|Third Person Shooter
PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Review based on Xbox Live Arcade version
Developer: Old School Games
Release Date: July 17th, 2013
The audio to R.I.P.D.: The Game really isn’t anything major. It sounds like some of the film’s score (again, didn’t see the movie so it could just be a generic original composition) used in some areas on a loop, with a few one liners taken directly from the film. Those random statements are also really limited, which is a good thing consideration how it ends up largely being the same repetitive statements. The sound effects are pretty good though, and do fill the audio aspect well during the battles.
But, if you played Old School Game’s previous outting God Mode, you will find this really familiar, and by familiar I mean they reskinned the game and cut the stages into one condensed map. What’s more, every character looks about the same. Other than obvious changes like Jeff Bridges being a cowboy, nearly every character looks exactly like Ryan Reynolds. This isn’t a bad thing if you can’t stand the guy, as every ghost you destroy also looks like him, male or female. Some of the more twisted ghosts do look less like him and more like actual brutes, and the criminal ghosts you have to arrest or kill are just a basic wireframe model of Ryan Reynolds covered in a featureless gold plating. Thankfully the stages don’t all look like recycled God Mode levels, and they can be rather fun Death Match-esque terrain, a mode that is sadly absent and would have really worked well with this title.
Surprisingly, this title has a bit of a story. Yes, it does kind of follow the film, but the point here is to win matches to track down Hayes. This is done by progressing a meter that fills with gold. Once you do, you’ll be able to tackle the stage that Hayes is hiding out in. On top of that, each stage finds you clearing out waves of ghosts to find the one criminal you need to arrest, and it’s up to you and your gaming partner to either capture it, or kill it. But, that’s about where the story elements end.
While this is a reskinned game, the game they recycled was pretty good, and had great controls, which is reflected here. Again, they are rather simple. You get two weapons you continue to upgrade, you change between them with the directional pad, one button reloads, another dodges, you have the melee attack buton, and the right trigger shoots. There are some killstreak and general spectral abilities like a random turret you can put into play briefly, or you can chain enemies together that do help. You can upgrade your weapons, and you can buy additional “consumables” that have other effects like adding ammo to your guns when you kill an enemy, or shoot your partner to heal him.
This game also offers a bet system. There are five you choose from, picking one until there’s one left on the screen, and you can compete against your partner to win the bet. There is a Death Match bet, but it’s the first to two wins and that’s it, which happens at the end of the fifth phase, which can seem to take forever to complete. Where God Mode Had four people to make the waves seem impossible, and also just made it generally more fun, this one only has two playable characters. There are three different difficulties, but its you and another player, and the hordes of ghosts are far from intimidatingly large. On top of that, every one minute you get a new life, so nearly all the risk is gone on anything but the hardest difficulty.
R.I.P.D.: The Game isn’t anything new at all. The graphics are still a bit gritty, carrying that late PlayStation 2 quality to them, the characters all look like Ryan Reynolds, and it’s rather boring only have one other player involved. But, it’s still not that bad a game thanks to how well the controls respond, and the additional bet system. If only Old School Games could have done something a little different with it than just recycle their previous title, even throw in a multiplayer Death Metal mode just to have some fun, or even throw in some additional generic throw away playable characters, then this could have been a lot more fun and worth the money. Let’s face it, R.I.P.D.: The Game is just pure laziness that only put detail into the terrain. But, if you haven’t played God Mode, and actually found R.I.P.D. to be an enjoyable film to the point where you want to play a game as Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Reynolds in Jeff Bridges digital skin, all shooting different zombie skins of Ryan Reynolds, then its worth sampling the demo.
Digital review copy of this title provided by Atlus.