Hướng dẫn - Updated on January 3, 2023

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Now, few people can be surprised by the release of a provocative, rude, or saturated with black humor video game. Series Saints Row, Grand Theft Auto, Borderlands: all of them in one way or another contain scenes of physical violence, abound in humor, including below the belt and obscene language. Against the background of these projects, Conker`s Bad Fur Day, a platform game that was released on the Nintendo 64, stands out strongly. By the way, this is one of the few games on the console that received an “M” rating, that is, for an adult audience, which is carefully reported on the packaging itself. with the cartridge and on the start screen during startup. It would seem, what is it? Nightmare Creatures (which I wrote about earlier in Blogs, it’s still a spectacle), and DOOM 64, and several parts of Mortal Kombat came out on the console from “big N”. But unlike its counterparts in the rating, Conker`s BFD looks like another family project, in the spirit of Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64 or Donkey Kong 64. But this is only at first glance …

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Cartridge photo brazenly Googled to show the ESRB patch and disclaimer at the very beginning of the game.

But first, a little historical extract from Wikipedia. The game was developed by Rareware, which made the previously mentioned Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Battletoads and the relatively recent Sea of ​​Thieves. The development of the game began after the success of Super Mario 64, and initially it was supposed to be an ordinary 3D platform game with a cute protagonist. The game was later announced at E3 in 1997 and was called Conker`s Quest, where the protagonist was the squirrel Conker, who collected nuts, traveled through colorful locations, and did the usual things of ordinary characters from family platformers. But due to the oversaturation of the market with Mario clones and delays in development due to the huge number of ideas, the game was on the verge of closing. The situation was saved by Chris Seavor, who worked as an artist and offered to slightly change the concept of the upcoming game, making it much more attractive to a more adult audience. Thus, Conker`s Quest changed its name to Conker`s BFD, became much more daring and saw the light of day.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Although, it might shed some light on how Conker got to this point in his life.

And now to the point…

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Conker`s BFD talks about, in fact, Conker. A charming, charismatic, but at the same time greedy, cynical and selfish male squirrel, who, among other things, is not averse to drinking something stronger. And at the moment he bears the title of king of an unnamed cartoon world. But the story begins exactly a day ago. Our protagonist, as usual, hung out at a local bar. Like a decent squirrel, he calls his girlfriend, Berry, to warn that he will not be returning home soon, as some guys “going to war” need to be seen off. And so, when everything that burns has been drunk, Conker goes home. However, being not in the most sober mind, he finds himself in the morning no one knows where and with the wildest hangover.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

At the very beginning, it really sounds like an excuse. However, further we will understand that the “war” is very real.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

All problems are due to booze.

At the same time, the still acting Panther King is sitting in the castle, who is indignant that one leg is broken at the table on which the glass of milk should be, causing the glass to fall, causing the King to experience a strong sense of frustration. Immediately, the local court mad scientist was instructed to urgently fix the table and without the use of adhesive tape. Through ingenious calculations and deep knowledge of sopromat, a ferret scientist named Von Kriplespak finds out that the ideal solution, without the use of adhesive tape, would be to place a red squirrel in place of a broken leg.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

A little clarification on how context sensitive platforms work.

Conker, meanwhile, meets a scarecrow named Birdie, who is just as badass as he is. He teaches us how to use Context Sensitive Platforms, gets a bottle of beer from Squirrel and falls asleep. Conker banged Alkoseltzer, felt alive and went to look for his way home. From this moment on, the main plot moves slowly, diluted and supplemented by separate plot inserts for each level. Either we will meet the Queen Bee, who is saddened by the departure of the King to a sunflower with, well, very attractive forms, then we will be shown pitchforks that are being harassed by a paint brush and a can of paint, then a parody of Count Dracula, who turns out to be great-great-great-too -much-great-grandfather of Conker, then sea cats who can’t get close to the money safe because of the sea dog and many others. Thus, during the day, Conker needs to work on a local farm, deal with a huge and singing mountain of shit, contact the local mafia and finish off the leader of prehistoric people and much, much more.

In the end, the main plot ends with a bank robbery that Conker is tasked with by a local crime boss. Only it turns out to be a trap and the safe turns out to be some kind of space ship. This trap, oddly enough, was arranged by the King and his mad scientist. But even here it is not so simple. Somewhere behind the scenes, a scientist placed a xenomorph larva in the King, which kills him. Conker’s girlfriend is also killed, so that the situation takes a more dramatic turn. Now Conker will have to deal with the Alien alone. After several failed attempts to hurl the xenomorph into space, he attacks Conker. It would seem that the misfortune of the rodent ends here, but it seems not so. Suddenly for himself, Ryzhiy notices that the game has hung and complains about the testers who do their job dishonestly. (video) Then he turns directly to the developers of this game and asks first for some kind of weapon, and then for changing the background. And so, now, being in the throne room with a katana at the ready, Conker defeats the cosmic monster, after which he becomes the new king. He soon decides to ask the programmers to bring Berry back, but to no avail. It was then that the Ryzhy realized that he was not very happy to be a king. What is the use of the fact that you have all the money in the world, the throne and a glass of excellent milk, if there is no lady of the heart nearby? At the end, Conker delivers a monologue about appreciating what you already have instead of always wanting more, stating that the grass is always greener and the value of something is only truly felt after it has been lost.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

The game ends where it started – at the bar and with a glass.

Finished with the plot – now to the gameplay.

We play, as you might guess, for Conker, who travels to different parts of the cartoon world and helps its inhabitants. Of course, not for free. The money that we collect from different parts of the world and receive from different characters is essentially useless, except for a couple of moments. There is no in-game store to dress up the squirrel or buy some upgrades.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

The money will only be needed to buy a game manual from Birdie and get past the ferrets serving the Panther King. However, even after that, Conker manages to get the money back. After all, wads of money in this game are also alive and it’s much more pleasant for them to settle in Conker’s pockets. There is also a barrel that requires at least three thousand bucks to open the next chain of levels. In other words, money is used here to indicate progression in the plot. In addition to packs of money, among the items we pick up are anti-gravity chocolate ™, which replenishes health points, as well as squirrel tails, indicating the number of lives here. And in order to spend less money and chocolate, Conker is armed with a frying pan, which can be used to hit someone in the face. True, with one caveat: a frying pan is a non-lethal weapon, they can only knock down an ill-wisher in order to successfully give a tear. Already towards the end of the game, Red will change the frying pan first for a shotgun, and then for a couple of machine guns. Once they even let you shoot from a bazooka. But even here it is not so simple. After equipping a firearm, Conker’s controls change a bit and become a little less convenient, so the chances of getting hit in the face become much greater. In addition to moving on his own two, Ryzhik can soar on his tail like Tails, ride a hoverboard on lava lakes, and even drive a tank. The abundance of Idle animations gives the character liveliness. If you do not touch the gamepad for a long time, then the squirrel will find something to do: play with a yo-yo, drink soda, start juggling, or even get a gameboy and start playing, waiting for the player.

Also, the same Context-Sensitive Platforms are scattered throughout the levels, standing on which, Conker will either turn into an anvil to fall from a great height without taking damage, or get any throwable objects, followed by aimed fire at something or someone. Well, or, at worst, perform a different action, “depending on the context.” One of these is taking Confidence Pills, which allow the squirrel to swim (with one caveat – you have to swim in a lake with feces).

Joke minute.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Already at the very beginning, we are shown that Conker does not like this Nintendo of yours.

In terms of humor, personally, in my opinion, everything is fine. Despite the abundance of jokes below the waist, many of them are pretty good and diluted with visual jokes, buffoonery, or breaking the fourth wall. Yes, the game itself begins with Conker sawing the N64 logo in two. And in the process, we will meet a lot of comical situations and characters: the aforementioned Queen bee, annoyed that her unfortunate husband left her for a sunflower with huge breasts. A can of paint and a brush that constantly bully the pitchfork in the village barn. A Grim Reaper named Greg, who not only did not come out tall, but also had a passion for how he hates cats for their excessive, in his words, the number of lives. And he hates squirrels for the same reason. Especially Conker. The Redhead himself is often sharp on the tongue, mainly towards the player himself. For example, if you put the controller aside, the squirrel will first ask what the player is doing and notice that we can go blind from this. After some time, he will ask if the player is alive there. Further, at the entrance to the club, Red will remind the guard that he is de King. More precisely, it will become it, because it was so in the introductory video. Separately, it is worth mentioning references and parodies to popular films of those times: there are many of them. There is a homage to the Matrix, and one of the bosses resembles the Terminator, one of the levels completely parodies the film “Saving Private Ryan”, a screen saver that copies “A Clockwork Orange” frame by frame, and so on. Boss fights are especially funny in this game. You will have to fight with a haystack, which turns out to be a healthy robot, a huge pile of shit with an excellent singing voice, a prehistoric giant with not so much dignity, Count Batula, who is a distant relative of Conker and other entertaining personalities.

From dirt to Kings.  Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Conker’s first encounter with the Grim Reaper.

And finally, summarizing all of the above …

I would not recommend this game to anyone and everyone. After all, despite the more than excellent gameplay, local “specific” humor can scare someone away. In addition, there are some technical problems, starting with finding and configuring the emulator and ending with, at times, not the most convenient camera directly in the game. However, for owners of the original Xbox, Rareware released a remake back in 2005 called Conker: Live & Reloaded. It differs from the N64 version in slightly more advanced graphics, as well as some gameplay improvements, for example, the presence of a crosshair while aiming at someone or something.

Personally, during the passage, I was simply delighted with the humor, the gameplay, and the visuals in general. Therefore, if you are hungry for great old-school platformers, and also do not disdain below-the-belt jokes, then Conker`s Bad Fur Day is exactly what you need.

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