The mission went smoothly until I filmed a toilet.
We once wrote on PC Gamer about What game design can the toilet teach us, And how the interactive toilet became a sign of a game that takes the “reality” of the world seriously. The flushable toilet will tell you which game you are playing. The same is true for the toilet. It will explode into a toxic green cloud, poisoning you and making you retching until your health drops to zero. That kind of toilet tells you that you are playing a cruel squad.
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Of course, this is the result of a serious food poisoning fever dream. Cruelty Squad happily aims to depict the effects of rancid sushi on your body in the form of a first-person shooter. The walls and floor are a dazzling grid consisting of repetitive vomit textures or slanted tile surfaces. Cruelty Squad has an extensive structure similar to Deus Ex’s immersive simulation game, which contains well-designed spaces where you can explore and find secret routes to determine your approach angle.
But where Deus Ex and other immersive simulation games struggle to get closer to reality, Cruelty Squad said fuck. Why would a long corridor lead to anything? Why would you expect to go all the way around the back of the armored fort and find a secret entrance? This is normal video game logic, Cruelty Squad does not care about any logic of its own. It will seize every opportunity to crush your brain.
Sometimes you can take the trash can into the room and climb up the vent, but sometimes you will find yourself lost in a maze of room with nowhere to go. Sometimes you open a door and there is only a wall of flesh behind the door. Sometimes a door is just… small, and you think that maybe some pills will make you shrink to pass it, but in reality the pills will turn the whole world upside down. You are trapped in a fashionable corner of the floor, which used to be the ceiling, You just need to restart the level.
With a grunting, screaming, buzzing, pulsating soundtrack, every space makes me feel disoriented and confused, and honestly a bit disgusting. The Cruel Team gives me a headache. But it can cause headaches. I have never played anything that attacked my senses in this way.
I’m sure I can do some smart things to get through that little door-Cruelty Squad does allow you to upgrade your character in some classic video games, but it has its own pukey twist. You turn your intestines into one instead of earning a grappling hook.If you change your eyeball to the bionic eye that bothers me like me, you can increase the zoom Polish movie “Alien” posterThere are some upgrades that can provide you with new abilities, such as a bouncy jersey that eliminates fall damage. These open up new strategies for replaying each open level. You can also pick up the organs of people who have been blown into tattered blood clots and sell them on the black market, or put the killer’s income into the stock market to make money when you get the next trash CEO.
I appreciate that Cruelty Squad is fully committed to being a dirty super-capitalist hellscape. Calling it satire just feels weird-if it is to lift a mirror for the worst side of our society in 2021, then it is a mirror. Someone breaks it into a thousand pieces, then vomits it out and uses it. Bile is stained with our reflection.
It’s hard not to pay attention to the crazy elements on the surface of Cruelty Squad, but under the theme, it is a truly satisfying flash shooting game in which you and the enemy both die in a few shots. Each mission requires you to kill one or two key targets and then leave. This flexible structure is as effective here as in the killer. It happens to involve more intestines.