Harvest my brainchip!

June 19, 2006 by Tim

I want to thank you for all the well wishes over the weekend. Apparently a lot of people are getting sick around this time. My girlfriend just got sick, and she thought it was allergies, and then I started getting symptoms. As soon as I felt it coming on, I starting fighting it with my regular cold/flu weapons of choice: a steady regiment of Nyquil/Dayquil and green tea. The sickness never really had a chance to get a foothold, and I’m happy to say I’m feeling good.

I wanted to talk today about a little game called Rogue Trooper. I want to make sure I mention it, because it’s a great title, and I think it may go the way of other sleeper hits that never really got the attention they deserved, like Psychonauts.

I won’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of Rogue Trooper, but it’s not a new franchise. In fact, Rogue Trooper is a British comic book that’s been around for over twenty years. I don’t think it’s ever been big stateside, though.

I’ll start off by saying that the game, an pure action title, doesn’t revolutionize the genre in any way. It doesn’t do anything new. However, what it does do, it does well. And it’s entertaining.

You play a genetically-engineered super soldier fighting in a fictional war of the future. All super soldiers are implanted with microchips that store the skills and personality of the soldier at the time of death, for later retrieval. As the G.I. known only as Rogue Trooper, you harvest these chips from three of your fallen buddies, and form a symbiotic bond with them. One dude in your helmet, who helps you zoom, track enemies and create holographic projections. A guy in your weapon that helps you reload, and a guy in your backpack that manufactures ammunition for you from scrap you collect. And then you just kill everyone.

Like I said, the title is straightforward action, but with tons of moves and strategies, it’s fun stuff. Multiplayer is decent. Nothing overly exciting, but it’s got a couple of modes there worth playing.

Also, the game is very pretty.

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