My first thought of the game when it was announced back in August 2013 was something that looked to be a good film/game tie-in and has some really good potential. Enough for me to pre-order what appeared to me at the time to being a good game.
Later that same year there was a production video of the game and there were things that they made different, but still looked to be a good game to get. As the title and the film’s reputation for being filled with action and what most games should think about when making a first person shooter more theatrical.
This was somewhat jaded thinking when the game came out and I was excited to see what the end result was from a highly respected franchise and good game developers (Reef entertainment the same company that made Dead island). But when I started playing Rambo it seemed that most if not all the elements of gameplay was like a rail shooter with the aim recital feeling like you’re playing more of a virtual target shooting range game with quick-time events.
I did find added frustration with the game as you could get easily mowed down by a large number of enemies who will kill you in less hits than it takes for you to kill them. Making the look at the continue screen with Colonel Trautman saying “It’s over Jonny!” or “Jonny” most of the time making me scream on cast “NOTHING IS OVER! NOTHING” as I tried to pass one section of the game. Bear in mind that you have five continues before having do the level all over again, making the player think on when to use the wrath ability.
This is the only way the player can get their health back and it makes the game look silly as the screen goes in fire mode and something that made me think that Rambo gained the human torch power and just said “Flame on”.
Aside from the main campaign there are unlocks for in-game weapons in Trautman’s Challenges that look good and easy to do and gives the player something of a replay value. There is also an in-game level system enabling the player to unlock more goodies to assist you through the main campaign.
The look of the game is stunning for what the game is and tells the story and transitions through the films. From Rambo: First blood Part One to Rambo three leaving out the fourth instalment of the franchise in an abridged form.
But there is something that baffled me with their voices of the game as on the box it says to have the voice of Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) and Col.Trautman (played by Richard Crenna), but after hearing them talk in-game, it made me realise that the game’s developers just took the dialogue from the film.