Conker: Live and Reloaded

August 24, 2005

[floatleft][/floatleft]The anticipation for this game was immense. I had played [i]Conker’s Bad Fur Day[/i] on the N64 for hours upon hours, but my only real experience with it was the multiplayer (the Beach level was absolutely amazing). I had played the single-player campaign only for about an hour and decided the game was more fun on the multiplayer end, so I never really finished the campaign. Well, apparently, I missed out on some really fun stuff, and I had plans to eventually play the game and found out my chance would be renewed with [i]Conker: Live and Reloaded[/i] without even having to dust off the N64.

It’s no secret that this game is strictly a multiplayer game. Not only does [i]Conker: Live and Reloaded[/i] not try to hide that fact, but its default option when you turn on the game is Xbox Live. With that being said, let’s first dive into the single-player campaign and the world of Conker, a tiny, furry, loveable, hungover little squirrel. The campaign is again called [i]Conker’s Bad Fur Day[/i], and it is almost an exact port from the N64 version, with a ton of improvements. The first and most noticeable change is the graphics, which are sharper, clearer, and definitely cleaner than the N64 game. Also, because the game is an ‘exact port’ of its N64 counterpart, there are tons of jokes and references. For example, at the very beginning, you use the same exact strategy to defeat the Gargoyle, but it doesn’t work. Conker looks at the screen and says, ‘Hey, they promised me that this would be an exact port!’ Conker also wears different costumes depending on the level he’s in, which is something that the original game did, but to a much lesser extent (and I know this because I used my [i]Bad Fur Day 64[/i] guide to beat [i]Live and Reloaded[/i]). One thing that [i]Live[/i] did was censor all curse words, but since Potty Mouth is one of the unlockable features, I’m not complaining.

[floatright][/floatright][i]Bad Fur Day[/i] is one of the most unique games I’ve ever played. Story-wise, it’s utterly ridiculous (in a terribly great, ingenious, and hilarious way). The fabled Panther King is drinking milk from his chalice, and when he puts the chalice down on his throneside table, it topples due to a missing leg, and he gets very angry, threatening his servants with duct tape if they don’t fix the problem. The solution: a red squirrel can fill the gap between the floor and the broken leg. Conker (who is coincidentally a red squirrel), meanwhile, has had too much to drink and wanders home the wrong way, beginning a sequence of horribly odd eventsA

Score: 5/5

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