Remember the original arcade Rush N’ Attack? No, well good for you, that means you’re young enough that you didn’t have to suffer through the 80′s as an adolescent like we did, that was some terrible music and bad hair for the most part, although we do also remember hip hop/rap birthing it’s way in to mainstream culture and the first toaster-sized cell phones, so we guess the 80′s did have their redeeming side too, and arcade gaming was a big part of it.
Back then arcade gaming was at a fever pitch because the very idea of being able to play “arcade quality” games on a home gaming console like we do today was basically like, “Yeah right…”, “As if…”, “That’ll be the day…” and “I’ll believe it when I see it…”, and so we’d all pump quarters into those 25 cent pay-for-play machines like money would be obsolete the next day. The original Rush N’ Attack was very popular at that time, we can still remember the line-ups to feed the arcade Rush N’ Attack stand-up quarters, so why the 26 year wait for a sequel, and did they at least do it justice?
Well, after THAT long between sequels, it’s pretty hard to make up for the two & 1/2 decade gap, but we think it’s pretty safe to say that if you liked Rush N’ Attack back then, you’re gonna love this one but, “does it make the grade by today’s PSN standards?” is probably a better, fairer question, since gaming has slightly improved over the last 25 years. You younger gamers are so lucky and you don’t even know it…
The original Rush N’ Attack was a straight-up 2-D platformer, whereas the new PSN downloadable Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot is in “2.5 D” or “fake 3-D”, for those of you unsure as to what “2.5D”, it means that Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot is still essentially a 2-D plat former, but it gives the illusion that the gamer is playing in a 3-D environment. The presentation is great, as the opening music involves a guitar riff that is “Linkin Park” good, and probably should have been saved for a real song. The opening cutscenes really give the gamer a sense of background story and a real reason why their character should even care about the success of their mission.
So what about the game itself, that’s what really counts right? First of all, the overall graphics of Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot have had a complete overhaul, in a much improved way. Fans of the original Rush N’ Attack will be pleased, as the platforming mechanics haven’t changed much from the original at all, yet you can do so much more in Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot. As well as the side to side scrolling action, the gamer can press up or down on the gamepad in the appropriate places to pop out for a bonus point stealth kill. There a multitude of moves and combos the gamer can use to dispatch his foes, and more can be learned through the progression of the game. The overall style of Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot was, (although not a direct clone by any means), was in the league of one of the earlier editions of Metal Gear Solid, not bad comparison company at all. Health Kits, weapon based power-ups, grenades, mission completion objective pieces, and other hidden treasures were all present and accounted for in Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot, but it was some of the little touches, like slow mo’ close up kills, and odd mid-level cut scene here and there that really pulled the whole package together.
We could go on describing game details, features, and plot curves about Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot, but by this point in the article, you probably noticed the overall approving tone of the article by now. well if you did your perceptive nature is dead bang, we approve of Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot. Of all the games on PSN in the $9.99 or less range, we would argue any and all opposing critics it’s one of the best, most of the $15 titles don’t offer this level of value. Bottom line, Rush N’ Attack: Ex Patriot is a buy.