|Rambo: The Video Game|
February 21, 2014
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Rambo: The Video Game is a rail shooter video game developed by Teyon and published by Reef Entertainment. The player takes control of John Rambo and follows the plot of the original three Rambo movies, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III. It was realeased on Febuary 21st, 2014.
The game will follow Rambo's journey through an assortment of iconic sequences of the three movies. Primary gameplay focuses include shoot-outs, stealth kills, demolition, and knife-play. Gameplay mechanics such as destructible terrain, cover-based shooting, and rag-doll physics have been confirmed.
Many weapons seen in the game were the same ones used in the film, such as the MAC-10, Colt M1911A1, Remington 870, survival knives, Compound bow and Explosive Arrows, M60, MP5, AKM, PKM and M16A1; however other weapons such as the Desert Eagle, FN 249 and M16A1 that were not in the films.
Reef Entertainment acquired video game development and publishing rights in August 2011 to the Rambo film series from the rights holder StudioCanal. As of August 2011, the three Rambo series films had grossed over $600 million USD. The publisher said the purchase was fueled by the 2008 Rambo's success and by the scheduled release of the action film Expendables 2, starring Sylvester Stallone. They stated that they plan to use the rights as a launching pad for the company. In August 2011 the publisher said a Rambo game would be released at retail in 2012 and would be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Jeffrey Matulef of Eurogamer said on October 5, 2012, that he did not believe the game would see release before the end of the year. That same month Reef Entertainment said it would be out "soon". Reef Entertainment's commercial director Craig Lewis describes the game as allowing players to "get under the skin of Rambo and wield his iconic weapon-set in battle." Reef Entertainment released three screenshots from the game. The developer used the actors from the film series to provide voices in the game for both John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, and Col. Trautman, played by Richard Crenna. The developer did not actually hire the two actors to provide voice work (Crenna died in 2003) or get replacements but instead they have contacted the owner of the film series, STUDIOCANAL, and acquired copies of the original voice tapes for the series and used them for the game.
Rambo: The Video Game received negative reviews. Aggregate review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 46.67% and 32/100. and the PC version 34.00% and 34/100 the PlayStation 3 version 24.00% and 24/100. Game critic Joe Vargas of the "Angry Joe Show" made a scathing review, giving the game a score of 2/10 (claiming it only escaped being scored lower by making him laugh at how bad it was) and criticizing almost everything about the game, from horrible graphics and character models, the lazy attempts at "Stealth" game play, the use of the audio from the movie, reusing the same music repeatedly in the same level, and how the game is too easy, except for the final level. His biggest criticism, fell to the how the game is overpriced ($40 at launch on PC and Console.) and too short (2 hours worth of overall content, but final level artificially extends length through unfair difficulty) As well as this, he points out how the trailer doesn't represent the type of game it really is.
Although many view the game to be inferior to the source material, fans of the series had a warmer reaction.
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|Films:||First Blood • Rambo II • Rambo III • Rambo IV • Rambo V|
|John Rambo on:||First Blood • First Blood Part II • Rambo III • Rambo IV • On-Screen Kills|
|Cast:||Sylvester Stallone • Richard Crenna|
|Video games:||Rambo • Rambo III • Rambo on Fire • Rambo: The Video Game|