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6:01 PM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In the latest update of his .plan file, Epic Games' prolific programmer Ryan Gordon has noted that Running With Scissors' violent first person shooter Postal 2: Share The Pain has gone gold, and the port of the latest installment of the free online shooter America's Army: Special Forces is almost complete.

Postal 2: Share The Pain is the sequel to one of the most controversial games of the previous century. The original game was one of the first ultra-violent video games released on the PC, and was subsequently banned in several countries. The title's gameplay, in which players controlled an out-of-control postal worker on a murderous spree across the United States, put the title square in the bulls-eye of Connecticut's democratic senator Joe Lieberman, and even landed the game's developers a lawsuit from the U.S. Postal Service.

Originally released in April 2003, Postal 2 sees the franchise shift from an overhead 2D title to a first person psychological thriller set in an entirely 3D universe. Built on the Unreal Engine, the new title puts players in the shoes of The Postal Dude, who's doomed to spend his weeks completing a never-ending series of mundane tasks. Things get out of hand, however, as increasingly annoying obstacles interrupt the Dude's progress, leaving the poor man no other option than to resort to violence. The title, offering both single- and multi-player game modes, supports complex liquid dynamics, sophisticated artificial intelligence, and lowbrow humour wrapped around absurd, over-the-top violence.

In his update, Gordon touches briefly on the status of the title:

Postal 2 Share the Pain:
Postal 2 for MacOS X is now gold! Details on how and when you can get a copy are forthcoming. Stay tuned for other surprises, too.
Further down the page, Gordon also comments on his progress on the U.S. Army's free online shooter, America's Army: Special Forces. Released just over a week ago, version 2.2 of the title, also known as Vanguard, sees minor bug fixes and miscellaneous improvements over the previous version of the title, and also includes two new multiplayer missions. While the Linux and Mac ports of the game are almost complete, Gordon is waiting for an upcoming bug fix of the Windows version before releasing his work on the title:
America's Army:
2.2.0 for Linux and Mac will be coming along shortly. There's a minor bugfix on the Windows side that we're waiting for before I get this wrapped up.
As usual, we'll be bringing you updates on both these titles as they become available.

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