Title: Hector Badge of Carnage Episode 2: Senseless Acts of Justice
System(s): Windows, Mac
Release Date: August, 25, 2011
Publisher (Developer): Telltale games (Telltale Games)
ESRB Rating: “Mature” for crude language, adult themes
Pros: Very funny. Play as two different characters. Lots of puzzles that are not too hard. Lots of hints available! Go on a date!
Cons: Short. Very lewd and a bit gross. Not for kids.
Overall Score: Two thumbs up; 98; out of 100; A; * * * * 1/2 out of 5.
What do computerized sniper rifles, blown up buildings, BBQ sauce and meat all have in common? That’s what detective inspector Hector needs to find out.
He’s gotten to the top floor of the abandoned building where the shooter is (which he was trying to do in episode one, We Negotiate with Terrorists) but, instead of seeing his face, he sees a computer screen and a sniper rifle pointed right at him. It’s up to him to smarm his way out of death and figure out who is behind this once and for all.
Retirement Can’t Come Quick Enough!
Senseless Acts of Justice is the second dose of the Hector series, with the first entry released May 2011. A short tutorial (which angers and upsets Hector) starts the game and reminds you how to interact with objects. After that you are on your own to search different locations and interview people that mostly want nothing to do with you.
For the first half of the game, poor Hector is stuck in building that has just blown up with him inside. Now, the game leaves it up to his mostly incompetent, yet very faithful, partner Lambert. You can switch back and forth between the two and swap via pipes in the wall. Once Hector is successfully out of trouble, then you just play as him.
Most of the people in game won’t help you out until you help them first. So that means Hector will be doing lots of menial and often times annoying (annoying for Hector, not for the player) favors in return for what he need. Of course, as Hector is more cleaver then most of the dolts he has to deal with, he will easily find shortcuts to accomplishing the tasks or even flat out lie and betray. It’s all in day’s work for this detective.
Meat and Lewd Behavior
Hector has a tendency to break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience in Hector 2: Senseless Acts of Justice. For instance, sometimes when you look into a room he will say there is something horrible in that room, then say “Just kidding! It’s empty like all the rest.” Or he will yell at the “game developer” for putting something in the game that is annoying, like that tutorial in the beginning. Hector definitely has some hilarious mannerisms and speech, plus there are lots of crazy things you have to in the game and characters that will keep you laughing.
Just be careful not to let kids play. It’s a very lewd and downright filthy game, definitely mature rated. There is no nudity or explicit sex, but there is lots of course language used and sexual themes, plus a bit of comic violence. This makes the game very fun for a more mature audience.
I thought Senseless Acts of Justice seemed shorter than the first episode, We Negotiate with Terrorists, but that may be because I managed to solve all the puzzles with little or no problems. What’s nice is the game offers hints ranging from very subtle to actually telling you what to do. For instance you can talk to Lambert at the station and he will give you a sort of nudge in the right direction, or you can access the hints section for more details. The result is a game that is as challenging or easy as you want it to be.
Being able to switch characters, even if it’s only for a little bit, makes this episode more fun and different. Plus there are a couple scenes where you have to choose the right dialogue to get what you want, like when trying to get some incriminating photos or stall a guy on the phone so your tech guy can run a trace on the phone. Also you get to go on a date, it was a obligatory unwanted one but you still get to go on it.
Good Fun Police Work!
So, without a doubt, Hector is crude, lewd, and hilarious, and he only gets better in Hector Episode 2: Senseless Acts of Justice. After playing this episode, I’ve even started to consider Hector: Badge of Carnage to be one of my favorite Telltale series. If you are a mature adult who likes a nice fun and challenging game then you should definitely grab this. And I recommend playing the first episode, We Negotiate with Terrorists, as well because it will fill you in on the backstory. Besides, with such a good series you’re going to want every episode.