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Retro City Rampage Review

I've heard that there's been complaints about how we here at only talk about old games. I want to respond right now by saying that is completely untrue! Some of them just look like old games. Retro City Rampage is going to be one of those but does that mean you shouldn't play this game in the age of high definition, near photo-realistic graphics? Absolutely not. Retro City Rampage is the most fun I have had with a game this year because it is so much more than a technological cop out.

So where do I begin? As you've already read, Retro City Rampage looks like an old game, like something that could be on the 
Nintendo Entertainment System to be specific. It recreates the look of NES games that were known for being platformers, brawlers, sooters, platformers, puzzles and platformers but this isn't any of those - it's a sandbox.

That's right, you've probably played Grand Theft Auto or one of the many, many games which use its formula by now. You have an open world where you can steal cars, take missions & work your way up through the criminal underworld. That's what you do in Retro City Rampage, as well as shoot, brawl, solve puzzles and um platform. Okay, so it's all of those things I said it wasn't but that's part of what makes this gameso great.

Everything about this game is loaded with references to everything people loved about the NES era, the 1980s by extension and lots of other pop culture that came after as well. I don't want to give too many spoilers for those of you who want to play it for yourselves because you'll see or experience something that will appeal your nostalgia around every corner. For those of you who just have to know however, within just the first mission alone you will see references to Mega Man, Duck Hunt, Mortal Kombat, The Dark Knight, Frogger, Super Mario Brothers & Ninja Turtles and it doesn't stop there.

There are even audio cues referencing sound effects or music you may recognize but Retro City Rampage also has over two and a half hours of original music composed in the style of old NES games. It's all really catchy stuff too which is important because this game takes a good dozen hours to see through to completion.

Aside from the main story though, there are also lots of side mission, mini games, collectables, customization options, unlockable characters, free-play modes and more with which to keep you entertained well past what the cost of what $14.99 is worth. Retro City Rampage is available for download now on PC, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita and is coming soon for the Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii. Try the demo, you have to see this for yourselves.

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