Rambo: The Video Game review – 'a ghastly game'

Rambo First Blood Part Two

Despite the violence, the original Rambo movie, First Blood, did make a half-decent fist of considering some of the attendant issues.

Admittedly, the central "war has consequences and they are unpleasant" motif was fairly simplistic but this has a positively statesmanlike air in comparison to Rambo the Game. An adaptation of the first three movies, this is perhaps the first time in gaming history where players will long for the glory days of really lazy first-person shooter film tie-ins. Instead, they'll suffer through a lightgun game, played sans lightgun.

Rambo moves on a predetermined path, control limited to a half-hearted dodge and an unresponsive aiming reticule. Not that aiming seems to matter, given enemies sport varying degrees of immortality. Some take several headshots without blinking; others die with a shot to the shoulder (but registering it as a headshot).

There's at least solid voice acting and plentiful unlockable material, but the latter unfortunately necessitates actually playing the ghastly game. Clearly, more was spent on acquiring the licence than on doing anything with it.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Matt Kamen, for The Observer on Sunday 16th March 2014 00.05 Europe/London

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