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 an open world exploration game or, at the very least, a generic first-person shooter.
- Most of the game's dialogue are poor-quality audio bytes taken straight from the movies. The rest are new recordings also of low quality. Some audio clips are even reused over and over again, especially in the final mission where you'll hear a guy yelling "Come on comrades! He's a man, not a God!" every few seconds. This was done because Sylvester Stallone, who played Rambo in the movies, refused to do voice acting for this game.
- The game makes a seriously poor attempt at adapting the first film's story; notably, Rambo can kill any cop and national guard that attacks him despite the fact that he only accidentally killed one cop (Art Galt) in the movie (by contrast, Rambo did kill a lot of cops, civilians, and National Guardsmen in the original novel). 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 is extremely deformed, barely even resembles Sylvester Stallone (some fans noting him to look more like Al Pacino) and looks like he has a plastic hair wig that flows awkwardly in the wind, and sausage links for arms. He also has a large unnatural shine on his body.
- Teasle's face looks completely different from the movie he appeared in as well, to the point that he cannot be recognized as the same person in appearance. He appears to weigh less than he did in the movie due to his face being not as wide. Also, his eyebrows are always slanted and developers gave him a mustache for some reason. This model was recycled every time for the other police officers and the Russian soldiers later in the game.
- Co Bao's face makes her look like she was in an anime due to having plastic looking skin, comically oversized eyes, and fake looking hair.
- Despite the credits claiming to have a composer of original music (Jakub Gawlina), the game heavily recycles the Jerry Goldsmith score, which keeps repeating throughout the game, especially on the First Blood Part II chapter.
- The game's aiming is inaccurate, making firing at enemies difficult.
- 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. There is also a perk that automatically clears QTEs, making them even more pointless.
- The game often crashes/freezes, ruining your progress.
- The game offers just over two hours worth of overall content, but unfair difficulty on the last level stretches out the experience.
- Despite featuring a cover system, your cover can be destroyed by enemies, leaving you exposed. In some occasions there isn't even any cover, instead having Rambo standing out in the open.
- The reloading minigame is terrible and can be easily exploited, as you can reload constantly until you get two times the amount of ammunition in your clip.
- Grenadiers are extremely overpowered. You only have a few seconds to shoot their grenades, which is made even more difficult by the bad aiming. If you get caught in a grenade's explosion you'll die, or at the very least take a massive amount of damage.
- Wrath mode is poorly implemented. It's a poor man's version of Sega's Rambo Arcade's Rage Ability.
- Wrath mode upgrades are virtually useless. The Wrath mode upgrades don't actually work as the description say they do (for example the upgrade that reduces the usage of Wrath mode to one quarter as fast as before only reduces it to one third). On top of that, the Wrath mode upgrades don't even work most of the time due to a game glitch. Also, the third and fourth Wrath mode gauges drain completely in less than 2 seconds, making them almost useless.
- The perks system is not thought out well, causing a situation in which there is a perk that only works in one level and the game doesn't explicitly tell you this, and actually letting you use it in other levels until you realize that it does absolutely nothing!
- The enemy AI is dumb, excluding the final level in the game.
- Every enemy is thrown at you in the last level, including additional enemies such as tanks and helicopters, and commanders that double the damage output and defense of all enemies, making it unbelievably hard for no reason and creating a massive difficulty spike out of nowhere.
- The game cost $40 at release.
- And finally, to rub salt into the wound, the game is, unfortunately, not a console and PC port of a similar (but better received) light gun arcade game by Sega in 2008.
- Really ugly models, some of which even look hilariously bad. NVA soldiers in the Rambo: First Blood Part II chapter look nothing like Vietnamese and Soviet officers in the same chapter use extremely outdated uniforms. A lot of models are recycled. Art Galt's model has a strange bug, with his moustache disappearing on high resolution settings.
- False Advertising: Screenshots and trailers of the game showed various locations to be pretty appealing, but in the release version, they are really downgraded.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The developers released the Baker Team DLC, a fairly sizeable expansion to the single-player campaign, for free. Only for PlayStation 3 and PC.
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 along with an "Epic Fail" badge, stating the only reason it wasn't lower was because it made him laugh at how bad it was.