Conker Live and Reloaded

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: Xbox (Microsoft)
Produced by: Rare
Price Range: $11-20
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: Adults Only
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

     Reviewed By: Zach Walton aka Phazonmasher
     VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Genre: Platform
Christian Rating: 1 of 5 (awful)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 1 of 5 (extreme)
Adult Content: 1 of 5 (extreme)


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When Rare released Conker’s Bad Fur Day, many gamers were wondering what they were thinking. Rare was known for cute, family friendly platformers but the president of Rare felt that the platforming genre was too stale and created a rude, crude comedy platformer surrounding Conker the Squirrel, a character that had existed before as a family friendly character in the Game Boy game, Conker’s Pocket Tales.
Conker Live and Reloaded is a remake of the original with added bells and whistles that is to be expected from an Xbox game. Not the least being a continuation of the single player story in a 6 level multiplayer campaign that can be played online and off.

The story begins with a throne room and Conker sitting on the throne telling of his achievement of becoming the king. He begins to tell his tale of how he achieved this with what he calls, “His bad fur day.”

The story takes us back to a bar where Conker is leaving from after spending a night drinking with his friends before they go off to war. He stumbles out to find a Scarecrow named Birdy who introduces him to the play mechanics and gives him some seltzer to cure his drunkenness. Thus begins Conker’s crazy journey through multiple worlds to find his way home. There is no real goal except to solve the various puzzles that lead back to his home.

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The sub plot of the game involves the Panther King needing a replacement table leg due to his milk always spilling. His scientist comes to the conclusion that the only thing that will fit under his table is a red squirrel and not just any red squirrel but Conker to be exact. Needless to say, the story makes little sense and is just there for the jokes.

VIOLENCE

This game is violent in every sense of the word. The main weapon that you’ll use is a baseball bat with nails sticking out of it. Every time you defeat an enemy, they usually explode and blood splatters on the ground in a cartoony yet gruesome fashion. If you are close enough, blood will run down the screen as well. The violence is really on par with what you might see on The Itchy and Scratchy Show on The Simpsons. It’s violent but it’s not meant to be realistic in any way.

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LANGUAGE

The game is chock full of language. The reason this game received such a controversial welcome the first time was it’s extreme use of profanity. That said, the remake censors more words than the original did. The “f” word and the “s” word are now censored along with a few British profanities used throughout the game. All the rest of the profanities are used in full force though and quite frequently.

SEXUAL THEMES

This is where this game gets its controversy at as well. There are many sexual jokes strewn throughout the game that I will not go into detail with but most of it is symbolic and never actually show any humanistic nudity. It’s always in the side characters such as a flower, boiler or cogs that display these sexual themes. They are not outright like one would find in a game like Grand Theft Auto but they are more lewd due to the fact that they can go farther with these kinds of characters.

CRUDE HUMOR

There is also a lot of crude humor that doesn’t fall into the categories above that usually involves bathroom humor. Most people don’t really look at this as being that bad but they are quite offensive in this game. The main point being one of the earlier boss fights is a giant mound of feces who proclaims himself to be “The Great Mighty Poo” and sings in an operatic fashion throughout the fight. There are also other cases that I won’t mention due to the disgusting nature of them but it’s quite prevalent.

The gameplay itself is quite good. It’s platforming perfection. The other sections of the game where it mixes things up with shooting or driving elements are well done with an extreme amount of polish. The game looks better than a lot of the Xbox 360 launch games. Anybody who likes platformers would have a great time with the gameplay granted they could stomach the content.

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The game is also genuinely funny at times spoofing classic movies and even itself at points. It’s a great game that is hampered by trying to be over the top only for the sake of offending people.

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Year of Release — 2005




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