Review: Postal Redux

Postal Redux is a remaster of the infamous game released back in 1997. For those unaware, Postal was highly controversial and remains uncomfortable today.

The plot is wafer-thin and exists barely to justify the activity that is about to commence. You play a deranged individual who just has to kill everyone. He believes in a government conspiracy (which is the reason for the carnage) but in essence, you’re just shooting everything.

The original game concluded with you shooting up a school. This has been removed but it’s little solace as from the very first level you are shooting police, as well as passers-by, innocent people in locations like festivals. It immediately feels really uncomfortable.

I can’t quite isolate why it feels so bad here – there are lots of other games where you can shoot or attack people that one would not want to do. GTA is the obvious example. I think it comes down to this: in games like GTA, the goal is not to shoot police. You can, but the core gameplay loop is not to set out and do it. In Postal Redux, that is the goal. The closest thing I could think of is the infamous No Russian level in Call of Duty, which made me feel equally sick.

Still, this isn’t an ethics review, it’s a video game one. So how is Portal Redux? Well, it’s not good. Set from an isometric top-down perspective, it’s a rudimentary at best twin-stick-shooter. You can collect other guns and throwables by way of pick-ups, but you’re in essence bullet-dodging while killing and executing everything. Even playing on a PS5, it stutters and hitches like nobody’s business, and even though it looks better than the original (as you would expect) it’s not exactly a pretty baby.

There’s no co-op play here, but there is a Rampage made that offers points once you’ve been through the main campaign (which is not hugely long). Sadly, there are no leaderboards. The main appeal here I think is rekindling the nostalgia of the original – which I didn’t play, so can’t attest to that. With all of the enhanced visuals though, there’s still a lame put-put-put shooting noise and some understated effects for things like explosions. The accompanying soundtrack does not especially excite me either.

Postal Redux is a bare-bone twin-stick shooter that’s not especially good, with a questionable subject matter. The framework of the game is pretty no-frills, and the core gameplay doesn’t really do enough to hold its own weight up but might deliver some enjoyment if you really loved the original.


Iain’s Second Opinion

I’m very much with Matt here. A game that was controversial over 20 years ago doesn’t feel any better here. If you’re after a threadbare game where the sole purpose is to shoot anything and everything that moves with little by way of consequences, you’re in the right place. But with the increased news coverage of mass shootings and other terrorist incidents, and the natural increase in sensitivity in society about this kind of thing, this isn’t going to sit well.

And I’m well aware that people will say “don’t be stupid, this is just a game” – well, yeah, it is. But that doesn’t make it comfortable, and it doesn’t make it good. And that’s the biggest issue here: not that the game is intended to shock, and not that the content isn’t great by modern standards, it’s that playing the game by modern standards (which we need to do) doesn’t shine a very good light on it either. There are better, longer and more satisfying twin-stick shooters, and unless you really want to see what all the fuss is about then I’m pretty sure you could find more entertainment elsewhere.

Reviewed on PS4


  1. You don’t shoot up a school in the first one, there is just a cutscene where you realize Postal Dude is imagining the Children of the Corn, who he isn’t even able to harm. He doesn’t believe in a government conspiracy, he was evicted and as soon as you go outside someone shoots a rocket launcher at you. It’s a bit hard to take the game seriously anyway when you consider all the jokes, the poop humor near outhouses, the random toilets in the middle of nowhere, manical laughter and everyone you shoot is looking for their ear or toe instead of commenting on the reality of the gore around them. It’s just a silly game not meant to be taken seriously, all the meta comments from the Postal dude about how they have to censor the naked dudes but not the rest.

  2. you are a very terrible game critic, and also a terrible critic in general.while you state that your critique “is not an ethics review” you still complain about the games violent content and themes, not only that, you don’t bother to look into a deeper meaning on why the character commits these acts of violence. you haven’t even played the original game! you mention a scene in the original where you say The Dude shoots up a school, which is a completely in-factual statement, he doesn’t shoot a school at all, instead, he breaks down and is arrested.

    you clearly don’t give the game a chance, you complain about the jank of a 90s isometric shooter, SURPRISE all old games are janky. you’re incorrect about the co-op feature too, Postal Redux features 4 player Co-op on both story and rampage mode. the only fair point i can see is the stutter and the jitteryness of the ps5. Also WHY does the soundtrack not excite you? you don’t go into depth about this at all! if you want my thoughts on it, “i personally love the soundtrack to this game. The eerie ambiance and hellish groans of the story music adds a perfect atmosphere to Postals world, and the fast paced, grinding tracks work with the design rampage mode’s game-play, reminding me of Slipknots self titled album.”
    that’s also what a review should sound like, descriptive,

    in conclusion, you’re shit games critic. not only do you fail to grasp the subject matter or a telling your readers what you trying to what you didn’t like about the game, you also end up whining about killing fake people which are trying to murder you.

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