Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:17

REVIEW: Rogue Trooper Redux (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Be prepared if you were born prior to 1999, that Eiffel 65 song ‘I’m Blue’ will pop into your head upon starting the game for obvious reasons. Originally released as Rogue Trooper in 2006 on the PS2, Original Xbox and PC then 3 years after that to the WII. It’s now been release and remastered for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Rogue Trooper is set on the planet Nu Earth, but there's a problem, it’s caught in a gravitational force of two suns and one black hole. In the war millions had been killed and become so bad that even chemical and biological warfare was used. This meant venturing outside of the cities required protective suits for some. The blue guys have no need for these suits as they are able to survive without them for reasons you’ll find out from playing. Rogue is who you’ll play as and it's believed he's the last G.I. alive.

The gameplay really reminded me of the first time I had ever played the very first Halo game on the original Xbox console. It was a basic shooter, nothing over the top and had a chill vibe. In between gameplay there is a fair bit of cinematic cut scenes that told the story.

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Rogue Trooper is based off a comic series, and though I've never read any of the comics, the game itself was a great one to play. Moving around was easy, and the sense of which direction you had to go never had you getting lost. The shooting side of things was at times a bit, shall I say off, but dying in the game is just a matter of going back to your last checkpoint. There is a vast amount of weapons that you’ll use across the campaign, sniper rifles, shotguns along with a range of grenades just to name a few. Almost anything can be upgraded as long as you have enough salvage points and are at the level required to get any of the upgrades. While walking around you’ll sometimes see piles of trash, if you walk up to them you'll pick up a good amount of salvage points. Also, after killing an enemy they too will have salvage points to pick up and use for replenishing ammo or health as well as upgrades.

Playing online multiplayer is a possibility and there are three ways to do so. First is Find a Game, which finds a already made game with others around the world. Then the other two are much the same, create a public game or create a friends only game. There are only 5 multiplayer maps, these are glasshouse, ruins, ravine, valley and epicentre. Between those 5 maps there are only 2 map types, progressive and stronghold. Matches can be set to 5, 10 r 15 minutes long. You can even choose to have friendly fire on or off, the choice is yours. There's also a number of characters and weapons to play with.

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In past games for Rogue Trooper they’ve come in 8 bit and 16 bit forms,. The original back in 2006 on the Xbox and PS2 looked pretty pixelated in today's standards but visuals look far better now on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 hardware. I was impressed with the game's graphics, the characters all look clear and have nice textures, the same can be said for the environments. No matter if you're inside or outside, colours pop and lighting is fairly good for an older game however not everything looked perfect. Example of this is when walking up steep hills or normal walk ways the shapes of the ground weren’t all that smooth, but rather jagged in shape, but hey if that’s that only negitive thing I could bring up, you can’t complain. The HUD is nothing but a minimap that will show enemies and in which direction they are heading. You'll even find your health bar, ammo count and current weapons. As for game audio, it sounds okay, from character voices to gun fire along with some music here and there.

There is an extras area in the main menu where you can check out some cool things such as the Nu Earth Encyclopaedia that shows comic, art, info and other pretty neat things.

Most, if not all remastered games i've played on either Playstation 4 or Xbox One have been titles not that long ago released on 360 or PS3, so it’s good to see a remaster that wasn't released recently. The transformation from such old hardware to the newest is great to see. While it’s not cutting edge, it’s nothing to be picky about. The campaign had me hooked and enjoyed my many hours playing it and i'm sure others who pick this game you will aswell.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Steam, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: TickTock Games
  • Publisher: Rebellion
  • Genre: Action / Adventure