GDC '08: Postal III First Impressions

The over-the-top shooter series is stronger than ever, judging from what we saw at GDC.

SAN FRANCISCO--It's hard to believe that the oft-controversial Postal series is more than 10 years old now. In fact, it's arguably stronger than ever. 2008 will be the year of the movie Postal (by oft-maligned German director Uwe Boll) and two Postal mobile games. In 2009, there will come Postal III, which will be released on the PC and Xbox 360. We met up with Vince Desi, creator of Postal and CEO of developer Running With Scissors, for our first look at the latest over-the-top shooter.

Upon first glance, Postal III looks better than any of its predecessors probably because it's based on Valve's Source engine, which powered Half-Life 2: The Orange Box. The action remains as over-the-top as ever, though. Your character, The Postal Dude, gets to explore a whole new town (he blew up the town in Postal 2 with a nuclear bomb). Desi says that there is going to be another open-world experience in Postal III, similar to the open worlds of the Grand Theft Auto games. However, the designers are also putting in linear missions that serve as a tutorial before dropping you into the open world.

We can't really get into the details of the quest that we were shown, other than to say that The Postal Dude, in need of money, decides to become an "environmental maintenance specialist" at a porn store/movie studio. This involves using a backpack vacuum cleaner to clean the place. However, the vacuum also serves as Postal's version of the gravity gun; it's able to suck up and blow objects around. Of course, you can always whip out the machine gun and gun people down. That's a bit conventional. The more exotic way of killing people involves whipping out the new badger gun (literally a snarling badger) and running people down with it.

Desi notes that like the previous games, there will be two ways of playing. He said that it will be possible to play through Postal III without killing a single person. And the over-the-top violence in the game almost makes it farcical in comparison to much darker, grimmer games about violence. From what we saw, Postal III is filled with all sorts of satirical humor. The posters in the porn shop were all puns of popular movies, though we won't share the details on those.

There is an audience for the Postal series. We asked Desi about the geographical distribution of his fans. Interestingly, he said that the games were really strong in the southwest and southeast portions of the country. He noted that the portions included the Bible Belt, and "pretty much where the NRA is strong." Desi added that there are Postal fans overseas in many countries too. The bad news for all of them is that they'll have to wait until 2009 to get their hands on Postal III.

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aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

why isn't this out yet...i was looking foward to this game for a while now. The game should be 1st person aswell as 3rd person. I saw gameplay videos for this game and I must say they need to add bloostains and gore to this game and make it so that head shots kill instantly. I also saw it still takes 6 shots to kill somebody and enemies still dont react to shots. I also saw police officers mowed down with a m60 and fall over without a mark on them...add bullet wounds or bloodstains. This game will hopefully be perfect when it comes out if they are delaying it for this long.

mattinavat
mattinavat

WTH? Looks like MS may be giving RWS trouble over releasing it on the 360? That's crap. They'll release Raven Squad and they give a game like Postal III trouble. Do your part and raise a stink about it. This month from the Postal III developer: "We are working our a's off to deliver POSTAL III this year. Now while I don’t need your vote, I really can use your support… write to Microsoft and your favorite game publisher, game magazines and sites and tell them you want POSTAL III on the Xbox 360. No bull, just the facts -- we need your help to convince the parties in power that POSTAL III deserves to be on console. "

bloath
bloath

is this game ever coming out?

DaJJ
DaJJ

Hey. It's 2010. What happened?

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

(in heavy voice) OH THIS IS BAD!

Krieghammer13
Krieghammer13

All i hope for is they bring back the gas can and matches! I also hope they dont try to make these huge crazy "action packed" over the top missions and stuff. I like how on postal 2 it started out with just simple everyday task with people talkin crap to you almost the whole time provoking you to go on a rampage LOL

DSP666
DSP666

I can't wait:D using cats as silencers, dead cow head... god postal 2 made me how I am today, I hope 3 would be as good if not better :P

oliver655321
oliver655321

Postal 1 and 2 were great.funny games and besides how many game there where gary coleman is the main boss?

DFen
DFen

this game looks interesting never heard of it really lol

-Dark_Palladin-
-Dark_Palladin-

Its looking pretty good. The 2nd Postal was pretty decent but had alot of flaws building up overtime. I hope they fix most of them in this.

Evandemocracy
Evandemocracy

Postal Is Going to put on a console all i have to say is....About F-ing Time and now its a 3'rd person even though i am judging upon the third one i kinda liked it in first person but hey you gotta change with the times.

jester_88
jester_88

ah man i hope it's fun.. i played one of the earlier games at my friends.. i caught on fire so i just pee'd on myself and put out the fire.. lol good stuff

TaintedSaint666
TaintedSaint666

I never played Postal or Postal 2, they both look 'interesting'. I'll keep one eye open for this one.

2steak2
2steak2

oh yer ( the yokai ) its not a fps anymore you can choose if u want it behind view or a fps behind view is the best buut i just wish i knew cheats

2steak2
2steak2

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2steak2
2steak2

i got this game thaaaaankyouu ebay haha and i live in s.a so i got it earlier than every1 else i got it on the 360 and the badger saw is the best and so is sum of the uther weapons but ill let you find out wat they r =D

GenVidTh
GenVidTh

2009 Will be Great Year for gamers :D Many Games will comes out, and Many Hardware So :D Just can wait with thousand of hopes :)

XDoggLegacy
XDoggLegacy

Postal is great, and the "they dont reward violence" is a joke being that you can posibly beat the game without any violence. I liked postal 2 a lot. Postal 2 was neat with the outrages story plot and the ability to use a gas can to create patterns and toss a match watching the flame follow that exact path. People complaining dont know what they are talking about, postal is mostly a mock off of duke nukem. The fact that it uses steam engine is no surprise. Its called POSTAL people, what do you think you're gonna do? You freaking go POSTAL! Your character is f'ed up of lifes downfalls and decides to go ape !$!$! .

SoupJebusa
SoupJebusa

I can't see the appeal. I just watched an interview with a developer saying about how "they don't reward violence," and how the game "isn't about violence." So, that's why the previous game ended up with the main character nuking his home-town 'cause he felt like it? The whole reason for massacres in other games like GTA and other free roaming things is that it's not what you're supposed to do (or it doesn't feel like it). This series takes away this feeling, and makes the whole thing gratuitus in a way that's just not fun.

TheYokai
TheYokai

This is just about the crappiest and most unintelligent series of FPSs ever made, and it kind of makes me angry that they're now taking the source engine--probably the best game engine ever created--and using it to basically rip off GTA. I'm not looking forward to this in the slightest.

TheYokai
TheYokai

This is just about the crappiest series of FPSs ever made, and it kind of makes me angry that they're now taking the source engine--probably the best game engine ever created--and using it to basically rip off GTA. I'm not looking forward to this in the slightest.

thenewau25
thenewau25

2009 YES GIVE THEM TIME TO POLISH THE GAME PLAY SOMETHING ELSE!

grisen92
grisen92

cant w8 to go out killing ppl with a badger, (after making them puke from peeing on them) ;) really hope they take a way the looooong loadings the the 2 game had

cyrone0us
cyrone0us

they should go back to postal 1 graphics or build on that or something. postal 2 was hilariously ugly, but still had its charm. postal 3 with the source engine? in 2009? even some of those screens dont look too hot. i wish companies like crytek or even valve made stuff like this...or redneck rampage...thatd be awesome

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

holy god!!!!!!!! i hope this wan't get on the wii - nintendo = famuly - postal + nintendo = fatal , this must be so rood, but on the other side also fun :P

listerfiend21
listerfiend21

You guys know they can update the engine right? The game proboably wont have the best graphics but its not gonna be like a 6-bit game. And besides its more about the gameplay than anything, I always like seeing great gameplay over graphics so u can actually have fun with the game then just be drawn to the looks and have no fun at all.

givemehazeNOW
givemehazeNOW

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Iu_uI
Iu_uI

This on the xbox360 :O eek1. Will be sick, can't see it being online though.

Acurev
Acurev

At the begining of the article it indicates Postal III will come in 2009. Yet at the end of the article it states that overseas fans will have to "wait until 2009 to get their hands on Postal III." So when will it be out in the US?

sinister_id
sinister_id

I think it's funny that Postal is popular in the Bible Belt.

the-bat-child
the-bat-child

I just can't wait!!! I am wondering what they will be doing to push this even further than the second one? This is gonna be sweet!!! hehehe

TallicaFan2005
TallicaFan2005

Sweet...I still need to get Postal and Postal 2 sometime.

Darkdesires
Darkdesires

I also think the graphics will be dated in 2009, but the game will be interesting, postal 2 was very interesting and funny to play

king_bobo
king_bobo

2009? Won't the game engine be a little out of date by then?

Mafatza
Mafatza

hope to be a good game

crazychris90
crazychris90

I can see this getting banned straight away. But it's a series that I love and the most fun you could ever have with a controller in your hand!

naitomea45
naitomea45

hmm even though i've not yet played postal 1 and 2.. i think this ''would'' be a good game because it has an open world and mindless violence... GORE FTW! XD

gifteddie
gifteddie

who doesn't look forward to Postal games? Other than Jack Thompson of course :p

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

lol the first one was awesome, I will definitely play this... I wonder if you can commit suicide like the first one

aaronannie68
aaronannie68

i am looking forward to this one....heheh.

MrNib
MrNib

i cant wait, there might be some sick mods for it to make it even more fun

ziproy
ziproy

I remember it like it was yesterday; assassinating Gary Coleman at the mall, and play fetch with my dog (using human heads). Those were the days.