Rogue Trooper originally released back in 2006 across a variety of platforms including the PS2, and it was received pretty positively! Remade for a new generation of systems, Rogue Trooper aims to deliver the same fun combat that it did back then, but with presentation that matches what Rebellion wanted.
You play as Rogue, a Genetic Infantry unit, who’s one of the last of his kind after many other G.I units were wiped out during an attack. G.I can die, although they have immunity to many threats, you can collect their biochips and put their consciousness into another body or item. As the Southers best weapon against the Norts, Rogue has to fight his way through a waging, brutal war and bring an end to it. Of course, you’ll be collecting the biochips of your fallen comrades too. It’s nothing overly engaging, but it’s a serviceable journey which allows you to fight in a sci-fi story against an overwhelming opposing force.
Rogue Trooper feels solid for the most part, but it’s undeniable that it’s showing its age and can feel overly clunky at times. The control scheme can be awkward with down being reload and L3 being crouch, and for this remake the controls could’ve been better revisited. Although it has an arcade feel to it, it can be rather slow-going — a sprint function could’ve helped with this, but sadly you have to deal with Rogue’s slow jog and his heavy dives.
That said, the shooting is mostly solid and the campaign only lasts a few short hours, making the controls easier to put up with. Sadly, the snap-to-cover mechanic doesn’t feel as responsive as it needs to be, and it can sometimes be a little frustrating. Shooting from cover isn’t particularly smooth, either. It might feel pretty dated by today’s standards, and I’m a little surprised it got remade considering it was never wildly popular, but it’s nice to see the team revisit a game that is clearly very special to them. You can’t knock it too much for £19.99 either!
You won’t be blown away visually, but it’s a sight better than it was back on PS2. Its environments fit the game’s narrative of a world heavily effected by on-going war, but it’s still a world that’s mostly blue, brown and lacking much variety. The voice-acting is exaggerated and very 90’s sci-fi, and I love that, but the soundtrack is sorely lacking in memorable tunes.
Again, for its price, the work that’s been done to Rogue Trooper is what should be expected of it, and it wouldn’t be fair to be overly critical of it. It looks nice and the audio does the job to a satisfactory level, but don’t expect anything that’s like the heavy-hitters on PS4.
Rogue Trooper has been given new life on PS4, even though there were very few who asked for it, and Rebellion and developer TickTock Games will have now hopefully created the game that matches their original vision. If you’re looking for a fun ride that’ll give you 6 or so hours of entertainment then Rogue Trooper will satisfy you, even if it is a one-and-done adventure.