Every now and then there comes a game that takes players into a time warp. For the majority of gamers in their mid 20’s, Retro City Rampage gives us all something to reminisce about and reflect on our childhood. From the various pop-culture references of the 80’s and 90’s this is truly a fun and interesting experience. The game itself was developed by the retro love child Brian Provinciano and a small dev team consisting of pixel animators and chiptune composers. RCP originally was meant to be a re-envisioned version of Grand Theft Auto 3 on the Nintendo console. While the game has become something entirely new with a mash of goofy and zany characters Retro City Rampage is definitely a great way to bring in the new year on the Xbox 360 Marketplace. The game has been available for the PC, PS3, and PS Vita for sometime now and seems to have finally made its way to the green machine.
Taking the DeLorean out for a Spin
The game starts off as players oddly enough assume the role of… Player. The character is a henchman who works for the Jester crime mob and quickly becomes tangled up with a crazed Dr. who needs to fix his Time-Machine. Meeting more whack jobs along the way as the player progresses through out the game keeping players wanting to see whats around the corner. The story is for the most part non-essential part of the game as the true story here is well, the gameplay.
The Gameplay stacks up to be one of the best arcade titles on this side of the universe. RCP plays like your typical open-world game with a 8-bit twist of course. Controls are simple and easy to understand, allowing players to achieve score multipliers with ease. With the ability to high-jack cars, shoot with dual analog sticks to a more traditional point and shoot gameplay. One interesting gameplay feature see’s your character taking cover while in a shoot out, which works extremely well. A page is even taken from the book of Mario, with a jump and stomp ability. On top of this madness the world is filled with tons upon tons of guns, power-ups, hidden items and more!
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Like stated earlier, the missions are all unique and have a fresh taste of gameplay. While the player engages in 50+ various missions throughout the game. Each mission is unique by changing up the gameplay to parody other games such as Paperboy, Zelda and more! Some missions offer the stealth approach and others will require an all out blood bath. Each mission feels unique and fresh and rarely has you doing the same thing twice. For instance, a mission sees you pummel and throw bodies into a river to create a human bridge.
The graphics and sound is what really drives this game home. Fantastic sprites fill the world, while not in full detail, it truly grasps the 8-bit age. Animation is a love affair of pixels, its like eating Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich all over again. The graphics pay homage to the retro days of gaming and see’s a bright color palette for the pixels on the screen. Even then there are filters in the game that can be used to emulate different systems and the classic look of a PC. The game includes over 2 and a half hours of that classic 8-bit chip tune sound, which was created just for this game.
An explosive art of Pixels
While Retro City Rampage might not stack up well against retail box games. As an arcade title this game is worth spending your quarters on. With tons of unlockables, cheat codes hidden throughout the city and mini games by the dozen. It seems that the game that took for ever to make was well worth the wait. An accomplishment for being a video game developed almost entirely by one individual. Yet again this may not float everyone’s boat, with only the true retro fans at heart being able to truly adore the title. Whether you travel via the DeLorean or Bill and Ted’s time machine get ready for an excellent adventure.