Wet Updated Impressions

Bethesda shows off its upcoming action game developed by A2M featuring a gun-toting, whisky-drinking heroine named Rubi.

When Vivendi and Activision merged there were many games in varying states of development that looked like they might not see the light of day. One title, Wet, from developer A2M, has been picked up by Bethesda and is set for release this year.

We got our first look at Wet two years ago when it was introduced at a Sierra press event. The ensuing years have allowed developer A2M to polish up the action game, which is going for a '70s-action-movie/Quentin Tarantino vibe. Reps from A2M were on hand to give a live demo of the game's first level as it now stands and to talk about what to expect from the upcoming "acrobatic shooter."

Wet's main character is Rubi, a "fixer" whom you meet in the middle of a job. The game's story aims to keep Rubi's origins a bit of a mystery, choosing to drop you in the middle of her life and offer tidbits about what got her there as you go. The demo kicked off in San Francisco with a cinematic that showed Rubi watching some thugs do a deal that she interrupts. As you'd expect, things get messy, and there's a good amount of gunfire as she wades in, which served as a good showcase for the game's acrobatic shooting mechanic. A2M reps cited the Crazy 88 sequence in Kill Bill as an inspiration for the game, and the film influence shows. The sequence has Rubi running on walls, performing fast knee slides, and backflipping around enemies, all the while shooting people up. At the heart of the crazy acrobatic shooting mechanic is the dual aiming system that will lock on to one enemy with one of Rubi's hands and let you free aim with the other.

Guns for show, um...swords for a pro?

The fight spills out of the building and Rubi gives chase to the few people she didn't fill full of holes. Along the way we were shown the health system: when Rubi needs a pick-me-up due to low health, she just has to crack a bottle of sweet, sweet whiskey to make things better. We also got the chance to see her use her sword, which you'll be able to use in conjunction with her guns for some murderous flair. One other nice trick we saw was Rubi sliding down a ladder--by gripping the sides with her legs and firing a hail of bullets as she moved down, upside down. A bit later in the level Rubi entered what A2M is classifying as a battle arena area of the level where hordes of enemies will come at you. The only way to move forward is to take out a set number of enemies, which then triggers an event that lets you out of the area--in this case, a couple of vans that were blocking the path speeding off.

The heart of Wet's combat system is a combo system that will let you chain together moves that you'll modify via style. Mixing gunplay with swords and acrobatics will yield a better overall score than simply shooting people, as will throwing in flips, stomps, and headshots. You'll have a solid assortment of weapons to choose from during the game, with Rubi's dual pistols eventually giving way to shotguns, submachine guns, and explosive crossbows--all of which are upgradable over the course of the game. A2M has also tossed in yet another alternative to guns, swords, and crazy acrobatics--a rage mode, which was shown off.

In the demo we saw that Rubi got blood on her face and then went nuts. The game presentation changed to a stylized monocolor view that showed Rubi as a silhouette and the blood as flashes of white. The action and music both sped up considerably from the regular game. While in rage mode, Rubi will move faster, do more damage, and regenerate health for a limited time. The team is still ironing out just how often the mode will come up, to keep things balanced, but suggested that overall there would probably be around 10 of these sections, which are not user-initiated.

The last part of the demo showed off a bit of the second level, which found Rubi chasing her quarry by leaping onto moving cars in a series of quick-time events that punctuated on-rails shooting gameplay. The level was a mix of shooting and car jumping that had a flashing, cinematic look.

The rage mode takes the game's already-stylised look and turns it up to 11.

Following the demo, a Q&A session offered a bit more information on what to expect from the game. Rubi's in-game voice is provided by Eliza Dushku of Tru Calling, Dollhouse, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. In addition to Dushku, veteran actor Malcom McDowell, whose career includes A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek Generations, and the recent TV show Heroes, will voice the game's main villain. Actor Alan Cumming, best known to American audiences as Nightcrawler in X2 and as "invincible" programmer Boris in GoldenEye, will also voice one of the characters in the game. Besides a variety of different enemy types, Rubi will have to contend with bosses. While her pistols will have unlimited ammo, the other weapons in her arsenal will have limited ammo, although how much they can carry is one of the features you can upgrade. Rubi will also make use of the tentatively titled "Rubi-vision," which will let you look at your environment and see what you can make the best use of for your acrobatics.

In terms of content and length, the single-player story-based mode is expected to last roughly eight to 10 hours. In addition, you'll be able to unlock two to three additional modes to play, including a challenge mode set in the abandoned airplane yard Rubi calls home and a points mode that will challenge you to beat a set score over a given level. The game will also feature monkey-themed collectibles and will support achievements and trophies.

The visuals have a stylized look that's enhanced by a saturated color palette and a filter that give the graphics a film grain look--but this filter can be turned off if you'd rather keep the look clean. There's a decidedly '70s look to the clothing and environments that fits with the stylized atmosphere, and overall the graphics look good and do a good job of setting the tone. The camera goes into some cinematic angles during the action that look cool and didn't seem to hinder the important task of peppering your foes with bullets in the demo we saw.

Based on what we saw, Wet seems to be offering a stylish new angle on a standard action game, but our big questions about the game revolve around control. The game's cinematic approach is definitely cool looking--we're just hoping the camera and control cooperate. Wet is currently slated to ship later this year for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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63 comments
Crabbattle2836
Crabbattle2836

Play the demo!!!! this game is the most fun iv had playing a game in a long time. that alone sold it for me, play it and you will agree

irwin888
irwin888

Looks like loads of fun! All sorts of potential!

Awesome_Anime
Awesome_Anime

So exciting! If I could laugh like Mark Hamill, I would.

dijji497
dijji497

I have been looking forward to this for years now and im still excited, I just hope the levels arent hopelessly linear i.e.Gears, Eat Lead, ..... And the name just draws attention to itself. I hope they dont resort to ACHIVMENT syndrome. The main thing is for them to give it variety, too many games like this get repetitive, fast! Maybe introduce unlockable moves instead of the same ones over and over (wolverine anyone?).

Harv3y
Harv3y

looks good to me,kinda sounds like assassins creed. demo please =)

callumchilled
callumchilled

It all sounds a little bit Lara Croft... I can't wait to try out the demo on the PSN.

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Interesting....I'm going to keep my eye on this game. it looks promising. only disappointing thing is the length of the game. only 8 to 10 hours? :|

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

codenameaf7 Posted Apr 28, 2009 1:04 pm CT If they release a demo, i'll give it a try. If not, keep your crap to yourself Bethesda, don't try to become the next EA just because the credit crunch is a pain in the anus. Release something that's up to the standard of your previous games, please.

A word to the wise this ain't Bethesda's game and by that I mean it is being published by Bethesda. It's not being developed by them.

It was shopped around by A2M after it was unceremoniously dropped from Activision Blizzard's release roster.

Ironically enough though they continued to support the development of the game and even went so far as to shop it around for them (A2M) until A2M took over the search.

Youve got a lot of nerve giving them grief for helping a company that has gone through the hardship of this economy before the game has even been released.

If the shoe were on the other foot all things considered II'm sure you'd hold your tongue... Go on mark me down codenameaf7,if you disagree I've said my piece.

Neosword
Neosword

Jury's still out on this one. Hope it turns out good.

Ystergarde
Ystergarde

Now what kind of a name is "Wet"??

R1PP3R
R1PP3R

Scaling mountainsides to sneak into mansions? Has this guy ever been to the English countryside?

method115
method115

@codenameaf7 Your already bashing them before even releasing the game. So how about letting them release the game before you make comments like this. It still has a while till it comes out and could even get pushed back.

beekayjay
beekayjay

I watched the latest Gametrailers footage for wet.....I think the 70's exploitation flick look is a great idea. That said, I think the devs can push it way further than they have currently.

king_bobo
king_bobo

Well... when I said "I can't honestly say that I can see it getting particularly good reviews" I meant I don't see it getting over 8.0. Sorry, bad phrasing...

king_bobo
king_bobo

Rubi looks awesome, especially on the current box-art. I gotta say that whilst this game has potential, I can't honestly say that I can see it getting particularly good reviews. I may be wrong though...

codenameaf7
codenameaf7

Wow... The characters name is Ruby? Wow very "unique" there Bethesda, haven't heard that name since a few months ago when Supernatural was on. The "rage" mode looks like crap in which your job is to count the freakin' pixels, and overall looks like its going to be worse and a lot uglier than the recent-made button mashers. They say its going to have jumpie gameplay, so what...I doubt it'll match even Otogi in that department and graphics-wise, this game looks like its an early release title. If they release a demo, i'll give it a try. If not, keep your crap to yourself Bethesda, don't try to become the next EA just because the credit crunch is a pain in the anus. Release something that's up to the standard of your previous games, please.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

yeah, defo need a demo, as if its simply another DMC game (runnie, jumpie, button mashing ****) then am not gonna bother, so demo please!

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

Rest assured we're hunting down some gameplay videos for you... having seen it myself, I can say it certainly looks promising. :)

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

"While her pistols will have unlimited ammo, the other weapons in her arsenal will have limited ammo, although how much they can carry is one of the features you can upgrade." Erm, DMC?

CrazyFox_444
CrazyFox_444

CRAP focus ur time on Elder Scrolls IIV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mayceV
mayceV

never done shooting + swordfighting + acrobatics before? what's DMC or bloodrayne?

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

the game feels like it's going to be over too quick :\ at the same time it looks like it will be 8 12 hours well spent

acountddd
acountddd

Dushku does ruby? F*ck Yeah.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Looks cool, I hope there is a demo for the game

aaronobst
aaronobst

Yeah... She is a Woman therefore she is a Sex Symbol... Seriously get over yourselves

ImYour13thStep
ImYour13thStep

Seem I would be paying for more of the Cool name and Hot Chick. Anyways love the name but is it just me or does the guy in the video seem like he has no idea what he's talking about?

JoReph
JoReph

Yeah, I kinda agree with Valhamir, it was hard to watch this video, that guy just seemed out of it or like he could careless about the game. But if Bethesda made this game, it might be worth to check out.

Slash_out
Slash_out

The guy is talking about a never seen combinaison of acrobatique and shooting, with high body count, where you slice ennemies head and continue slicing them or something... Wow so original. This is totaly unlike Bloodrayne huh? I mean it's not like it's exactly the same kind of gameplay in a game with an heroine. Oh wait... If they didn't call this so original game "Wet", I would have though from his description that this was another Bloodrayne episode

Valhamir
Valhamir

... Wow... No wonder why this sounds cliched and unoriginal... I couldn't even finish watching that movie the guy was so retarded. Maybe I'm just biased after they sodomised the Fallout franchise.

Ryam_Eros
Ryam_Eros

I'll not be buying anything Bethesda makes after the PR nightmare with the Fallout 3 DLC and PS3 owners. They don't like my money? They won't get anymore. Simple as that.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Yeah by the looks of it the game play won't be much removed from DMC but hopefully it won't be as shallow.But if it is then let's hope Rubi is more Nero than Dante in game play.

iggorr
iggorr

looks like a combination of BLOODRAYNE, DEVIL MAY CRY,MAX PAYNE AND NINJA GAIDEN.....could be good :D

jake-lutze
jake-lutze

@ Xenro4 there will never be another DMC, but this game isnt really trying to be DMC, except maybe in the stylish action gameplay. This game seems to go above and beyond DMC in terms of style, but that wont necessarily mean it will be DMC worthy.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@rpg crazy123 I think its the sex symbol characters that these games have in common. Why does every action game have to have some rage mode or anger syndrome or something like that.

KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

that guy is just dramatizing everything he says

rpg_crazy123
rpg_crazy123

uhmmmm whats with the related games? those games dont look anything like this. but this game looks great. im getting a 360 soon and i just might get this game

Xenro4
Xenro4

3 words: Devil May Cry. This game wont be nearly as good as dmc

nmanma
nmanma

They need to fix the sword swinging animations, theres no weight or hit detection, then I ll consider the game/

Cafffeinated
Cafffeinated

Gameplay footage has been posted on youtube for a veeeeery long time, folks.

Djdiddles77
Djdiddles77

Sounds interesting but will need a lot more info on it!

BigDog333187
BigDog333187

Sounds pretty cool, but I would like to see some footage of actual gameplay

ChuckE_Cheese
ChuckE_Cheese

hahaha seriously these guys are running out of ideas

criticfromhell
criticfromhell

Bethesda's aiming for visual flare, and with a stylish lead character, that requires good animations. But isn't that what they suck at? I loved fallout 3 and would play it again in a heartbeat, but the animations in that game were awful.

ebonyivory
ebonyivory

wtf is he talking about DMC HAS PERFECT GUN AND SWORD GAMEPLAY

kytomasi
kytomasi

meh cant be any worst then blade ninja, ninja blade or w/e that game is called

WarPrime
WarPrime

It makes me very nervous that they still haven't shown any "Gameplay" footage. Just a screen shot montage...it is almost always a very bad sign that the game doesn't look or play good. I I sure hope this is not the case.