Hector - Badge of Carnage: We Negotiate With Terrorists PC
Published by Telltale Games
Developed by Telltale Games
Hector – Badge of Carnage is the latest episodic adventure title from Telltale Games. Like Telltale's other adventures, Badge of Carnage is full of humour but the humour on offer here is strictly for older gamers only. You'll use such things as condoms and lube to solve puzzles, visit the local sleazy porn shop, converse with hookers and the local young punks in addition to finding yourself in other unsavoury situations. For a game in which you play as a detective it's not PC at all and some may be surprised by how crass it all is. Thankfully however, the game does remain pretty humorous throughout this first episode but not all of the humour is accessible for deaf gamers.
As the game begins we are in the midst of a hostage situation in the town of Clappers Wreake. All attempts to resolve the situation have failed with each of the negotiators being killed by the kidnapper. With police officers dropping like flies it's time to call in Detective Inspector Hector, a coarse and crass but thankfully humorous detective, to clean up the mess. In a rather bizarre twist, the kidnapper's demands are for the town to clean up its act. He's sick of all the immorality and depravity in Clappers Wreake and he wants the place cleaned up. In short he wants the clock on the clock tower fixed, the local porn shop closed down and a man working for the Clappers Wreake Preservation Society given all the help he needs to rekindle the 'town's wonderful and exciting heritage!'
Adventure games always benefit from having a good (or at least humorous storyline) and well thought out puzzles that are fairly logical to solve. Badge of Carnage certainly doesn't disappoint in either of these respects and is an enjoyable point and click adventure game. The game includes an in-built hint system which does a good job of giving you a gentle nudge in the right direction. Of course the 'adult' nature of the items you'll use and things you'll see in the game make it one of the more risqué adventure games out there and if this is something that's liable to offend then this isn't going to be the series for you. For those who aren't offended by the game's vulgar tone however, you'll find an adventure that's certainly well worth your time.
Visually, Hector – Badge of Carnage is a simplistic looking adventure game but that's not to say it doesn't have a certain charm. The simplistic, cartoon style of the visuals may seem at odds with the crude tone of the game but oddly enough it all works well. There are some disappointments with the game however. When running the game at certain resolutions the game doesn't fill the screen and you have to put up with big black borders. It's a little disappointing to have to pixel hunt for items that can be interacted with, something that most modern games in the genre avoid like the plague. There are only a handful of locations in the game and the back and forth between these locations can become ever so slightly tedious.
The best aspect of the game is its humour. However, deaf gamers will not be able to fully appreciate it. Whilst the in-game dialogue is subtitled, the cut scenes are not. This is both frustrating and disappointing. Most of the game's humour is delivered via the cut scenes so deaf gamers aren't only missing out on some of the game's storyline, they are also missing out on a sizeable chunk of the humour which makes the game appealing. The game's dramatic beginning and ending are pretty much pointless as a result of not being subtitled. There are no other problems with the game which makes the absence of subtitles in the cut scenes all the more disappointing.
Hector – Badge of Carnage: We Negotiate With Terrorists offers a solid point and click adventure game experience. The adult tone of the dialogue and themes in the game serve to make this a very different experience from Telltale Games' other titles. It has to be made clear that this isn't a game that children should have access to however. It's very disappointing that deaf gamers won't have full access to the game and it's puzzling as to why the game's cut scenes haven't been subtitled when the in-game dialogue has. It's certainly to be hoped that this is something that will be fixed via an update and that future episodes will be released fully subtitled.