AM SamMax
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* AllJustADream: The whole game was retroactively rendered as such; see CanonDiscontinuity below.
23rd Feb '17 12:09:03 PM skidoo23
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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Almost all of the Dude's chores can be solved legally (i.e. [[PacifistRun without stealing or murdering]]), but have some of annoyance to bait the player into going on a rampage. When Dude goes to get Gary Coleman's autograph, there's an enormous line, so why wait when you can set someone on fire and steal ''their'' autographed book?

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Almost all of the Dude's chores can be solved legally (i.e. [[PacifistRun without stealing or murdering]]), but have some degree of annoyance to bait the player into going on a rampage. When Dude goes to get Gary Coleman's autograph, there's an enormous line, so why wait when you can set someone on fire and steal ''their'' autographed book?



* WideOpenSandbox: At the start of the day, you're given three or four errands and then left to your own devices. You can even choose to do some errands in different ways - for example, the bank robbery mentioned at the very top of the page? You can sneak into the vault and steal the money yourself while the intended robbers and police are fighting each other, and then [[spoiler:sneak out through a secret passage behind a bookshelf]].

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* WideOpenSandbox: At the start of the day, you're given three or four errands and then left to your own devices. You can even choose to do some errands in different ways - for example, the bank robbery mentioned at the very top of the page? You can sneak into the vault and steal the money yourself while the intended robbers and police are fighting each other, and then [[spoiler:sneak out through a secret passage behind a bookshelf]]. More areas unlock as the week progresses, and you can usually explore between them at will, though doing so on the final day becomes dangerous [[spoiler: what with hellfire raining from the sky, and all]].
22nd Feb '17 12:14:14 PM TheGreatKomodo
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Rick Hunter, the voice of the Postal Dude, is a very nice guy in contrast of the evil sociopath that he plays in the game. In a few videos scattered around youtube about the game, you can see him posting comments and responding to fans. There's also this [[https://youtu.be/gu2i0bd8XnQ interview]] done by Jake the Voice where you can just see how much of a chill guy he is.
18th Feb '17 10:02:27 AM TheGreatKomodo
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*ArtificialStupidity: Taken to absurd levels in the third installment. Enemies won't shoot you even if you're right in front of them or sometimes they will completely ignore your existence even while you're attacking them. And friendly AI also have problems with pathfinding and following you, making escort missions even more frustrating than they already could be.
5th Feb '17 1:16:00 PM PainisCupcake
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** [[Redux's Co-Op ending serves as one, given that it confirms the existence of no less than five Postal Dudes, with the Co-Op Dudes breaking the Campaign/Rampage Dude out of the asylum.]]

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** [[Redux's [[spoiler:Redux's Co-Op ending also serves as one, given that it confirms the existence of no less than five Postal Dudes, with the Co-Op Dudes breaking the Campaign/Rampage Dude out of the asylum.]]
2nd Feb '17 4:41:56 AM PainisCupcake
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* MultipleEndings: ''Redux'' actually has six endings. One for beating the game normally, one for beating Rampage Mode, one for beating the game on Hard/Nightmare Mode (which changes the loading screen messages to the journal entries from the original game's manual, as well), one for beating either the Super Delivery (Special Delivery and Super Postal levels) or Excess Postage (base game levels + Super Delivery levels) campaigns, and one for beating the game in co-op.

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** [[Redux's Co-Op ending serves as one, given that it confirms the existence of no less than five Postal Dudes, with the Co-Op Dudes breaking the Campaign/Rampage Dude out of the asylum.]]
* MultipleEndings: ''Redux'' actually has six endings.endings, each one with their own minor differences. One for beating the game normally, one for beating Rampage Mode, one for beating the game on Hard/Nightmare Mode (which changes the loading screen messages to the journal entries from the original game's manual, as well), one for beating either the Super Delivery (Special Delivery and Super Postal levels) or Excess Postage (base game levels + Super Delivery levels) campaigns, and one for beating the game in co-op.



* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this, if not outright {{AlternateContinuity}}. The diary entries are all 20 years later, the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise, and there are several changes to the endings.]]

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* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this, if not outright {{AlternateContinuity}}.{{Alternate Continuity}}. The diary entries are all 20 years later, the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise, and there are several changes to the endings.]]
2nd Feb '17 4:39:25 AM PainisCupcake
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* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this, if not outright [[AlternateContinuity]]. The diary entries are all 20 years later, the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise, and there are several changes to the endings.]]

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* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this, if not outright [[AlternateContinuity]].{{AlternateContinuity}}. The diary entries are all 20 years later, the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise, and there are several changes to the endings.]]
2nd Feb '17 4:38:54 AM PainisCupcake
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* {{Deconstruction}}: All of the games in the franchise can be deconstructions of the "Murder Simulator" genre and of it's own games- Postal I looking like an absolutely serious and downright chilling examination of the mind of a spree killer and what it would be like being as mentally ill as him (Hint:Not fun) as a deconstruction of Postal II and III, while II and III in turn are completely silly and ludicrous deconstructions of Postal I by mocking the edgy approach to these games and [[PlayedForLaughs playing the atrocities off as giggle worthy.]]

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* {{Deconstruction}}: All of the games in the franchise can be deconstructions of the "Murder Simulator" genre and of it's own games- Postal I 1 looking like an absolutely serious and downright chilling examination of the mind of a spree killer and what it would be like being as mentally ill as him (Hint:Not (Hint: Not fun) as a deconstruction of Postal II 2 and III, while II 2 and III in turn are completely silly and ludicrous deconstructions of Postal I 1 by mocking the edgy approach to these games and [[PlayedForLaughs playing the atrocities off as giggle worthy.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Postal 1'' doesn't [[PlayedForLaughs play itself for laughs]] much like ''Postal 2'' does, being a lot more grim, dark and at times even frightening. This causes much surprise by fans seeking out the first game after playing the second one, expecting the same level of humor. It doesn't help that ''Postal 2'' is an open world first person shooter while ''Postal 1'' is a linear isometric shooter.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Postal 1'' doesn't [[PlayedForLaughs play itself for laughs]] much like ''Postal 2'' does, and ''Postal III'' do, being a lot more grim, dark and at times even frightening. This causes much surprise by fans seeking out the first game after playing the second one, expecting the same level of humor. It doesn't help that ''Postal 2'' is an open world first person shooter while ''Postal 1'' is a linear isometric shooter.



* TitleDrop: One of the Dude's taunts is simply the word "postal".

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* TitleDrop: One of the Dude's taunts is simply the word "postal"."Postal".



* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this. The Diary entries all state 2017 instead of 1997, there's a skeleton in the Dude's cell (presumably the original P1!Dude), and the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise.]]

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* [[spoiler:StealthSequel: Redux is implied to be this. this, if not outright [[AlternateContinuity]]. The Diary diary entries are all state 2017 instead of 1997, there's a skeleton in the Dude's cell (presumably the original P1!Dude), and 20 years later, the psychiatrist is now voiced by Corey Cruise.Cruise, and there are several changes to the endings.]]
29th Jan '17 11:38:11 PM ThatDude92194
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* TitleDrop: One of the Dude's taunts is simply the word "postal".
7th Jan '17 1:13:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* VulgarHumor: From [[UrineTrouble pissing on anything you come across]] to [[FreudWasRight ribald sexual references]] to [[FanDisservice wearing an ass-less gimp suit]], the series love to cash in the shock value to players.

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* VulgarHumor: From [[UrineTrouble pissing on anything you come across]] to [[FreudWasRight ribald sexual references]] references to [[FanDisservice wearing an ass-less gimp suit]], the series love to cash in the shock value to players.
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