Last April's Postal 2 seemed to purposely divide gamers into a "love it"
or "hate it" camp, the latter of which was considerably larger. The
sequel to the controversial 1997 shooter promised to be even more
offensive than its predecessor, and it did in fact deliver tons of
gross-out humor, racist jokes, and gory violence, all while being
perfectly flippant about it. Truthfully, Postal 2's content wasn't far
in excess of what you could find on a typical episode of South Park.
Yet while the game flaunted its naughtiness, it unfortunately didn't
offer enough in the way of entertaining gameplay or longevity to justify
all the irreverence. More than half a year later, a rerelease titled
Postal 2: Share the Pain addresses the most glaring technical issue of
the original--the painfully long loading times between gameplay
areas--and adds some goofy multiplayer modes (those who already own
Postal 2 can get the multiplayer upgrade at a discount, though it was
initially promised as a free download). The result isn't going to
convince anyone who took Postal 2 the wrong way to give it a second
chance, but it's a better game now than before, and those looking for
some seriously lowbrow humor in first-person shooter form would likely
get a kick out of it.