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Reef Entertainment's upcoming Rambo is an odd beast. It embraces its over-the-topness, it embraces its seemingly poor reception amongst certain members of the gaming community and yet it trucks on like Microsoft in the face of all that criticism that was leveled against them when they first embraced DRM, just until the pre-order numbers smacked some sense into them.
Part of the charm of the new Rambo game is that even though we know that the game is on-rails, a lot of the video gives the impression that maybe it's not quite as on-rails as we all previously thought? Or maybe it is?
In the other video, we were mostly treated to a lot of on-rails gameplay in the minute-and-a-half video. Forgot what it looked like? Check it out in the video below.
The reality is that I don't know what to think of this game. In some way I actually, absolutely love the dedication Reef has taken to the thematic recreation of this classic franchise in the form of a visually stimulating game that at least pays tribute to one of cinema's most iconic (anti) heroes.
On the opposite side of the argument, the game is kind of terrible looking in a way. It looks like the controls and animations are kind of stiff and the AI doesn't seem all that attentive. However, if the game really is an on-rails shooter then it's not like AI is going to matter all that much.
Again, I'm torn because this could either be really terrible or terribly fun. In a way, I imagine a lot of long-time fans of Stallone's guns-and-muscle franchise may be inclined to pick this game up if it's cheap enough just to rekindle some nostalgic joy of playing through the action movies in a brand new way.
Then again, if Call of Duty can maintain its superior popularity and it's about a control string or two short of being a rail-shooter itself, I can't knock Reef for focusing the Rambo game on the same sort of concept and giving players plenty of shooting and explosions to round out the experience in equal manner to Call of Duty or a dozen other AAA, hand-holdy, linear, grey-and-brown, feces-colored shooters out there.
Rambo: The Video Game is set for release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the game's official website.