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Conker: Live and Reloaded

The notoriously naughty squirrel, Conker, is back and now features intense deathmatch and campaign storyline modes - nonstop action, humor, gratuitous violence and amusing innuendo. Back in 2001, famed Brit development house Rare capped the Nintendo 64’s life cycle with Conker’s Bad Fur Day, one of the bawdiest and most unlikely platforming adventures to hit a mainstream console, well, ever.

On the whole, the single-player game in Live and Reloaded hasn’t changed since its original appearance. The storyline, puzzles, combat situations, and even much of the dialogue will be as you remember them - if you played the original, that is. The game throws Conker, the ostensibly cute and cuddly squirrel, into a sordid adventure rife with potty-mouthed woodland creatures, bizarre and disgusting puzzles, and even a slew of movie-inspired sequences that draw on everything from The Terminator to Saving Private Ryan. The gameplay itself is pretty much a simple platforming fare - Conker can whack enemies with his bat, crawl around on all fours, and hover briefly while jumping by spinning his tail - and the game provides you with context-sensitive spots that will magically grant you whatever item it is you need to progress. In that respect, you won’t be getting a lot of new content out of this remake if you played Bad Fur Day way back when, but at least the game looks an awful lot better now. It’s really startling how good Live and Reloaded’s characters look in their cut-scene close-ups, and Rare has done an impressive job of using the Xbox’s horsepower to give the models and animation the expressive qualities needed to carry the games over-the-top humour.

Good news is, the single-player game “Conker’s Bad Fur Day,” has been completely recreated for Xbox and is included free with Live and Reloaded. 

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