While I can’t pinpoint the exact moment, it seems like there was a point in the last decade where developers figured out that they could just throw ragdoll physics into an open world and it would print money. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just funny to see titles take out realistic physics intentionally for the purpose of creating weird, whacky, and wholly unpredictable experiences.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service for PS4 takes this approach by tasking you with making a variety of deliveries across an open world with insane ragdoll physics and complicated controls ensuring it won’t be a smooth journey. Does hilarity ensue, or will you leave this package undelivered? Let’s find out.
I Don’t Care if The Contents are Fragile
With a name like Totally Reliable Delivery Service, you should know what you’re getting into. The game’s playful tone and style removes the need for much explanation. As such, you’re thrown into a large open world with several islands surrounding it (some of which are DLC), and told to start making deliveries.
The game can be played co-op locally with up to four players, or online as well. Deliveries are scattered around the open world in the form of postboxes with levers where you can pick up a package and start the timer.
Different types of deliveries and packages mix up the proceedings, but the ultimate goal is to get it (and yourself) to the destination in one piece. My time with the game was played locally with my fiance and Player 2, Christina. Given the exaggerated physics, she was overcome with laughter consistently and constantly as we struggled to make certain deliveries.
The most challenging, perhaps were the fragile ones, but other types presented their own issues. In particular, one delivery had us carrying a large metal tube that would pop open with too much abuse, resulting in it releasing pressurized gas and eventually exploding.
In another instance, a delivery asked me to take a block of ice to the destination, but every time I dropped it, the ice would slide across the landscape like it was covered in grease. When you do get your hands on something, the game’s controls use the triggers to grab things and lift your arms respectively. To grab something with both hands and lift it up, you’ll need to hit all four triggers at once.
In any other game, this would be insane to consider, but for Totally Reliable Delivery Service it’s most certainly intentional. This game wouldn’t be very interesting if the deliveries were smooth, the controls simple, the driving forgiving, and the movement responsive.
Speaking of movement, your character moves with heightened inertia, and a dive button offers a quick way to cover some distance, but you’ll usually land on your head and remain stunned for a time.
A typical delivery will almost always consist of reckless driving, yelling from all players involved, explosions, and more than a few bruised egos. Thankfully, there’s no rush to complete the game’s deliveries, of which there are over 100. The game’s open world has a lot of interactive elements and vehicles to mess around with.
It’s insane, but almost a guaranteed good time with the right group of people. It’s not going to keep you glued to it for hours, but if you find yourself at home with the family and you need a distraction from everything, Totally Reliable Delivery Service will offer some much-need laughs and probably just a smidge of frustration as you wrestle with the controls and physics.
Think Just Cause meets Death Stranding by way of Surgeon Simulator, and you’ll be on the right track.
Colorful and Whacky Customization
Totally Reliable Delivery Service has a colorful artstyle and a clean presentation that focuses on the gameplay. The customization is actually a nice surprise, with new options unlocked as you progress. Vehicles also become available at your home base (which you can warp to at any time from the menu).
It’s not long before you can make some absolutely ridiculous character designs with the customization options. Within about thirty minutes, Christina and I looked like we had fallen face first into Mad Max after taking a trip through Alice in Wonderland.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but it does manage to create a compelling sandbox experience that stays entertaining thanks to a wide range of deliveries for you to tackle on your journey through its crazy world.
Final Score: 7.0/10
A copy of Totally Reliable Delivery Service was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes.
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 4/1/2020