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The neo-noir slasher is sharper than you remember

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Voiced by Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku1, heroine Rubi Malone plays like the tattooed rockabilly cousin of Lara Croft. She’s gutsy, snarky, and can backflip across a bustling motorway as if hacking The Matrix directly into her veins.

Rubi’s a gun for hire, a problemsol­ver who doesn’t mind straying to the dark side if the price is right. Wet’s plot takes in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and London, as well as a Texas base camp where you practice Rubi’s gymnastic moves. She can knee-slide under obstacles, flip across gaps, swing from poles, and wall-run over enemies – and all these moves flow together while she’s shooting enemies with twin guns and slashing at them with her samurai blade. Leaning into an old-school arcade sensibilit­y Wet’s not simply about defeating enemies but doing so in style. Each violent arena is a playground of death. Score multiplier icons float in the world and collecting these boosts your score. Along with linking kills this helps regenerate Rubi’s health. It creates a simple loop of killing to survive to chase high scores and unlock new weapons.

RUBI ROCKS

How much you enjoy Wet comes down to how far you buy into the game’s style. Its blend of arcade combos and violent grindhouse design is an enticing one. Backed by a rollicking soundtrack­2 that included new songs from Gypsy Pistoleros, Wet sells its Tarantinod­oes-Tomb-Raider style perfectly.

Yes, it’s a style that masks some technical shortcomin­gs, though it can’t always hide the fact there’s little original happening on screen, no matter how busy it can get. Rubi herself inspires the same love/hate reaction as her biggest inspiratio­ns; like Tarantino’s characters she is either hailed as a strong star delivering sharp one-liners or condemned as an unlikable lead who wallows in death. Still, similar could be said of Nate Drake. Right?

FOOTNOTES 1 Other Hollywood stars involved include Malcolm McDowell and Alan Cumming. 2 Beck keyboardis­t Brian LeBarton composed the soundtrack.

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1 You can split your shots when sliding and jumping to target two enemies at once.
2 Rubi rides the rooftops of cars as she chases down her target. 3 Falling to her death, Rubi still takes out her enemies.
1 2 3 1 You can split your shots when sliding and jumping to target two enemies at once. 2 Rubi rides the rooftops of cars as she chases down her target. 3 Falling to her death, Rubi still takes out her enemies.
 ??  ?? PUB Besthesda Softworks
DEV A2M
RELEASED 2009 (PS3)
INFO
PUB Besthesda Softworks DEV A2M RELEASED 2009 (PS3) INFO

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