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I went into the R.I.P.D: The Game debut trailer blindly. I went in knowing it was a movie-game trailer but having zero clue as to what sort of game it would be or what platforms it was releasing on. Well, after watching the trailer, if it had been an iOS exclusive I think it could have been great.
Much to the detriment of the game, it's actually real and it's for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. This $9.99 cash-in is definitely cheaper and less bombastic than its equally bomb-worthy brethren, such as Battleship: The Game or Battle Los Angeles: The Game. However, the price doesn't really excuse that it looks pretty shoddy.
While the initial gameplay trailer may not appear that bad, you quickly begin to see how this was probably a much better idea in the boardroom meeting for a mobile or tablet game: for an inferior gaming platform the graphics aren't bad and the shoddy animations and poor weapon mechanics would actually be somewhat praiseworthy for an iPhone, iPad or Android game.
If we're comparing this to the likes of Dead Trigger or Desert Zombie, then yeah R.I.P.D: The Game holds up quite well. However, once you start comparing this game to other free-to-play or budget priced third-person shooters on real gaming platforms, then this movie-based game begins to fall apart quickly.
I mean, one look at R.I.P.D. as a PC title and you instantly question why you shouldn't just put more time into Warframe. One look at R.I.P.D. as a PS3 title, and you instantly question why you just don't pop in Uncharted 2 (which is about the same price at most used game outlets) and one look at R.I.P.D. as an Xbox 360 title and you're instantly reminded that a used copy of Gears of War 3 would probably be money well spent over this game based on a movie that most people project to bomb this summer.
In a way, it reminds me a lot of Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, except without the four-player co-op or the cringe-worthy dialogue (although, it's possible that R.I.P.D: The Game could have some moments of cringe-worthy dialogue).
Nevertheless, this game that would have fit in well with the cash-in culture of the mobile game space is aiming to try its hand at the core audience. I doubt this will go over well unless a bunch of little kids and CoD junkies on down-time decide they need digital filler fodder until Call of Duty: Ghost Dog arrives this fall, where they'll undoubtedly chow-down on gamer steroids and Mountain Dew and Doritos for that extra gamer fuel edge.
If you like what Universal is selling with R.I.P.D: The Game, you can look to pick up a copy for 800 MSP on the Xbox 360, or $9.99 on PC and PlayStation 3.
Universal is also proud that a lot of the elements from the film are translated into the game... including all the suck.