Horrible video game item 3 (opens in new tab) has been abruptly pulled from sale due to problems with the DRM system and the fact that it has been a miserable experience to play since it came out 11 years ago. Running With Scissors, developer of every Postal game except 3, announced in a tweet that the game would be withdrawn from sale (opens in new tab)attributing it to “DRM issues and the overall crappyness of the game itself”.
Running With Scissors doesn’t go into details about what the DRM issues are, but recent reviews on Steam suggest that the server the game called home to just broke, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be back any time soon . Or ever.
While some (me) might argue that every Postal game was a tedious exercise in not saying anything out loud, it’s hard to deny that Postal 3 marked the low point of the series. The development of the game was outsourced to an outside studio called Akella, which went bankrupt (opens in new tab) not long after Postal 3 came out, and absolutely no one was happy with the end result. Since then, the game has largely functioned as a marketing tool for Running With Scissors: something the studio can poke fun at to make subsequent games look better.
In our Post 3 review (opens in new tab) (giving the game a spine-chilling 21%), Postal 3 was criticized for trading in “its predecessor’s open world for a clumped group of short corridors” filled with useless, borderline-comatose AI enemies. On the plus side, the game had the decency to crash often, giving you plenty of chances not to restart it.
But the worst part was the writing, which missed its mark so catastrophically that it made it Uwe Boll mid-2000s film from Postal (opens in new tab) look slick in comparison. Osama bin Laden, Sarah Palin, AIDS jokes: All the bangers from 2011’s 4chan were in there, and they were all as funny as you’d expect.
I’m usually all for archiving games, good and bad, but it’s hard to be too torn that Postal 3 is no longer available for digital purchase. We can all rest easy knowing that innocent Steam users won’t be at risk of purchasing it, and if you do want to play the game anyway, for reasons of self-loathing or academic interest, the studio has one suggestion for you: pirate it (opens in new tab).