streets-of-rogue
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Release: Mar 2017
Reviewed on: PC (Early Access)

Streets of Rogue

Site Score
8.0
Good: Interesting mix of genres – Large variety of characters, items and situations
Bad: Relies on the player to create their own challenges
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8.0
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Opting to give players a large array of choice and freedom in completing game objectives and wrapping it in a procedurally generated city is Streets of Rogue, a game that takes inspiration from a wide range of titles and attempts to blend them into one.

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Your objective in the world of Streets of Rogue is to advance through these randomly generated game worlds, completing missions and improving your strength for the levels to come. Each level design changes the types of enemies you’ll encounter while also altering the hazards that are present such as the park levels which hides deadly cannibals. These levels are split into three different stages with the third one being impacted by a disaster which makes your mission much more difficult. Disasters include the likes of zombie outbreaks, riots and artillery which can complicate matters and add one more layer of variety.

Said missions involve a range of requirements from assassinating a particular target, activating a bunch of switches, freeing a gorilla, acquiring an item from a chest and more. While all of these can generally be resolved by shootings guns and asking questions later there are other mechanics in Streets of Rogue that can play to your advantage and are particularly important to utilise on certain game characters.

These mechanics include dropping syringes into air filters to kill off enemies with poison, purchasing a slave to do your dirty work or hacking a computer. When combined with the hefty amount of game items that can be dropped, bought and sold there is plenty of combinations that players can utilise to achieve the missions.

What really drives the mechanics you’ll employ though are the characters you select as this drives stats like health and speed, starting equipment and other abilities. The Soldier for example can run and gun its way through levels quite easily with strong gun skill and regenerating health, reaching a point where they are near impossible to stop.

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More passive characters though such as the Hacker who hacks computers for an advantage or the Investment Banker who is a drug expert require more careful planning and reliance on NPCs to advance. More characters are unlocked with play and players can even create their own character if they wish to devise their own mix of strengths and weaknesses. Through play new game specific mutations, traits, rewards and loadout are unlocked to further the game variety.

Ultimately Streets of Rogue is a game with potentially hundreds of hours in it although a complete run could take only several hours. To reach these hundreds of hours will be up to the player though creating their own challenges with each character and the mix of mutations which continue to expand with game development.

Summary:

  • Blend of rouge-lite gameplay with other genres.
  • Complete missions, counter disasters and improve your arsenal of weapons.
  • Large range of unlockable characters with unique designs.
  • Co-operative gameplay for up to 4 players.
  • Available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Streets of Rogue, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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