History YMMV / Postal

14th Feb '17 12:59:03 PM Stellarvore
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** TearJerker: If you played the PacifistRun of ''Paradise Lost,'' after defeating [[spoiler:the Bitch, [[VillainousBreakdown she'll break down]] and apologize for her constant abuse of the Postal Dude over the years, confessing her love and begging him to take her back. Postal Dude's response? [[Film/GoneWithTheWind "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a shit."]] Cue the Bitch sobbing loudly and throwing a temper tantrum.]]
14th Feb '17 12:52:45 PM Stellarvore
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** The gimps in ''Paradise Lost.''

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** The gimps in In ''Paradise Lost.''Lost,'' [[spoiler:a bomb shelter is opened beneath the Lucky Ganesh, and a horde of gimps come out, vowing to "kill all post-apocalyptic abominations." The Postal Dude either kills them all or runs past them, and nothing is ever seen or heard of them again.]]
31st Jan '17 4:50:20 PM Gosicrystal
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** The Military Base to the end of the game are a long string of these in ''Apocalypse Weekend''. Starting at the Military Base, like the Brewery, [[NoGearLevel all of your items are stripped upon starting the level]]. Made worse by the fact that, unlike the Brewery, a lot of the items you were using don't appear in the base at all, meaning that they are officially LostForever. Plus, the Military Base is [[MarathonLevel LONG]], clocking in at four parts altogether. Adding on to that, the entire level is absolutely ''swarming'' with [[DemonicSpiders the National Guard]], all of which are very resilient, are immune to [[YourHeadAsplode their heads exploding]] from the Sledgehammer or Baseball Bat and all carry machine guns - and to make it worse, medkits are [[DroughtLevelOfDoom far too sparse for the kind of punishment you'll be taking]] (this one almost seems to be on purpose, since after three of the four levels the Military Base goes through, with a small handful of medkits to tide you over, you find '''''an entire shipping container full of them all in one spot'''''). These traits all put together mean that you'll be torn to shreds faster than you can say "I regret nothing". Oh, and all those GameBreaker melee weapons you were having so much fun using? The only one you get back before the final five minutes is the sledgehammer, which the soldiers are completely immune to. Hope you can find the Axe or Machete in there, since they're the only practical melee weapons in the level!

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** The Military Base to the end of the game are a long string of these in ''Apocalypse Weekend''. Starting at the Military Base, like the Brewery, [[NoGearLevel all of your items are stripped upon starting the level]]. Made worse by the fact that, unlike the Brewery, a lot of the items you were using don't appear in the base at all, meaning that they are officially LostForever.[[PermanentlyMissableContent lost]]. Plus, the Military Base is [[MarathonLevel LONG]], clocking in at four parts altogether. Adding on to that, the entire level is absolutely ''swarming'' with [[DemonicSpiders the National Guard]], all of which are very resilient, are immune to [[YourHeadAsplode their heads exploding]] from the Sledgehammer or Baseball Bat and all carry machine guns - and to make it worse, medkits are [[DroughtLevelOfDoom far too sparse for the kind of punishment you'll be taking]] (this one almost seems to be on purpose, since after three of the four levels the Military Base goes through, with a small handful of medkits to tide you over, you find '''''an entire shipping container full of them all in one spot'''''). These traits all put together mean that you'll be torn to shreds faster than you can say "I regret nothing". Oh, and all those GameBreaker melee weapons you were having so much fun using? The only one you get back before the final five minutes is the sledgehammer, which the soldiers are completely immune to. Hope you can find the Axe or Machete in there, since they're the only practical melee weapons in the level!
28th Jan '17 1:55:41 AM Scraggle
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* CharacterTitle: Since [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Postal Dude's name literally is Postal Dude, Jr.]] canonically, it can be said that "Postal" refers to him being named Postal Dude and, obviously, going postal.
7th Jan '17 11:18:02 PM Stellarvore
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** The gimps in ''Paradise Lost.''
31st Dec '16 11:40:52 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** The series as a whole, with its basic premise of a man [[RageBreakingPoint snapping over everyday stresses]], is about as good of an adaptation of ''Film/FallingDown'' as you could hope for in a video game (though the main differences in Postal 2 is that the Dude follows his wife's orders while D-Fens acting on his own). ''2'' and ''3'' in particular are PlayedForLaughs, while ''1'' and ''Redux'' play it for all the NightmareFuel it's worth.
** And in turn, ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' can be seen as the true ''Postal III''. Running With Scissors even had that game's VillainProtagonist as a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWtYZGrwnBE bonus character]] in ''Postal Redux'', complete with voice acting, while the options menu includes a DeliberatelyMonochrome effect that's called "Just Like That Other Game".

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** The series as a whole, with its basic premise of a man [[RageBreakingPoint snapping over everyday stresses]], is about as good of an adaptation of ''Film/FallingDown'' as you could hope for in a video game (though the main differences in Postal 2 is that the Dude follows his wife's orders while D-Fens acting on his own). game. ''2'' and ''3'' in particular are PlayedForLaughs, PlayedForLaughs[[note]]A notable difference is that the Postal Dude in the second game is implied to be a HenpeckedHusband, with some of his errands being things that his wife wants him to do, while in ''Falling Down'', D-FENS is not only doing everything under his own volition, but is strongly implied to have an endgame of ''murdering'' his ex-wife.[[/note]], while ''1'' and ''Redux'' play it for all the NightmareFuel it's worth.
** And in turn, ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' can be seen as the true ''Postal III''. Running With Scissors even had included that game's VillainProtagonist as a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWtYZGrwnBE bonus character]] in ''Postal Redux'', complete with voice acting, while the options menu includes a DeliberatelyMonochrome effect that's called "Just Like That Other Game".
16th Dec '16 10:00:09 AM CodyPurple
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** ''Postal III'' may not be the best game in the series, but it's soundtrack deserves a special mention for ''Going Postal'' by Secondhand Child, ''Didgerivoodoo'' by Stands With Fists (which their track ''When It Comes On'' is also featured as the credits theme for ''Paradise Lost'') and, of course, the remixed version of ''Goodbye Almond Eyes'' by Tokyo Rose.
10th Dec '16 3:38:31 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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* HarsherInHindsight: In the first ''Postal'', the final scene where [[spoiler: the Postal Dude tries to shoot up an elementary school can become this in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting]]. Running With Scissors cited this trope as the reason why ''Postal Redux'' didn't have this scene, as [[spoiler:school shootings]] had become a lot more common and less shocking in the nineteen years since the release of the original game.

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* HarsherInHindsight: In the first ''Postal'', the final scene where [[spoiler: the Postal Dude tries to shoot up an elementary school can become this in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting]]. Running With Scissors cited this trope as the reason why ''Postal Redux'' didn't have this scene, scene [[spoiler:(it was instead replaced with an equally, although different, surreal "Church" level)]], as [[spoiler:school shootings]] had become a lot more common and less shocking in the nineteen years since the release of the original game.



* PolishedPort: The Steam re-release of ''Postal 2'' has widescreen support, mod and workshop support, and plenty of support from the devs.

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* PolishedPort: The Steam re-release of ''Postal 2'' has widescreen support, mod and workshop support, and plenty of support from the devs.devs, though at the cost of non-workshop mods such as A Week in Paradise (it's integrated in the game itself, however missing the extras and weapons).
25th Nov '16 6:19:30 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** Really, who's to say that ''Postal 2'' isn't just a psychosis that the Postal Dude is experiencing (in other words, his version of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Pyrovision]])? Considering he was tossed into a mental institution for killing dozens of people in the first game, this actually makes more sense than a killer with a huge body count simply being free with no repercussions a few years later. That is however assuming the first Postal has it's continuity connected with Postal 2, which is to say unlikely because The Dude is almost nobody in Paradise instead of a wanted mass murderer.

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** Really, who's to say that ''Postal 2'' isn't just a psychosis that the Postal Dude is experiencing (in other words, his version of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Pyrovision]])? Considering he was tossed into a mental institution for killing dozens of people in the first game, this actually makes more sense than a killer with a huge body count simply being free with no repercussions a few years later. That is however assuming the first Postal has it's continuity connected with Postal 2, which is to say unlikely because The Dude is almost nobody in Paradise instead of a wanted mass murderer. [[spoiler: That said, Postal Redux retconned the first game to be set in 2017, he's out of Paradise with military grade guns and experience, and he's seen fucked up things.]]
25th Nov '16 6:07:06 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** Really, who's to say that ''Postal 2'' isn't just a psychosis that the Postal Dude is experiencing (in other words, his version of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Pyrovision]])? Considering he was tossed into a mental institution for killing dozens of people in the first game, this actually makes more sense than a killer with a huge body count simply being free with no repercussions a few years later.

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** Really, who's to say that ''Postal 2'' isn't just a psychosis that the Postal Dude is experiencing (in other words, his version of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Pyrovision]])? Considering he was tossed into a mental institution for killing dozens of people in the first game, this actually makes more sense than a killer with a huge body count simply being free with no repercussions a few years later. That is however assuming the first Postal has it's continuity connected with Postal 2, which is to say unlikely because The Dude is almost nobody in Paradise instead of a wanted mass murderer.



* CriticalDissonance: ''Postal 2'' has an "Overwhelmingly Positive" consensus when it comes to User Reviews on Steam (basically, the vast majority of reviews were positive). That said, according to [[http://steamcommunity.com/id/thewalruswaspaul/recommended/223470/ this review]], critics were [[{{Understatement}} not as kind]].[[note]]For reference, that Computer Gaming World review was [[BrokeTheRatingScale the first ever zero-star review they gave]] - only two others received such a dishonor.[[/note]]

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* CriticalDissonance: ''Postal 2'' has an "Overwhelmingly Positive" consensus when it comes to User Reviews on Steam (basically, the vast majority of reviews were positive). That said, according to [[http://steamcommunity.com/id/thewalruswaspaul/recommended/223470/ this review]], critics were [[{{Understatement}} not as kind]].kind]] during the retail, pre-Steam days.[[note]]For reference, that Computer Gaming World review was [[BrokeTheRatingScale the first ever zero-star review they gave]] - only two others received such a dishonor.[[/note]]



** The series as a whole, with its basic premise of a man [[RageBreakingPoint snapping over everyday stresses]], is about as good of an adaptation of ''Film/FallingDown'' as you could hope for in a video game. ''2'' and ''3'' in particular are PlayedForLaughs, while ''1'' and ''Redux'' play it for all the NightmareFuel it's worth.

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** The series as a whole, with its basic premise of a man [[RageBreakingPoint snapping over everyday stresses]], is about as good of an adaptation of ''Film/FallingDown'' as you could hope for in a video game.game (though the main differences in Postal 2 is that the Dude follows his wife's orders while D-Fens acting on his own). ''2'' and ''3'' in particular are PlayedForLaughs, while ''1'' and ''Redux'' play it for all the NightmareFuel it's worth.



* VindicatedByHistory: For the longest time, the series had dwindled in popularity due to the bane of the movie and third game hovering over the series (that's on top of all the controversy the second game got upon release). The series was rejuvenated however thanks the UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} release of the first two games. The series is now hailed as a CultClassic, with the second game continuing to receive official updates and fan mods to this day.

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* VindicatedByHistory: For the longest time, the series had dwindled in popularity due to the bane of the movie and third game hovering over the series (that's on top of all the controversy the second game first two games got upon release). release, which is considered "tasteless" and having low production value). The series was rejuvenated however thanks the UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} release of the first two games and the fact that the game's violent content is pretty tame ("Remember, it's only as violent as you are!") compared to many contemporary games. The series is now hailed as a CultClassic, with the second game continuing to receive official updates and fan mods to this day.
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