Conker's Bad Fur Day was developed as a swansong for the Nintendo 64 console by the ultra talented Rare Ltd in 2001. It was a masterpiece - original, unique, fun and shockingly vulgar. Despite being commercially unsuccessful, it was one of the funniest and most creative video games ever made and has deservedly developed a cult following. The used cartridges for this game are commonly seen on online marketplaces selling for between $200-$300.
The story begins with the loveable Conker the squirrel who attempts to make his way home to his girlfriend, Berri, after a night of hard drinking with his friends.
This leads into a fun third person platforming game where players guide Conker through increasingly absurd encounters such as confronting a giant opera singing pile of poo, helping the weasel mafia rob a bank or clearing a nightclub level by drinking lots of beer and peeing on the club patrons in order to complete the mission. Yes, it did earn a 'mature' rating on box but because of its cutesy front cover, a lot of parents bought this for their kids, this author included!
The music was memorable, the voice-overs were well acted and the dialogue was superbly witty, funny and foul mouthed at the same time. By this point, Rare had a large amount of development experience honed from designing Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64 - which meant that Conker was also a well designed and fun platforming adventure game. It was well paced with so many unique points that there was hardly any point in the game that didnt feel fun and enjoyable.
The mission's were varied and parodied many popular movies at the time such as The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan ("Saving Private Rodent" in the game!) and Alien.
What a wonderful addition to gaming history, this game deserves recognition for being one of the greatest 3D platform video game that was ever made. If you ever wanted to begin a retro video game collection, we could not recommend this superb creation any more. It is indeed a 'rare' classic.
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