Rubi, Rubi, Wet

Rubi, Rubi, Wet

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Rubi is a fixer. She fixes things.

Standing on the roof of a downtown building, looking down through the glass skylight at a deal going down in the room below, Rubi sees something that needs fixing. The deal is about to go south and the case being haggled over is about to slip out the back door, in the hands of someone who shouldn't have it.

As the bullets start spraying, Rubi tenses up, gets ready to do some fixing, and launches herself through the skylight.

The game is Wet and you play as Rubi in a grindhouse-esque, funk-fueled, 70's retro cinema-inspired acrobatic shooter/sword fighter action flick. It's a fast-paced, high-energy, high body-count thrill ride of a game, with very little point other than to artistically slaughter as many enemies as possible.

You will run along walls, flip over backwards, train your twin guns on two separate enemies, knee slide under obstacles and behead your opponents. You will kill people in ways you've never imagined and the entire time you will be wearing a wide, goofy grin.

Triggering one of Rubi's signature moves initiates a kind of bullet-time slow-motion, allowing you to focus your fire on one or more enemies as you careen off walls and swing off of lamp posts or slide head-first down a ladder, using your legs. The effect is stunning. It's a kind of ode to violence-as-art form that, frankly, considering the medium, has been a long time coming. And although some may cry foul at the design of the main character, it only makes sense that she's a woman.

The developers claim the title, Wet, is inspired by the kind of work Rubi performs. So-called "wet-work" which involves spilling lots of blood. And that it, and her design, are not, in fact an attempt to sell the game with sex. Fine. They can pretend. Look for the game's website (www.rubiwet.com) or take a look at any of the promotional materials (thong peeking out the back of low-rise leather pants, breasts straining against leather top) and it's clear they aren't fooling anyone - not even themselves.

It's a toss-up what you'll be focusing on more as Rubi acrobatically twirls her way through geysers of blood, the enemies being slain, or her perfect, sexy form. It doesn't matter. Fun is fun, and this game doesn't skimp on the action just because it's trying to cock tease.

The story was penned by the writer of seasons one through five of the TV show 24, so you can expect plenty of twists and turns and high-volume action. The game is also just dripping with 70s style, complete with a film reel visual effect which makes the world look slightly grainy and jittery. (You can turn this off if it annoys.)

As she dashes through levels, Rubi will occasionally enter "arena" areas, skate parks of death where the challenge is to slay as many enemies as possible period, while targeting specific trigger points to end the level. She will also, in certain circumstances, enter "rage mode" in which the screen will turn a vibrant black on red and her powers will be heightened.

The trick is to chain her signature moves and accumulate points. The designers wanted to make it easier and more fun to engage in signature combat than to simply run around shooting things. There are plenty of games where you can do that. But how many games bring to mind the Crazy 88s scene from Tarantino's Kill Bill? Not many. Wet aims to be one of them.

"Whiskey is useful to numb the pain," Rubi says as she swills from a bottle to restore her health, then takes up the sword and gun one more time to clear another room of bad guys.

Wet will be released in the Fall of 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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thats a very nice press release u got there

with very little point other than to artistically slaughter as many enemies as possible.

I want this game. I want it now.

Cpt_Oblivious:

with very little point other than to artistically slaughter as many enemies as possible.

I want this game. I want it now.

I am even willing to overlook the "sexy protagonist" if it is as violent as it claims.
And if it's on a system I own, clearly.

It's the birth of a new genre...The shoot and slash.

Ah mindless violence, you will always hold a place in my heart.

This looks so fun. Too bad it's not going to be ported on the PC. I need a console damnit! And the soundtrack (at least from the trailers) rocks. Johnny Cash FTW!

Oh video games, you've at long last decided to improve the content to go with all these fun game designs you've had for 3 decades. All is forgiven.

InProgress:
This looks so fun. Too bad it's not going to be ported on the PC. I need a console damnit! And the soundtrack (at least from the trailers) rocks. Johnny Cash FTW!

Hopefully I might finally get me a 360 this year.

Onyx Oblivion:
It's the birth of a new genre...The shoot and slash.

Isn't that Devil May Cry?

PirateKing:

Onyx Oblivion:
It's the birth of a new genre...The shoot and slash.

Isn't that Devil May Cry?

Kinda True. But Devil May Cry doesn't have a sexually suggestive name like Wet. And guns are used for air juggling more than anything else in that. At least in my experience.

MaxTheReaper:

Cpt_Oblivious:

with very little point other than to artistically slaughter as many enemies as possible.

I want this game. I want it now.

I am even willing to overlook the "sexy protagonist" if it is as violent as it claims.
And if it's on a system I own, clearly.

I don't know why, but this game induces excitement in me like no other game to date. Is it the Wild West theme and music that I grew up listening to? Or is it the stylized action? Perhaps it's the possibility of the heroine having a personality? Who knows. I suppose I'll have to give this one a whirl when it comes out: that Bethesda was willing to pick it up is a good sign in my book.

Awww no PC, guess no bloody fun for me.

Ooh do want. This looks very cool.

So kill bill meets DMC and the lead character actually is a girl not just looks like one? Sounds interesting.

From what I gathered on Eurogamer this is related to the old Wet - The Sexy Empire series of crappy porn games. No idea why they used that name considering it's got no positive conotations and they aren't keeping anything anyway. Also Eurogamer praised the color design but the screenshots were all (say it together) gunmetal gray and dogshit brown.

EDIT: Wow, look at their credentials!

Kirra:
Awww no PC, guess no bloody fun for me.

I thought I was the only one who noticed.
I may have gotten this, if it were coming out on the PC.

Hmm, watching those trailers, this actually looks kind of sweet and Rubi seems kind of cool. Somehow looking at her moveset, I'm thinking of Faith from Mirrors Edge, though with a bit of a meanstreak and actually able to stand a chance in a firefight. Not bad. :P

May consider checking this out then.

I refuse to consider any game that can't be searched without finding a hentai site.

Indigo_Dingo:
I refuse to consider any game that can't be searched without finding a hentai site.

Rule 34 says you don't play games then.

Cpt_Oblivious:

InProgress:
This looks so fun. Too bad it's not going to be ported on the PC. I need a console damnit! And the soundtrack (at least from the trailers) rocks. Johnny Cash FTW!

Hopefully I might finally get me a 360 this year.

Go buy a console. Now!

InProgress:

Cpt_Oblivious:

InProgress:
This looks so fun. Too bad it's not going to be ported on the PC. I need a console damnit! And the soundtrack (at least from the trailers) rocks. Johnny Cash FTW!

Hopefully I might finally get me a 360 this year.

Go buy a console. Now!

I have exams in 2 weeks precisely. I must do them first :/

perchance does this have anything to di with quentin tarantino or robert rodriguez???
sounds like something they'd take turns playing soggy "biscuit" gamesleeve over...

It looks pretty fun, I am hoping it is good enough and does well enough that they decide to port it to PC :D

I just checked out the video of the upcoming games of Bethesda and I think the Videos are pretty cool. Cut scenes are always better than the game play. Until I see a video of the game play I will reserve my judgment.

[edit]
though Brink sounds cool with it's leveling of your character whether you play single play or coop or multi-player. But's "SMART" button leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

KDR_11k:
From what I gathered on Eurogamer this is related to the old Wet - The Sexy Empire series of crappy porn games. No idea why they used that name considering it's got no positive conotations and they aren't keeping anything anyway. Also Eurogamer praised the color design but the screenshots were all (say it together) gunmetal gray and dogshit brown.

EDIT: Wow, look at their credentials!

OW! Oh God, my optimism!

*sigh* so many awesome games so little time. I'm seriously gonna be bankrupt come Christmas XD

Indigo_Dingo:
I refuse to consider any game that can't be searched without finding a hentai site.

Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.Rule 34. Rule 34.

Propagandasaurus:

KDR_11k:
From what I gathered on Eurogamer this is related to the old Wet - The Sexy Empire series of crappy porn games. No idea why they used that name considering it's got no positive conotations and they aren't keeping anything anyway. Also Eurogamer praised the color design but the screenshots were all (say it together) gunmetal gray and dogshit brown.

EDIT: Wow, look at their credentials!

OW! Oh God, my optimism!

That list reads like a deposition at the Nuremburg trials *wince*

I have to say that my optimism has slowly died for this as time went on. The E3 demonstrations made me really confused about it all: it certainly didn't look very interesting or fun. Maybe it will be though: I hold a small grain of hope in my chest that everything will turn out ok.

Onyx Oblivion:
It's the birth of a new genre...The shoot and slash.

Um...remember devil may cry 4 and too human?

 

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