Tag: Rebellion

The lampshade

Rogue Warrior Screenshot

When I wrote a post about the Camp aesthetic in games a few years back, I suggested that one of the greatest areas of camp potential in games lay in violence. A commenter suggested I take a look at Rogue Warrior, a universally-panned game inexplicably starring Mickey Rourke as real-life SEAL team commander Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko. The game did not disappoint: Rogue Warrior is a great example, perhaps the best example, of a game that in its violent excess becomes unintentionally comic.

Sniper Elite V2 Review

Theater of War Crimes

Sniper Elite V2 Screenshot

HIGH The quarter-mile shot.

LOW Are those tank guns manned by psychics?

WTF And then the bullet plowed through his head, popping his eyeball before blasting off the back of his skull! (Repeat 100 times.)

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 77: What We’re Playing, Is Sniper Elite V2 too Violent?

In this episode we have a good old fashioned "What have you been playing?" Discussion. We then have a debate sparked by an email over Sniper Elite V2 and round it all out with some thumbs! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I have no witty nicknames" Collins.

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NeverDead: Failure in four bosses

NeverDead Screenshot

The only interesting thing about NeverDead is that it's not actually as bad as it seems after you've beaten it. I don't mean that NeverDead is secretly a good game. It truly stinks, mostly for boring reasons—awkward and mushy controls, inconsistent mechanics, stock characters, vapid story. However, NeverDead leaves an even worse impression than it deserves to, because its concluding bosses exhibit excruciatingly stupid design.

NeverDead Review

NeverPlay

NeverDead Screenshot

HIGH The few scattered moments when the basic mechanics show their promise.

LOW The final two bosses are simply insulting.

WTF Why sell out your unique premise less than 10 minutes into the game?

ShellShock 2: Blood Trails Review

Tragedy: Exploited!

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Screenshot

HIGH Finally a zombie game since Resident Evil 2 that acknowledges shooting them in the leg is a really good tactic.

LOW It's a Vietnam war game with absolutely nothing to say about the conflict other than: it happened.

WTF Okay, so you're turned into a zombie—I get putting on a gas mask and picking up two cleavers. Hey, who wouldn't? But how does that make you bulletproof?

Rogue Trooper – Second Opinion

It's entirely true that Rogue Trooper could be classified as a standard third-person military combat game, but it's also a perfect example of where flawless execution and intelligent design make the difference between something that's average, and something that should be recognized as noteworthy.

Sniper Elite – Review

Snipers have been celebrated and elevated in the ranks of videogame characters. Ever since Goldeneye introduced the scoped rifle to the scene, it's become de rigeur for every first-person shooter (FPS) to feature a sniper rifle, giving players the opportunities to live out their fantasies of long-range murder.