Reviewed: Ooctober 1, 2011
Released:September 23, 2011
Hector: Badge of Carnage Episode 3: Beyond Reasonable Doom is the final installment of the comedy adventure series published by Telltale Games, in which Detective Inspector Hector concludes his vulgar and hilarious adventure in Clappers Wreake, the crime capital of Great Britain and quite possibly worst city in the world. The comedy is cynical and frequently disgusting, but donít make the mistake of assuming that the crude comedy means itís poorly-written. Hector: Badge of Carnage contains some of the wittiest exchanges Iíve seen in recent memory. If crude comedy wonít drive you completely away from the game, itís certainly something you should play.|
In the first episode, Hector faced a crazed gunman who had taken hostages, demanding that improvements be made to the city of Clappers Wreake, a city probably long beyond salvation. After carrying out the criminalís demands and moving to rescue the hostages, Hector then ran around the city on a chase to apprehend the culprit. Now, Hector must bring this case to a close once and for all.
The titular character is as cynical and spiteful as ever, assisted by his upbeat but completely moronic partner. If you donít care for scatological humor, be prepared. This game has loads of it. However, itís all executed very well, instead of relying entirely on shock value to carry a joke. Clappers Wreake comes to life as an urban cesspool with sleaze on every surface, corrupt and beyond salvation to the point of parody.
Graphics-wise, the game is full of standard 2D animation. Donít expect fancy polygons. The sprites arenít, unfortunately, terribly detailed, but they all have a definite style to them that brings them to life. The animations arenít anything to write home about, but they get the job done. Unlike the first episode, it does a better job about hiding any glaring animation flaws. Itís not a pretty game to look at, but itís way above the quality of any typical Flash game you might find.
Sound is also slightly spotty. The actors are good, but thereís a slight scratchiness to the way the voices actually sound, and some characters are recorded at a different quality than others. The characters are also all English, or from around that area and the accents really stand out. Thereís nothing terribly special about the audio, but itís all generally done well enough.
Still, in spite of those flaws, Hector continues to be an enjoyable experience, and the issues with the animation and sound are ultimately minor considering the gameís budget price and excellent writing. Overall, I strongly recommend Hector: Badge of Carnage to anyone who doesnít mind their comedy getting a little bit filthy.