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Posts tagged “Vblank Entertainment”

Shakedown: Hawaii is out now and all about the Benjamins

Shakedown: Hawaii may be a bloodless 2D parody of Grand Theft Auto with nary a swear or drug reference in sight, but it's still a deeply cynical game from the hour or so I've played so far. Out today, it's the sequel to Retro City Rampage, developer Vblank Entertainment's earlier joke-a-minute GTA parody. This time they've traded in the pseudo-NES sprites for SNES era colour…

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Shakedown Hawaii cuts a deal for an Epic launch this spring

Shakedown Hawaii - the much-delayed sequel to Vblank Entertainment's grand GTA parody Retro City Rampage - is nearly here, and will be making its debut on the Epic store later this spring. The scope of the game seems to have grown a bit since I last looked. It now blends its pseudo-16-bit aesthetic with the 80s trappings of GTA: Vice City and the character-hopping story…

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Shakedown Hawaii shows off megacorp murderthon

Confession: when Alice mentioned Shakedown Hawaii [official site] to me I assumed it was a fancy pineapple smoothie. It is not. It's a spiritual successor type deal and what it's succeeding is the 8-bit-esque Retro City Rampage. The bits have doubled to 16 and there's now a full reveal trailer offering up the following: "its theme, story, protagonist, and... business acquisition metagame!" There's also a…

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Less Retro, Same City Rampage: Shakedown Hawaii

After romping through '80s and early '90s pop culture in the 8-bit-styled Retro City Rampage, developers Vblank Entertainment are skipping forward a few years. They've announced Shakedown Hawaii [official site], a follow-up open-world murder simulator which skips towards a 16-bit art style and, I'd imagine, later into '90s pop culture. Presumably the Back to the Future references are now Back to the Future Part III…

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More Retro, Better Rampage: Retro City Rampage DX

Revisiting old work is a strange and terrible thing. Personally, I like to imagine everything I write vanishes into a virtual paper shredder after about twenty minutes. Vblank Entertainment, however, have returned to Retro City Rampage after two years to spruce it up with a big free update. They describe Retro City Rampage: DX as "a top to bottom remastering of just about everything", rebalancing…

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Brand Theft Auto: Retro City Rampage Out Next Week

True fact: Retro City Rampage has been in development since the late '80s. I mean, look at it. To this day, no one knows exactly how it managed to pre-date many of the games it originally set out to parody, but you can't argue with the sheer history that's written in charming 8-bit graphics. It has, in other words, been quite a long wait since…

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Nihilistic Entertainment System: Retro City Rampage

Currently getting owners of the PS Vitalite's expensive knickers in a right old twist, parody open-world carnage game Retro City Rampage will also be careening wildly towards PC with a bloodythirsty look in its pseudo-8-bit eye. Essentially it's GTA 1, if GTA 1 had happened five years earlier and was a mash-up of locales and abilities from assorted touchstones of the early console era. See…

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