Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3 Review
Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3 Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Straandlooper
Pub: Telltale
Release: September 22, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

The presentation hasn't changed one bit since the series premiere, which is to be expected in an episodic title. The graphics are wonderfully cartoonish, taking the gritty, bleak world of the hardboiled detective novel and sprucing it up with a lighthearted art style. The voice acting is still up to par, with Hector, Lambert, and the supporting cast delivering lines with expert timing and great vocal inflections.

Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3 Screenshot

The controls here are pretty much what you've come to expect: Click an item to have Hector make a comment about it, double click it to have Hector check it out, etc. However, I experienced a rather horrific glitch during my playthrough. Though I set the graphics to full-screen, they left a black bar along the left and right edges. The left bar wasn't a problem, but whenever I clicked in the right bar by accident—for example, just about every time I wanted Hector to walk to the next screen on the right—it minimized the game. Obviously, this can be fixed with a patch (for all I know, it already has been by the time you're reading this), but it's just one more indication that the game isn't worth your time.

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If it's not obvious, I'm a bit disappointed with the Hector series, and on the whole I wouldn't recommend it. Its gameplay does nothing to improve the point-and-click genre, and while its potty-mouthed humor is initially appealing, the constant references to smut and bodily fluids wear thin long before the terrorist has been taken care of and Clappers Wreake is at peace. If developer Straandlooper can harness the genius that Hector showed in its first episode and stretch that out over a longer period of time, perhaps their next game can be more successful. Let's hope that happens, because I can't stomach many more unfunny bathroom jokes.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
The same cartoonish look from the first two episodes.
4.1
Control
Point. And click.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Everything's up to snuff.
2.8
Play Value
This is getting really old.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Hector finds himself on the trail of the hostage-taking psychopath.
  • He's violent and drunken, and he has a taste for all things criminal, corrupt, or smothered in curry.
  • PC port is a cooperative effort between Straandlooper and Telltale.

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