Starring the sensual
and kick ass Rubi
Malone, an elite gun for hire, Wet pays homage to those classic
exploitation movies of the 70's plus some great Quentin Tarrentino-like
moments, making this more than just a third person action shooter as
it blurs the border between movies and video games.
From the grainy special effects to some spectacular choreographed
scenes, Wet works in many ways but also gives some grief to the
gamer. Thankfully, the grief is outweighed by the memorable moments
of this gut totting heroine. Watching her gracefully slide, hack and
shoot is pure eye candy.
The first level in
Wet is a tutorial level that teaches you the controls and abilities
of Rubi as she spies on a deal gone bad. Breaking through the
window, the game explains how to use "bullet-time", choreography,
guns and your deadly Samurai swords. It was here that I discovered
that I was in for a treat. With the homage to Grindhouse movies of
yesterday, the voice acting is camp, the story is way over the top,
however the carefree attitude of Rubi and the various moments in the
game make this quite an attractive title that I was unable to put
The mechanics behind Wet is a third person view adventure game with
a healthy dose of combat and some impressive acrobatic abilities by
Rubi which would put Lara Croft to shame. As you run up walls, then
draw your guns, the world of Rubi Malone slows down as you target
each of your foes with glass shattering, blood streaming and the
gore level hits a new high.
Although there are three difficulty
levels available in Wet, these come into their own as the game
progresses, especially with the timing sequences which become more
difficult. Probably one of my favourite gaming moments for 2009 was
the highway scene in Wet that had Rubi jumping from car to car that
was quite reminiscent of the Matrix Reloaded and really gave me a
huge buzz as cars flipped in slow motion and bullets were whizzing
through the air. A true classic gaming moment.
Thankfully, the game does not throw you straight into the deep end
and as you progress, more abilities will be available which can be
purchased as you are awarded points for your prowess. The controls of Wet work quite well on the XBox 360 and
everything is quite well mapped.
Sometimes the controls are a little
fiddly when you are trying to pull off different gun maneuvers,
whether your jumping in the air in slow motion or sliding on the
ground in slow motion, you need to be quite ambidextrous to
sometimes pull these off.
scale walls, precariously walk on ledges, use wires and your sword
as a flying fox or sliding down ladders shooting enemies, the scope
for what Rubi can achieve is quite impressive at times.
Unfortunately controlling the nimble Rubi is not all fun and
Wet will create some frustrating gaming moments, especially when
you're trying to get from point A to B with jumps and acrobatics.
Add in some repetitive cutscenes and a tad too many restarts and the
mystic of Rubi unfortunately takes away some of her inner shine.
That's the problem with Wet, it's a love hate relationship because
as soon as you've moved on from a difficult moment in the game,
something will hit you in the face and impressive you once again and
that my friends is the allure of Rubi Malone.
The combat of Wet is exhilaratingly entertaining as Rubi uses guns and
a Samurai sword to kick some serious ass. Apart from the two hand
guns that Rubi wields, the slow motion capabilities of the game
allows you to perform some outrageous acrobatic maneuvers and as the
blood splatters from the villains, it's difficult not to be
Of course, there is the sword as Rubi dices, slices and
cuts her way to victory that is highly reminiscent of the Kill
Bill movies. The key to battle in Wet is using slow motion as it
makes it easier to target enemies and finish them off. There are
also some levers littered throughout the game that you need to turn off in order to prevent more
enemies from coming through which can be a
Add in Rubi "rage" and the environment turns
red as she goes on a bloodbath and the best part of this, besides
slicing limbs off is the music which really picks up. Aside from the
two guns that Rubi wields at the start, as you progress, additional
weapons will soon be available to Rubi, including new skills and
each enemy you kill, you are awarded points which can then be used
to purchase more outlandishly entertaining abilities.
Graphically, Wet looks like a game made to be ported. I'm not saying
that the graphics are bad but in some places they are a little bland
and lackluster. Rubi herself is well animated and looks quite sexy
in black who moves with an otherworldly grace as she jumps, fights
and showcases her girl power strength.
The environments are well
designed, however it's the special effects in the game and the
cinematography that gives you a few "wow" moments which is what
gaming is all about. The most annoying aspect of Wet (in the graphic
departments) are some of
the repetitive cutscenes such as Rubi taking a swig of alcohol to
replenish her health. This cutscene involves her sculling a bottle, throwing it in the
air and then shooting it to smithereens. The first two times were
cool, not the 50th!
The grainy filter that is used throughout
the game is perfect and really suits the genre absolutely that is
matched equally well by the soundtrack. The voice acting is
professional, albeit forced at times and there are some great
one-liners that is like the cherry on top. All in all, the graphics
and sound is quite apt with a few surprises thrown in for good
Even though there are a few frustrating moments in the game, the
pros easily outweigh the cons and Wet succeeds being a decent third
person action adventure game. If you do find it hard or annoying at medium
difficultly, I do suggest you check out easy as it still gives you some
challenge but makes the gameplay far less forgiving than at a higher
level. The character of Rubi Malone is great and if you're looking
for a mindless splatter fest with a healthy dose of fun, than Wet is
definitely the game for you.