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Postal III

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Postal III Postal III (2011) follow the Postal Dude's failed 1-day career in video game development (Postal 2) and the ensuing "accidental" nuclear destruction of Paradise AZ (Apocalypse Weekend). We rejoin the Postal Dude and his psychotic pitbull Champas they emigrate to the ironically named town of Catharsis. Unfortunately, due to the Global Economic Meltdown, psychotic left-wing "Green" extremism and hypocritical right-wing Government corruption, life in Catharsis isn't much better.

The development of Postal III was started in 2006 when RWS (Running With Scissors) makes a deal with Akella to develop Postal III which begin in 2007. Later in 2008, the Great Recession occurs in most countries, including Russia (where Akella was founded). This has led to Postal III Beta team (known as A-Team) being fired which ultimately making the game development being transferred to Trashmasters (a subsidiary of Akella), working under as B-Team (who would also end up getting fired with the game development being frozen until 2010), later C-Team picked up and continued development which the team also later get fired, and finally, the development was picked up again by D-Team, polishing the title before releases, which they soon are also responsible for creating post-release patches.

It was due to this dysfunction that Postal III shifted both in style and design from what was originally envisioned by RWS. The free roaming element of missions were still in development around late 2008, before the decision was made to make the game linear outside Free Roam mode (as the Source Engine didn't support level streaming despite Valve at the time claiming it would, according to Akella).

Akella, facing bankruptcy at the time, sought to ship the game in a desperate attempt to make money, which ultimately didn't work out (see below).

By 2011, Postal III was released. It is critically slammed with a score of 24 on Metacritic, and with Mostly Negative review on Steam by many of the POSTAL fans, making it the worst ever game in the POSTAL franchises and the worst commercially released Source engine game ever made. The game is also riddled with bugs, glitches, broken achievements and crashes, with bad game mechanics and story. The last mentioned D-Team trying to patching the game by adding missing features, fixing some bugs and restoring some of the open-world elements under Free Roam mode, and later got fired shortly before Akella was shut down. RWS has retconned the game by removing the game on their store (except Steam) and with the release of Postal 2: Paradise Lost as an apology to the POSTAL fans. As of today, the game is currently very broken and suffered from many crashes, not only that, it's was officially unplayable and won't work (on Windows 8.1 and later) unless they installed the unofficial NoDRM patch (which removes the broken DRM and allow you to play the game).

In November 2022, this game has been delisted on Steam, due to unknown reasons but, according to developers and fans, this is possibly related to the DRM issues that existed more than 9 years ago which was broken by Windows 8.1, aswell the recent shutdown of the DRM website (ActControl).

Description from Steam page

Good or Insane? The choice is yours. Following the Apocalyptic end to the Postal Dude’s week in Paradise, we follow him and his insane pitbull Champ as they emigrate to its appropriately named sister city, Catharsis. Unfortunately, due to the Global Economic Meltdown, psychotic left-wing “Green” extremism and hypocritical Government corruption, it turns out Catharsis isn’t a much better place to live. What path will you choose when faced with the antics of a hypocritical scheming Mayor? A berserk cartoon mascot with Al Qaeda ties? A former Vice-President’s cadre of Eco-Zealots? How about Gay Segway “biker” gangs, and a sociopathic cult leader Uncle with nuclear ambitions? Will you give in to your base instincts and fight fire with gasoline? Or will you rise above it to become something more, to serve and protect your fellow citizens from the rampant insanity of our modern society? Key features:

  • Edgy, satirical Running With Scissors sense of humor
  • A world of twisted parody inspired by real people, events and philosophies
  • Large, detailed, interactive environments
  • Crazy POSTAL style Vehicle gameplay
  • NPC’s react to your behavior in a variety of surprising ways
  • Multiple story paths determined by your behavior
  • Celebrity characters: Super porn star Ron Jeremy, Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, Internationally hated film director Uwe Boll and Playboy Playmate Jennifer Walcott
  • Appearances by other popular Running With Scissors character franchises: Krotchy, Champ and the Postal Babes, who will fight along side you (or sometimes against you!)
  • Insane new gameplay including the Helper Monkey, Grenade Cats and the BadgerSaw
  • Kill Uwe Boll! (or save him!)


  • Main Files (.exe, dlls and bin folder)
  • Postal III Content (p3)
  • Postal III English (p3_english)
  • Postal III Russian (p3_russian)
  • Modified version of Source 2009 Source 2009 engine branch with NVIDIA PhysX


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