Conker: Live & Reloaded (2005)

by Christopher
6 minutes read


Conker: Live & Reloaded combines the humor and adventure of Conker’s Bad Fur Day with an innovative Xbox Live-enabled multiplayer experience, making it a standout title for the Xbox. It showcases the best of Conker’s world, from its comedic undertones to its engaging gameplay.


Conker: Live & Reloaded marks the return of gaming’s most notorious squirrel, Conker, in an action-packed, team-based shooter for the Xbox, enhanced with Xbox Live capabilities.


“Conker: Live & Reloaded” is a platform video game developed by Rare and exclusively released for the Xbox in June 2005. The single-player mode is a remaster of the 2001 game “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” for the Nintendo 64. However, it includes a new multiplayer mode using Xbox Live that is different from the Nintendo 64 version.

The plot of the single-player mode is identical to “Conker’s Bad Fur Day”. The game begins with Conker, the protagonist, suffering from a hangover. He gets lost and must find his way back home. The game involves weasels, plenty of alcohol, a panther, a grim reaper with a high pitched voice and, perhaps fittingly, a giant talking poo. The first taste newcomers get of Conker is controlling the inebriated squirrel through a training mission.

The multiplayer mode in “Live & Reloaded” uses the same third-person perspective as the single-player game. Multiplayer consists of different game modes such as Capture the Flag or the standard Deathmatch modes. The player may participate as a member of the SHC or the Tediz.

The game introduces the concept of “classes” which significantly affect play style. Each class has its own special equipment, special abilities, and physical capabilities. Each class is designed for a distinct purpose, and more often than not, the class a player chooses will determine that player’s fighting strategy. Each class is designed to have advantages against certain classes while being vulnerable to others. For example, the Thermophile’s flamethrower inflicts extreme damage on Sneekers and Long Rangers, who have less health, but is somewhat useless against the high-vitality Demolisher. Each class comes equipped with a primary weapon with unlimited ammunition (although reloading of the weapon is still required), a limited stock of grenades, and at least one special ability.

“Conker: Live & Reloaded” is a unique blend of platforming and third-person shooting, with a humorous and irreverent storyline. It offers a rich single-player experience with a memorable plot, as well as a robust multiplayer mode with a variety of classes and game modes. Whether you’re guiding Conker through his misadventures or battling it out in the multiplayer arena, “Conker: Live & Reloaded” offers a gaming experience that is both engaging and entertaining.


Besides Conker, the game introduces a cast of characters unique to the multiplayer aspect, including six combat specialist roles players can assume. Each character brings unique abilities and weapons to the table, enriching the team-based gameplay.


Conker: Live & Reloaded features dynamic gameplay, with the multiplayer mode offering a selection of missions across different time periods. The single-player mode, a remaster of Conker’s Bad Fur Day, combines platforming, puzzle-solving, and action-packed sequences, all rendered with improved graphics and audio.


Conker: Live & Reloaded stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of the Conker series, offering both a nostalgic trip with the remake of Conker’s Bad Fur Day and a fresh multiplayer experience. While not without its flaws, the game’s innovative blend of humor, action, and team-based gameplay secures its place in the pantheon of memorable Xbox titles.

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