I love a variety of video games, ranging from the open-world “do-what-you-want-to-do” of Grand Theft Auto, the sidescrolling action of Mega Man, and the humor of Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Brutal Legend. What I also love is the recent trend of new games with the retro, old school, 8-bit graphical imagery such as the recent Mega Man titles (9 & 10), Tempura of the Dead, and Fez. From all of that, it seems that Retro City Rampage — an upcoming downloadable action-adventure video game for WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Windows — is right up my alley, plus it’s a parody of retro games and pop culture, including the popular Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series.
In Retro City Rampage, which began as a homebrew project back in 2002 by game programmer Brian Provinciano after creating his own Nintendo Entertainment System devkit, gamers play the role of a henchman of Jester, a major crime syndicate. The game is obviously inspired by Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto games, since you can complete a variety of missions within an enormous open city to explore. The game contains approximately 50 story missions and 30 challenge levels, and the gameplay elements shared with GTA, including: a wide assortment of weapons, numerous types of shops, vehicle hijacking, and attracting attention of law enforcement via violence and destruction.
Retro City Rampage also serves as an homage to many 8-bit videogames through incorporating design elements and features classic games of varying genres. Although the game is primarily played from a top-down bird’s-eye perspective, certain parts of the game will alter the viewpoint to a two-dimensional perspective in the style of a 2D platformer. The game pays tribute to many retro titles through the course of the story, levels and character abilities, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Contra and Bionic Commando, just to name a few. Retro City Rampage is slated for release THIS SUMMER! I CAN’T WAIT!!