Flashback Fridays: Conker: Live and Reloaded

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at a remake of a particular adventure that many people might know about from the Nintendo 64 days. The title I am referring to is one of the best examples of how a sense of humor can really make a game go a long way, Conker: Live and Reloaded.

Sometime during the summer of 2005 rare decided to re-release Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the Xbox, and decided to call it Live and Reloaded. Having only played the original briefly back in the day, I decided to head on over to my local gamestop and reserve a copy of it just to see if anything had changed, and to also finish the single player campaign once and for all. After taking it home, and giving every new feature a honest try, this title instantly became one of my favorite games ever made for this console. There was just something about how the developers openly made fun of themselves, and just about everything else for that matter, that kept me hooked in and never wanting to let go.

The setup here is about as bizare as they come. A squirrel named Conker goes out drinking one night with his pals, and next days wakes up with a hangover. Not having any idea where he is, our little friend now sets out on a journey to do one thing and one thing only, to go home and go to sleep.  Gameplay centers around basic platforming, third person shooting, and just about every other genre you can think of for a 3D adventure game.  Multiplayer involves one team against the other (squirrels or teddy bears) in a fight to the death on a number of different maps loosely based on certain areas from the single player campaign. All in all this sounds like a pretty basic setup for a game, and in all honesty, it pretty much is that and nothing more.

So what are my personal thoughts on the game? Well, to put it quite bluntly, it’s extremely fun. Everything from the sense of humor, to the tight control scheme, to the addictive multiplayer component, is done with such finesse and creativity that it makes me appreciate all of the hard works these developers put into the title and then some. Thrown in a great audio presentation, with just about every joke imaginable from the mid to late 90’s in there, and you have an incredible adventure that many people will never forget.

Conker: Live and Reloaded was a unusual and enjoyable platformer that shows just how much fun video game creators can have with an idea, and is something that anybody with a sick and twisted sense of humor should definitely consider checking out.

That concludes my story on Conker: Live and Reloaded, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!