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POSTED 16/11/14


RETRO CITY RAMPAGE: DX

Vblank Entertainment



Strange things are afoot at the circle button, dude...

Now that GTA is all slick and real and stuff, some of us miss its early days of overhead views and low-res chaos. We suspect that Mr Brian Provinciano, the rather clever creator of Retro City Rampage, plops into that camp.

More than just a love letter to one game, RCR:DX swears (sometimes literally) its unrequited love to all things 1980s to mid-’90s. We’re surprised that the too-limited, now sold out (not that we’re bummed, oh no...) retail PS4 version didn’t come wrapped in legwarmers. Think of an ace movie from back then and it’s likely referenced, obviously or obscurely. TV stuff? Yeah. Games stuff? Oh yeah! Music? Hell, you can buy a Devo energy dome for your character!

Your character is simply Player, although he looks suspiciously like Andrew Dice Clay. He’s a low-life hood who bogusly hijacks a certain duo’s time-traveling phone box and ends up somewhere in the 2000s. He subsequenlty convinces a certain wild-haired Doc that he’s some kind of hero, and they collaborate to repair the broken telephone booth they’re standing outside of, possibly with money in their hands.

Speaking of moolah, you earn it by taking on assignments and by running over or crashing into most anything that moves in the totally awesome open world that is Theftropolis. You can try this on foot, but it usually works better from within one of several vehicles.

“Yeah, but what’s the DX?” It basically means that most everything from the original mix of the game has been remixed. Stuff’s been tightened, stuff’s been simplified, stuff’s been toughened, stuff’s been bolstered. It’s basically bigger, harder, faster more and, of course, greed is good!

8-bitty because it bloody well should be, and chockfull of chipper chiptunes, RCR:DX is bodaciously cheesy homage at its most excellent. Dude.

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