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Retro City Rampage is basically an 8-bit Grand Theft Auto, with tons of NES parodies, and lots of early 80s and 90s pop culture references.
Presentation in Retro City Rampage is everything, the game looks like an 8-bit classic, and draws form the collective pool from the 80s and 90s culture knowledge.
There’s a knock off Adam West Batman, the Saved By the Bell set, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Warp Pipes and more. I can go on all day, the screen pops with colour, the dialogue screams with inside jokes, and there’s more than two and a half hours of bit tunes to keep your head bobbing as you car jack fools, and get into grenade fights.
Layered in this is the story of us, a henchman for hire named Player, who then accidentally time travels to the future via Bill and Teds phone booth, we team with a doctor, rob the city blind to get back to our own year. Story missions, arcade challenges, and mini games populate the map, but tracking down specific shops you want to go into can be tiring due to a lack of helpful legend.
Game play is where things get rough in Retro City Rampage, you are simply running through the street, shooting police with the Ghostbusters Proton Pack, or catching a Super Mario warp tunnel. When you sit down and commit time to Retro City Rampage, that luster starts to wear off.
Player will make a joke about how boring it is to tail someone in a video game, but then you still have to do it. Mission objectives are spread out across the maps, so you’re just driving and driving gets old and annoying.
In three part fights with rocket launcher, packing gangs are never fun. That’s the weird thing, the atmosphere of Retro City Rampage is so tongue and cheek, but the mission structure wears you down. There were difficulty spikes where I saw my death toll increase with each fail, before I cursed and moved onto a different mission, or finally snuck by the challenge, and lots of these long drawn quests don’t feature a midway checkpoint, which sucks because story mode missions started off simply enough, with Player needing to gather the materials that he needs to send him back in time.
The controls in this game are great, guns can lock on or can be fired from a dual stick shooter stance, and giving cops the slip isn’t all that tough. If you dump the story stuff and run riot all over the world, whether it is in the story mode or the free roam mode - where you can play as unlocked characters - you won’t have to worry about the sixty plus missions driving you mad, but where is the fun in just blowing stuff up without any progression.
Retro City Rampage is an odd game, few titles pack this much character, humour and nostalgia in one package, but somewhere along the line, the missions are short to play and stand out above the rest. This game is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, WiiWare, Nintendo 3DS, OS X, PlayStation 4, Linus, MS-DOS. I rate this game 3.5 of 5.