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  • Summary: A parody of the open-world action genre, Retro City Rampage takes modern game mechanics and mashes them into an authentic 8-bit experience. It's one half fast paced arcade game, the other half a hilarious story mode! It's all the driving and shooting you'd expect and a whole lot more! WithA parody of the open-world action genre, Retro City Rampage takes modern game mechanics and mashes them into an authentic 8-bit experience. It's one half fast paced arcade game, the other half a hilarious story mode! It's all the driving and shooting you'd expect and a whole lot more! With missions that twist pages straight from classic game experiences, you get to re-live and rewrite history in a way only a modern anti-hero could! When it comes to enemies, weapons are only the beginning! Put on your boots and jump on their heads! Toss 'em around to knock the rest down! Become truly unstoppable with awesome power-ups! Through its world, characters and missions, Retro City Rampage lampoons the entire 8-bit era from its games to the TV, movies and pop culture! Expand

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    While the game makes great use of the 3DS overall, the one area that is worth mentioning is that it lacks any 3D at all, which and it did surprise me, but the game still looks great and the dual screens work very well having the persistent map at the bottom.
  2. 90
    Retro City Rampage: DX is the best open world game to hit a portable system since GTA: Chinatown Wars on the DS.
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    90
    Taken on its own merits, though, free from comparison to the earlier versions, it's hard to see Retro City Rampage DX as anything less than a deranged masterpiece.
  4. Feb 17, 2014
    80
    Retro City Rampage DX is a short and simple game, but the ingenious and inordinate use of 80s references plus the updates of the portable version make for a unique and innovative experience.
  5. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    An absolutely delightful and action-packed gem, loaded with references to 1980s pop culture and made even more playable on a handheld, Retro City Rampage: DX brings all that to the 3DS. Players who already have the other versions should reconsider this purchase, though, as it adds little to those.
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Apr 13, 2014
    78
    It's cruelly authentic in places, but the bombastic immediacy, improved balance and reverence for the source material are a great fit for 3DS. [Apr 2014, p.90]
  7. Mar 7, 2014
    67
    Retro City Rampage is a weak 2D version of GTA, with a lot of difficult and repetitive missions. Its pixel art is impersonal, and the story has no sense at all(which is different from nonsense). Music and controls are the best part of the game, but they aren't good enough to separate the game from mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. Feb 26, 2014
    10
    I've never had any console besides a 3dsxl and Steam doesn't work on my computer. Therefore, Retro City Rampage had been unplayable for me forI've never had any console besides a 3dsxl and Steam doesn't work on my computer. Therefore, Retro City Rampage had been unplayable for me for a couple of years. When the news came that it would arrive on 3ds I couldn't contain my excitement. I was so excited that I downloaded it at 6:00 am the day it came out. And never once have I regretted the purchase. Retro City Rampage DX is an absolute masterpiece. It's basically GTA in the 90's. Now that may not sound the best but let me finish. First, I'm going to start with the visuals. This game is mastered perfectly for a "retro" feel. There are 13 different radio stations so you can change the music while playing! Plus, you can change the colors to look like any 80's or 90's gaming system. Next, I'll talk about gameplay. The open world city is HUGE! There are over 20 different vehicles to drive and you can customize Player, your avatar, with various hats and glasses. So once you beat the main game, open world wil have you on the run from the cops for years to come. The missions are full of charm, character, and humor! There are 62 missions in all that you can enjoy. Some are WAY easier that others. The first few missions are insanely easy but around level 25 the difficulty spikes. The missions will have you thinking, trying not to get blown up by the cops and, well raging. I mean raging to the point where you'll throw your system out the window! Sometimes the story doesn't make any sense but that's why this is called a parody game. Sometimes you'll be laughing out loud at the games references. Other times you'll be thinking : really? In terms of extras the game is loaded! here's a list of some of them: there are 3 mini games : bit trip runner (WARNING: this one's a rager, epic meal time, and super meat boy, there are shops where you can change your cars color and equip it with guns and missile launchers, various stores that sell various things, countless items for you to find throughout the city, warp pipes to different zones, a casino (you can actually gamble), arcade challenges (fun mini-missions) and much, much more! In conclusion, this game is, in all aspects, perfect and essential for any 3ds owners. This was $10 well spent. GRAPHICS: 10/10. SOUNDTRACK: 10/10. GAMEPLAY: 10/10 EXTRAS/BONUSES/SIDE CONTENT :10/10. LASTING APPEAL: 10/10. FUN: 10/10. Expand
  2. AQY
    Mar 1, 2014
    10
    That's really a very good game! I would say, that this game is the best eShop Game forever. The Controls a fantastic und the story isThat's really a very good game! I would say, that this game is the best eShop Game forever. The Controls a fantastic und the story is LEGENDARY xD. BUY THIS GAME!!! :D Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    If you like the old top down GTA games, or even just oldschool NES games, you'll love this. Wasn't really bothered by the lack of 3D since theIf you like the old top down GTA games, or even just oldschool NES games, you'll love this. Wasn't really bothered by the lack of 3D since the 3D is so hard to use anyway. Controls take a little getting used to.

    Overall, a hilarious, nostalgia fueled adventure with an extra dose of explosions.
    Highly recommend for any platform.
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  4. May 27, 2015
    9
    Fun game packed with tons of content considering it's price. It plays like an 8-bit Grand Theft Auto with a plethora of 80's and 90's gamingFun game packed with tons of content considering it's price. It plays like an 8-bit Grand Theft Auto with a plethora of 80's and 90's gaming and movie references. If you enjoy retro NES style games in an open world setting, I highly recommend this title! Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2014
    8
    Great game,so funny.Good price.I don't use to buy this kind of game,but I have to say that is a big surprise.I'm so happy with it.The retroGreat game,so funny.Good price.I don't use to buy this kind of game,but I have to say that is a big surprise.I'm so happy with it.The retro look is cool,it reminds me when I was young and I played videogames.It's almost like a 8 bits GTA. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2014
    8
    Great game port, is the weight that I can say positive. Cons are - not disclosed potential 3D (It is not used in the game)
    8/10 for port
    Great game port, is the weight that I can say positive. Cons are - not disclosed potential 3D (It is not used in the game)
    8/10 for port
    9/10 for game
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  7. Aug 22, 2018
    8
    This aptly named title is a gem. Especially for 90's kids, or those who appreciate the video games and science fantasy movies from 1985-2000.This aptly named title is a gem. Especially for 90's kids, or those who appreciate the video games and science fantasy movies from 1985-2000. This is a nostalgia trip through and through. From the seemingly limitless retro references to how the game actually feels during game play, RCRDX is a blast from the past. Especially for fans of the original GTA or GTA2. The graphics are limited to the 8 bit style of the original NES. However, it does not suffer from the same shortfalls, such as frame rate drop when too many sprites are on screen, as the NES or Genesis. The graphical design is both wonderfully terrible and terribly wonderful. One example is the decisively low quality of the "Player's" and NPC sprites vs. some of the grand designs on billboards, signs, or cut scenes. All purposefully and masterfully designed as such to make this title truly feel like it had an original release on the Genesis or NES.

    Because of this RCRDX can also be quite frustrating. The controls, for example, suffer from similar problems as the retro games this title is meant to imitate. Also, the top-down view makes stomping on enemies difficult, which is surprisingly encouraged throughout the story and is more effective than shooting with a machine gun. Another drawback of RCRDX is its short storyline. It's long enough to feel like a complete game. But, it seems to build slowly and then suddenly climax, thus leaving you feeling unsatisfied. Even an extra 2 or 3 missions would have made a huge difference. But hey, at least it's not GTA Chinatown Wars!

    All in all, this game plays very well and anyone would have a blast playing it, even if it's just in free roam mode trying to... well.... rampage the city. The game is solid enough to be fun even if you don't understand many of the references. However, it does have some symptoms of retro controls-itis which is more frustrating than a deal breaker. Therefore, an 8 out of 10 goes to Retro City Rampage DX for the Nintendo 3DS. Simply put, it's a terribly wonderful creation. Luckily, the wonders outweigh the terrors (aka: Chinatown Wars).

    NOTE: it's the vast number of retro references that takes this title to a new level of joy and childish delight. Its worth playing again just for this fact. If you do, you'll find oh so many more references than before. Also note, this title feels completely at home on the 3DS. The touch screen is only used for weapons select and map display. Thanks!
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