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Title: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 03, 2009, 06:51:15 AM
Bethesda has announced that 360 & PS3 action game WET will be released on 18th September.

WET revolves around twin-pistol and katana toting heroine Rubi Malone, who leaps around levels like Jackie Chan, slowing time as she performs successful acrobatic manoeuvres.

There's a vague story about finding a man that left you for dead, but WET doesn't take itself to seriously, opting instead for a pacey and accessible action romp.

Eurogamer Hands On

We may not have written about it all that often over the past two years, but Artificial Mind and Movement's WET has actually been sloshing around the industry for quite some time, running through the fingers of various publishers and eventually trickling into a pail owned by Bethesda Softworks just a few months ago.

In those several years, A2M hasn't changed a lot. Look back to Ellie's August 2007 preview and many of the details remain intact: you're still a gun-for-hire called Rubi Malone, who manoeuvres acrobatically around each level firing twin pistols with independent targeting and hacking people up with swords. It's still aiming for a "unique retro film visual treatment" with grainy filters and seventies-inspired music. When Bethesda says A2M is working with 24's story editor Duppy Demetrius on the script, one assumes he filed a while ago, given that Vivendi was also bigging him up in 2007.

In other words, this is a case of publishers dragging their feet, and not one of those mid-life development rethinks that are so fashionable at the moment (I'm looking at you, Borderlands - and you're looking hot). But whatever it is, the important point is that we've never actually got round to playing it before. Not until today - and, appropriately enough, against a backdrop of thunder and lightning out the window.

The demo in question is the same as the one Christian described over someone's shoulder in April, and begins with Rubi perched on a statue peering down through the glass ceiling of a massive atrium, where a pair of unlikely criminals thrash out a deal for a donor organ in a snazzy briefcase. On the left, a burly man in a wheelchair with a mechanical larynx, and opposite him, a squirmy Asian gentleman in a leopard-print suit jacket. But it's a double-cross! Asian gentleman makes a run for it with money and goods, and wheelchair man crashes to the floor, followed shortly by Rubi, who hurls herself into action.

This bit is technically the tutorial, but it doesn't take long to catch the game's gist. Rubi has a pair of pistols, one of which automatically targets a nearby enemy with a star-shaped reticule, sending a stream of bullets his way as long as you hold the right trigger. Meanwhile, you can direct a second stream of bullets with a smaller, circular reticule, meaning that your gunplay focus is more on right-stick movement than your trigger finger, which is permanently clamped.

Rubi can jump with one button, slide along the ground on her knees with another and wall-run with left-trigger, and whenever she does any of these the action switches into Stranglehold-style slow motion (bear in mind Stranglehold came out after we first saw Wet in action), making it easier to target your enemies. Rubi's acrobatics can also be used to latch onto handily placed trapeze bars, and there are plenty of industrial pallets leaning against crates to form convenient ramps. At one stage I fall to Rubi's doom by prematurely grabbing for the A button as if to charge a jump in an ATV game, reflecting the game's speed of movement and assault-course level design.

Along with another face button for her katana, the idea is to combine the lot to move fluidly around environments dancing and floating between gunplay, swordplay and Lara Croft antics. There's also a combo meter and multiplier icons scattered about for further encouragement, with higher scores doled out for chaining kills before landing. In between the main sections, Rubi also goes through 'Rage' areas, where the combo meter becomes a kill counter similar to The Club, and the action is sped up - all the wall textures swapped out for blood red and bad guys reduced to Killer 7 cartoons.

The demo culminates in a QTE-driven highway shootout, which sees Rubi leaping between the rooftops of cars, trucks and lorries as you match A and X button prompts (or decelerating fatally along the tarmac as you don't), all the while you clamp the right trigger and wave the right stick around to dispatch enemies firing out of car windows. Eventually Rubi catches up with the Asian gentleman and relieves him of the goods, and his driver of his brains, before she's subjected to a few purple words by the bad guy, who's spilled out onto the floor in a puddle of petrol. Knocking an unlit cigarette out of his mouth, she tosses him a light anyway. Whoomph. Fade to black.

It's an interesting mix, although playing through it raises some concerns. There's a decent amount of flexibility in the combat, but it feels disjointed - particularly in the transition from gunplay to swordplay - while the sample sections are full of identikit enemies who do little to defend themselves, but whose hit-response is almost non-existent, so the twin pistols lack punch. As for the highway chase, which ends on the Golden Gate, it's heavily scripted, and one enemy leaning out of a car with a gun is much the same as the next 15.

Then again, it's a demo, and Bethesda assures us that higher difficulty levels will make more of the bad guys (driving Rubi to drink in the process - she tops up her health with whiskey she finds lying around). And, with apologies to Duppy Demetrius, the characters and dialogue are uniformly cheesy, and A2M isn't taking itself too seriously, sprinkling collectable clapping-cymbal-monkeys around the levels for no obvious reason. The voice acting shouldn't be terrible either, with Elisha Dushku on Rubi duties, and Malcolm McDowell and Alan Cumming also attached, while later levels will introduce different weapons and a visual filter for locating platforming points, among other things. There will also be a separate challenge mode.

The world certainly has enough third-person action-adventures already, and WET doesn't do a lot to distinguish it from other games in the genre. But after half an hour as Rubi Malone, at this stage it's an accessible, unselfconscious knockabout, and with a bit more polish to the combat the results should be nothing to sneer at.

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Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 03, 2009, 06:53:39 AM
WET voice actress Eliza DUSHKU reckons videogames now so cool people no longer need to lie about liking them.

"Videogames have almost become acceptable and cool for grown ups - not for people who are just in their teens," the Buffy actress told the BBC.

"I know so many people - friends, actors, directors - who are older and used to maybe play in private, but who can now say it loud and proud."

DUSHKU lends her voice to Rubi Malone, the heroine of upcoming action game WET. And she has previously voiced characters in Saints Row 2 and Yakuza.

But Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke, who plays Rogue Trooper protagonist Dick Marcinko, reckons videogames have a long way to go before actors will regard them as highly as films.

"I don't really think people yet are comparing the two, insofar as somebody's performance in a videogame as opposed to a feature film," he said.

"The fact is when I go out and see another actor we're not going to talk about videogames."

Rourke's comments echo what Joe Kucan - more commonly known as Kane from the Command & Conquer series - told us in early 2008: "I think there's still snobbery; I think there's still a massive misunderstanding about what the work actually is."

One actress not being a snob, however, is Maggie Q, whose role in Need For Speed Undercover was envied by her friends and colleagues.

"Everyone I've mentioned it to, honestly - actors, directors, producers, people I've worked with... I've just gotten back from a movie last week, and all the guys I worked with were like, 'Where you going?' And I told them I was doing this game and they were like, 'Coooool!'"
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 03, 2009, 07:25:04 AM
Just found this viral ad (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/01/wet-trailer-gives-us-a-shot-at-love/) for Wet.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: nCogNeato on August 03, 2009, 03:58:57 PM
Just found this viral ad (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/01/wet-trailer-gives-us-a-shot-at-love/) for Wet.

That was so stupid, it was great.

Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 25, 2009, 12:17:20 PM
The demo for Bethesda and A2M's stylised action shooter, WET, is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

WET throws you into the shoes of Rubi Malone, a wetworks assassin (thus the name) whose about to be knee deep in dead bad guys after a deal goes sour. The demo weighs in at 631.79 MBs.

WET is available September 15th and September 18th in North America and Europe respectively.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: nCogNeato on August 25, 2009, 01:10:51 PM
I'm interested to see how good this game is.  It has a ton of potential, but could so easily be a shite game.

Hopefully what Bethesda saw in the game comes through in the final product.

Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on August 26, 2009, 05:46:39 AM
I'm really looking forward to this, especially now I know Eliza Dushku has done the voice for Rubi.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: RedMaster11 on August 26, 2009, 06:01:10 AM
So has anyone played the demo yet?
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 26, 2009, 06:33:48 AM
So has anyone played the demo yet?

Forgot about it tbh, i'll download it now
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on August 26, 2009, 07:38:35 AM
I downloaded it last night but didn't get time to play it. I'll have a go tonight. I did watch the trailer this morning, it looks a bit like "Grindhouse", which I think is the "feel" they want for it.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Failed on August 26, 2009, 05:45:39 PM
I downloaded Lost Planet 2 demo instead which is very good (if you liked the first).
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 26, 2009, 06:20:38 PM
I downloaded Lost Planet 2 demo instead which is very good (if you liked the first).

I'm gonna try that tomorrow, loved the first game.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 26, 2009, 07:05:09 PM
Video Interview (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/26/video-interview-bethesdas-pete-hines-on-wet) with Bethesda's Pete Hines.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 29, 2009, 06:52:26 AM
I tried the demo the other day & thought it was pretty cool, it features Max Payne style slo-mo gunplay with some Kill Bill swordplay, the game has a distinct Tarantino/Rodriguez feel especially the way it's grainy look & of course the music.

The Rage moment, where the screen goes red & you go on a killing spree was very cool, no doubt theres an achievement for stringing together x number of kills, there was even a driving section where you leap from car to car while taking out enemies. 

The demo was fun but I can see the game becoming a bit repetitive, so hopefully there's a few more gameplay styles to keep things fresh, i guess we'll have to see.  Definitely worth a look though  :)
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on August 29, 2009, 12:00:54 PM
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: nCogNeato on August 29, 2009, 03:49:42 PM
I know it's supposed to look retro and "70 ish" but does the actual game have to look like an old video that's worn out, all those broken lines etc. are just really off putting. I don't get it.

It's definitely a style of personal taste.

House of the Dead: Overkill used the same effect.  It was annoying at first, but it's something your brain slowly gets used to, and eventually enjoys the emotion and excitement it inspires.

Silent Hill 5 had the option to turn the effect on/off.  Perhaps WET will let you do the same.

Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Failed on August 29, 2009, 04:17:42 PM
I didn't even notice it in Silent Hill, although it must work better in a horror game than an action game.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on August 30, 2009, 09:28:31 AM
Perhaps WET will let you do the same.

If I can turn it off then I'd think about getting it, I wonder if there's any way of finding out?
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on August 30, 2009, 09:48:24 AM
Perhaps WET will let you do the same.

If I can turn it off then I'd think about getting it, I wonder if there's any way of finding out?

I have a feeling that turning it off won't be an option, i'll have a look around to see if i can find anything out.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Lukehi on September 11, 2009, 01:54:15 PM
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on September 12, 2009, 05:50:58 AM
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Lukehi on September 12, 2009, 06:20:04 AM
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on September 12, 2009, 06:33:09 AM
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on September 29, 2009, 08:01:43 AM
According to El Grand Diablo (who I messaged last night) you can turn off the dodgy "scratchy effects", so I shall be getting this whenever I can afford it (I'm actually thinking of cancelling my FIFA 10 pre-order from Amazon and getting this instead).
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Failed on September 29, 2009, 08:21:30 AM
I wanted to rent it but Blockbuster have 1 new game instock. Colin Mcrae 2 .... no Batman, Wet or Sturmovik.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: nCogNeato on September 29, 2009, 09:38:12 AM
X-Play's review of WET was less than favorable.  Apparently the physics are broken, but makes for some humorous maneuvers over stairs and water.

This has now dropped to the bottom of my "must rent" list.


Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on September 29, 2009, 09:47:50 AM
Oh, I'd been looking forward to it but got put off by the demo and the crap effects. Now what do I do?
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Failed on September 29, 2009, 09:57:21 AM
Rent, borrow or steal.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: TaraJayne on October 06, 2009, 06:25:04 AM
Oh, I'd been looking forward to it but got put off by the demo and the crap effects. Now what do I do?
Whatever you do JT dont cross her
shes not big on forgivness and theres a word for people that cross her........Dead!
Those awesome ad quotes totally put me off the game.  :-\
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on October 06, 2009, 06:44:24 AM
I actually bit the bullet and went and bought it. So far, now that I've got used to the gun play, I'm quite enjoying it, but I have to play it in small doses!!!  :)
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 08, 2009, 09:03:45 AM
Wet sequel being considered
A2M has "built an iconic universe whose span is bigger than this first instalment."

Patrick Fortier, creative director of WET, suggests that the potential is there for a sequel.

"I think it's fair to say that we definitely built a very iconic universe whose span is bigger than this first installment," he says.

The potential is definitely there for a sequel - WET had a very distinct style and lots of awesome moments but also lacked polish and could do with the gameplay mechanics being tightened. What else would a WET sequel need?
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: TaraJayne on October 08, 2009, 09:09:46 AM
More cheesy lines  ??? I havnt played it so I cant comment but the dudes voice on the trailer really pisses me off
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Failed on October 08, 2009, 09:12:02 AM
She'll obviously get bigger boobs and wear less clothes.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on October 08, 2009, 09:18:15 AM
Take that stupid Rage mode out!!! It's just a way to avoid having to do decent graphics in hectic battle sequences... (much like the battle scene in the 2nd Lord Of The Rings movie when they used the rain to cover up the poor special effects), lazy bastards!!!

PS, I actually do quite like the game!
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 08, 2009, 09:24:04 AM
Take that stupid Rage mode out!!! It's just a way to avoid having to do decent graphics in hectic battle sequences... (much like the battle scene in the 2nd Lord Of The Rings movie when they used the rain to cover up the poor special effects), lazy bastards!!!

PS, I actually do quite like the game!

Still won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Do you mean the Helms Deep battle?
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on October 08, 2009, 09:34:05 AM
Yes, I just thought it was a cop-out to use the rain to avoid having to make the effects clearer. But then again I'm not a fan of the films anyway, not really my cup of tea!

PS - The Lazy bastards comment was more geared up to the Wet comment than the LOTR one
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 08, 2009, 09:40:22 AM
right, sorry mate.

I see where you're coming from but i suppose a battle that size with all those digital effects without the rain would look pretty crazy, at least it doesn't look as bad as the god damn awful Neo vs all the Agent Smiths scene in Matrix Reloaded, terrible.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on October 08, 2009, 09:47:56 AM
No worries. :)

I can't remember that, I've done the sensible thing and wiped all memories of the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films from my brain  ;D
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 08, 2009, 09:55:53 AM
No worries. :)

I can't remember that, I've done the sensible thing and wiped all memories of the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films from my brain  ;D

I think i might do the same, except for Monica Bellucci in that white dress, damn!
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: Jaynestown on October 08, 2009, 10:44:51 AM
I don't even remember that, it's all gone  :-\
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 08, 2009, 02:08:57 PM
I don't even remember that, it's all gone  :-\

let me remind you  ;)

White
(http://content9.flixster.com/question/17/54/08/1754087_std.jpg)

Red
(http://conventionfans.today.com/files/2009/02/monica_bellucci.jpg)
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: nCogNeato on October 08, 2009, 04:41:56 PM
No worries. :)

I can't remember that, I've done the sensible thing and wiped all memories of the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films from my brain  ;D

I think i might do the same, except for Monica Bellucci in that white dress, damn!

The only good thing in that gawdawful movie.



On a completely unrelated note, Bellucci should have been cast for the Wonder Woman movie.

(http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/3466/monicabellucci1da4.jpg)

Title: Re: Wet
Post by: GamerMan316 on October 09, 2009, 06:28:10 AM
Eliza Dushku ponders live action Wet (http://kotaku.com/5377484/eliza-dushku-ponders-live+action-wet)

sadly the video isn't as good as it sounds  ;)
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: DFUSIONITE on October 12, 2009, 04:16:29 PM
According to the developers of 'Wet' the game is planned as a trilogy. The third and final game of the series will feature the voice and likeness of Marty Pellow and will be entitled 'Wet Wet Wet'.
Title: Re: Wet
Post by: sambo on October 13, 2009, 10:32:22 AM
lol ;D ;D