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Rogue Warrior (PC)

Rogue Warrior (PC)

Rogue Warrior was announced two years ago and Bethesda held an event in Las Vegas which I attended – war hero Richard Marcinko was there to detail the game development and to show an early level. The title showed a lot of promise, offering an almost Rainbow Six style experience which relied on tactics and teamwork as well introducing Demo Dick – the temperamental main character whose experiences formed the foundation of the game.

Let me cut straight to the chase – Rogue Warrior is a horrific game, there is no other way to spin it. While I respect Richard Marcinko the real life hero whose exploits form the basis for the game the implementation and game design is nothing short of abysmal. Developer Rebellion have released a game which offers little to any gamer, apart from repetitive game play, a stunning lack of artificial intelligence and a two hour completion rate.

Rogue Warrior has ended up a generic first person shooter and while the developers were keen to promote the stealth elements and array of death kills it ends up no more like a Splinter Cell game than Doom 3 did. Many of you will not know that Rogue Warrior actually started its development cycle under the hands of Zombie Studios who were targeting the game to be a tactical third person shooter – it changed hands in early 2009 to Rebellion Developments …. which has ended up the greatest mistake.

The project has been stripped of all the innovative ideas we heard about years ago including four player cooperative game play and uniquely generated random multiplayer maps and instead we end up with a depressing run of the mill first person shooter – with an AI system apparently designed by a handful of drunken monkeys. Rebellion have also been responsible for ShellShock 2: Blood Trails which was equally appalling – with painful AI throughout. Enemy characters seem to have a problem even figuring out where you are standing and often will ignore you, even if you jump on their backs screaming Guns N’ Roses "Sweet Child of Mine". They often fire at explosive barrels in their vicinity killing themselves and their team mates, without so much as even a squeak from your trigger finger.

Even though we didn’t review it – I played the console version of this game a while ago and it was terrible but the PC version is even worse, because instead of recoding the title to take advantage of impressive current day hardware, the developers have decided to just port the game across and hope people will buy it in their droves. The aiming controls are slow and unintuitive and even the first level is an indication of how bad the game is going to be as it flashes up helpful instructions on how to kill enemies – in the shape of coloured Xbox 360 controller buttons. Therefore you have to wade through the plethora of menus to find out the PC keyboard buttons for the actions – this is absolute laziness on the part of the developer because although the X360 controller is fully supported, PC gamers will never want to play a FPS with a console controller in the first place!

This leads me into another major issue with the UI – your mouse does not work to select menus so you have to rely solely on either the Xbox controller (if you have one) or the up and down arrow keys and the return key – it ends up such a painful experience when you need to look up key commands that I almost threw my keyboard into the monitor. Once you work out the buttons on your keyboard then you are placed into the heat of the ‘action’ and you have to battle the most ludicrous keyboard methodology I have ever experienced in a First Person Shooter – instead of using the right mouse button for ‘down the sight’ aiming you hold down the space bar. This is extremely annoying because one hand is on the mouse so you have to use your thumb to fine aim – this issue is compounded by the fact that the right mouse button is used to lob grenades so you will end up on a regular basis lobbing a grenade when you had planned to aim down your sights.

The developers have also incorporated a cover system, much like Gears of War with one major difference – it sucks. To go into cover you hit the control key which again is in an awkward position as I had to use my small finger while uncomfortably moving the other three fingers into the WASD positions (and lets not forget the thumb on the space bar).

The keyboard methodology is so bad I ended up trying an Xbox 360 controller while swearing at the game for a lack of fine aiming control – I don’t know about you guys but I sure as hell don’t want to be using an Xbox controller on my high end gaming PC to play an FPS. By this time I was so frustrated with the game I would have just deinstalled it completely, but as my job is a full time reviewer I endured the experience for you guys. The outcome? I had the game beaten in about 2 hours and was actually glad the short lived experience was over as I could find not a single redeeming feature to even mention. The cover system also seems to be partially broken as sometimes getting ‘out of cover’ won’t work and you end up running around like a moron hitting keys and hoping you will unstick from the wall.

Let me just stress once more, the enemy AI is absolutely pathetic – I saw a few enemy soldiers standing mindlessly with their back to me as I intentionally sprinted behind them while jumping like a basketcase to try and get their attention – they only moved when I ran in front of them and killing them was so easy that I ended up running around the maps just trying to alert every guard to my position while trying to create funnier and stupider ways of killing them. Killing a guard who is standing directly beside another won’t alert him to your position, he will just stand waiting like a lemon until you end his sorry existence as well.

Graphically the game is rubbish, although the rest of it is so shockingly bad I found it hard to be subjective – the character models are terrible and your main character looks like a homeless hobo that was thrown into an army vest – he looks neither intimidating or capable of performing the feats in game. I sincerely mean no offense to Richard Marcinko but I don’t think it looks anything like him – this game also does his real life exploits no justice at all – I doubt he had to fight soldiers who clearly had their brains surgically removed before combat.

On an audio level the game tries too hard to impress – Mickey Rourke handles the voice of Demo Dick but it ends up just a foul mouthed tirade of abuse which actually becomes quickly irritating – I appreciate people in combat would hurl obscenities – but I would imagine that our hero would greet his beloved grandmother with a “Hi, how the f*ckin’ hell are you f”cking doing you ratty old bit*h?”. Its just really not needed and feels so forced you just want to slap the person who thought this was cool.

Multiplayer is hideous and I couldn’t even get it to work right so I can’t really report on it in detail – the single player was so bad that by the time I got to multiplayer I literally just wanted to reach into the screen, grab a gun and shoot myself in the head – although the AI is so bad I probably would have shot the wall instead.

Rogue Warrior, instead of being an exciting game about a war hero has ended up an absolute mess with broken AI, graphics from a decade ago and constant swearing that will irritate the hell out of you. This should never have been released and it needed someone in the company with common sense to pull the plug before it went gold. Avoid at all costs.


AI doesn’t work, the controls dont work and the game is over in 2 hours, if you can stick it out – which you won’t.
Would have been fine 5 years ago – clearly ported directly from the consoles, total laziness
All the score comes from managing to get Mickey Rourke to handle the voice overs – but unless you have Tourettes syndrome it will irritate within 5 minutes
Burn the money first

The worst game I have played in years.

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Stuart Davidson

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