Excerpt: Stylized action, tons of blood and monkeys! From the developers Artificial Mind and Movement comes a campy over the top action title, in the vein of say, grindhouse, titled Wet. Featuring ample amounts of bullet time and a sexy lead character named Ruby, this balls to the wall action title is sure to garner some praise do to its super stylized action and very wild type of scenarios.
Excerpt: Like any other lover of violence, gore and grainy film sequences, I am a Tarantino fan. The humor, the plot, even the bodies have more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan film, and for me, that makes a good experience. What Artificial Mind and Movement and Bethesda have created does a decent job of depicting the feel of the Grindhouse genre, and actually makes for a really fun experience.
Conclusion: Just when you thought the third-person action/shooter genre was running thin on style, Wet has come along and shaken things up for the better. While the game may have quietly snuck up on many gamers’ radar, it’s poised to become a game to remember in 2009. Wet does a great job of blending various gameplay elements with a creative presentation that delivers an experience that many have attempted but few have successfully carried out.
Excerpt: It takes a special kind of badass to wield a dart gun, three firearms, and a Ginzu-sharp katana…while plummeting through the air — parachute-less — from a destroyed jetliner. Wildly implausible? Yes. But this is Videogame Land, where wetwork specialist Rubi Malone can shoot, swan-dive, and decapitate her way through a wafer-thin revenge tale punched full of plotholes and non-sequitur action sequences without batting an eyelash. Us, on the other hand?
Pros: + Moves and controls like butter, despite slo-mo–happy combat., + Lots of cool, Pulp Fiction–esque style; great soundtrack.
Summary: In Wet’s best moments, it is a thrill ride of absurd action and stylish violence, steeped in the cinematic traditions of Tarantino and Rodriguez. At its worst, it’s a frustrating dive through endless slow-motion sequences and random gunplay. The reality, which lies somewhere in between, is a game that is heavy on panache and light on substance.
Conclusion: The time I got to spend with Wet was certainly enjoyable, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a retail copy. The stylized action actually reminded me more than a little of Stranglehold, but if you didn’t like that one don’t let this comment deter you as Wet seemed to have much more variety in its gameplay. So, if you liked Stranglehold or are just looking for some over-the-top action this fall, you should definitely keep your eyes on Wet.
Summary: " WET " had a lot of promise. Whilst its bewildering multiplayer got canned apparently quite late into the day, there is still, at times, a strong single player experience to be had. The story is good, and Rubi is an excellent lead character. Whilst the slo-mo never really gets dull, the game itself tries its best to ruin things for you with the armoured enemies, and sections that are way too frustrating. It’s also not the longest game ever, either.
Excerpt: Whether it’s the search for the right outfit, a cool phone or the perfect girlfriend, the tug of war between style and substance often comes into play. Many games these days are heavy in either one or the other but the best ones find a way to balance them both. WET is an acrobatic third-person shooter that is so heavy on style that it’s very easy to overlook what it lacks in substance.