You can't help shake the feeling that Rare threw offensive material into the game merely for the sake of offending. Once you get over your initial shock at so much swearing, you'll find a competent game with great humor hidden among all the fart jokes.
Who doesn’t think a hammered wild little squirrel isn’t the cutest thing? This game is unique. The ideas put in are amazing but the execution is terrible in the technical department. Controls are a mess: Conker can’t walk , much less run, in a straight line. Platforming is a mess, targeting is a mess, swimming/diving is a mess. The camera issue: Oh my God!! That’s the worst of all the things that don’t deliver in this game. The music is great, lots of catchy tunes. Visuals are great considering the time this was created. Story is pretty funny and original. Some levels are extremely difficult and not well balanced. The controls already make everything challenging and frustrating. It’s a shame mechanics and execution **** because the other things are wonderful. Getting the controls and camera problems/issues aside, I had fun playing this game. Is worth playing at least once in your gaming life.
One of the first mainstream games to be aimed at mature audiences in that it contains "adult" - which invariably actually means "extremely juvenile" - humour. Technically, it's very proficient because it's essentially Banjo Kazooie with some infuriating and unnecessarily tricky sections and unskippable, unfunny cut scenes. If you have the patience to tolerate that, there's actually a varied and inventive game lurking in here that's probably best played in company as a party game because it's so deliberately low brow.
It is an amazing game as it is funny with its "oh my, perverted jokes and the likes made by a squirrel others, this game really is so 'no f's given'" and pays hommage to a lot of movies. But that is really all the game is known for. There is barely any coherent story as it is an amalgamation of movies like Terminator, The Godfather, Saving Private Ryan, The Exorcist, Dracula, etc. except for "Conker f'ed up and tries to get back his girlfriend" but the overall stages are absolutely not connected to the others and when it comes to the gameplay there is so much to complain from a technical standpoint and the lack of making it intuitive - as a matter of fact the greatest flaw, that I do not even want to start talking about it. It is funny and should be played once. But it is not worth the 200 bucks that it costs today. But the price is only there for other people to say "oh my god you have this scandalous foul-mouthed and expensive game" anyway not because it is the non plus ultra of gaming. If you want it because you want a good N64 game better buy something else like Zelda or Mario games or one of the many other better working games on the system.
The description of some people here in the ratings definitely does not suit the game. Not because I cannot accept opinions but because of what the game factually is and how certain words are defined. E.g. you would have to play really badly programmed games to say this game has great controls. And I must know it since I am a computer scientist AND am playing games for about 25 years.
OK let's start with the positive: This game has got the be the funniest game on the N64. Back in the day when it came out, it was unthinkable to have such a grown-up game with raunchy, adult humor on a Nintendo console. And the whole thing was developed by Rare, who had their golden age on the Nintendo 64 and were the very best developer around. So what could go wrong?
Turns out, a lot. I picked this game up again yesterday after not having played it for probably 16 years. It was mentioned in a Youtube Video and I actually had very fond memories of it. So I started playing and was delighted at the humor in the cutscenes, the characters, and the pop culture references, many of which I didn't get back then at age 11 when I first played it.
But soon enough, other memories also resurfaced: Unbearable frustration, me throwing my N64 controller across the room and totally freaking out at the game. And now, I can confidently say; that rage was not just me as an 11-year old not having the experience and skill to master a hard game. That rage was completely justified because this game is hard for ALL THE WRONG REASONS.
You never know if your jumps are gonna land where you want them to, which is the death-sentence for any platforming game. But it's not just the platforming, every game mechanic is absolute sheet. Aiming with the slingshot is completely unintuitive. Underwater levels are hell on earth because you become disoriented within seconds thanks to the lousy camera. You can theoretically control the camera with the C-buttons, but good luck with that!
Other mechanics only appear once or really infrequently. For example, there are sections where Conker gets drunk, has to piss on certain things/enemies and then gets hung-over after a while. Then you have to walk to a first aid box and pop an Alka Seltzer before you can move normally again (and return to the beer keg to get drunk again, because you probably have not finished what you need to do in one go-around). My questions: WHY is the first aid box located at the other end of the room? WHY does Conker have to walk so unbearably slow when hung-over, sometimes while there are other enemies around, whose attacks you have NO CHANCE of avoiding in this state? WHY does Conker have to come to a standstill every two meters to puke? Why even have the hung-over state at all if all it does is annoy players and drag the game out? WHY,WHY,WHY. Why a lot of things. Why is the move set so limited compared to Rare games that came out before, like Banjo-Kazooie? Why do you take fall damage even from ridiculously low heights? Even though I know exactly what the game wants me to do, I just cannot accomplish it and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong because things just don't work as you would expect? (Thinking of the caveman disco here)
Frankly, the game is just not fun. And like Reggie said: "If the game's not fun, why bother?" Which is a downright shame, because the cutscenes (and the characters in them) are A LOT of fun, but the gameplay in between is mediocre at best and unnerving, frustrating, unfair and completely defect at worst. Seems to me like all the resources, ideas and energy were put into the jokes, and the game is just a hastily put-together vehicle for them.
If you are like me and you have fond memories of this game and want to revisit them by digging up your N64 and popping this cartridge in: Don't. Keep your fond memories. Watch a cutscenes supercut on Youtube, but don't give yourself the torture of actually playing this.
SummaryThe day after his 21st birthday bash, Conker's sporting the worst hangover ever, and he just can't seem to find his way home. Prepare to stagger through randy, raunchy, raucous scenarios crammed full of bad manners, twisted humor, and graphic bodily functions. Unless you're a fan of violence, foul language, and racy innuendo, you'd best ...