Rambo: the Video Game is a 2014 video game based on the Rambo franchise and released on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It was developed by Teyon and published by Reef Entertainment.
The game follows the first three films: First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part 2, and Rambo 3.
Players control John Rambo and use various weapons for combat. Terrain can be destroyed with explosives, and Rambo can use Wrath to slow down time and recover health. Overall gameplay is in the form of a rail shooter with occasional quick-time events.
Why it Sucks
- The graphics are terrible.
- The rail shooting gameplay was considered a major letdown when it could have been a first-person shooter or open world exploration.
- Most of the game's dialogue are poor-quality audio bytes taken straight from the movies. And some are reused over and over again, especially in the final mission where you'll hear a guy yelling "Come on comrades! He's man not a God!" roughly every 7 seconds.
- The game's aiming is inaccurate, making firing at enemies difficult.
- Despite the game's original music being composed by a Teyon staff (Jakub Gawlina) in the credits, the game heavily recycled the Jerry Goldsmith score that keeps repeating throughout the game, especially on the First Blood Part II Chapter.
- There is little difference with the main and secondary guns used in the game, with the only major difference being that some guns have more ammo than others.
- Quick time events are used heavily throughout the game.
- The game often crashes/freezes, ruining the progress of the game.
- The game offers just over two hours worth of overall content, but unfair difficulty on the last level stretches out the experience.
- The game makes a seriously poor attempt at adapting the first film's story; notably, Rambo can kill any cop that attacks him despite the fact that he only accidentally killed one cop (Art Galt) in the movie. The game encourages players to shoot their guns off their hands or their legs (killing them results in a score penalty), which doesn't really matter in the long run.
- Most of the characters don't look the same as the ones in the movie, with Rambo himself looking the worst.
- Rambo looks like he has sausage links for arms.
- The reloading minigame is terrible and can be easily exploited.
- Wrath mode is poorly implimented. It's a poor man's version of Sega's Rambo Arcade's Rage Ability.
- The perks system is horrible because some perks don't work in some levels.
- The enemy AI is dumb. (Final mission in an exception)
- Every enemy is thrown at you in the last level, making it unbelievably hard for no reason and creating a massive difficulty spike out of nowhere.
- And finally, to rub salt into the wound, the game is, unfortunately, not a console port of a similar (but better received) light gun arcade game by Sega in 2008.
GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 40.00% and 28/100, the PC version 32.93% and 34/100, and the PlayStation 3 version 22.50% and 23/100.
Angry Joe gave it a 2 out of 10 and stated the only reason it wasn't lower was because of how he laughed at how bad it was.