RoboCop: Rogue City (Xbox Series X)
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Given how far licensed games have come since Arkham Asylum, Teyon could have been more adventurous. The game's adherence to the structure and ideas of the original films also has some unfortunate ramifications. For example, the portrayal of Detroit PD as honest, hardworking blue-collar workers struggling against budget constraints sits a lot less comfortably in 2023, when we know US police budgets are vastly overinflated compared to other public sectors, and that issues like corruption and racism are endemic within policing in a way that has little to do with corporate ownership. Will RoboCop: Rogue City be on Xbox Series X|S? With the neo-noir shooter releasing soon, you might wonder where it will be available and if your preferred platform will be graced with its presence.
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It makes for a unique-feeling shooter - a game that can often feel very basic, tired, repetitive and old-hat, chiefly because it is all of these things - 100%. It's all very dated and has no real surprises up its sleeve; it's got weird uncanny valley NPCs, linear missions, a bunch of very run-of-the-mill guns and some of the worst grenades in the grenade business. If you don't care about RoboCop. If you are a fan though, there's something more here. There's immaculate recreations of some of the movie's most famous locations, lots of old characters make cameos, Peter Weller reprises his iconic role (enough to sell the most ardent fans) and the writing is absolutely on the money.By the time the credits rolled after my 20-hour playthrough, I was pleasantly captivated by RoboCop: Rogue City. Its well-written story kept me engaged, the investigation segments provided interesting and rewarding diversions, and the combat system was satisfying to indulge in. Not to mention, this game does a great job of representing RoboCop in videogame form with its faithful art direction, sound design, and gameplay ideas. RoboCop himself is also treading familiar ground, with what remains of Officer Alex Murphy still struggling with figuring out the line between man and machine within himself, this time with the help of a therapist. That’s the most compelling thematic thread, and it felt like it could’ve been interesting to explore. Unfortunately, it exists exclusively in dialogue options and cutscenes, with no ramifications in gameplay. That’s too bad, as it relegates us to being an observer in his introspective crises, rather than sharing in it. DEAD OR ALIVE, YOU'RE COMING WITH ME It’s so far, so faithful for Teyon’s adaptation then. However, where Rogue City can stumble slightly is in its presentation and mission design. Because as excellently rendered locations like downtown, the Detroit Police Department station and even a simple quarry can look, pulling me out of the experience was the extremely poor facial expressions and lip-synching of NPCs. This is less so the case for recognisable movie characters, true, but it really becomes an issue when the story heats up.
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RoboCop: Rogue City has no dedicated accessibility options menu. It does have subtitles, footstep noise reduction, and allows you to turn on/off target outlines.