'Retro City Rampage DX' Breaks The Law As An 8-Bit Hooligan On The 3DS

February 13, 2014

Nostalgia can really cloud peoples' view of things like old video games. The games of yesteryear were truly amazing, and they helped turn the industry into the powerhouse that it is today, but that doesn't always mean those "classic" games were good. The video games of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s were often held back by things like restrictive technology, and because of that, it's hard to compare them to the games of today. However, the gamers of yesterday have become the developers of today, and people like Brian Provinciano at V-Blank Entertainment, are helping to fan the flames of nostalgia by releasing games like Retro City Rampage DX. RCR DX pays homage to the fledgling years of gaming through gameplay, graphics, and humor, while updating the experience for modern day gamers.

Developer: V-Blank Entertainment Inc.
Publisher: V-Blank Entertainment Inc.

A one-man studio, V-Blank Entertainment has only ever released one game, Retro City Rampage, but it has already made a significant splash in the industry. Headed up by Brian Provinciano, he originally started work on Retro City Rampage as an 8-bit demake of Grand Theft Auto for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Having overcome many of the limitations of the decades-old hardware, Provinciano decided to shift development over to the PC, and take his project and turn it into a full-blown original game. To date, Retro City Rampage has already sold over 100,000 copies, and has been a critical success.

Retro City Rampage DX centers around one seedy character, known as Player, who has been transported to the future while pulling off a heist, and needs to figure out how to get back to his own time, or live an awesome life in the future. The thing is, you're not playing Retro City Rampage DX for the story, since it's basically just a catalyst that propels Player all around the city of Theftopolis doing odd (emphasis on the "odd") jobs for a colorful cast of vaguely recognizable characters. The real experience in Retro City Rampage is the modern day re-imagining of classic pop culture personas that are parodied, and put on display in all their pixelated greatness. While the streets of Theftopolis may not be on par with other open world crime games, it's still a bustling city that lets players live out some of their wildest criminal fantasies.

Brian Provinciano has said that the 3DS version of Retro City Rampage is the definitive one, even though the game has already been released on a host of different consoles. Going as far back as 2012, Retro City has landed on the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, and PCs, but this latest release, DX, is said to be the final, and most complete version of the game that will ever come out. It includes everything from the other games, and then a little bit more. There are big additions, like the inclusion of the original Prototype version that was previously a PC exclusive, and small tweaks that can be seen in every mission of the game. For only $9.99, which is cheaper than the original release, that's one heck of a deal.

Retro City Rampage DX is one of those few games that only a very targeted audience can fully appreciate. Sure, it's easy enough to pick-up-and-play, and frenetic enough for most people to enjoy, but not everyone is going to soak up every last pixel with joy. With jokes from every corner of of pop culture, Retro City Rampage is a creation of the modern day in technology only. If you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s, and were immersed in video games, television, and movies (like a good child of that era) then Retro City Rampage DX was made just for you. From the Back To The Future storyline, to the pixelated graphics, and synthetic music - it's the late 20 and early 30 somethings out there that will bask in its nostalgic glow of Retro City Rampage DX. If you somehow fall outside of that very particular group of gamers, you still can enjoy everything that Retro City Rampage DX has to offer, since there is so much packed into this tiny game. From the crazy missions, to the arcade games that are based on other indie classics, to the over-the-top challenge levels, RCR DX has a little something for everyone… it's just that the gamers that grew up with an NES controller in their hands know just how much love is poured into this game. Retro City Rampage DX was made for them, and the games that raised them.