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Retro City Rampage

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
72
4.3
Wii
72
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Xbox 360
64
3.7
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Description

Retro City Rampage is an open-world game inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series that combines driving with fighting and shooting in a retro 8-bit style. Originally started as a homebrew NES demake of Grand Theft Auto III, it was eventually developed into a full game. The game is set in eighties and the protagonist is a mullet-styled gangster who wreaks havoc in Theftropolis city. It draws many elements from the series it was inspired by, such as the ability to hijack any car, fight on foot with melee and ranged weapons, and shake off the law when too many crimes are committed.

The main story mode consists of a number of missions that involve heists, extortion, but for instance also helping out Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movies to help repair his time travel car. The game has a quirky style and hectic pace, and is filled to the brim references to popular culture, especially movies, celebrities and other games with many cameo appearances. Next to the main mission various side missions can be taken on or the city can be explored in full at the player's leisure. During certain parts 30 challenges can be triggered where an objective needs to be completed in a short time, such as driving around a tank or getting air time shooting a bazooka. These can later be replayed as arcade challenges from the main menu. In addition there is a free roaming mode with the maximum amount of money right from the start.

The protagonist, dubbed The Player, can fight with his fists and other melee weapons, or shoot a large variety of guns. There are about 25 in total. These are collected while playing or are bought in shops. There is also a cover system where it is possible to duck behind objects and fire quickly. Any car or bike of the 40 available can be taken over and pedestrians can be mowed down, leaving behind money. The gun targeting has a lock system where it is possible to strafe around an opponent without losing the target direction. Other options include the ability to jump, and pick up and throw objects, including pedestrians. Committing too many crimes raises a threat meter causing the police force to arrive in increasingly larger numbers. The main character can buy various customizations, play arcade games or gamble at the casino. There are five special, permanent power-ups such as "Speed 'Kills' Shoes" for faster speed that are discovered or bought throughout the game. Vehicles can be repainted at spray garages, but cops can also be shaken off by collecting cop cloaking devices that make them lose the trail. Health is replenished by collecting hearts or buying food at vending machines.

Screenshots

Retro City Rampage Windows Start of the game, looking at and ad to assist a criminal organization.
Retro City Rampage Windows An arcade challenge section during an escape.
Retro City Rampage Windows A platforming section
Retro City Rampage Windows Participating in one of the side missions.

Alternate Titles

  • "Grand Theftendo" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Cheat Code Central PS Vita Oct 05, 2012 4.2 out of 5 84
Joystiq PlayStation 3 Oct 12, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Spirit Games Xbox 360 Jan 19, 2013 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Retro Spirit Games Windows Oct 15, 2012 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Metro.co.uk Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2013 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 09, 2013 12 out of 20 60
Games Radar PlayStation 3 Oct 12, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Jan 09, 2013 12 out of 20 60
IGN PlayStation 3 Oct 15, 2012 5.3 out of 10 53
IGN PS Vita Oct 15, 2012 5.3 out of 10 53

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