Wet Review & Hidden Monkey Toys Video!September 15, 2009
|Developer(s):||Artificial Mind & Movement|
|ESRB Rating:||M (Mature)|
|Demo:||Add to download queue|
Eliza Dushku is hot. Now, she’s Wet.
A game called Wet was destined to turn heads. Seeing Dushku at E3 promoting Wet made it even better. Dushku provides the voice of our female heroine, Rubi “Drunken Monkey” Malone. She is definitely one woman that you don’t want to f*ck with. Promise.
If you’ve already played the demo, then you’ve only seen a glimpse into Malone’s techniques. In this third-person shooter, she combines attitude, style and killer instinct using 360 degree slip-aiming mechanics, sword fighting and acrobatic abilities. Malone’s moves are similar to Faith’s (Mirror’s Edge). I’ve heard that it’s similar to Stranglehold, but I’ve yet to play that game.
Malone is hired by Mr. William Ackers to bring his wayward son, Trevor, back home. Daddy needs his little boy to come home safely. Why? I won’t tell you why or what happens, but I can guarantee that sh!t just gets worse for Malone. This one measly, simple, cut-throat job turns into an open can of worms that spans across the United States, London and Hong Kong.
As you progress through the story, you’d want to build up your Style Points. You want to ultra c-c-c-combo your jumps, dives, slides, wall and ledge runs, ledge up and down ejects and split targeting. Since Malone carries Dualies, she’s capable of shooting two enemies at once. Point and shoot just like a camera. It’s that simple.
There’s also Bonus Style Points and Ammo Packs hidden (in objects or in plain sight) throughout the game. Your in-game HUD displays the Points Multiplier Meter where you can multiply your style points up to five times. If you kill a guy that’s normally +10 points and you’re on the 5x multiplier, you receive 50 points. Once you complete a level within a chapter, you’re given the option to go shopping to upgrade her abilities and her weapons to create a weapon of even more destruction.
Also hidden throughout the game are Monkey Toys. There are three achievements that are related to finding your first monkey toy, collecting all monkey toys within a chapter and finding every monkey toy in the game, adding up to 50 gamerscore points. Hint: Use Rubi Vision to show areas that Malone can run, swing or jump to (shown by a red glowing line) and listen for monkeys clashing cymbals. Some are definitely hard to find. Need help? Check out my Hidden Monkey Toy Locations Video Guide!
Psst! There’s also a contest for those that have received the Monkey Obsessed Achievement? Find out here!
A big shoutout to “mcmikeb” for pointing out that Monkey #11 was missing. I’ve updated the video that now includes #11! If the video doesn’t show up, click this link: http://www.viddler.com/explore/seeson/videos/6/ There’s definitely some spoilers in this video, but it doesn’t reveal too much.
When Malone gets hurt, she takes a swig of hard liquor to numb the pain, then throws the Jack Daniels-esque bottle into the air and shoots it into pieces. Even though she can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee with her Matrix-ish moves, she is incapable of landing safely from certain heights. Careful! Her health bar depletes and you will have to reload from the last saved checkpoint. When she shoots an enemy and gets blood on her face, just give up. Put your weapons down and run away to hopefully fight another day. Malone gets so pissed off that everything turns a noir-ish red, black and white. I’m glad there’s not too many of these because everything starts looking green. o.O
There are three difficulties to choose from: Cake Walk (Easy), Hired Gun (Normal) and Fixer (Hard). Upon completing the Normal (Not sure if it unlocks when completing Easy difficulty) campaign, you unlock the Golden Bullets difficulty. Think of it as the golden gun in N64’s Goldeneye 007. Most enemies die with one bullet, but Malone’s health is definitely as weak as someone who caught the PAX flu. You also unlock the Boneyard Challenges and Points Count modes where you can try to beat your best times and target scores. My one wish for Boneyard Challenges is that I could compare my times to my friends list like Trials HD or Shadow Complex. I’d be more inclined to beat my friends’ score than my own. I haven’t done this part yet, but I believe if you beat the game on Hard, the ultra-mega-super-hard Femme Fatale difficulty gets unlocked. I’m also glad there’s no multiplayer because it’d be a bunch of drunken monkeys playing with guns and swords flinging poo.
I have beaten the game on both the Normal and Golden Bullets difficulties and I can definitely say it’s worth the pricetag. The beautiful retro film, cinematographic style along with the awesome 70’s inspired soundtrack add to it. You definitely feel like you’re the main character of a movie whose just trying to get the job done, while kicking major ass. Hell, even @DMZilla said that Wet is pretty much Stranglehold if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Awesome job to Bethesda and Artificial Mind & Movement!
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