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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 9 out of 39
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  1. Jun 27, 2019
    4
    Honestly, this one is a bit of a dud for me and I'm surprised. It seems like a pretty big game, but it all feels shallow to an extreme extent. Essentially you have a mediocre twin stick shooter piled onto a GTA clone. There are lots of new features from RCR, such as the entire economic side. Sadly, a few hours in, you'll have literal hundreds of millions of dollars and money won'tHonestly, this one is a bit of a dud for me and I'm surprised. It seems like a pretty big game, but it all feels shallow to an extreme extent. Essentially you have a mediocre twin stick shooter piled onto a GTA clone. There are lots of new features from RCR, such as the entire economic side. Sadly, a few hours in, you'll have literal hundreds of millions of dollars and money won't matter anymore, yet your billionaire will continue to murder hapless rubes to get another 150 dollars out of a convenience store.

    Where the game is really let down is in the writing, which is extremely hack. The main character is the out of touch old guy who kills people. His playable son is the poser teenager who acts like a jerk at all times. Neither is interesting. Nor are the low hanging fruit jokes about video rentals, streaming, food labels or any other joke that has been done by a standup in the last 20 years with more success.

    For a game with so many cut scenes, you would think they'd be worth while, but they are not.

    This isn't to say there isn't fun to be had. Its still a GTA clone and that is amusing. But I expected a lot more. And I got a lot more, its just that the more isn't terribly good.
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 27, 2020
    75
    Overall, there's enough charm here in Shakedown: Hawaii to wring out a number of hours of enjoyment. [Issue #40 – July/August 2019, p. 28]
  2. Jul 8, 2019
    75
    A worthy successor to the Retro City Rampage, this is a 16-bit pack full of action and explosions that destroy even the fourth wall and jump right into your heart. If you loved GTA and the 16-bit era, you will love this game.
  3. Jun 28, 2019
    70
    Shakedown: Hawaii brings forth a fun, well-humoured and visually satisfying 16-bit inspired world to a game that despite its good intentions, does not fully tick all the necessary boxes to achieve its entire potential. Mostly because the game feels like it ends too quickly, even though there is still plenty to do but the overall feeling of repetitiveness and a certain lack of challenge make it less compelling and involving than it could be. All that said, this is still a good effort that will keep players enjoyed.