Conclusion: Retro City Rampage allows you to take control of “Player” and experience the best parts of the 8-bit era like it never ended. It is an open-world title which parodies the most memorable video games, TV shows, pop culture and movies, and gives you all the control and diversity that the technology of the time just couldn’t give you.
Excerpt: Development on Retro City Rampage started decades before developer Brian Provinciano even consigned the first line of code to his computer. This seven-year production was born in the eighties and nurtured ever since, and while an indie game influenced by the era of chunky 8-bit graphics and chiptune soundtracks is about as rare these days as somebody complaining about Modern Warfare in a comments thread, Retro City Rampage binds itself together with enough nostalgic...
Excerpt: Retro City Rampage began life as a NES homebrew project with the intent to parody the casual, wanton brutality that defines the open-world game. Now that it’s finally seen release as a downloadable game, after many years in the making, it’s safe to say that it wears its inspiration on it sleeve.
Summary: Looking for Retro City? Just strap on your nostalgia goggles.
Pros: A plethora of genuine, uncynical references to the best of 80s & 90s gaming, TV, and movies. Comedic timing in dialogue, cutscenes, and gameplay is often spot-on. The game's "sprees" play like wonderfully violent, addictive Game & Watch mini-games. Dense, meticulously detailed world to explore and enjoy.
Cons: Many of the game's main missions prioritize nostalgia over smart design. The difficulty curve in the game's final acts is skewed high to the point of inevitable frustration. Somewhat clunky controls clash with demands for precision. The game's stronger missions share play time with a host of weak throwaway tasks.
Summary: Back in 1987, when the NES was at the peak of its reign, the video game world was not yet ready for the open-world urban crime adventure. But today, a quarter century later, Retro City Rampage lets you experience what the genre might have been like if it had been introduced on that now-primitive platform. In terms of its gameplay, it's often not quite faithful enough to the games of the era that inspired it, and in terms of its difficulty, it's sometimes too faithful.
Pros: Old-school graphics infuse a contemporary genre with new life, Colorful world is fun to explore and to cause trouble in, Packed with nostalgic 80s references, Good assortment of enjoyable side activities, Great visual customization options
Cons: Missions stumble when trying to evoke specific games, Unfair difficulty spikes, Somewhat stiff controls
Excerpt: I never had a NES. I never knew anyone with one, either. I'm not actually convinced they really existed, and that the adverts I'd occasionally see for Super Mario Bros 3 or Bart Vs the Space Mutants were actually fake. Those games looked incredible. There was no way those graphics were real. Especially not to my ZX Spectrum-owning senses. Advanced graphics simply meant no colour clash and almost recognisable characters.
Conclusion: Então este é Retro City Rampage, que como eu disse pode ser considerado a maior homenagem para a história dos videogames já feita por alguém, vale muito a pena perder algumas horas de seu dia se aventurando por um mundo de nostalgia e diversão oferecido por este jogo.