From the Developers at Running with Scissors that brought amazing titles such as Postal, Postal 2, and so on comes the latest in this epic franchise: Postal 4: No Regerts. With all the crude humour and hilarious one-liners that Postal fans know, remember, and expect from this series. Postal 4: No Regerts goes on to meet these expectations and somehow keeps the momentum going.
There has always been controversy to this game franchise purely from the satirical and crass humour. For example, Postal 2 was banned in Germany and New Zealand for the sheer amount of violence and animal “abuse”.
Postal 4: No Regerts, yes that’s how it’s spelt
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Postal 4: No Regerts uses the original recipe from the previous instalments such as First-person exploration, however in the new town of Edensin, Arizona. A cinematic showing a brief catch-up from the previous titles to now where the Dude’s car has been stolen and is forced to go to Edensin and get a job.
The Postal Franchise puts you in the shoes and stylish shades of the protagonist known as “Dude” or “Postal Dude” as he tries to get by in the rat race of life. From asking Townies to sign a petition to picking up milk from the store, it never ends up so straightforward or how you would expect it to turn out. We were introduced to some interesting characters and a predatory work coach when getting a job.
So moving on to the various jobs, each involving their instances and crazy hijinks like using a piece of cardboard to ask pedestrians if they have any jobs to do, Unclogging backed up waste pipes with grenades or “liberating” cats and dogs for a suspiciously hungry animal control representative. So a humbling first mission to introduce a game of employment.
When exploring the streets and sights of Edensin, we see the various NPCs around the town and they all have their opinions and dialogue which is always funny to listen to. They aren’t very smart in terms of AI, but it seems to add to the charm of the game than being an actual issue.
Unfortunately, the load times for the game are a bit long for current-gen consoles, ideally, this shouldn’t take too long for games that are more detailed in terms of graphics and system load which load in a matter of seconds instead of a minute or so. It may not seem much, but some players may feel it unreasonable for current gen.
There are various things to do in the game, if you want to harass the townies or local law enforcement there are many weapons to pick from as you take a stroll through alleyways or office buildings. You will see many Easter eggs throughout your adventure, from Trump-inspired red caps to references to Covid and even a billboard showing the game’s own version of Tiger King. These references alone were enough to get us wanting more hilarious references.
Graphics & Audio
We were able to try Postal 4: No Regerts on PS5 and the graphics were similar to previous Postal titles with a few minor upgrades like the Dude’s character model looked smoother and less blocky and low res. The world still had the same charm in terms of graphics, but also still had that empty walled-in feeling too.
Every so often when walking around regions or zones in the game you eventually get hit by frame drops which eventually get more annoying and take the fun out of what you are doing. We pushed through this, walked out of the area and back and it seemed to have resolved that issue.
Other details like being able to select a censor when you drop your fly to “relieve” yourself be it on the pavement, bathroom or unexpecting NPC. Fortunately we didn’t encounter any graphical glitches throughout our playthrough.
The Music was very subtle, but you can change this all in the settings with alternatives to suit your taste. The NPC voice acting was clear and funny to listen to, even with them saying something completely random and unexpected to the exact scenario you are in. The Dude also had a few voice actors you could select before starting the game such as Jon St John (who some people will remember is the voice for the loved character Duke Nukem), Rick Hunter (original voice actor for Dude in previous titles) and Corey Cruise (Another original Dude voice actor).
If you are a long-term Postal fan or enjoy tongue-in-cheek crass humour and are willing to overlook the odd frame drop you could easily play Postal 4: No Regerts for hours to come. Even as a stress reliever, you could waste time blasting your way through hordes of enemies. The missions themselves don’t run for too long which is great so it doesn’t get old or repetitive.
So with the love that is usually put into the scripting and references for Postal 4: No Regerts is highly applauded. the frame issues and load issues do put a sour taste in your mouth, but if you are willing to overlook that and enjoy the game for its charismatic characters and extremely gory and explicit combat then this would be a great game for you.
However long time Postal fans will feel right at home with this too. As a console port Postal 4: No Regerts still captures what players have enjoyed and played on the PC version.
With all that said we feel it right to award Postal 4: No Regerts the Thumb Culture Gold Award.
Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.