Wet Updated Hands-On

We spend some time with the tough-as-nails Rubi Malone in A2M's third-person action game.

Rubi Malone is a girl who is tough not to like. Put more accurately, Rubi--the butt-kicking heroine of Artificial Mind's upcoming third-person action game, Wet--is one tough chick, and it's hard not to like her because of it. Publisher Bethesda Softworks held a press event today, giving us a new look at Rubi's two-fisted adventures in a game that's wearing its pulp fiction influences on its bloody sleeves.

Before we got to the new stuff, we checked out the opening levels of the game, including the insanely over-the-top car chase scene that featured Rubi leaping from car to car in a gun-blasting bid to track down a package that had been stolen from her. It's one of the more exciting action scenes we've seen in a game recently--a wonderful mix of quicktime button-mashing and blasting bad guys to bits while in midair. We've seen the level before, but its impact hasn't been diminished in the least since then.

Playing the opening levels gave us a chance to acquaint ourselves with Rubi's amazing fighting abilities. She's packing two pistols and a fancy sword on her back, and she knows how to use them. When leaping in midair, sliding on the ground, or wall-running, you'll be able to slow down time temporarily whenever you fire Rubi's guns. One pistol is always auto-aiming at an enemy, giving you the chance to focus on a second bad guy in order to take them down simultaneously. When things get up close and personal, Rubi can deliver some death with her sword, which cuts down fools with style. And "style" matters a great deal in Wet--killing enemies with a flourish will earn you points you can cash in for weapon and ability upgrades at the end of levels.

After a run-through of the beginning levels, we were taken to the eighth level of the game, which finds Rubi infiltrating a mysterious-looking castle situated on a rocky beach. The first part of the mission is to maneuver Rubi around a literal minefield; you'll need to use her considerable acrobatic prowess to avoid the mines and make your way up the mountainous rocky cliff and inside the castle. Whether leaping from one boulder to the next, wall-running up a vertical wall to latch on to a ledge, or avoiding flaming barrels as they tumble down the side of a sheer cliff, the sequence is a challenge, and the slightest mistake can result in death.

Once inside the castle, we found a mix of light puzzle-solving (such as firing both of Rubi's pistols at gate locks in order to raise the gate, all the while sliding underneath the raised gate), acrobatic platforming, and taking down scores of bad guys. You'll get used to being severely outnumbered in Wet--in certain sections, your goal will be to shut down doors located throughout a room to prevent an endless horde of enemies from entering the room. After we cleaned up a room of minions in one section, we found a Gatling-gun-toting miniboss--he was tough up close, countering Rubi's sword slashes with his huge gun. The key to taking him down was avoiding his gunfire by leaping around and blasting him with pistol fire at every free moment.

With him dispatched, Rubi made a daring escape from an exploding section of the castle, ending up hanging from the outside of the building and overlooking a courtyard. It was impossible to leap down to the ground--as Rubi was too high up. Instead, the goal was to make it from one side of the huge building to the other by skittering across the outside wall of the structure, all the while avoiding enemies who were blasting at her from every open window. Rubi's acrobatic sense came into play here--by holding down the left trigger on the Xbox 360 controller (L2 on the PlayStation 3), ledges and poles were illuminated with an orange glow, showing you where Rubi was supposed to head next. What followed was an extended mazelike sequence of ledge-leaping and acrobatic skill, punctuated by scenes of violent mayhem as we took out any enemies who got in our way.

Rubi Malone is our kind of girl.

The game's presentation is a hoot; a winking nod to 1970s B-movie action flicks, with bad film effects, cheesy dialogue, and even theme songs for some of the more hysterical battle sequences. Couple that with sophisticated camera work during the scripted sequences (like the car chase scene described earlier), and you've got a compelling mix of pulp fiction plot and modern-day sensibilities. Rubi's got a foul mouth too, which makes her that much more endearing.

Wet seems to be at its best during the combat sections, which are quick, stylish, and a whole lot of fun to play. The platforming sequences, by contrast, tend to slow the action down a great deal, and we're hoping there's more gun-firing and swordplay than ledge-leaping and chasm-jumping in the final version of the game. Nonetheless, Rubi is the star of the show, the kind of girl who cusses out doors that refuse to open for her. In other words, she's our type of chick. Wet is looking like our kind of game too, and we're looking forward to its arrival on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 15.

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40 comments
irwin888
irwin888

I do believe this will be a most entertaining rental...but a buy...hmmm...

LoveGun93
LoveGun93

Omg i played the demo twice and all i can say is wow! this game was so much fun, its so awesome reminds of no more heroes! this is defniently a buy for me!

EscoBlades
EscoBlades

Demo had me chuckling all the way through.....definitely will be picking this one up.

frogfromarz
frogfromarz

Feels generic kinda like prince of persia but with guns.

RubedoXT
RubedoXT

this would be worth getting. I just played the demo 4 times now and already know that the action is quite immersive, fun and energetic enough to get a hold on me each time I play it. THAT's what a video game is really about, just how immersed you can be when you play it. To me it seems like a fresh idea, I know slowmo bullet time has been done, but not this well with the addition of the sword, wall run, HUMAN wall run and the knee slide. This will seem like a fun thrill ride for Kill Bill and Matrix fans.

einsp
einsp

Eliza is perfect for the role she is bad a@@, Uma thurman from kill bill would of been perfect as well.

einsp
einsp

Gizmo, your a moron, This game is fun as hell, Kinda has a kill bill kind of thing going for it, And whats a real woman to you? The game is fun and ENTERTAINING, Which is what some games lack today and thats what the devs where going for and they hit it on the nose.

happyfatman021
happyfatman021

Played the demo and it really kicked arse. It's just an awesome balls-to-the-wall action game that seems like it's just fun to play even if it doesn't have a great story (I don't know, I'm just saying). Can't wait to try out the full version of this game when it's released.

lordofbagend
lordofbagend

iv played the demo and all i can say is its sooo much fun, i did think the graphics were a lil dated but i soon forgot that with all the over the top fast action killing and crazy japanese action style, this is what gamings about! a must play

Mozza150
Mozza150

the demo is amazing and the black, white and red mode brings so much blood into the equation! its immense!

tefaPS3
tefaPS3

first i didn't but now i actually think it's going to be a great game

Tentaculat
Tentaculat

I think I'll just wait for Batman: Arkham Asylum

81shoter
81shoter

WET!!!! Looks pretty sick and fun to play with!!!!

gizmo12345
gizmo12345

Looks like somebody played a bit too much stranglehold. This will fail just like it did. Its just more updated graphics in a grimy world with yet another game character people will think is sexy. Try real gaming and real women.

dakan45
dakan45

why not pc? seriously bethesda...

cossidae
cossidae

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ShiningBashir10
ShiningBashir10

looks good,sorta like devil may cry meets ninga gaiden meets assasin's creed

newb16
newb16

captainoflust Your going to judge the game because the video sucks? Wtf is wrong with you?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope there is a demo, The game looks cool but I want to try before I buy

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

I'm surprised at most of these comments. From the article and video I thought it looked pretty neat. I've always been of the opinion that having fun is what's important when playing video games, and I think this will deliver alot in that aspect.

rht992
rht992

she has one sexy voice. shame the game looks so silly

method115
method115

I have a feeling this isn't going to be to good but who knows I could be wrong it's just a video.

shak1r
shak1r

Eliza Dushku? wrong move, mate.

trollkind
trollkind

Sliding around on your knees gets old rather quickly. I really like the reduced colors, character design and just generally the art direction, I'm just not sold on the story and the gameplay.

rosie513
rosie513

Wow, Im so impressed by this video. Apparently the game is twisted and crazy and wet. Did anyone else gather that from the vid? The token attractive girl saying "F@ck" really puts the twisted crazy wetness of this game in concrete. Sorry Bethesda, think Ill pass on this one.

assassinatur54
assassinatur54

Seriously, John Woo's Stranglehold is probably one of the best slow motion game I have ever played. This game will not be fun. 2 reasons. 1. You can just run and jump and you go slo mo. 2. Looks way too easy and has no challenge, and the sword attacks look horrible. Usually when you use a sword it should feel brutal. This feels like Halo 3's melee button.

benashley
benashley

Style over substance? kill bill rip off? I'll be downloading the Demo before buying this one

MegaWang
MegaWang

captainoflust - What the f*ck is your problem? Anyway, this game looks like it'll be a good bit of fun, I was disappointed with Stranglehold so i'm hoping this turns out better.

captainoflust
captainoflust

Hands down, lamest video I've ever seen. This alone will prevent me from buying it. I'm not impressed that you're attractive and you said f*ck. Go away.

otanikun
otanikun

I'm still on the fence about this game but I like what I see so far, can't wait to see it released

Taevataat
Taevataat

I see "Bethesda" but I don't see "Elder Scrolls V". I am disappoint.

mattg90520
mattg90520

i only just discovered this game about a month ago by luck that bethesda was publishing it. knowing that i loved their take on fallout, i hoped this game (though only being the publisher) would be just as good. from what ive seen, it looks awesome - a combination of all sorts of awesome. i just hope the advance previews arent wrong on this one, as they have been on some in the recent past

muppen
muppen

Can't wait for Wet, looks like a fun and adrenaline filled game