Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. WET has taken the third person shooter genre and turned it completely on its head – not for everyone, but I loved every last second of it. Tarantino would be proud.
  2. Wet takes action games to a completely new stylish level!
  3. I am sure the “Grindhouse” graphics and audio will annoy some people to death, those brave enough to see the games beauty behind the rough graphic filters, rock-a-billy music and blood n’ guts gameplay will find much entertainment in this game. Certainly one of the few new gaming franchises that are a true must buy this summer. Rubi and WET totally rock.
  4. Artistically, however, the game is one of the most interesting and most well-done games of the past decade. While other games have taken on the idea of a game emulating a certain type of film, Wet is the first to truly embrace it.
  5. Frantic action shooter combines Max Payne with Prince of Persia in a grindhouse style. If you were uncertain what a blood ballet means, Wet is the answer. [Oct 2009]
  6. The atmosphere is top notch, and the game bristles with a raw energy that is a joy to behold. The art direction is excellent, particularly in Rage Mode, and the soundtrack is one of the best we’ve heard. It’s unfortunate the gameplay can be a little repetitive and dying is just plain annoying. [Nov 2009, p.78]
  7. WET is a very stylish third person shooter which does not try to take itself too seriously at any point.
  8. Wet is a very good game that any fan of shooters will enjoy.
  9. 80
    WET has the all important X-factor. Despite all the negatives, WET is a thoroughly good game since the style and combat carry the game to the end.
  10. WET is an aquired taste, and while some gamers will love to splash around in this off beat amusement of campy action, others will simply shake their heads.
  11. The game most certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste but third person shooter fans will definitely want to take a look and get WET with Rubi.
  12. 79
    Wet is exactly what it claims to be and nothing more. The action is intense, repetitive and predictable, but it is also highly entertaining.
  13. Though there is a certain roughness to the action, Wet is still a raucously entertaining adventure.
  14. Like the films from which it draws inspiration, WET is an unapologetically sordid exercise in blood, sex, and rock ‘n roll, a made-for-popcorn slab of flawed-but-fun action gaming. And that’s more than enough for me.
  15. It’s not polished enough to hang with the games that inspired it – the action gets messy to the point of frustration far too often, and the level designs are rudimentary to say the least – but if you’re looking for a weekend sugar-rush you could do much ­worse.
  16. One cinematic pulp action extraveganza starring a take-no-prisoners potty-mouthed pistol, comin’ up! A2M hit the bullseye with WET succeeding where others have failed by not overthinking the gameplay and letting the action and stylization do the talking.
  17. It’s a classic rainy day rental and in that capacity, as an unpretentious shoot-em-up, it works just fine.
  18. I won't try to say WET is a perfect game or even a truly great one, but when it's hitting properly, it feels good.
  19. All in all, Wet is a fun game, though it's marred by a terrible camera aiming system and the occasional stiff-feeling actions.
  20. WET is successful in translating the feel of a b-movie to a videogame format, and it is what it sets out to be -- a fun, gore-soaked, action-packed good time. If you're on the prowl for the popcorn flick of gaming, look no further that WET.
  21. WET had a chance to set a new bar for third-person action games, but it never has all its components working together at once to make a perfect package. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this game, other than the fact that I enjoyed it in spite of its shortcomings, is that I’m really looking forward to a sequel.
  22. Stranglehold with a "tarantinian" twist. Good for old gamers and hard boiled fans.
  23. If you can look past the repetitiveness of the arena battles and the sometimes clunky controls of the acrobatics, WET is definitely worth giving a go even if just for its visual and gameplay uniqueness, not to mention its kick ass soundtrack.
  24. 74
    It's sad, then, that Wet never really comes together nearly as well as it could've.
  25. Wet was a difficult project from the start, and that has undoubtedly affected it, in spite of Bethesda’s intervention. The hectic gameplay and the nice “Tarantino” atmosphere are not enough to cover up the poor texture and animation quality.
  26. 74
    WET is a action adventure you won’t find very often. The acrobatics are cool, but it’s something you need to do constantly. It breaks the pace of the game and aiming isn’t very fluent. Still, you’re getting plenty of diversity. You get quick-time events requiring focus and a Rage Mode that gives a different feel to the gameplay. It’s game you have to appreciate or it’s best to leave it.
  27. WET has some fantastic moments, but is plagued by some annoying deficiencies. It’s really cool to swing through the levels with the well formed Ruby and at the same time shoot some nasty enemies to oblivion. But after a while playing this game, you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, and the controls aren’t that precise. It’s a fun game you should get when it’s budget priced.
  28. Fighting through crowds of enemies is only appealing for so long until a sense of confusion sets; a confusion that asks, “What else does WET offer besides the same fights over and over again?” The answer to that rhetorical question is not much.
  29. So the game is fun, but ultimately flawed. It'll definitely appeal to those who like over-the-top, action-heavy titles, but the low graphical quality and somewhat repetitive nature of the titles will likely turn others away.
  30. A game released in the wrong time. With so many new and innovative games around, a game relying on blood and slow motion action will struggle.
  31. The game hits its stride far too early, and then never really hits it again after that.
  32. Energetic but shallow. [Nov 2009, p.88]
  33. Rubi Malone stars a title with good ideas but irregular results.
  34. 71
    Ruby Malone is a hot chick and her job is to clean up everyone’s mess. Gameplay that will remind you of Stranglehold with a little influence of MadWorld. WET: a nice title, but it could have been better.
  35. The gameplay is sometimes clunky, and there's not much replay value, save for a couple of additional modes like Points Count and one-hit kill Golden Bullets. However, with its slick presentation and blood-spilling carnage, Wet is a fun action romp.
  36. Some parts of Wet are pretty decent, but the game clearly lacks highlights. There are way too many quick time events, especially during the final bossfight. To be accurate, the whole bossfight is a quick time event. However, everyone who enjoyed Stranglehold will have fun with Rubi too.
  37. Is WET a must buy? Nope, but it could be a good choice at the moment, without impressive releases and if you need an easy game to spend some hours with fun. The only rule is that you have to like Tarantino of course!
  38. By any other name, WET is Kill Bill: The Video Game. WET gives everything it has to offer in the first ten minutes. Nevertheless, the score/health system that lies at its core keeps it compelling with a strong dynamic that lends the urgency and pace third-person shooters desperately require.
  39. 70
    In the end the game gives you a dirty sense of satisfaction and some cheap thrills.
  40. 70
    WET's sassy style and minimalistic gameplay give it a tasty enough flavor that you won't find anywhere else, but like movie theater popcorn, you can only consume so much of it before you're hungry for something with a bit more substance.
  41. There's a developer's mucky pride shining through Wet, but thanks to its hamfisted execution, it just seems like arrogance. [Nov 2009, p.79]
  42. Wet is definitely enjoyable for those of us who like our action games with plenty of hack and extra slash, but like most of these titles, it’s not going to break the mold.
  43. 67
    While it's not the most fantastic thing ever, a couple of its components -- namely the stylish presentation and the battle arenas -- are brilliant. Wet has the makings of a universe I'd like to revisit, but I'd want to see the same amount of polish that's been afforded to the wrappings in a follow-up.
  44. 66
    Come for the blood, bullets, crude language, seedy characters piles of dead bodies, but don't expect to find any lasting kind of satisfaction.
  45. WET is attractive at first sight, but irritating if we decide to go deeper, just like Rubi, its main character.
  46. Wet is a stylish game, with a fair share of Tarantino and Stranglehold as inspirations. Sadly it doesn’t matches nor the genius of the former neither the fun gunplay of the latter, leaving just a repetitive action to be played over and over, with not much fun left.
  47. WET isn't a bad action game after all. Ruby's acrobatics quite meet the frantic gameplay while the smart design of some locations allows players to give vent to their killing fancy. But WET is actually just a boring sequence of repetitive environments and situations. The game itself lasts just a few hours, no online mode is available and the content to unlock is plain and useless. We would like to talk about neat ideas but truth is that Ruby got WET just because she failed a jump and fell in the water.
  48. 65
    WET isn't really an original game. Several ingredients are taken from other good titles. Nevertheless, WET is amusing for a couple of hours and therefore it's just a good B-title.
  49. Despite looking how a B-movie should and acting like a ridiculous over the top action shooter should act, WET has absolutely nothing to make you stick around.
  50. Style over substance rings true once again.
  51. Some will enjoy this, but for most the game won't keep their attention long enough to justify forking out full price. WET is good fun for a couple of hours but ultimately it's a classic case of style over substance.
  52. Wet is off to a great start. The Grind house-movie-flavor works and the music is upbeat. The first four hours fly by thanks to the gameplay and a very nice looking Ruby. But after that, it gets repetitive. There's a lack of variation and challenge. When you die, you don't get the feeling it's your fault. And at the end, you get into a boss fight that's a real disappointment. Wet is a game that really entertains for a while and after that doesn't offer enough. This makes the game ideal to pick up when the price drops, to complete it on a rainy Sunday.
  53. Wet had the potential to be a hit, but despite its high quality appearance and well-crafted settings the game fails to engage the player, mainly due to the hideous controls.
  54. Expected more of WET, which could be a good action game, which eventually becomes stressful and boring. The order leaves open a sequel, so hopefully in a more coordinated Rubi, speaking and visual aspect more detailed.
  55. It offers diversity for Bethesda, definitely. But at the same time, the gamble is that it's coming from an unproven developer, and as an all new I.P., it has a very small chance of selling well enough for Bethesda to consider it a good pick-up from Activision's table scraps.
  56. It doesn't always work. [Dec 2009, p.77]
  57. The story of double-crosses and revenge feels pretty inconsequential over the course of Wet, but it manages to get the game's sharp dialogue across, so it certainly has its place. But that's probably the best thing that can be said about Wet, because the rest of its interesting moments get driven into the ground through repetition over the course of its 12 chapters.
  58. Wet is, as a production, great but as a game it’s not that great. The main problem is the lack of soul and heart. Combining ”cool” features, mixing them up with a ”cool” lady killer just isn’t ”cool” if you don’t do it properly
  59. A short-lived, occasionally exciting but overall shallow experience.
  60. 41
    A great concept, but one whose execution screams for another year in development. [Issue#184, p.79]
  61. It's barely a game. [Nov 2009, p.130]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    6
    Third person shooter that does a stellar job mimicking 70's trash movies and featuring one of the coolest heroines ever. Armed with dual revolvers, a katana, and bullet time whenever she performs acrobatic moves, Rubi Malone shoots and slices thugs like none other. Too bad she only does it for about seven hours and suffers from countless sudden deaths due to failed jumps, slides, or quicktime events. Full Review »
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    9
    I am MAJORLY surprised to see that the critics liked this game more than the users! On my You Tube Christian gaming channel, Gaming 4 Jesus ( http://www.youtube.com/Gaming4Jesus ), I gave this game a 8.5. Being that Metacritic does not allow half scores, I think the game is worth a 9 on here. At the time, this game broke the mold as far as Quinton Tarantino-type wit, obnoxiousness, and rough charm. Plus, how could anyone NOT love Eliza Dushku's voice performance! It was a bit cliche, sure! But she pulled it all off BRILLIANTLY! By the way, I cordially invite anyone reading this to visit my channel (referral above). I hope you will sometime enjoy this game as much as I did! Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    9
    With a Tarantino-meets-Rodriguez style of Grindhouse and Inglorious Bastards, WET is so innovative and unique that even a gun-hiring badass and a cold beer might do the trick. It's a great experience, the controls were really incredible were you slash and kill your target on mission at a time. I gotta hand it to Eliza Dushku of Buffy fame and the short-lived Dollhouse, as Rubi Malone there's no stopping on whether she's in action or getting drunk, it doesn't matter. She's like in a reboot of American Pie or something. Great cast, nice soundtrack, and a must-own game. I heard they are making a sequel, but I don't know if it;s coming in 2011 or delayed until 2012. But I have to wait and see. Full Review »