Scheduled release date:
September 15, 2009
Publisher:
Bethesda Softworks
Developer:
A2M
Number Of Players:
1
Genre:
Action


According to the developers, Wet is best described as a nod to the cheesy yet still entertaining ‘70s action flicks with a dash of modern Tarantino style. Once Bayonetta disappeared out of 2010 (for North America, anyway), I needed another over-the-top action title to quench my thirst for some mindless shooting and slashing. That’s when I really became intrigued by this new IP, and it’s why I quickly downloaded the demo when it hit the PlayStation Store. Basically, if you take the bullet-time theme from the classic Max Payne franchise, toss in the katana and a few acrobatic maneuvers, you get Wet . The title, by the way, is an abbreviation for “wetwork,” which is a term that means your hands are gonna get bloody during the job in question. Rubi is the main character; she’s one of those cocky, beautiful superhumans that can perform all sorts of insane stunts with nothing in the way of real personal risk. Sure, bullets hurt, but she needs a little time to herself to heal up; either that, or she can find an open bottle of alcohol…that, apparently, cures her. Special lady.

Anyway, this demo doesn’t waste any time getting started. Most of the first part is a tutorial but it’s mixed in with the action, so it feels just about right. You’ll soon find that slow-mo isn’t actually a special ability; it’s just something that happens whenever Rubi jumps, slides, wall runs, or slides down ladders. She will contort her body into almost any position imaginable in order to keep her guns aimed in the direction you’re aiming, and so long as she’s in the air, she has the benefit of that adjusted bullet-time mechanic. This works well enough but it’s often difficult to spot the enemies; at first, we thought the game should have a lock-on mechanic, but you’ll need the freedom to select different targets while in mid-flight. Even so, the enemies really did seem tough to locate throughout the demo, and when combined with the somewhat erratic camera and relatively loose controls, we see an action game with tons of potential…but perhaps just a little light on the technical polish. Rubi has an exaggerated leap, and for this type of action, it’d be better if the camera was a little further away.

But once you get used to the eccentricities, you’ll probably have a blast with this demo. It’s not lengthy but it gives you a solid look at what to expect from the finished product; you’re chasing some dude who is trying to abscond with a case (presumably filled with sensitive material), and there are dozens upon dozens of faceless baddies in your way. We’re wondering if Rubi will find different weapons in the game because we’ll probably need them, although we’d likely be satisfied with the sword. You can slash your way through the throng of enemies by getting up-close-and-personal (you can even perform a deadly uppercut slash coming out of a slide), “split target” two enemies with each gun in Rubi’s hands, use poles to launch to new areas, and there are even QTEs during the latter part of the demo. You’ll be in the midst of a crazy highway chase and this is where the intensity rises and Rubi proves her ability to deal with…well, just about anything. Oh, and there’s one more aspect that we need to talk about: it’s kinda like a Rage mode of sorts, and it’s pretty stylish.

We’re not sure how it will work in the game, but after a brief cut-scene where Rubi gets splattered with blood (from her own bullet, of course), she goes a little nuts. The screen turns red and all you really see are the black-and-white outlines of Rubi and her hapless enemies; during this time, Rubi seems to be carrying automatic pistols and her available health doubles. This is a good chance to test out the many combinations you have at your disposal, although we would’ve liked to have tried it in a more open area. In the end, this demo really is a lot of fun to play, although we’re a little concerned about the iffy controls and camera that could cause some problems in the final retail version. Still, you gotta love the style and attitude of Wet . It’s just plain silly…in a good way.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I tried the demo out a few nights ago. Not my cup of tea, seemed like a Max Payne rip off. I also didn't think the graphics were very refined.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

I for 1 love this game. I'm sure to buy it. I think the graphics addd to the game and its genre, I also like the way that Rubi goes into a Kill Bill sort of mad mode.

BTW I have never thumbs downed you LV.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

You're a good boy and I like your huge picture.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Sweet, I'll have to jump on that demo straight away. Think they will address those issues before releasing the full game? Hope so, even though such things rarely bother me that much. Still deciding on whether to get this or wait for the bargain bin, but I think I do want it. Max Payne was a favorite (Gimme news on 3!)


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 9/1/2009 10:14:45 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Lets see for 3:

He's old
Slow
Bald
Not in atmospheric Winter New York
Dressed like John McClane
Somewhere Resident Evil 5sh

MEH!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

They'd never do that to Max, turn him into Bruce Willis like that.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago
LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

That better not pend for an eternity, christ. World just go to Wiki and type in Max Payne 3 and you will see quite clearly it's Bruce Willis.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

LMAO, just imagine Bruce Willis as Max Payne in the next movie.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Good God, what have they done to Max!? Someone tell me this is another Wikitastophie by a hater.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 9/2/2009 4:51:42 AM

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Wet kinda put me off the first time I played the demo. The second time wasn't as bad. I'll end up getting it when it's around 30 bucks.

KOSMOS111
KOSMOS111
11 years ago

I'll probably get this game because to me WET looks good and I like the music. ^.^

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

I agree..

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Yeah, I thought the music was great!

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

I dunno, the graphics really turned me off and the movments felt unnatural until your jumping sliding or wall running then it felt downright ridiculous… maybe its just me but if this is what makes the final cut im not touchin' this title with a 39 1/2 ft pole (^_^) although these kinds of stories always catch my eye so maybe I'll read the plot on wikipedia lol.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Can't ask too much outta multiplat graphics 😛

___________
___________
11 years ago

come on you know thats not true, GTAIV and resi 5 look amazing.
not uncharted 2 amazing but still impressive, and
FFXIII looks really good, no where near as good as the original CGI screens that SE said were from the game.
come on SE yous should know better than to promise this is how your game will look like than completely tone it down allot, not slightly theres a massive difference.
im dissapointed in SE, in all japanese developers actually theve gone money grubby and have sold their soul.
they use to produce quality products, now they just do a gimmick to bring in a quick buck.
for shame capcom, konami and SE,yous should be ashamed of yourselves

PS3addict
PS3addict
11 years ago

@ World;
Play Batman AA yet? Take a look at the Killer croc trophy and then talk about multi plat graphics… Several other games come to mind to, but that is the one I am hooked on at the moment.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I stand by my statement, MOST multiplats are sub par in the graphics department. Batman isn't my thing so I'll pass, but I do hear a lot about wet plastic.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Wet reminded me of one of those "kill just to kill" type of games(like GTA, saints row etc) and I'm not into those type of games. If I'm killing something I like it to be like in war or RPG games(like COD, Uncharted, Star Wars etc)playing wet kinda made me fell bad inside about why and how I was killing those guys(even though they weren't innocent people)

You know what I mean?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

If there was a Rape game I would buy it on Day one. I mean come on, who doesn't want to fake rape!

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

They have those in Japan…

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I know, I'm not in Japan. They have gay clubs in barns in Iowa, I'm not in Iowa.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Every day at Vertigo's place is like a gay Iowan barn dance 😛


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 9/2/2009 12:45:48 AM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Envision an abandoned meat locker in the Spring with a fresh paint job and an all you can eat buffet table residing in the living room.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

I had a lot of fun with the demo and am interested in this one. I see what you're saying about the camera and controls but I was able to spot all of the enemies right away. Maybe it depends on the type of television set?

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Who's got the Haterade?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I think there is a traitor amongst us.

No it's not me.

G-WiZ199
G-WiZ199
11 years ago

Umm seriously MadKat? WET and all the games you mentioned have a reason for killing, as does 99% of all action titles. They are trying to kill YOU. If you have moral civility, inside a virtual world that requires none, maybe you should try to be a real life cop lol.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

I guess you have a good point their, but I dunno playing this game kinda made me feel bad inside I kinda don't know why!.

Culoslap
Culoslap
11 years ago

Just another mediocre looking multi-plat. Besides, I've already played John Woo's Stranglehold.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I was enjoying it for the most part…until it got to that arena thing where you have to destroy the skull markers…that annoyed me and made me turn the demo off

Siege
Siege
11 years ago

I rather enjoyed the demo. It looks like to me that it will probably just be a rental, though. The feel of it is that there won't be a lot of variety to the levels. I hope I am wrong. Regardless, it will be fun to play through.

Ben, you said that during the "berserk" part, Rubi carries automatic pistols. She also carries three other types of weapons: the guns from the first part of the demo, a shotgun, and a crossbow with exploding arrows. I didn't realize it my first time through, but you can switch through them by using the Dpad.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Ah, thanks. Never really thought to check the d-pad.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

I actually wasn't aware of her inventory either, thanks for the information.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Wow, sounds like I'll be giving this demo a 4th play through.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I couldn't stand the demo. I deleted it without even clearing the first room. At least in Stranglehold (which I also didn't enjoy), you could occasionally target enemies effectively. I hope you all enjoy the game, but I won't be buying it. I'll stick with Uncharted.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 9/2/2009 12:49:14 AM

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Didn't like the demo, I like the "Quarantino-Grindhouse-cinema-look" but the controls feel a bit too stiff and I not fond of going into slow-mo every move I pull off.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

Everytime I see the developer's name "A2M" I think the porn term Ass To Mouth. ;

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

My parents warned me about you.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

No one get in Otis' van.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

Get in my van, World. I have candy. ;x

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

mmm jolly ranchers…

kevyd09
kevyd09
11 years ago

i downloaded the demo the other night and i just couldnt get into it, and i like violent games!! wont be buying it at all

___________
___________
11 years ago

any idea ben if this is coming out here in australia?
every retailer i ask, does not even know the game exists.
anyway, i played the demo and it reminds me allot like kill bill.
ive always wanted a kill bill game, now it looks like ive got one, ebay here i come……. again.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

If your just looking for action this game works, i played the demo the other night and found it enjoyable, though i wouldnt pay full price for it.

dillonthebunny
dillonthebunny
11 years ago

I didnt like half the demo, shame.. because I wanted to like it!

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
11 years ago

Me too, I was actually expecting great things. I mean yeah, demos don't generally do the game justice but WET takes the ridiculous cheese meter up to 11, like Spinal Tap.

tetuone
tetuone
11 years ago

Well, I liked the demo and I love Eliza Dushku (voice of Rubi) even more.

I'll be getting this!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

People should bear in mind most demos kinda suck, Uncharted included.