Review: Rampage: World Tour

Review: Rampage: World Tour

Just a review of an arcade game, not made in conjuncture for a movie or anything….

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Year: 1997

Played on: GameCube (Midway Arcade Treasures 2)

Also on: PS1, Saturn, N64, GBC, and PS2, Xbox as a part of Midway Arcade Treasures 2

Developer: Game Refuge Inc.

Publisher: Midway

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“Man, I hope they don’t make a movie based on this series or anything!”

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Date posted: November 16, 2017

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PREMISE

In 1986, an arcade classic was born! Using their monstrous powers, George, Lizzie and Ralph, have dedicated their lives to fighting the army, and the forces of terrified people! Yes, I just stole the opening of the Powepuff Girls, mostly because I have no shame!

Rampage is a somewhat simple game overall- you go around destroying every building you see, then you go on to the next city. And the next. And the next. And so on. There are three monsters to choose from- George, the giant ape, Lizzie, a female Godzilla clone, and my favorite, a giant wolf named Ralph.You can also eat people and various things you find in the buildings. But look out- the army is after you! There’ll shoot you and even bomb a building or two, just to take you down! They also send helicopters after you as well!

For sometime, between 1986 and 1997, there was no word of a sequel of any kind. Then it happened- the original guys who were behind the arcade classic announced they were making a sequel- and today’s subject- Rampage: World Tour!

Oddly enough, this one has a kind of a story- three strangers get turned into huge monsters by an evil corporation called Scumlabs, or as we know them in the real world, EA games. With a thirst of revenge, the trio sets off across the world to destroy each of the corporations facilities- eating anyone and destroying any building in their way!

PROS

The game play is pretty much the same as the 1986 arcade classic, but now it is much more refined! Punching buildings till they crumble, or even just jumping on them repeatedly till fall are some of the way you can progress. There also a host of new powerups that help you along the way, such as flaming loogies that burn buildings to the ground, strength powerups, and my personal favorite, the Death Breath, that kills everything it comes in contact with! You can also “mutate” by eating toxic waste, which gives you wings, if I recall.

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3 Player Mayhem at it’s finest!

One of my favorite features is actually the ability to kick people. You see, being a giant monster, its not going to end well for the kickee- they pretty much are turned to a pile of bones and pink goo! The best part? If you go over to the mess before it disappears, you can it it!I just love doing it! In fact, I love this game’s sense of humor- its revoltingly brilliant!

The game’s most astounding feature is the amount of cities featured- it must have every major city in the entire world (almost)! You have New York, Tokyo, France, D.C.- the list goes on and on! Of course, they (mostly) have their respective landmarks and such- all which can be destroyed!

The graphics are also great- they have a bright cartoony and comic look to them, with a somewhat pre-rendered look that still holds up. If they ever make a Rampage again, thats not a Hollywood movie, I hope it is inspired by this game’s look and not realism! Man, I’m glad that movie was just a rumor….right?

There’s even some bosses- Sometimes, you’ll have to fight another monster known as VERN- a creature created by scumlabs to destroy you! You may also have to fight a giant robot- another highlight of  a , sadly, repetitive game. (see CONS)

The crowning moment is at the end of the game, where you go to the moon, where a city apparently is, and destroy while facing a mutated version of the CEO of scumlabs. That’s crazy, dude! Also, I don’t wanna spoil the ending, but one thing is for sure- SJW’s are sure to hate it!

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Where’s Anita Sarkeesian when you need her? Most likely not playing video games, that’s for sure!

The real fun of Rampage: World Tour is the games multiplayer, where this and pretty much the entire series shines- up to three players can play at once, each controlling one of the three monsters. Its great fun destroying everything in sight together, and having all three players on screen at once is the definition of the word hectic- you can even mess around with your friends and throw them off of buildings and such. Its good crazy fun!

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Again, the game’s biggest strength lies in multiplayer. No online needed!

CONS

The biggest problem, not only with World Tour, but every game in this series is its repetitive nature- you pretty much do the same thing in every level, over and over again- destroy all the buildings, eat people, fight the army, etc. Thankfully, the mechanics are solid, so there’s at least that. I just wish there was something more- maybe some set-pieces or more boss fights- if you only want to destroy a bunch of s@#t, your going to be pleased- but if want something that has some structure, you might want to look elsewhere…

Also the game can feel cheap at times. I feel like this is a game that eats up your quarters- I was lucky, and had as many as I wanted, playing on the excellent Midway Arcade Treasures 2 version, which provides an infinite amount of credits. I have a feeling that this game cannot be beaten with one quarter- sadly, I think this is the sign of a badly designed game, in my opinion, as the best arcade games should be a measure of one’s skill- not the depth of their wallet! The fact that the game is quite long, for an arcade game at least- it can take 3 or 4 hours to play though up to 130 stages, before you reach the ending, depending how you play- this could be a good or bad thing. It depends how much you like the game, really!

It would also not make a good movie. I don’t know why I’m saying this- only an idiot would make a movie based off of this, as the series has been dormant for years know- the last time it was relevant was a whole decade ago, with the release of Total Destruction.I’m glad Hollywood hasn’t stooped so low as to make one! I have no idea what I would do if a Rampage movie was being made. I mean, George is based off of King Kong for christ sake! Lizzie is clearly influenced by Godzilla! This would not make a lick of sense! I-

Wait.

No….

That…. That CAN’T be right….

Here, it says a Rampage movie is being made.

This has to be a fake, right?

A trailer just dropped for it? What?

I like Rampage as the next arcade fanboy, but not a lot of people know about this series…

Making a movie based on it would be absolutely insane!

There is no way that Hollywood….

oh no….

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Do you think God stays in heaven because he too, lives in fear of what he’s created? On earth?

I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

This…. This has no right to exist…..

MOVIE RANT

Rampage makes sense as a game. It does NOT make sense as a movie, as it literally takes it idea and concepts from other movies. Also, judging from the poster and that trailer they posted as I wrote this, it has none- NONE of the game’s sense of humor or charm. We literally had a new King Kong movie come out months ago- are you kidding me with this s@#t? Why not watch that, or just pop in a Godzilla Vs. All monsters movie? In other words, we don’t need another movie like this, Hollywood!

Do yourself a favor- save the money you would use to buy a ticket to this dumpster fire and put it towards Midway Arcade Treasures 2, which not only has the game I just reviewed- you know- the thing that makes Rampage, Rampage?- but it also has classic arcade masterpieces like Mortal Kombat 2 and 3, NARC, Primal Rage, Gauntlet 2 and much more!

FINAL VERDICT

Despite Hollywood f@#king up and a making an irreverent movie based off it (most likely having nothing to do with the games and taking itself WAY too seriously) and the fact that can be repetitive and cheap, Rampage: World Tour and by definition Rampage in general can be a fun time, especially and mostly with friends. If you want a simple distraction that lets you destroy buildings and eat people to your heart contents, then look no further…. but if your looking for something that takes skill, you may be somewhat disappointed…

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This is one hell of an attract screen. The arcade version is the best way to go, to what I have gathered!

Also, I have no idea if the N64, PS1, or Saturn versions are any good. All I know it that an arcade perfect port is available in the excellent Midway Arcade Treasures 2 and as an unlockable bonus in Rampage: Total Destruction… which I haven’t played yet, but I actually heard its more of the same.

Also, f@#k Hollywood.

5score

Agree? Disagree? Good! Leave a comment about how terrible my taste is in the comments below!

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