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Conker's Bad Fur Day - A drunk-as-a-skunk squirrels journey home
Conkers Bad Fur Day (N64)
Member Name: m_illie
Conkers Bad Fur Day (N64)
Advantages: Lots of fun especially multiplayer, challenging at times and always entertaining
Disadvantages: Gimmicky at times
'Conkers Bad Fur Day' is an action platform game for the Nintendo 64. It is a game I love for it is always entertaining, challenging, and infinitely funny.
The game consists of a story-mode where you control Conker the Squirrel as he attempts to make his way home to his girlfriend, Berri, and 7 varied multi-player games that range in subject matter with the common theme of usually hitting someone over the head, or more dramatically cutting them in half with a chainsaw. The game is not as violent as it may sound, as despite those features pervading much of the different aspects of the game, the simplistic graphics of game play due to its age and the way in which blood 'falls off' in huge chunks, make it much more satirical than shocking.
Conker is a binge drinking potty mouth, who on his journey home encounters an array of different characters willing to help or hinder him on his quest. The first you come across is the scarecrow, a vivacious character with hiccups due to his alcohol abuse who gives him a few tips from then on. From there you really start the game and are forced into really getting grips with the controls of the games, controlling Conker in his few actions which are to run, jump, and smack enemies with a frying pan. His abilities are not limited to this however, as he can also swim underwater for a while until he runs out of breath, climb ladders or ropes, fire objects from a slingshot and is strong enough to push heavy objects.
You are introduced to the plot of the game almost immediately and made aware that the sovereign Panther is out to get Conker, and as a result he must combat all of his cronies. Conker finds himself entangled in a serious of admittedly bizarre and at times ridiculous situations, from luring animated cheese to feed to a greedy, talking rat, to bouncing on the exaggerated chest of a once shy Sunflower like you might a trampoline, and even getting drafted into a war between grey squirrels and a Nazi-like teddy bears known as the "Tediz", who Conker eventually beats.
As you explore the world, going from level to level collecting cash on the way, you visit a number of locations that also appear in the multi-player games such as the Bank Vault. Each locations has residents specific to it, like the nearly incomprehensible due to their dialect, hornets who protect the entrance to another level in one of the stages.
Story-mode ends in both a humourous and equally ridiculous way, even featuring so-called engineers of the game who aid Conker in his final battle. It acts as the perfect round-off to a witty, silly game that is lots of fun and always maintains your interest.
If ever you become stuck, as I did countless times in my numerous attempts at the game over the years, there is the option for you to type in cheats in the main menu (a bar occupied by drunk animals and a silly looking devil-like creature) to unlock a variety of things such as excess tails (lives), enter debug mode and to change the easiness of your gaming experience. These can be found by simply searching via a search engine.
Multi-player is equally as fun with a variety of levels including the amply named 'War' level. Others include robbing a bank vault, stealing eggs from a dinosaur to fry for food in a ludicrously sized frying pan, and helping French squirrel immigrants cross a gun-infested area to reach safety. Up to four players can get involved and there is also the option to enter cheats into the main menu if it all gets too hard for you. Via the use of cheats you can unlock Story-mode characters in Multi-player, such as weazel henchmen, zombie cats, Gregg the Grimreaper and Conker himself. The use of cheats adds a whole new dimension to multi-player gaming as it is made much more fun due to the abundance of variety.
Overall, Conker's Bad Fur Day is a silly game to be enjoyed by silly people. It has a huge cult following, including myself, and when playing it you can understand why. Ever original, always fun and always on the brink of controversy, it is a game to be reckoned with for those of you less obsessed with great graphics and smooth gameplay. A raw, funny game.
Summary: Really, honestly funny