Excerpt: Retro City Rampage is a game that started life as a homebrew project that went under the title of Grand Theftendo, and was actually initially intended to be an 8-bit version of Grand Theft Auto III, before it turned into the game we know today. Being that its genesis was way back in 2002, this is a game that has altered over time, and the development time has been a long and drawn out one.
Summary: Homage is important. It's admiration paid through exclusivity and I enjoy it. However, I'd respect it a lot more if it involved something greater than "hey! here's this reference!" Without it, RCR feels like nothing more than the videogame equivalent of a novelty t-shirt, which has as much lasting power as an comedian-centered show on Comedy Central.
Pros: Insurmountable pop knowledge, Brilliant 8 bit landscape
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...
Review: Retro City Rampage brings its incredible vintage-flavored gameplay to XBLA
5 January 2013
Excerpt: Retro City Rampage has been wreaking havoc across a number of platforms for a few months. Up until just recently, however, the game wasn’t available for Xbox 360 users to enjoy. Well, after being fashionably late, developer Brian Provinciano’s 8-bit-influenced crime adventure is now on Xbox Live Arcade, and it’s just as enjoyable there as it’s been on other platforms for the past several months.
Excerpt: Retro City Rampage wastes little time attempting to dictate its manic pace and tone. As the role of Player, a thug on the fast path to super villainy, the game begins with an elaborate restaging of The Dark Knight ‘s iconic bank heist, complete with henchmen on zip-lines, school bus getaways and a clever homage to Frogger . The sequence deftly weaves bits of comedy, story and gameplay together, creating a high precedent that’s rarely matched the rest of the way.
Excerpt: Back at E3, Retro City Rampage was my personal game of the show. I was so captivated by the endearing NES influence and the charming 8-bit mayhem that developer VBlank Entertainment offered that all I wanted was for the game to finally launch so I could play it in its entirety. Now that creator Brian Provinciano has finally released the game, it’s evident that Retro City Rampage is not just a love letter to NES games from the ‘80s – it is a NES game, and a damn great...
Excerpt: It’s fun to revisit the past, whether it’s by watching an old film or replaying a game from your childhood. There have been many recent indie games that indulge in deep tributes to the past, but developer VBlank has broken the mold when it comes to retro love in its newest game. Retro City Rampage effectively wraps aging gamers in the warm embrace of the familiar, but those old school mechanics come packaged with painfully retro design as well.
Pros: A virtual museum of the 1980s, 8-bit, pixelated graphics rendered with care, Clever, surprisingly biting script
Cons: Poor mechanics are still bad even when you joke about them, “Classic” gameplay often just out of date, Getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume of nostalgia
Excerpt: 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
Conclusion: Unfortunately, as alluring as the city is, getting around Theftropolis isn't always enjoyable. Player moves sluggishly until he gets a bit of momentum going, and although all the vehicles around you are yours for the taking, many of them are too slow to be much fun to drive. Still, there are some speedy little numbers to cruise around in.
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.