We have seen a lot of action games that combine acrobatics, gun play and sometimes swords. WET includes all of these elements but has a visual style that makes it stand out. Let’s take a look at WET…
You take on the role of Rubi, a gun wielding mercenary voiced by non other than Eliza Dushku. Hired to bring back William Ackers son who has fallen in with a gang in China. Through some twists and turns in the plot, things get turned around and Rubi eventually finds herself going after Ackers, well kinda but that is about all I will give you on the plot. Basically it is a pretty good story and if you have read any of my previous reviews, I wont divulge any further details.
Wet is a third person action game that incorporates acrobatic moves such as wall running, slides, pole spins and many others. When performing these menuevers or simply jumping and firing, you enter into a slow motion mode similar to Max Payne or Stranglehold. The main difference in this mode than the previously mentioned titles is that one gun (yes you dual weild everything) auto targets the nearest target and then you aim the other gun to whatever target you like. You can aim at the same target as the other gun to take them out faster or an entirely different target. Works great and is a very nice addition.
Weapons in this game include Sword, shotguns, sub-machine guns and crossbows. While your running about killing enemies left and right, you begin to build a combo meter up that ultimately gives you the in game currency to purchase upgrades for new combos, weapon upgrades or new moves for Rubi.
There are parts of the game that close off and you enter in an arena type mode. Contained within the arena are markers that you must destroy to stop enemies for entering. Until you destroy all of the markers in the arena the enemies come non-stop. This can be fun but also tend to get a little bit tiresome at times. There are a wide variety of level types that break up the action. Some are a lot of fun and others are kinda meh… In particular, I didn’t really care for the obstacle/training ground at her home. Just wasn’t my thing I guess.
Visually, the game has a very unique look and feel to it. Between the levels are over exaggerated grindhouse style cut scenes that are very entertaining and very cool. These are some of my favorite parts of the game.
There are levels in which Rubi has blood splattered on her face and goes into a rage, a murderous rage. Other than the noir style of deep red, black and whites only, the gameplay elements are the same. Another way to mix it up.
The sound is pretty much what you expect during gameplay with the bullets whizzing by and people dying left and right. Voice acting is alright with the exception of Eliza who did an excellent job. One thing you should probably take note is that this is a mature title and there is a lot of profanity, so probably not a good idea to play with the kids around.
I liked this title and it took me a while to figure out why. The game play for the most part has been done before and there are a few new elements but not really anything that kept me coming back. It was the outrageousness of the story and the visual style that made me want to fire it back up and play when I became frustrated with a level. While I enjoy the game and think you should check it out, I simply can’t recommend a buy but a RENT IT rating instead. It has been my experience that you will either love it or completely hate this title. It is not for everyone.
Brian Ellis is a co-founder and senior editor of Bag of Mad Bastards and co-host of Drunken Monkey Tech podcast found here. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions/comments.
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