E3 2017 - Rogue Trooper Redux Hands-On Impressions

Published: June 15, 2017 9:03 PM /

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As far as comic anthologies go, I've always believed that there's a "big three": Tales From the Crypt, Weird War Tales, and 2000 A.D., and it just so happens that one of these three is owned by a video game developer. After Rebellion purchased 2000 A.D., they developed Rogue Trooper, a 2006 third-person shooter based on the 2000 A.D. character of the same name and his weird and wonderful world, where blue-skinned super soldiers fight in a brutal civil war on Nu Earth. The game was decently received, but much like Rebellion's previous 2000 A.D. adaptation (and one of my favorite shooters of the 2000sJudge Dredd: Dredd vs Death, it has received a sizable cult following over the 11 years since its release.

I gotta be honest, I'm not part of this particular cult. Not because Rogue Trooper is bad or anything, but rather because I actually never got a chance to play the damn game. However, when I got a chance to get my hands on the upcoming Rogue Trooper Redux, a complete remaster of the original with all new models, lighting, and particle effects, the remaster pays off. Rogue Trooper Redux is beautiful, with the new models working in tandem with a vibrant color palette that looks like it really did come straight out of a comic strip.

The gameplay, however, doesn't seem like it's changed at all. While I obviously can't confirm this is true thanks to a distinct lack of personal experience, it sure feels like a third-person shooter from 2006. Now, this may read a bit like an insult, but I assure you that it's not. Rogue Trooper came in a weird time where the modern third-person shooter was still coming into existence, and it holds the unique honor of being one of the first shooters with a cover system, predating Gears of War by a good few months. Besides that innovation, it's very standard shooter stuff: lots of aiming, shooting, and blowing baddies away with well-placed grenade.

While I missed Rogue Trooper the first time around, I really enjoyed my brief time with Rogue Trooper Redux. Who knows - maybe I'll be the latest member of the Rogue Trooper cult.

Rogue Trooper Redux will release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch in the near future.

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