Every now and again, there is a title that really sweeps people off their feet. Whether that's a good thing is another story.
Richard Marcinko has lent his talents to Bethesda in presenting Rogue Warrior, a new FPS title with a unique flair that borrows from his real-life exploits and classic 1980s action movies. We were treated to a private demo with some of the Rogue Warrior staff at this year's E3.
Playing as Marcinko is quite an experience, as he tries to disrupt a North Korean missile program during the Cold War. We watched as our demonstrator went through the game in a freestyle manner, going both stealth and running in guns blazing, showing off the freedom of choice players get. Another interesting element are the multiple combat kills, totalling over 25 death sequences, and various A.I. routes, depending on how you play. For example, if you prefer stealth, you can probably navigate an entire level (or nearly an entire level) without having to fight more than one or two people at once; however, if you take a direct approach or accidentally alert the enemy, then the A.I. will start sending in the cavalry. Rogue Warrior is also a very environment-conscious, challenging players to try both play styles, as choosing either approach has its strengths and drawbacks.
The gameplay is pretty straight on for a shooter, with cover-fire and all those basics. It also presents multiple melee kills such as breaking an enemy's neck, throwing people off buildings, stabbing someone in the throat and more gruesome finishers. Each kill is almost cinematic in execution, with a heavy emphasis on some vulgar dialogue taken from the mouth of actor Mickey Rourke.
Overall Rogue Warrior is designed as a multiple atmosphere game, friendly to new players in "easy mode," with plenty of options for hardcore gamers. It's a common duality in games today, and Rogue Warrior is no exception. This also lets players choose how they want to approach the game, whether they prefer to take it seriously and play competitively or simply mess around in a drunken daze. Whatever your mood may be, the game will offer adequate options. Given that it's heavily inspired by 1980s entertainment and all the gruffness that entails, Rogue Warrior may be reserved for older audiences who can appreciate the references.
Rogue Warrior is slated to hit shelves in November 2009 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There was mention of multiplayer, but the devs didn't delve too deeply into that. Stay tuned to our Neoseeker news in the future when details do break.