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  • Summary: Forget what you know about first person shooters. Walk a week in the Postal Dude?s shoes. Freely explore full 3-D open ended environments. Interact with over 100 unique NPC's including Gary Coleman, marching bands, dogs, cats and elephants, protesters, policemen and civilians, with orForget what you know about first person shooters. Walk a week in the Postal Dude?s shoes. Freely explore full 3-D open ended environments. Interact with over 100 unique NPC's including Gary Coleman, marching bands, dogs, cats and elephants, protesters, policemen and civilians, with or without weapons. POSTAL 2 is all about choice; experiment with everyone and everything. And remember... it's only as violent as you are! [Running With Scissors] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. I can take points away from the game for many things, but none of these things really detract from the fun that you can have with this game. The game is about one thing, and one thing only - fun. And it delivers.
  2. PC Gamer
    79
    A nonstop tour de force of insulting insanity. And even though I should be disgusted by the potty humor and derogatory caricatures, I had a blast playing through it. [June 2003, p.74]
  3. The most hyper-violent game I’ve seen since "Soldier of Fortune." Intentionally ironic and satirical, Postal 2 picks up where its predecessor left off – as a game that, while highly controversial, is shitloads of fun.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    50
    You'll play Postal 2 for the novelty, but its junk food gaming at best. Bad for your body and mind and only used for the short high you'll experience while you notice your boredom level increasing after hour number 2.
  5. It’s best looked at as an extreme guilty pleasure. There’s plenty of obscene humor and over the top violence to be had, but not much else.
  6. With a little elbow grease and perhaps a dash of maturity, Postal 2 could've been a harrowing psychological tale of one man's collapsing psyche. Sort of like the movie "Falling Down" realized in an interactive 3D environment.
  7. GMR Magazine
    0
    Including a coin-op arcade game called "Fag Hunter" in the game world is not only not funny, it's disgusting and hateful. [July 2003, p.73]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 81
  2. Negative: 14 out of 81
  1. Nov 21, 2016
    10
    This game is fun as **** You can piss on people, shoot their **** heads off, go on a limb chopping rampage. The humor style is unique, andThis game is fun as **** You can piss on people, shoot their **** heads off, go on a limb chopping rampage. The humor style is unique, and hilarious. With almost 20 different difficulties, it's something you might wanna play more than once. However, if you don't like black/dark humor, you should consider eating some dirt. Just a suggestion. This game is full of it, and man is it a breathe of fresh air in a world where everything is sacred and everyone's feelings are especially. The fact that the devs are still updating this game with new content in 2016 says a lot too. Just don't let anyone shoot you while your dick is hanging out. Umph, that's going to be sore tomorrow. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Funniest game ever! Everything here is perfect fun! The only problem I see in the game is the AI. The Nonplayable characters in this game actFunniest game ever! Everything here is perfect fun! The only problem I see in the game is the AI. The Nonplayable characters in this game act very strange. Other than that, you have an extremely fun game that will consume hours of your time. Expand
  3. DavidAllan
    Dec 27, 2008
    10
    Postal 2...

    What can I say...the game kicks ass... Yes, it is very controversial...but that is what makes it so damn fun...I mean you
    Postal 2...

    What can I say...the game kicks ass...

    Yes, it is very controversial...but that is what makes it so damn fun...I mean you can literally do anything...and well those who say it is sluggish or slow in gameplay obviously played it for what may have been like 10 minutes and didnt like all the badass cliche jokes that are in the game...hence they cut it off and came here to make a terrible review on what they experienced...

    I can say that if you know sumone insane dont let them play the game unless it helps to prevent them from doing anything bad in real life...

    Now those that say this is like GTA...are right yet wrong...it is like GTA in its free roaming way...but GTA isnt as fun or gory or all out let you do anything game...

    This game will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire ride...and well yes there is Multiplayer now...and it too is not perfect...it seems that the ingame server browser miscalculates the ping sorta like steam's server browser that you can use before entering a game...so yea...for example it may say that you get like 117 ping on a server but when you join you can really have like half of that...so yea...

    The MP also is just as controversial as the SP is so watch out and you have to allow foul language from others to not offend you that much because it is there and will be used...

    The graphix people say are not that good but for the Unreal engine they are actually all pretty tight and nice to view...so yea...

    Now go and blast away your boss and set the army on fire and well if they run towards you and set you on fire...just pee on your self...but be careful not to piss on your self for too long or you may swallow sum...
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  4. Apr 17, 2017
    8
    Let me get this out of the way. I enjoy Postal 2. It's genuinely cathartic to play, has a great variety of weapons and areas to explore toLet me get this out of the way. I enjoy Postal 2. It's genuinely cathartic to play, has a great variety of weapons and areas to explore to find them, and ever-amusing dialogue from radio personality Rick Hunter as the Postal Dude, some of which I've repeated so often that it has become an identifying marker to my friends. It has benefited from continuous updates for over a decade, and now a new expansion. If only some "Triple-A" releases could say the same.

    The last time I played Postal 2 some years ago I was a much angrier person, and it resonated with me much more strongly. Now it makes me rather uncomfortable. There's shock value, and then there's Postal. It's disgusting, tasteless, and so South Park in it's morality that I'm sure are people out there who genuinely respect the Postal Dude and admire his sociopathic tendancies, wether they make him violent or not. Being hated is a common affliction, after all. Postal 2 is the game that loud-mouthed moral guardians complained about. It was made to mock, among many other things, Joe Lieberman's anti-violent videogame crusade in the 90s against games like Doom and the first Postal. Except that the first Postal, like its spiritual successor, Hatred, really IS a mass murder simulator. Hatred in particular, I hear, was made as a statement against art games and political correctness. Even Postal 2, which frames the Dude's adventure as an otherwise harmless week of daily chores (If you consider ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on your dad's grave to be harmless), is difficult to get through without killing quite a number of people. At least you can limit it to people who shoot you first. As it is, some of the things you can do to the unsuspecting populace are just plain mean.

    The trouble is, the game's mere existence is an example of why a lot of people don't take this medium seriously. It's a relic of PC gaming's teenage years. Plenty of games are as, or even more violent without relishing in immaturity for the sake of it. For an example of this done better, go play Bulletstorm, which is more creative both with its combat mechanics and its profanity- though it of course lacks the sandbox nature of Postal. On the other hand, its less likely to make you hate yourself then, say Grand Theft Auto, where, oddly enough, the citizens are actually more pleasant. People forget that the word "correct" is part of the phrase "politically correct". Though I think "morally justifiable" is more accurate. And many of the actions one can take in Postal 2 simply aren't. If you have to preface your game with a warning that not only should you not do these things, but we don't advocate them, maybe you went overboard, eh? I should note here that I dislike most of Grand Theft Auto for the same reasons- well, that and the godawful controls. At least Postal 2 handles well.

    At some level, I'm playing right into the hands of Running with Scissors with a review like this. They knew exactly what they were doing when they made this game and this kind of negativity only boosted their sales, and It wouldn't have made it on to Steam without a combination of that negative press and fun gameplay, not to mention an unhealthy amount of respect from the **** kiddies and regressionists.

    I enjoyed playing Postal 2 a second time, but I can't honestly recommend it to anyone without the good judgement not to take it seriously. There are enough people in real life like the Postal Dude that it's become kind of a problem.
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  5. PookEatMe
    Apr 13, 2003
    7
    While not as interactive as I would have liked, Postal 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun. Guns, Crude humour, Cat Silencers and the like make While not as interactive as I would have liked, Postal 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun. Guns, Crude humour, Cat Silencers and the like make for a very funny game. Yes, IGN lied their assholes off - The load times are NOT 2-3 minutes. What a tosser that Ivan Anushead is. Good : Physics, Pissing :), Humour Bad : Gore NOWHERE near as violent as I had inticipated. No leg and arm dismemberments with a shotgun??! Cmon, SOF 1 even had full body dismemberments - Lazy punks! Only so much you can do with the weapons, and after awhile the NPC's feel waaaay to fake. Wow, ANOTHER 'KICK ME' guy.. joy... Also had some NPC bumping problems, lol, they would get stuck running into eachother. Expand
  6. MikeM.
    Nov 28, 2006
    6
    Postal 2 isn't so much a "game" as a series of potentially amusing and entertaining set pieces. Potential being the operative word, as Postal 2 isn't so much a "game" as a series of potentially amusing and entertaining set pieces. Potential being the operative word, as the enjoyment will vary by the individual. PETA fanatics, career protesters and limpwristed pansies will no doubt be outraged and horrified (when are they not?). The majority of (male) gamers who aren't on some radical fringe and are also fairly well-adjusted will surely find something to like about Postal 2. Setting a cat ablaze in the mall, and then finding that it has caused a chaotic flaming domino effect in the food court was relatively inventive and a nice break from the mostly repetetive goings-on. Technically, it's a hastily cobbled together sandbox-like mess, but the potential is there should RWS choose to go for a third try. If they do, I hope they try much harder next time. It's certainly no CBFD (that one was, and still is, a 10), and RWS is obviously no RARE (who is?). But to say it has absolutely no merit is being biased. Expand
  7. Jun 14, 2014
    0
    I don't like how the game is in single player it's too buggy and has no point to it. Also MP is the most crappiest implantation of MP I haveI don't like how the game is in single player it's too buggy and has no point to it. Also MP is the most crappiest implantation of MP I have ever seen if my friend never bought me this game I would never have bought this, furthermore, some people on their forms are arrogant rude and down right disrespectful they have no respect also have a very unpolished game full of nonsense you can find a better buy for $9.99 Don't buy this hunk of junk stay away it only has SP, and Mp sucks cause its buggy and based on UT2003 engine the very oldest version of UT2003, and they are not fixing it at all and don't care just as bad as Nexuiz. Well, if they can't update the engine and net code so this is less buggy, then they should drop the price so not worth any cash above $5. by the way the movie was better no joke. Expand

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