We get wet with blood, swords and guns in this new action title.When I think of great stories and movies that are very unique and have their own very distinct visual or artistic style, I think of Quentin Tarantino. This is something that this game is truly inspired by, you have the sword play found in Kill Bill and the bloody, language heavy and stylistic and girls who have massive sexual appeal found in GrindHouse and you put it all together and make it into a video game, that is WET in a nutshell.
The game WET is a game that at first did not catch my eye, it is one of the few games releasing this year, this is a new ip. In a industry filled with sequels and series with 13 games in them like Final Fantasy, it is hard to come by a series these days with new characters, a new setting and something that is not in a series. That is not to say that sequels are bad or cannot be good, but its nice to see something fresh and new, even if its very closely inspired by the movies of a certain director or two.
The thing that really is impressive to me about WET, is that not only does it take the stylings of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo, it also takes what is most impressive and what works well with cinematic gaming and mixes it together with some of the best gameplay in other games. So what is most important about video games to me, is that it is entertaining and its fun to play. This does both things on many different levels. The gameplay of Wet is broken down into a variety of different types
Shooting Gallery - This is the type of gameplay that is seen in a lot of run and gun shooters, you shoot a room and you move on, and sometimes you have to press a switch.
Tomb Raider / Indiana Jones Platforming – You are seen grappling edges, running along walls, swinging on bars to the next bar to a ledge. The way they were able to do this so well is that you do not have to do a full rotation to get to the next bar its a quick hit of the a or x button and your on to the next bar or ledge, everything is very seamless and keeps the action fast and frantic.
WET Scenes – These scenes are done like in Killer 7 or Film Noir, but instead of black and white, its black and red, these segments have you going on a rampage, slicing and dicing everything in your path, and some even throw the Indiana Jones or Uncharted style plat forming too, these are basically bonus roads that earn you more points for upgrading of moves and weapons.
Spawn Closets -
So this game is blunt about spawn closets, it actually pans around a room and you see skull and katanas glowing and you have to slice them which shuts a door in various ways, so you have to shut down these switches then once you have done that you then have to clear the room of remaining enemies.
Melee / Katana Gameplay – Just like in Kill Bill, the heroine has an awesome sword object / katana, which is used for the melee near range attacks, not only do you kill your enemies with it, you will find yourself cutting off legs, arms and heads with it, this game does not make any bones about being a gore filled video game.
Interactive Cutscenes – There is a variety of interactive cutscenes they range from have to tap the x button after you press the y
button to cut a lock off the door, to interactive boss battles, to car surfing to even mini boss battles where you have to drain your enemy then later on at the end you have to hit x to intiate the cinematic then press a bunch of buttons at a certain time.
Random Scenes -
There are also a few random scenes that are not at all like the others like mentioned car surfing, sky diving and even some speed run scenes at your boneyard where its gunslinging, wild west cowboy style hit the targets as you shimmy and swing your way to the goal and hell they even have a old style saloon as your exit.
This game really is the Uncharted or Indiana Jones, of gore or horror movies and it does it very well. The story is really solid as well, you play Rubi who finds herself globetrotting across the world who does these jobs for cash and the job she accepted, she thought was easy but turns into a tale of doublecrosses and plot twists, that even the biggest Tarantino fans might not expect or predict. Wet takes you all over the globe from America to China to England and more! There is a ton of unlockables like character bios and soundtrack is fully accesible too, as you progress through the game and you unlock challenges that is apart from the story mode. As well at the end of each level, based on how many points you acheived you can spend them on health bar upgrades, to other ways to slice and dice your enemies to upgrades for your weapons that dish out more damage and other ways to take on your oponnent.
Wet also manages to have really make you feel like your in the movie with the music that is inspired by not only progressive country, rock and roll and even a bit of independent dance music, every bullet, every sword slash and explosion sounds crisp and realistic. The graphics of wet are impressive with HDR Lighting, volumetric fog and all of the things that make a great HD video game. The game also has a very solid cast in the way of Malcolm McDowell and Eliza Dushku.
What really impresses me by what WET presents and packages together is that, it is a very cinematic experience, that at the same time does not forget that it is when the day is done a video game. It keeps the action flowing constantly, fast and frantic but at the same time you always feel like you have control of your character and are able to cause a lot of damage with ease. Wet in actuality is a more simplistic version of Uncharted with a horror twist, and even Xbox 360 gamers can experience it too. We got a taste of Tarantino style video game design with House of the Dead Overkill, but with WET, this is just as good as any Tarantino or John Woo movie, so on September 15th, 2009, pickup a copy of WET, grab some popcorn, your favorite candy and a beverage of choice and enjoy this impressive craft of game design. Remember you must be 17 to play this title.
Be sure to check out the demo of this game available now on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network.
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- Game is beautiful
- Great experience for Tarantino and Woo Fans
- Gameplay is fun
- Easier to get into then Uncharted or Ninja Gaiden
- Pacing is varied and keeps your attention constantly
- Lots of unlockables and side challenge mode.
- No Multiplayer
- Jumping to sword slash doesn’t transition as well as it could
- Not recommended for families or anyone below the age of 18.
- Might be repetitive for some, but not too much.