Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14
  1. Apr 25, 2011
    63
    This game isn't perfect, but can be really fun because of the combos and the platform elements. On the other side there isn't a lot action, the conversations are a bit boring and the gameplay can be annoying at some times.
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    70
    This is a singular title which is not that similar to the 1985 original. Those who are looking for an HD version of Green Beret might be disappointed, but this is still a good action game with simple gameplay that blends action, adventure and stealth.
  3. May 16, 2011
    80
    Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is pretty short and sits on a weird transition point between a side-scroller and an exploration-based adventure game. It takes a little bit of getting used to, since some of the stealth elements are counterproductive (i.e. if you whistle to lure an enemy over to your hiding place, it also alerts them to your presence, thus ensuring your discovery). It's not a bad use of ten bucks, as it gives you a pretty decent weekend's worth of entertainment.
  4. Apr 11, 2011
    48
    You may have a modicum of fun clambering around and slashing guards, but Rush N' Attack: Ex Patriot is a cheap, tepid re-visitation to a game that wasn't all that memorable to begin with.
  5. Apr 11, 2011
    20
    No charm or retro value whatsoever. Almost no value at all, in fact. Avoid this one like the plague.
  6. Apr 8, 2011
    30
    From the very start of the game, it becomes quickly apparent that Rush'N Attack has nowhere to go but down. The visuals are ugly and look dated, it borrows the majority of its concepts from other better games and it simply is no fun to play.
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    50
    Rush N' Attack: Ex-Patriot is proof that some game franchises are best left forgotten in a dusty warehouse somewhere. If developers insist on reviving these games, they need to at least do something innovative. Keep trying, Konami.
  8. Apr 4, 2011
    55
    Let me be clear. Rush 'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is, overall, not a good game. It has enjoyable moments that are buried under a frustrating control scheme, horrible writing, and a Frankenstein's monster of mechanics that worked well in other games.
  9. Mar 30, 2011
    40
    Ex-Patriot is a drab, boring example of the dangers of nostalgia-mining down an unstable shaft. It plays badly, it looks dated and its design is uninspired and boring.
  10. Was it necessary to also make it so ugly? [Aug 2011, p.110]
  11. Jun 4, 2011
    40
    In a word: shonky. [July 2011, p.89]
  12. Add in a dull audio track, glitches, and game freezes and Rush 'N Attack had us wishing it had stayed covert for a few more decades. [June 2011, p.80]
  13. Apr 29, 2011
    45
    It took Konami 25 years to make a second Rush'N Attack game but this isn't what we were waiting for. The gameplay is very repetitive and the only strenghts of Ex-Patriot are its nice graphics. Definitely not worth your money.
  14. Mar 6, 2011
    60
    It comes up short. It's split into three uninspired levels of repetitive knife stabbing, sloppy platforming, and switch hitting to drain out toxic sludge. [Mar 2011, p.98]
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 20, 2011
    8
    This is a really fun game and I pretty much didn't stop til I beat it. It reminded me of a more forgiving a looser Metal Gear Solid game (although all side-scrolling). Don't be fooled by cynic critics, this game is fun and it's really hard to beat (value) for $9.99. Full Review »
  2. Apr 6, 2011
    9
    Honestly, I don't know what reviewers are playing, or smoking. The only decent review is the Eurogamer one, and gamers in different forums are liking it too. It's not perfect, in fact is kinda ugly and some time is needed to get used to the controls, especially to realize you are not controlling Mario and jumps are more realistic, but reviewers saw the title and believed they could get their precious review in time by going ahead and mash some buttons. IGN video review is a shame, the dude just doesn't know how to play, I don't even know if he realizes there is a quick attack and a block button. ZTGameDomain confuse gas-filled areas with radioactive ones, and also says "you can't drop into a hanging position from a ledge, nor can you quietly drop down behind an enemy", both of which you can (circle button, then left stick down, an essential move). Other reviews don't realize you can melee (and stealth kill) an enemy with a weapon on your hands (triangle button), or you can control the camera with the right stick... but enough of mediocre reviewers. This game is not that much about combat but about stealth, and has great stealth mechanics, for both making sense in a "2D" platformer and being FUN. It feels somewhat like the first Metal Gear Solid game, for being very straightforward, speedy and having shortsighted enemies. Stealth kills give you 3x (or so) more points than normal kills with the knife, and even more than with weapons; they even allow you to unlock knife combos, which facilitate your life when you're caught. As I said before, you are limited combat-wise, but criticizing Rush 'n Attack for that is like despising (old) MGS and Splinter Cell games because you can't blast your way through. The game is not that "labyrinthine", so the comparisons to Shadow Complex and "Metroidvania" games do not apply that much; it's a more linear game, with less backtracking involved and no RPG-like elements. Hidden paths serve more to avoid direct confrontation with guards looking at your direction, and surprise enemies from behind never gets old. The game lasts about 4 to 6 hours depending on how fast you are, which is a nice length for a DL game. Like I said, it's not perfect, but I wanted to show some love for the most unfairly, excessively bashed and most fun $10 I've spent in months, so I'm keeping it's unimportant defects to myself. Full Review »