Conker: Live and Reloaded
Back in 2001, a little game called Conker’s Bad Fur Day made its way to the Nintendo 64. It was one of the last games to be released on the console and sold for the whopping price of $69.99(US). The game was made by our British friends over at Rare, who are responsible for such hits as Goldeneye, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. Conker really came out of nowhere and received critical acclaim from gamers. Conker blended platforming and third-person shooting, which is something that had never really been done before. The little squirrel also had quite a potty mouth. All in all, the game was a hit with gamers and reviewers alike.
Now, in 2002 Microsoft dropped 375 million dollars on Rare. To this day, many have considered it a failed investment. The Brits had only pumped out one game called Grabbed by the Ghoulies, which was more of a kiddy game than anything. Also, just about every game made by Rare always gets that inevitable delay. For example, Kameo: Elements of Power andPerfect Dark Zero were both supposed be released on the Gamecube, then the Xbox. Instead, finally, both of them will find a home on the Xbox 360. Then, Microsoft and Rare announced a remake of Conker’s Bad Fur Day on the Xbox. The single-player game would be identical to that of the original, but the real kicker was there would be an extensive online multiplayer mode. The game also boasted some of the best visuals seen on any console game. Can Rare prove that Microsoft made a wise investment or has Rare been a bust on the Xbox? Read on to find out.
Who is Conker you ask? Well, he’s actually a little squirrel that enjoys beer, action and loves cash; and most of all, he drops four letter words like you never imagined. At first glance, Conker looks like a cute squirrel you might see in your backyard. However, once you scratch the surface of the game, you realize what his true intentions are.
The single-player component of Conker: Live and Reloaded is called Conker’s Bad Fur Day, mainly because it’s exactly what you played on the N64 with a few tweaks here and there. As the game begins, Conker is waking up, he’s drunk, and he’s trying to find his way home. The story (it’s hard to even consider it a story) is quite simple. There’s this Panther King and he’s got a problem. He’s got a three-legged table that keeps spilling his milk. So what does he need to do to fix that? Well, he needs a red squirrel to be the fourth leg.