|Postal²: Штопор ЖжОт!|
Штопор ЖжОт! cover art
|Developers||Avalon Style Entertainment|
|Release Date||August 1st 2005|
Штопор ЖжОт! (aka Corkscrew RuLes!) is a licensed addon for POSTAL 2 that was developed by Avalon Style Entertainment and published by Akella. Storywise, it has nothing to do with the base game, existing as a Russian adaptation of POSTAL 2.
The game stars a man known as Shtopor (or Corkscrew, who looks very much like the Postal Dude) who wakes up in a hospital with amnesia to find that someone has stolen his penis. Journey through Muhosransk City (Podunk City) on a journey to find your stolen sex organ and kill the bastard responsible.
The errand based gameplay of POSTAL 2 returns, taking place over the course of four days (Понедельник, Вторник, Среда, and Четверг — translated Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) as you interact with the various inhabitants of Muhosransk City.
Unlike the POSTAL 2 base game, there is no pacifist option though most errands can be completed without resorting to violence. Another prominent action, the ability to piss, is unavailable throughout most of the game due to the nature of the story.
Steam Version Edit
This version boasts several improvements over the initial release with Russian weapons replacing the standard ones, new effect for the Vodka, a new player model for Shtopor, the ability to piss like a woman, bug fixes, and English subtitles. A Co-op version was later created in July 2017.
English Localization Edit
No official translation exists (except the english subtitles in the Steam release) as it was only meant for the Russian market. In order to play the game, you need the Russian version of POSTAL 2: Share the Pain (RU-1337) installed as the game relies on the base files to launch via a batch command file. Due to this strange choice in implementation, some consider this expansion to be just a Mod of POSTAL 2 instead of a full-blown expansion.
Though there is no official release, the complete game is readily available on ModDb (Link below) with it's UI translated into English. The rest of the game (dialogue, assets, etc.) are in Russian (as they should be).
English Walkthrough Edit
Main Article: Штопор ЖжОт! Walkthrough
An English walkthrough written by a Steam user named Alien can be found in the link above. Many thanks to him from the English speaking community.
- While there is some support in the Russian speaking Postal fanbase, it's generally considered non-canon and (after the meltdown with Akella over Postal III) never brought up by RWS. However, in light of renewed interests, the expansion did receive a page on RWS' website.
- The name of the add-on "Штопор ЖжОт" comes from two things: The name of the character (Shtopor which means Corkscrew) and the word "zhzhot" which means to express agreement or appreciation with the English equivalent being "rules". Used in this fashion, the title translates to "Shtopor RuLes" or "Corkscrew Rules".
- Most of the Posters seen around Muhosransk City are from the Russian website, Udaff.com.
- The music day1_terrorists.ogg (plays when terrorists attack the Community Center) is a german song.
- This expansion was officially released in Japan on October 27th 2006, under the title " ポスタル2 ロシアより愛をこめて英語版 日本語マニュアル付" which translates to "From Russia with Love."
- The Japanese version is dubbed in English, albeit by the same Russian voice cast.
- The theme song of the game is called "Доктор Штопор" (translation: Doctor Corkscrew) by Александр Пушной (Alexander Pushovy). There is two variations of the track, one from the main menu and one from the credits. Both are essentially the same song except the main menu variation of the track is censored, while the credits variaton of the track is uncensored.
- Most of the music comes from Russian punk bands.