Rogue Warrior - PC

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Also for: PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Rebellion Soft. Co.: Bethesda
Publishers: Bethesda (GB/US)
Released: 27 Nov 2009 (GB)
Oct 2009 (US)
Ratings: BBFC 18
Accessories: Mouse, Keyboard


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Infiltration, guns, lots of swearing and the hardest man you're ever likely to come across. Rogue Warrior is described by publisher Bethesda as a "personality-driven shooter" - what Hollywood used to called a "star vehicle". It features former real-life Navy SEAL Richard 'Demo Dick' Marcinko, voiced by Mickey Rourke, getting up to the kind of sneaky, blacker than black ops its real life star is famous for.

The game is set in the 1980s, when Marcinko was still a relative youngster, and focuses on a fictional campaign in which Demo Dick is trying to stop anti-ballistic missiles passing from North Korea to Russia. As the game progresses, things go awry and, having been told to stand down for reasons that are unclear, Dick goes rogue.

In any given mission, you're likely to find two stages of play. First up is stealth. You have an armload of different stealthy kill moves to make use of as you sneak your way through a scenario. The environment also comes into play. Shooting out a light is an easy way to disorient an enemy before delivering a kill. An even better way to do it is take out a fuse box and plunge the entire building (a warehouse, in this case) into darkness, switching to night vision as you do it.

The opposing soldiers, however, might well have a vague idea of what's going on. In pretty much all of the missions, expect things go south. As Dick is wont to say – no plan survives contact with the enemy. That brings you to the second stage of play; combat. Dick is left to shoot his way out of the various missions, with battles getting pretty frenetic as the obligatory oil drums go "boom!"

The game naturally features online multiplayer – a staple feature of any shooter these days.

Get ready to fight some terrorists Demo Dick style!