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The game once known as Twelve Tales: Conker 64 has undergone several changes throughout its development cycle. Rare initially designed the game to be an adorable 3D platformer in the mold of Banjo-Kazooie. Then, in May 2000, the company revealed that the game had taken a decidedly different turn. The previously harmless game, renamed Conker's Bad Fur Day, would now carry a "Mature" rating by the ESRB.
The star of the show is a squirrel named Conker. He isn't your average, bushy-tailed mascot, though — he swears, defecates and raises hell in a big way. As its bloody, gore-filled opening scene indicates, the game attempts a South Park style of parody-based, gross-out humor. In it, Conker is thrown into the middle of a beach invasion inspired by Saving Private Ryan. As he runs, the bodies of his companions are torn to pieces by the enemy weaponry.
The game is rife with profanity, violence and other "politically incorrect" action. For example, one of the boss characters, a massive bronze statue, tries to crush Conker with his private parts. One of the crazier levels has Conker facing off against a trio of fire-breathing demons. How does Conker choose to take out the flaming baddies? He latches onto a keg of beer, drinks his fill, and stumbles in a drunken stupor to the lair of his enemies. At this point, he begins to urinate all over the offending devils, dousing the flames and allowing passage to the next level.
Despite its subject matter, the basic gameplay is modeled after the Banjo-Kazooie engine. Conker travels through a number of 3D worlds, taking the time to complete objectives and fight a number of enemies. The analog joystick controls his movement, while the buttons command different abilities. The A button makes Conker jump into the air, and the B button unleashes a frying pan attack. The camera can be centered on the squirrel by using the shoulder triggers.
Conker's Bad Fur Day supports the Rumble Pak for vibration feedback and Expansion Pak for high-resolution visuals. In addition, it offers a four-player deathmatch mode. ~ Bryan Melville, All Game Guide