Robert Coffey gave Postal 2 zero stars – a first for CGW – and the editors let him get away with it.
Let’s see. Again, zero stars have never been given to a game before. Outpost did not get zero stars. The first BC3K did not get zero stars. Descent to Undermountain did not get zero stars. Hell, Riana Rouge didn’t get zero stars. I’ve played through Postal 2. It is sophmoric, needlessly violent, and very, very low-brow. It does not, however, crash all the time on me. (Countless games). It does not have an uninstaller routine that may nuke my entire C: drive. (Myth 2, Pool of Radiance). Etc. In short, the zero star rating is bullshit. CGW, in delivering this rating, is essentially using the same “look at me, look at my” histronics that Postal 2 rubs in your face. A zero star rating for what? Queasy gore? Solider of Fortune 2 is far more garishly ghoulish. Long loading time? Uh, well, they didn’t bother me that much. (Then again, I had a C=64 and a 1540 floppy, so I have patience). The spartan modelling? Yeah, there is some definite ugly architecture in the game, but come on. The sheer bloody potty-mindedness? OH WELL.
Again, tastelessness and rudeness abound in the game…but that’s the POINT. Condemning Postal 2 on its content is like criticizing that classic of lowest-common-denominator humor, Blazing Saddles, because it is not The Magnificent Seven. Postal 2 is dreck, and not even particularly well-executed dreck (Carmageddon 1 was superbly-executed dreck, for instance), but…why?
Either that, or I’m just a evil-minded hateful little creature who cannot recognize pure unacceptable filth when I see. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to reading Juggs now in my single-wide trailer.