After hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PC by storm in the fall of 2012, Retro City Rampage is now available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade platform for 800 Microsoft Points. This top-down parody game has emulated, improved upon, and mocked the classic gaming and cultural tropes in 1980s. As posted on its XBLA Overview,
YOU are THE PLAYER. Out of prison and on a mission, your open-world crime spree is ambushed by “EVIL” GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to protect the citizens of Theftropolis City from your RAMPAGE OF DOOM. Are YOU bad enough to defeat the “EVIL” GOOD GUYS?
Retro City Rampage invites you to steal over 40 vehicles and outrun the law while mowing down your fellow citizens! Jump on pedestrians for coins, or use them for target practice with over 25 weapons and power-ups! WHOA! This 8-bit nostalgic throwback comes loaded with over 80 story missions and arcade challenges! Challenge friends and share replays to educate them in the finer points of SUPER CRIME. Lock and load your lightgun. You’ve just entered RETRO CITY RAMPAGE.
Retro City Rampage: Gameplay and Many More
Developed by Vblank Entertainment, Retro City Rampage is a parody of retro games and pop culture, as well as the popular Grand Theft Auto series. The concept of the game started from a homebrew project that started in 2002.
Game programmer Brian Provinciano constructed his own Nintendo Entertainment System development kit during his spare time. He also set about remaking one of his favorite titles, Grand Theft Auto III, with an 8-bit sprite graphics.
Eventually, he revealed his methods during the Game Developers Conference in 2011. He revealed how he was able to build software tools over several years, which helped him overcome the limitations of Nintendo Entertainment System hardware.
In the game, players take control of a henchman of a major crime syndicate known as the Jester. Inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series, a player can complete a variety of missions within a huge city that is open to explore. It will feature about 50 story missions and 30 challenge levels in total.
Gameplay elements shared with GTA include a wide array of weaponry, miscellaneous shops, ability to hijack vehicles, and attract police attention with violence and destruction. Retro City Rampage also incorporates design elements from various game genres.
Although it is primarily played from a top-down bird’s eye viewpoint, it can switch to a two-dimensional perspective. It also features 16 graphical filters that simulate different retro computers and game consoles.