Steam users can now play one of the most controversial games ever released for practically free, and by practically free, we mean for only $0.99. Normally, to download and play the game on Steam, you need to fork over $9.99, but the game is currently on sale and discounted 90 percent. The catch is this deal expires later today. In other words, by the time you’re reading this, it may have very well expired.

The game we’re talking about is Postal 2, an open-world first-person shooter game from 2003 created by Arizona-based developer Running with Scissors. It’s a game that caused a lot of controversy when it was released in 2003. For example, the Office of Film and Literature Classification in New Zealand banned the game, citing its over-the-top violent content amongst other things. Distribution or purchase of the game was illegal, which could land you 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. It was also banned in Australia, while the German version was banned from Steam in 2016. In Sweden, a local distributor of the game was even brought to court by the Chancellor of Justice. Additionally, it reportedly inspired a three-week-long arson and theft spree in Gaston County, North Carolina in 2008 that was carried out by three 19-year-olds.

However, if the game was released in the present day, it would likely grab little attention and generate no controversy, as gaming standards regarding violence have evolved significantly since 2003. Nonetheless, during its time, it was a major talking point, and all of this buzz helped the game become a commercial success despite being a critical flop.

“Blast, chop and piss your way through a freak show of American caricatures in this darkly humorous first-person adventure,” reads the game’s official description on Steam. “Meet Krotchy: the toy mascot gone bad, visit your Uncle Dave at his besieged religious cult compound, and battle sewer-dwelling Taliban when you least expect them! Endure the sphincter-clenching challenge of cannibal rednecks, corrupt cops and berserker elephants. Accompanied by Champ, the Dude’s semi-loyal pitbull, battle your way through open environments populated with amazingly unpredictable AI. Utilize an arsenal of weapons ranging from a humble shovel to a uniquely hilarious rocket launcher. Collect a pack of attack dogs! Use cats as silencers! Piss and pour gasoline on anything and everyone! You know you want to!”

If you’re the owner of a Steam Deck and interested in trying Postal 2 out, you can. The game is noted as “verified” on Steam Deck, which means Valve has confirmed the game is compatible on Steam Deck and runs as it should. And considering the game’s age, and thus lack of technical demands, it almost certainly runs very smoothly on the handheld machine.


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