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Retro City Rampage

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

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 2 4.3
PS Vita 1 4.0
Wii Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 6 3.0
Xbox 360 3 3.7
Combined MobyScore 12 3.5


The Press Says

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100
PS VitaPocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Retro City Rampage est une vraie belle découverte sur PS Vita. De fait, le titre était disponible depuis plusieurs mois sur consoles de salon. Passé un peu inaperçu, nous trouvâmes dommage de ne pas parler d’un titre aussi riche sur consoles portables. Certes, il ne conviendra peut être pas à tout le monde. Votre neveu de 8 ans dira qu’il est moche, que le son lui a fait perdre un dixième de son audition, etc.. La bonne nouvelle, c’est que vous pourrez mettre à l’épreuve ses capacités sur la version de démonstration limitée aux 30 premières minutes de l’aventure. Ce n’est qu’une toute petite partie de ce qui vous attend. Alors, si vous avez souri quand le Chef Panou Panou a sorti son bazooka, n’hésitez pas une seconde et offrez-vous le jeu complet, vous ne le regretterez pas !
100
PlayStation 3Gaming Age
I played through the game on both PS3 and Vita, and couldn’t find a single difference worth delving into. Both games play admirably, and come with a full host of various visual skins that represent everything from a standard NES color palette to the green hue of a classic Gameboy. The attention to detail given here is admirable, and pretty unexpected, making Retro City Rampage a real treat for retro fans. If you have access to either platform, you’d do well to check out this downloadable title, it’s certainly worth the purchase.
100
PS VitaGaming Age
I played through the game on both PS3 and Vita, and couldn’t find a single difference worth delving into. Both games play admirably, and come with a full host of various visual skins that represent everything from a standard NES color palette to the green hue of a classic Gameboy. The attention to detail given here is admirable, and pretty unexpected, making Retro City Rampage a real treat for retro fans. If you have access to either platform, you’d do well to check out this downloadable title, it’s certainly worth the purchase.
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PS VitaGamer Limit
Although $15 for a ~30MB download may seem like a lot, provided that you can get down with retro games, this is one of the best ways you could ever spend it. Retro City Rampage is a labor of love, and one you will not want to miss.
90
PS VitaGame Revolution
Cheat codes, character skins, and mini-games make Retro City Rampage a compelling package, most notably on the PlayStation Vita, where neatly digestible gameplay loops allow for quick bites of arcade-y fun. Of course, buying on either PlayStation platform will net you both versions as part of Sony's cross-buy promotion. All of this is supported by my favorite game soundtrack in years, cementing Retro City Rampage as like, totally radical, dude.
90
PS VitaPush Square
Even if you managed to play the entirety of Retro City Rampage without understanding a single reference, you’ll still find plenty to like about the game. However, if you’ve grown up playing video games and watching cult movies, your enjoyment will be amplified. This is a difficult type of title to pull off, but Vblank Entertainment’s debut is the perfect parody.
90
PlayStation 3Push Square
Even if you managed to play the entirety of Retro City Rampage without understanding a single reference, you’ll still find plenty to like about the game. However, if you’ve grown up playing video games and watching cult movies, your enjoyment will be amplified. This is a difficult type of title to pull off, but Vblank Entertainment’s debut is the perfect parody.
89
WindowsGaming Nexus
Retro City Rampage works as an always funny parody of Grand Theft Auto and classic games. But it's much more than that. There's some devilishly clever content here, including a solid action game with consistently humorous writing. Not every joke lands, but the experience is so dense with ridiculous fun that it's impossible to imagine somebody not having a good time with Retro City Rampage!
84
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
I don't often admit to giggling in public, but Retro City Rampage had me giddy as a schoolgirl. I think it's safe to say that if the thought of 8-bit nostalgia appeals to you at all, this game will make you weep gigantic pixilated tears of bliss. Of course, it's also possible that those are actually tears of frustration. Either way, you should probably just man up and download this title. It's well worth the $15, even if you can't get past the tougher sections later in the game. Just try not to break any controllers, 'kay?
84
WindowsCheat Code Central
I don't often admit to giggling in public, but Retro City Rampage had me giddy as a schoolgirl. I think it's safe to say that if the thought of 8-bit nostalgia appeals to you at all, this game will make you weep gigantic pixilated tears of bliss. Of course, it's also possible that those are actually tears of frustration. Either way, you should probably just man up and download this title. It's well worth the $15, even if you can't get past the tougher sections later in the game. Just try not to break any controllers, 'kay?
84
PS VitaCheat Code Central
I don't often admit to giggling in public, but Retro City Rampage had me giddy as a schoolgirl. I think it's safe to say that if the thought of 8-bit nostalgia appeals to you at all, this game will make you weep gigantic pixilated tears of bliss. Of course, it's also possible that those are actually tears of frustration. Either way, you should probably just man up and download this title. It's well worth the $15, even if you can't get past the tougher sections later in the game. Just try not to break any controllers, 'kay?
80
Windows4Players.de
Retro City Rampage ist kein gutes Spiel. Es ist nett und unterhaltsam, aber gleichzeitig auch simpel, flach und hohl. Was es aber ist, ist eine verdammt gute Sammlung an Erinnerungen daran, was in den 80ern und 90ern irgendwie cool oder angesagt war, eine Liebeserklärung an die Ära der dicken Pixel und des Plastikpops. Die Unmengen an Anspielungen und Insiderwitzen sind kaum in Worte zu fassen, wer mit all dem Wahnsinn aufgewachsen ist, der hier an allen Ecken und Enden liebevoll durch den Kakao gezogen wird, kommt aus dem Gackern kaum heraus. Wer keinen Sinn für diese Ära hat, der kann und sollte die Finger von RCR lassen - das hier ist von einem Wahnsinnigen für viele Wahnsinnige gemacht, die sich die Passion Pixel teilen. Alleine mit den ganzen Grafikoptionen hier hatte ich mehr Spaß als mit der Gesamtheit von Resident Evil 6.
80
WiiNintendoWorldReport
A sharp, witty script, videogame and pop culture references galore, and a nostalgia-inducing soundtrack make Retro City Rampage a worthwhile endeavour for anyone looking to take a vacation to the 8-bit days of yore. Just don’t expect to permanently relocate to Theftropolis after your brief weekend visit.
80
WiiNintendo Life
Retro City Rampage is a unique offering on WiiWare, with an utterly chaotic sense of gameplay and storytelling that's as baffling as it is often brilliant. Occasionally the zany focus can slide a bit too far, with sections of the story or relentlessly difficulty levels that seem to be there to amuse the developer rather than gamers, showing it can be a thin line between parody, satire, and self-indulgence. That's a small gripe in the overall context, however, and what this represents is a stylish, bonkers and loving dedication to old-school gaming; essential for gaming veterans, and well worth consideration for those that want to know what all those old-timers are talking about when referring to the "good old days".
80
PlayStation 3Joystiq
Retro City Rampage is still worth playing for its simple, accessible gameplay and charming, lovingly crafted world that Provinciano created. It's the perfect game for gamers, an experience carefully executed to appeal directly to them. Seasoned players will enjoy it on a higher level, smiling at every sly wink and clever nod, but even the uninitiated should have a good time waging a one-man crime spree through Theftropolis.
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PS VitaJoystiq
Retro City Rampage is still worth playing for its simple, accessible gameplay and charming, lovingly crafted world that Provinciano created. It's the perfect game for gamers, an experience carefully executed to appeal directly to them. Seasoned players will enjoy it on a higher level, smiling at every sly wink and clever nod, but even the uninitiated should have a good time waging a one-man crime spree through Theftropolis.
80
PlayStation 3Hardcore Gamer Magazine
While the soundtrack doesn’t do much for me, I love everything else about Retro City Rampage. Dropping the price down to $7.50 per version, Cross-buy makes it a must-buy for anyone who owns a PS3 and either has a Vita or is looking to get one. The short mission structure works well either on the big or little screen, and it controls just about perfectly on either platform. Buying it on PC from the developers gets a DRM-free download and a Steam key, while buying from Steam gets a discount of $1.50. If you grew up in the ’90s, you’ll easily get $15 out of it just for the trip down memory lane. Younger players who like open-world games and have an appreciation for that time, even if it’s just for ironic purpose, will like it as well.
80
PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's an adventure built of other adventures, then, and its originality comes from the manner in which everything comes together. If you love old games - and old movies and all that other old jazz - there's a good chance you're going to love this, too. It has an ancient heart, shot full of bullets and criss-crossed with tyre treads.
80
WindowsCalm Down Tom
There’s certainly a lot of content crammed into RCR, not counting the cleverly hidden treasures. Some people may consider the price tag slightly high in view of the short story missions, and rightly so, but exploring every far reaching corner of RCR’s seething map is quite a challenge, one that I still have yet to do even after many hours of playtime. At heart, Retro City Rampage is a charming gesture to the games of our early lives, and for those who find joy in concentrated dosages of nostalgic freedom and destruction, this game will be worth picking up.
80
WindowsChip Power Play
Zum Glück verlässt sich Retro City Rampage nicht ausschließlich auf seinen koketten Parodie-Liebreiz. Es ist ein kompetentes Sprite-GTA mit Sandbox-Spielwelt und vielen Missionen, die meistens irgendwie an irgendeinen bestimmten Klassiker erinnern, aber auch für sich vergnüglich sind... meistens. Zum einen fängt die Steuerung das Gefühl der Vorlage nicht immer gut ein. Und der Schwierigkeitsgrad schlägt sporadisch arg heftig in Old-School-Schmerzregionen aus. Immerhin sorgen Challenges für kurze Abreagier-Zerstreuung jenseits der Story. Stilecht ist die Inszenierung mit Retro-Flair-Grafik und halsbrecherisch wirbelnden Chiptune-Rhythmen. Vor allem für Vertreter der Generation C64/NES ein wohliges (und preiswertes) Vergnügen. Auch wenn mich manche Mission angenervt hat, bin ich gerne wieder zu Retro City Rampage zurückgekehrt. Es hat Charme, Witz und die allseits begehrte „Mal was anderes“-Frische.
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PlayStation 3GameTrailers
For all its snark and irreverence, Retro City Rampage is pretty earnest in terms of what it’s all about: take a gander at all the rampage events and the dizzying array of display modes available, and it all becomes clear. If you have a soft spot in your heart for classic games and an appetite for open-world destruction, you’ll be able to overlook the knee-slappers and mechanical mishaps that occasionally mar this expansive pastiche.
75
WiiGamezGeneration
Alles in Allem ist Retro City Rampage eine gelungene Hommage an verschiedenste Klassiker der 8-Bit-Ära. Trotz absoluter Stilsicherheit in der optischen und akustischen Präsentation hat es jedoch seine Schwierigkeiten damit, Langzeitmotivation zu vermitteln. Und es stellt sich die Frage, ob man die Unfairness älterer Spiele wirklich kopieren muss, um deren Schwäche aufzuzeigen.
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Xbox 360Retro Spirit Games
Overall though, Retro City Rampage is enjoyable, frantic, amusing, often frustrating, but never less than a wonderful tribute to the 8-bit era. It has such a clear passion for its source material that you cannot help but be charmed and impressed by it. I am unsure how younger gamers, and those unfamiliar with the games and movies referenced, will react to Retro City Rampage, but I hope that it will spark an interest in the games parodied and inspire them to try the originals. Good games are timeless after all, and while Retro City Rampage can never achieve the dizzying heights of playability of the games it lovingly parodies, it is an outstanding tribute to those games and offers some great gameplay as well as some chuckles, and who could ask for more than that?
70
Windowsvideogamer.com
The best moments of Retro City Rampage come from a shared enjoyment of the past, such as when you realise you can stomp on the heads of pedestrians for bonus points or switch the game's colour filter to make it look more like a Mega Drive game. Here's a game that raises a glass to the past, and while Retro City Rampage is never as good as the strength of its references there's still plenty here for lovers of nostalgia to get involved in.
70
WindowsGameSpot
The ride's a little rough at times, but Retro City Rampage's blend of open-world action and 8-bit style is goofy, novel fun.
70
WindowsGameSpot
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. But all in all, Retro City Rampage is an enjoyable experience in which old meets new to create something both fresh and familiar.
70
Xbox 360Gamestyle
The effort that has gone into this game is clear from the start. This game was made by a very small team, and mostly by one man, so tip your hats to them. In terms of playability though, it is basic, and even tedious at points. But that is what it is trying for. Old games were repetitive, and painfully difficult, and RCR is just trying to replicate this. RCR is meant to be a trip down memory lane for the older generation. Those people who still dust off their Mega Drive collection for a go every now and then, knowing that they own better games and consoles these days. The term often used is ‘so bad, it’s good’. But the younger players will miss the references, and will probably see the game as terrible. This is a game where the age rating should definitely be taken into consideration.
70
PS VitaGame Informer Magazine
I loved Retro City Rampage at first. It seemed like a fast-paced and funny reminder of one of my favorite eras of gaming. As I dove deeper, I realized that better alternatives exist. If you want a healthy dose of NES nostalgia, the free Abobo’s Big Adventure is fantastic. If you want to re-experience GTA’s introduction of the open world genre, download the classics on PSN. Retro City Rampage is a noble effort and a labor of love, but the final product reminded me of my most frustrating gaming memories just as frequently as my fondest.
70
PlayStation 3GameSpot
The ride's a little rough at times, but Retro City Rampage's blend of open-world action and 8-bit style is goofy, novel fun.
70
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich hatte auf jeden Fall meinen Spaß mit Retro City Rampage, so viel ist klar. Die ganzen Anspielungen und Zitate aus einer vergangenen Ära wecken einfach schöne Erinnerungen. Zusätzlich steckt in einigen Dialogen eine Menge Witz, und anfangs kommt dem Spiel die GTA-Mechanik sehr zugute: Ich will alles erkunden, will neue Waffen finden und Chaos veranstalten. Wegen der nicht allzu großen Spielwelt ging dieses Gefühl bei mir aber bald verloren, und irgendwann macht es auch keinen Spaß mehr, wieder bis zum höchsten Fahndungslevel vor der Staatsgewalt zu flüchten. Trotzdem, meine Zeit in Theftropolis war super. Für den recht kleinen Preis kann man da schon mal zugreifen, besonders, wenn man in der 80ern und 90ern großgeworden ist.
67
WiiNintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK
Perhaps a trifle too authentic, but it's slick, fun and so full of 8-bit memories that it feels like watching someone flick through an old game magazine.
60
WindowsRetro Spirit Games
If this game brings more fans to the retro and indie gaming community then that's great. I am sure people will shout this game's praises until their throats are hoarse. I'm sad to say I won't be joining them. Sure, this is throwaway fun with some mild chuckles and nostalgia thrown in, but it's a fairly charmless and shallow experience that offers no original ideas, won't hold your attention for very long, and tries far too hard to be hip and cool with its onslaught of references.
60
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Reto City Rampage n'atteint pas tous ses objectifs. Son aspect parodique manque de finesse, se limitant à faire surgir brutalement un clin d'oeil sans chercher plus loin, mais repérer les innombrables références devient malgré tout un jeu dans le jeu et un hommage encyclopédique au jeu vidéo et à la culture geek. Son plus grand charme demeure sa réalisation qui le ferait passer pour un jeu d'époque aux yeux d'un expert. Dommage cependant que ses qualités ludiques ne suivent pas toujours. Retro City Rampage reste un moyen agréable de passer le temps en se remémorant les temps anciens, quand on était capable de tout pardonner, vu qu'on n'avait pas le choix.
60
Xbox 360Xboxygen
Retro City Rampage est la créature d’un savant fou. Un fou de jeu vidéo qui a assemblé les restes de cadavres de jeux vidéo pour en faire un monstre à l’apparence d’un GTA. Cette créature est loin d’être parfaite, le patchwork de son corps la rendant belle et moche à la fois, attirante et repoussante, facile d’accès et difficile à maîtriser, à dompter. Certains joueurs y verront un jeu merveilleux, qui saura les émouvoir, leur faire verser cette larme de nostalgie qu’ils croyaient à jamais tarie. D’autres n’y verront qu’un jeu moche, illisible, à la jouabilité imparfaite et aux références poussives. Quoi qu’il en soit Retro City Rampage ne laissera pas indifférent et peut sans crainte se vanter d’être le premier jeu/musée de l’histoire plus agréable à parcourir et à découvrir que réellement plaisant à jouer.
60
Xbox 360Metro.co.uk
Not an especially good game but as an interactive compendium of pop culture references it’s impossible not to be impressed.
60
WindowsAllAboutTheGames.co.uk
It's needless nitpicking, and the very feature alone probably outshines 75% of all the in-game references and jokes when it comes to retro nostalgia (along with the excellent chip-tune music). And that's really the crux of the game - one big warts'n'all snapshot of the 80s. Your enjoyment will almost entirely depend on whether you still think white suit jackets over pastel t-shirts is a good look, whether loading noises from game cassettes make you tingle inside, or whether unmarked VHS tapes recorded off the TV give you a vicarious thrill of discovery. If so, add an extra star or two to the score.
60
PS VitaJeuxvideo.com
Reto City Rampage n'atteint pas tous ses objectifs. Son aspect parodique manque de finesse, se limitant à faire surgir brutalement un clin d'oeil sans chercher plus loin, mais repérer les innombrables références devient malgré tout un jeu dans le jeu et un hommage encyclopédique au jeu vidéo et à la culture geek. Son plus grand charme demeure sa réalisation qui le ferait passer pour un jeu d'époque aux yeux d'un expert. Dommage cependant que ses qualités ludiques ne suivent pas toujours. Retro City Rampage reste un moyen agréable de passer le temps en se remémorant les temps anciens, quand on était capable de tout pardonner, vu qu'on n'avait pas le choix.
60
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Reto City Rampage n'atteint pas tous ses objectifs. Son aspect parodique manque de finesse, se limitant à faire surgir brutalement un clin d'oeil sans chercher plus loin, mais repérer les innombrables références devient malgré tout un jeu dans le jeu et un hommage encyclopédique au jeu vidéo et à la culture geek. Son plus grand charme demeure sa réalisation qui le ferait passer pour un jeu d'époque aux yeux d'un expert. Dommage cependant que ses qualités ludiques ne suivent pas toujours. Retro City Rampage reste un moyen agréable de passer le temps en se remémorant les temps anciens, quand on était capable de tout pardonner, vu qu'on n'avait pas le choix.
60
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Reto City Rampage n'atteint pas tous ses objectifs. Son aspect parodique manque de finesse, se limitant à faire surgir brutalement un clin d'oeil sans chercher plus loin, mais repérer les innombrables références devient malgré tout un jeu dans le jeu et un hommage encyclopédique au jeu vidéo et à la culture geek. Son plus grand charme demeure sa réalisation qui le ferait passer pour un jeu d'époque aux yeux d'un expert. Dommage cependant que ses qualités ludiques ne suivent pas toujours. Retro City Rampage reste un moyen agréable de passer le temps en se remémorant les temps anciens, quand on était capable de tout pardonner, vu qu'on n'avait pas le choix.
60
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Reto City Rampage n'atteint pas tous ses objectifs. Son aspect parodique manque de finesse, se limitant à faire surgir brutalement un clin d'oeil sans chercher plus loin, mais repérer les innombrables références devient malgré tout un jeu dans le jeu et un hommage encyclopédique au jeu vidéo et à la culture geek. Son plus grand charme demeure sa réalisation qui le ferait passer pour un jeu d'époque aux yeux d'un expert. Dommage cependant que ses qualités ludiques ne suivent pas toujours. Retro City Rampage reste un moyen agréable de passer le temps en se remémorant les temps anciens, quand on était capable de tout pardonner, vu qu'on n'avait pas le choix.
60
PS VitaG4 TV: X-Play
It's the clunky design that, in my book, fuels Retro City Rampage's undoing. This is a game that plays better on a design document than it does in reality. It is pretty much exactly what the trailers and previews have sold it as, for better and for worse. Props to Vblank for building exactly what it set out to from the beginning, but don't be fooled into thinking that hitting the target translates into a quality experience.
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PS VitaZTGameDomain
Retro City Rampage is frustrating because it feels like the development focus was on cramming in as much nostalgia as possible, rather than making a great game. The game is so intent on getting in as many references as possible that they stop being compelling, and without that hook, it’s just a generally competent game, but nothing special. It’s the friend who tries too hard – with some restraint and better balance it could have been really enjoyable, but instead it’s a throwback, modern, nostalgic game that doesn’t do any of those elements particularly well. Those who love nostalgia will find plenty of it, but others may want to stay away.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Retro City Rampage is frustrating because it feels like the development focus was on cramming in as much nostalgia as possible, rather than making a great game. The game is so intent on getting in as many references as possible that they stop being compelling, and without that hook, it’s just a generally competent game, but nothing special. It’s the friend who tries too hard – with some restraint and better balance it could have been really enjoyable, but instead it’s a throwback, modern, nostalgic game that doesn’t do any of those elements particularly well. Those who love nostalgia will find plenty of it, but others may want to stay away.
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PlayStation 3Games Radar
The flashes of good gameplay kept Retro City a fun destination despite the frustrations, and it was especially engrossing thanks to the search for secrets and minigames, including arcade titles based on similar indie hits Bit.Trip Runner and Super Meat Boy. The rampant nostalgia is incredibly endearing, and it’ll be very appreciated by lovers of that period in American pop culture. But games like Bit.Trip and Meat Boy are better than Retro City Rampage, and it's because they don’t just emulate classic games, they move past them. RCR instead submerges itself in an ocean of retro references, but forgets to come up for air often enough to make the game all that fun to play.
60
WindowsGamekult
Retro City Rampage s'adresse à toi, lecteur, qui as vécu ces matinées pyjama un pad NES dans la main, en attendant fébrilement le Club Dorothée et les Tortues Ninjas. Nourri aux références geek des trente dernières années, et en particulier de l'ère 8-bit, ce jeu indé tout en pixels accumule les clins d'oeil, les bons mots et les filtres graphiques, quitte à en faire parfois trop, mais toujours avec le même entrain et la même autodérision. Les nombreux défauts de conception, qu'il s'agisse du système de visée ou des missions étrangement calibrées, et une certaine forme de monotonie ne doivent pas faire oublier l'ambition de ce projet porté par un seul homme, qui aura réussi à nous emporter durant sept à huit heures dans son trip rétro. Même si le concept reste plus puissant que le résultat, on ressort satisfait de cette aventure faite de blips et de blops.
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PS VitaHonestGamers
Really, the number of different mechanics and minigames is impressive. I mean, they mostly ruin the experience, but the game was developed largely by one person. It’s actually kind of admirable. It’s just too bad that they don’t work. There’s fun to be had with Retro City Rampage. The game does an OK job of plucking at your nostalgia strings, though it might overwhelm them more often than not. The core gameplay is fine, but it’s buried under too much unnecessary gimmickry to make Retro City Rampage’s campaign, which is most of the game, something to easily recommend. If you’re in the mood for some nostalgia, Retro City Rampage is worth experiencing to a certain point. It just fails to stand on its own two feet.
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PS VitaIGN
There's plenty to like about Retro City Rampage from its nods to our childhoods to its easy to get behind gameplay to its arcade mini-games, but the story -- the main hook of the title -- just doesn't stand up. Player's quest is just an excuse to get to the next reference, the missions tend to be cheap, and checkpoints aren't forgiving.
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PlayStation 3IGN
There's plenty to like about Retro City Rampage from its nods to our childhoods to its easy to get behind gameplay to its arcade mini-games, but the story -- the main hook of the title -- just doesn't stand up. Player's quest is just an excuse to get to the next reference, the missions tend to be cheap, and checkpoints aren't forgiving.
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WindowsIGN
There's plenty to like about Retro City Rampage from its nods to our childhoods to its easy to get behind gameplay to its arcade mini-games, but the story -- the main hook of the title -- just doesn't stand up. Player's quest is just an excuse to get to the next reference, the missions tend to be cheap, and checkpoints aren't forgiving.
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WindowsGameSpy
As a celebration of everything that made the 1980s and '90s gaming scene memorable, Retro City Rampage is an excellent museum exhibit. Its levels are a playable history lesson, from levels inspired by Robotron: 2084 and Tapper to an extensive list of visual tweaks that can make the 8-bit graphics look like it's being played on a GameBoy, DOS, or anything in between. It's certainly a love letter to a past era. However, as a modern game it's not nearly as successful. There's a reason why a lot of the design ideas of yesteryear have gone by the wayside over the past couple of decades: Many of them weren't very good.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
At times Retro City Rampage is every bit as brilliant as many of us hoped it might be. When it successfully marries comedy and short-burst gameplay it’s an absolute blast. Theftropolis is a wonderous amalgam of humor and video game nostalgia, but, no matter what you’re doing, frustration and exasperation always seem to be gaining on you in the rear-view mirror. And ultimately that’s what makes Retro City Rampage so disappointing, because there are several disparate elements of it that are truly great, and only occasionally do they cross paths, revealing the game that could have been.