Thursday, 9 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Rambo (Arcade)

Rambo was released by SEGA in 2008. Rambo himself is no stranger tpo the world of video games, having had games across multiple formats since the 1980s, after the release of First Blood Part 2.

The game itself is an on rails light gun shooter, without cover, that can be played either solo or co-op. Player 1 is Rambo, Player 2 is Trautman. The game starts off recapping the events of Rambo III and flashes back to First Blood Part 2. SEGA wisely left out levels based around shooting cops. The enemies come in large numbers and they all have little circles above their heads that fill up red and then they attack, these vary in speed and gets the player thinking a little tactically in terms of prioritising targets. 

Boss fights are usually quick time events where the player must shoot a certain target within the allotted time. Missing or otherwise failing to shoot within the time limit results in the player losing a life. Lose 3 and it's game over. 

One of the good things about the game is that when the player scores enough headshots or special kill types. They'll fill up the rage meter. Once the rage meter is filled, the player can push a button on the light gun that activates Rage Mode, which grants the player limited invulnerability from attack, gives the player a faster firing and better damaging gun and better yet, unlimited ammo, giving the player a real taste of what it's like to be Rambo, at least for 30 seconds.

Cutscenes for the game are either actual clips from the movie, or pre-rendered cutscenes based on scenes from the movie.

Yes, that IS 1990s SEGA Mascot Segata Sanshiro promoting the game in Japan. He also played Kamen Rider Ichigo. But anyway, the game itself is that fun kind of brutal, stupid and mind numbing violence. It IS the closest thing to playing a video game based on the movies themselves, with huge magazines, the idea of spraying bullets everywhere to cut down swathes of Russian and Vietnamese soldiers. The rage mode when you kill enough, as well. If you ever find this game in an arcade near you, put a some credits in and have a blast. In all honesty, it's much better than the recent PS3 game.

Highway Entertainment recently put up a full playthrough of the game, which can be seen here