Tucson, Ariz.-based Running With Scissors has released
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
for the Mac and Linux, following the expansion pack’s release for Windows earlier this year. Apocalypse Weekend costs US$19.95.
Postal 2 is an M-rated hyperviolent action game that puts you in the role of a video game programmer who suddenly snaps and goes on a killing rampage. The game doubles as a social satire, making fun of everything from the controversy over video game violence to sexism, racism and more.
The game unfolds over a series of days, where the Postal Dude — the player — is tasked with seemingly mundane tasks, like going to the bank or visiting the mall to get Gary Coleman’s autograph. Inevitably, things go very wrong, and instead of a peaceful trip downtown, it turns into a blood-soaked orgy of violence, terror and pyrotechnics.
Apocalypse Weekend is an add-on pack for the original Postal 2 that provides additional single player action. The Mac release is a hybrid CD-ROM that runs on all three platforms, but requires the original Postal 2 in order to play.
New controversies over violent and sexually explicit video games seem to be popping up regularly — most recently with the revelation that the best-selling title “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” can be hacked to reveal sex scenes, and the recent passage of a California law that forbids retailers from selling M-rated games like Postal 2 to minors.
This hasn’t deterred Running With Scissors chief Vince Desi, however. He calls Mac and Linux gamers “hot as a cup of McDonald’s coffee for the final installment in the POSTAL2 series.”
Please don’t visit the Running With Scissors Web site if you’re easily offended.