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Rambo The Videogame Review

Time for rejoice would be despots, John Rambo is dead, though don’t celebrate too long as this bloody trip down memory lane will leave you chilled to the bone as to just how many people this minute machine of no mercy has notched up over the years. Rambo: The Video Game kicks off at one man army, John Rambo’s funeral, with a top brass official reading his epitaph, noting the hundreds of kills he has made for his country, though after that truck mounted machine gun scene in the 2008 Rambo (this whole movie disappointingly omitted) it must be closer to thousands.

The Rambo movies themselves do tend to be a bit misunderstood, the first was a perfectly paced nod to how Vietnam veterans were treated on their return, left to wander their homeland struggling with shell shock and the treatment of their fellow countrymen; death in the movie itself was minimal but the action ad message was superb. What many remember Rambo for is the sequels, luring us all to the cinema with high octane action, explosions and plenty of memorable quotes; the type of action that was lapped up during the 80’s. It is with the latter movies that the developers Teyon have taken note of here, removing the social impacts and thought provoking moments and just throwing an awful lot of bad guys in front of your crosshairs.

Rambo: The Video Game takes key scenes from the films, adds a little bit more bang to them and takes you on a bullet heavy rollercoaster ride. After the initial surprise to what the actual gameplay consisted of, the game turning out to be an extremely fun title as after a good few months of screen shots and teasers it turns out Rambo: The Video Game is an on rails shooter, very similar to Time Crisis and Operation Wolf, but with a few more modern gameplay ideals thrown in.

Played out as an epitaph of Rambo’s life, you start when it all went wrong, giving us a glimpse of his life in Vietnam and a bloody escape before taking us to the more familiar territory of First Blood and the misunderstood hunter killer mentality of the movie where the locals would not let up, pushing John too far and paying the consequences, moving then onto the even more violent sequels, revisiting Vietnam and then onto Afghanistan.

Though these mini flashbacks will lead you through the action there is a lot more to do than just point and click, with quick active reloading mini games rewarding with not only a speedy swap of a clip but also extra bullets, some cover based action and of course Rambo’s Wrath Mode, turning the screen into an almost Predator style view, highlighting baddies and allowing you to regain some health.

Though for the majority the action is on rails, different parts of the game are split into various gameplay ideas to keep the game fresh and not just a mindless button mash, throwing the occasional quick time event your way like when running for cover or early in the game when you can try and subdue and disarm all of the police with close quarters attacks rather than killing them all, going for non-lethal shots, again sparing the local constabulary by kneecapping them or stealth missions, using Rambo’s signature bow, that whilst still on rails requires you to dispose of enemies silently to infiltrate hostile camps as one wrong move and it’s a bullet to the head.

With short and punchy missions, the game length is a little on the short side, however this is extended with some levelling up, with successful missions earning you a variety of perks and skills, adding more armour or longer Wrath Mode to perks that let you not get punished for a bad quick time event or headshots slowing down time; all these add-ons give you a greater chance of getting your name on the online high score table.

Aside from the storyline there is also a challenge section, with Col. Trautman setting up missions for you to unlock even more weapons, with missions requiring perfect quick time events or all headshots, the challenges are high but the rewards are even higher.

With the gameplay offering a classic on rails shooter feel you used to get at the arcades the game does fall down when it comes to the presentation, the in game action itself holding up quite well that whilst it will not win awards looks and moves respectably well with some huge explosions and rag doll physics thrown in, however the cut scenes are frankly atrocious, reminding me of those old Sega CD FMV games, so when considering purchasing this game, make sure its gameplay footage and not the cut scenes you are watching.

After the initial surprise of what direction this game was taking there was nothing but fun and enjoyment to be had. A title that suits the mouse and keyboard approach rather than a game pad and is certainly suitable for a touch screen game if there is a market, Rambo: The Video Game captures the feel and adrenaline of the movie sequels and is well worth a look.

Words by Ash Buchanan.
(Version Tested: PC)


+ Become John Rambo and shoot everything that moves
+ Additional perks, skill and challenges to unlock


- Very linear
- Short lived
- Cut scenes look terrible

Edited On 25 Feb, 2014

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
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Ontheballcity! 3 years ago
You guys have really let yourselves down with this review. I know you want to sell it but this game is AWFUL. I've had the misfortune of playing it and I can tell anyone who is tempted, its not "well worth a look" at all. Check other reviews of people who aren't trying to sell it.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
Legend i'm pretty sure that ash the writer of the review has no affiliation with the shopto sales department...
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Hi Legend, We are 100% completely honest in our reviews, always have been. If there is anything positive in this very balanced review, then it's only because Ash liked it. I can assure you there is no bias towards the game just because we are selling it and if I thought there was I would not have posted the review in the first place.
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superniceguy 3 years ago
It is no masterpiece, but is still a load of fun. If you want eye popping graphics to take your console to the limits then this is not for you, if you want fun and do not care about graphics then go for it.
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Ontheballcity! 3 years ago
Apologies, had no idea this reviewer and no affiliation to shopto. I take back what I said about shopto. I don't however take back my opinion on the game, it's awful lol
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Kuzz 3 years ago
My god... It looks terrible. Did they really just develop a game like this in 2014 with graphics like that?
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Joe2120 3 years ago
That's ok Legend, our reviews are the most honest around hehe :D
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ASC 3 years ago
I fully believe this is Ash's genuine opinion - I'm somewhat concerned for his sanity, but genuine none the less. The game seems really budget, like the rail shooter aspect was to skip having to implement a proper fps. With poor audio, models, and textures which would have been dated 10 years ago; and basic gameplay padded with the often hated QTE segments. Sure its possible to have fun with it if your into that sort of thing - but that doesn't make it a good game.
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Ash Buchanan 3 years ago
I knew I was going to get some flack for this review, however I grew up with games like this and it totally nailed the experiance. The publishers really have done themselves no favours as even in the videos and pictures above there is only about 5 seconds of game footage, the rest is all the truly awful cutscenes. I will add a note though as I totally overlooked it, the price is too much.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The review is the opinion of Ash and if he enjoyed it then fair play to him but I got to say that I agree with ASC in questioning his sanity. Also has anyone else noticed that the Screenshots are lies? The game looks like crap compared to those Screenshots
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SolidSnake 187 3 years ago
Watched someone play this on youtube, they were having a right laugh, at just how awful this game is.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFFi3PHp5qM#t=1528 So so funny
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
I didn't realise it was an on rails shooter I though it was a normal FPS but by god it looks terrible.

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