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Game Reviewed: WET
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Artificial Mind and Movement
Platform: PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
Category: Third-person Shooter
ESRB Rating: M
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WET gets its name as a shortened version of the word “Wetwork,” which itself is a euphemism for murder or assassination, alluding to hands literally wet with blood.
WET, in short, tells the story of Rubi, an assassin for hire who is double crossed on an assignment and left for dead. Nursed back to health by a friend, she sets out to find the person that set her up and enact her revenge. Rubi is very good at her job and employs a variety of guns and one very trusty sword to get the job done.
WET features a very unique shooting aspect that allows Rubi to jump, slide and swing from poles while at the same time, firing off her guns. For example, let us say there are two enemies right in front of you. You can just stand there and shoot, but you can only shoot one gun at one person. If you do that, expect to die very quickly because you are very out-numbered. But if you were to say, press the X button (on the PS3), Rubi will then do a slow motion dive towards her two enemies, whip out both guns, one gun will auto-target one guy while you manually target the other guy. Doing this not only takes out two enemies at the same time, but makes you a smaller target for them to shoot back at. Each level consists of basically three parts. You have the regular run-and-gun portion which then breaks away to some quick-time events followed by an “arena” section where an unlimited number of bad guys are gunning for you. The only way to stop them and to move on is to find the switches that will block the doors that they are coming out of. Some sections of the game start off with a cut scene of Rubi shooting someone in the head, their blood gets on her face and then Rubi goes into a psychotic, blood lust inducing rage. The entire screen sports a bold red, black and white visual. Your attacks become stronger and faster as you mow through wave after wave of faceless attackers.
What Parents Need to Know
If Quentin Tarantino and John Woo had a kid, and that kid developed third-person shooter video games for a living, this would be the game that that kid developed. Some of the violence includes, but is not limited to:
- Lots of blood (splattered, spilt and spurting)
- A torture cut-scene where Rubi is hanging by her wrist with her feet in a bathtub. A character named “The Torturer (so creative)” hooks a car battery up to the tub and sends electrical currents through it trying to get Rubi to talk.
- Dismemberment (both in game and in cut-scenes)
- Lost of blood (gurgling, gagging and grotesque)
- The encouragement of killing as many people as possible as stylistically as possible. The more acrobatic kill maneuvers you accomplish, the more points you get at the end of the stage. You can then spend your points on more acrobatic kill maneuvers to add to you arsenal.
- Lots of blood (flooding, flowing and screen-filling)
- In some stages, the more people you kill, the more your health regenerates, thus encouraging you to go on killing sprees if you are particularly low on health. You can also regain health by swigging bottles of whisky strewn throughout the different levels.
- Oh, yea, did I mention Lots of blood?
WET takes full advantage of the M rating, not only in the violence category, but also in the language category. Before you even begin playing the game, the first cut scene throws out the first f-bomb. Also during the game, f-bombs are thrown around by your attackers and by Rubi herself. Just about every curse word in the English language is represented in this game.
Female characters are shown in some revealing clothing from short skirts to exposed backs in low cut dresses to midriff baring low slung pants. During the somewhat disturbing torture scene, Rubi is shown in a t-shirt and underwear, showing lots of backside.
I did not notice anything spiritually offensive in this game. It was just straight up wall-to-wall violence.
I have played a lot of games in my day and I have to say that WET is probably the most over the top violent game I have played in recent memory. It seemed to be violent for violence’s sake. It did have some interesting game play mechanics with the acrobatic maneuvers, but other than that, there was nothing redeeming about this game at all. The cut-scenes and quick time portions of the game appeared to go for the “shock and awe” and it did shock me with the various ways to kill and dismember your attackers. I would not recommend WET as a game to be played by children of any age.
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