Posts Tagged ‘Rebellion’

Rogue Trooper, world’s finest 7/10 game, gets a remaster


Huh. Big day for blue people. I’ve long wished that venerable Britcomic (and home of Joe Dredd) 2000 AD would take another shot at sticking its best characters into videogames, and I say so no merely from wishful thinking, but also because they did it rather well the last time they tried in earnest. Rogue Trooper was a Good 7/10 third-person action game developed by 2000AD owners Rebellion back in 2006, starring a vengeful blue dude with a talking hat, gun and rucksack. I’ve always been fond of it, and now it seems I’ll get to play it again as whatever a ‘redux’ version turns out to be.
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Rebellion to open licensing for 2000 AD, including Dredd

2000 AD, home of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Flesh, is opening up its characters for licensing opportunities. Acknowledging that they can’t create games based on all of the characters and setting, 2000 AD owners Rebellion stated on Saturday that they hope to license out the properties, including Dredd and related characters. Rebellion are now best known for the Sniper Elite series but have owned 2000 AD since…well, 2000 AD. In that time there have only been two 2000 AD games*, 2003’s Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death and Rogue Trooper in 2006 (updated for Wii in 2009), but this move should open the floodgates. Or at least the faucets.

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Wot I Think: Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 [official site] is my first time with Rebellion’s World War II third-person shooter series, games I have hitherto only been peripherally aware of as ‘that one where you get to shoot Hitler in the plums’. I must admit, from afar I’d presumed this was a game about spending 80 minutes crouched on rock, gauging wind direction with a wet finger and applying mathematical levels of after-touch to each level’s single shot.

Turns out, no, it’s a halfway house between Hitman and Call of Duty – equal parts stealth and firefights. It’s entirely accessible, and that biggish number at the end of title doesn’t mean any prior knowledge is necessary either.
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Sniper Elite 4 Vid Bursts Heart Shoulders Knees & Guts

Heart shoulders knees and guts
(Knees and guts)
Heart shoulders knees and guts
And jaw and brain and liver and nose
Heart shoulders knees and guts
(Knees and guts)

That’s a handy song to help you remember which bodybits get shot, stabbed, punched, kneed, ruptured, shattered, and exploded in slow-motion internal views in the first ‘gameplay’ trailer for Sniper Elite 4 [official site].

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Battlezone 98 Redux Launches Red Odyssey Expansion

Battlezone 98 Redux [official site], Rebellion’s recent revamp of Activision’s ace RTS-FPS, now has an expansion. Not a new expansion, mind. Not really. Available now is a revamped version of Battlezone’s old expansion The Red Odyssey, which adds two new singleplayer campaigns with two new factions and loads of vehicles and weapons and whatnot to continue the secret wars across our solar system and beyond.

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Duelling Snipers: Ghost Warrior 3 & Sniper Elite 4 Dates

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 [official site] and Sniper Elite 4 [official site] are giving each other the eye from either side of the no man’s land between January and February. Open-world snipe ’em up Ghost Warrior 3 will launch on January 27th, 2017, CI Games announced this week during E3. The very same day, Rebellion announced that they’ll launch Sniper Elite 4 on February 14th, 2017.

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Battlezone 98 Redux Brings Back FPS-RTS Fun

Battlezone 98 Redux [official site], a revamp of the splendid sci-fi FPS-RTS from 1998, is out… oh! Today! Now! It’s out now! Publishers Rebellion today jumped out a box yelling “Boo!” and flinging it onto Steam. They say they have more revamps coming too.

Battlezone’s your usual ’90s arcade-y RTS – the space race was a cover for an interplanetary hot war between the USA and USSR, where they collected resources to build tanks and blow up each other’s bases – only with the delightful addition of the ability to scamper around the battlefield yourself, taking control of vehicles to lead the fight. I remember it fondly.

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