Announcing Ride to Hell: Retribution, Ride to Hell: Route 666 and Ride to Hell: Beatdown, three very different games set in the same universe of "badass bikers" and murderous rampages. Beyond the biker gang setting, each game is particularly different -- an action adventure, a tactical RPG, and a mobile brawler -- and ready or not at least Retribution and Route 666 will be out in June. Let's break each one down in a bit more detail
Ride to Hell: Retribution
Ride to Hell was originally an action adventure title developed by Eutechnyx (Big Mutha Truckas, NASCAR The Game: Inside Line) set to be released in 2009. It was believed to be canceled as time passed, even being removed from Deep Silver's list of titles, but it appears the game has been resurrected as Ride to Hell: Retribution. Hopefully with a spit shine to bring it from 2009 to 2013.
Retribution will be an action adventure, which means it'll probably have a variety of gameplay inside it ranging from riding motorcycles, shooting dudes with shotguns or perhaps sipping tea and crumpets with your Nana. Maybe not that last bit. The game is about vengeful psychopath Jake Conway taking it to a biker gang named The Devil's Hand. Not sure what they did to him, but judging from the trailer below it must have been pretty damn terrible.
Expect Ride to Hell: Retribution to be released this June for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC as a full retail release.
Ride to Hell: Route 666
On the exact opposite side of the spectrum from Retribution, Ride to Hell: Route 666 will be a tactical game where you recruit your own squad of bikers and have them battle it out with "arcade combat." Developed by Black Forest Games, perhaps best known for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and their support of the Ouya, Route 666 is all about conquering, you guessed it, Route 66.
"Use brains and brawn" in this downloadable title, to be released on XBLA, PSN and for PC starting June 28.
As for Ride to Hell: Beatdown, well, not much information was shared beyond the fact that's it's a mobile game and that it's a brawler. I bet it will also be released in June, or perhaps in May to lead into the release of the other Ride to Hell games.
All in all, it's kind of tough to tell what to think about these Ride to Hell games. All we get to see is a trailer for Retribution, which is a bit too grind house for my tastes. I'd love to have seen some of Route 666's gameplay, or perhaps what makes Retribution an adventure vs. a psychopath sim. Is Jake Conway a character with a personality or just a device to allow players to kill bikers?
Odds are we'll hear more on Ride to Hell's three titles, Retribution, Route 666 and Beatdown soon.