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WET pushes the third-person shooter action game into new territory with its over-the-top style and Grindhouse inspired visuals. WET's retro visual style on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, combines with its ability to move seamlessly between slow-motion gunplay and violent sword-kills to assault the senses unlike any shooter before it. Combining furious fire-fights, acrobatic moves and a grungy-film vibe, the ironic humour and pumping soundtrack blend together to give a pulsating experience that's violently fun and entertaining.
Fixing problems with a gun and bad attitude, Ruby Malone thinks her latest job for a wealthy old man is a simple matter of bringing home his wayward son. But things don't turn out as simply and nobody is who they appear to be. Betrayed and set-up, Rubi's on the path for revenge across three continents, over land and air, hunting down the man who left her for dead.
WET takes inspiration from Stranglehold and Max Payne. Its stylised nature gives a unique twist to the third-person shooter genre with the emphasis firmly on movement and continuous gun-play. Any time Rubi moves whilst firing her guns the game play slows as architecture splinters and she throws herself flying through air, sliding under obstacles or wall-running over gaps - bullet-time. WET's constant and spectacular method of dispatching enemies leads to some terrific moments with each enemy encounter having a balletic feel as Rubi deals out major carnage in a graceful and deadly way. Racking up such a large body count has never felt so graceful before and players can get a huge amount of satisfaction in the way they progress through the levels.
But WET never loses sight that it's a videogame with genuinely funny ironic humour and clever touches that can't fail to make you smile. The most stylistic moments come when visuals change into a cell shaded blood red with bold black and white outlines. Combine this with a pumping 70's soundtrack and some spectacular set-pieces and you have an experience that is uniquely memorable.
What blew me away most of all was the bold step to make WET so visually unique on both 360 and PS3. All the Tarantino touches made Rubi and the world around her such an interesting place to be. When she wasn't flipping from wall to wall or sliding across the room laying waste to the bad guys, the game's humour and sassyness stood out a mile. Anyone within earshot was instantly pulled into watching the game and marvelling at the spectacular display it put on.
With a quick-paced storyline penned by Duppy Demitrius from the TV series 24, the action constantly keeps players on their toes and eagerly anticipating the next pulsating challenge. Impressive car chase sequences reminiscent of The Matrix Reloaded and some breathtaking sky-diving moments complete the package with some adrenaline-charged situations.
Although you could argue its style outweighs its substance, WET succeeds with a creative and unique vision that makes it arresting and satisfying to play. When the music and slow-motion gunfire starts, you won't want to put the controller down until the credits roll.
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