A Quick Tip by GargantuasGames
Grindhouse Game #7: Ok...here we are. The ultimate Grindhouse game. Whereas most of the similarly themed games that I've played so far (following fellow Luncher Yusaku_Matsuda's list) were unintentional homages to the genre, WET was intentionally crafted to directly resemble a Grindhouse film from the 70's. Over the top violence, wild licensed rock soundtrack, film grain, and even cheap movie theater commercials, etc. all contribute to the feeling of a schlocky drive in flick from that era.
The funny thing is that, despite its more earnest attempt to homage those sloppy movies, WET is actually the most professionally produced of the "Grindhouse" games I've played so far. It's an interesting evolution of the MAX PAYNE style gunplay that's been in heavy use since the turn of the century. In most post-MAX PAYNE 3rd person shooters, the only benefit of wielding two guns was that you had double the firepower. You generally still had to fire in a linear direction. The protagonist of WET, Ruby Malone, though finally uses two guns to aim at two different targets, much like you would expect out of an action movie. The game accomplishes this by having one gun autoaim at a target while the player controls the aiming for the other gun. With the right skill, you can down several baddies at completely opposite ends of the room in no time flat. Simple...yet incredibly effective. Add this to Ruby's capacity to perform some crazy stunts (gliding, sliding, wall running) and shoot in ANY direction (even when performing an acrobatic technique, Ruby can fire in a complete 360 degree arc by twisting her body in the appropriate direction) and you've got the potential for some incredibly cinematic and awesome gameplay moments which only the most skilled will be able to fully realize.
My only issues with this game are that the graphics are bland and simple, the story is relatively forgettable, and the "climax" is...well...not very climactic. But those issues are smaller than they sound. When you factor in the satisfying "easy to learn, hard to master" gameplay, several difficulty levels, challenge modes, etc. WET, like DEVIL MAY CRY or NINJA GAIDEN, is a game you could be easily playing for a long time to come.