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Rambo: The Video Game will make you sweat blood

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 08:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Rambo: The Video Game will make you sweat blood and shit bullets probably. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with developer Teyon to get the skinny on its violent adaptation of Stallone’s hip-shooting trilogy

Rambo: The Video Game

Developed by Polish studio Teyon, Rambo: The Video Game will hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 at some point in 2013.

Based on the films First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Rambo 3, the game closely follows the events of each movie.

It’s an on-rails, cover shooter hybrid with stealth sections and QTE battles. It’s a mixed bunch, but read on for the finer details.

The game features full character mo-cap from Teyon and input from Studio Canal to make the experience as authentic to the films as possible.

There’s still no word on Stallone’s involvement, mind. When I asked Teyon they declined to answer.

The Rambo series of movies may have pissed all over David Morrell’s 1972 novel First Blood with increasing pressure by each instalment but there’s no denying it’s had a massive impact on action culture.

Picture the red bandana, the dirty black vest, the mullet, the fact that the sod scarcely aims his guns or reloads them; these elements have been parodied and worked into many cheesy action movies over the years, so it’s little wonder there’s an appetite for Teyon’s game adaptation.

No look, I’m being serious here; every time we so much as whisper about Rambo: The Video Game on this site our reader numbers fly up like mad. Many of you out there want to know more about this largely shrouded project, so we went straight to the source in search of answers.

Is it an on-rails game? Does it follow the movies closely? How does it handle? What tech lies under the hood? I’ve seen many of you asking these very questions on our comment threads before, so I posed them directly to Teyon’s team and general manager at publisher Reef Entertainment Will Curley.

To set the scene quickly; Rambo: The Video Game hurls players into the sweaty fatigue-trousers of John Rambo as he slaughters his way through the plots of First Blood: Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Rambo 3. Teyon confirmed that the game is a rail-shooter hybrid with an emphasis on score-attack, so it’s obviously not a light gun game, but Rambo is automatically funnelled through each stage.

“We felt that controlling the player’s journey through the levels and maximising the visual and set-piece variety we could offer was the best way for us to go,” Curley explained. “We want players to have the feeling of the game being complete-able but also that when they get to the end they have the sense that they have seen, experienced and achieved a lot of things.

“It’s similar to a classic arcade game feel, even something like Outrun that speeds you through five stages quickly so in a small chunk of time you’ve seen a lot of content. We’re fans of that type of gaming. So we appointed our developer Teyon and our initial plans were to make a straight ‘rail’ shooter that moved the player through the set-pieces and environment of the three films.

“We looked around at rail shooters both classic and current to find what people enjoyed and also think of ways to make them feel fresh again. There were a few issues that came to light once we started project planning. First, a pure rail-shooter tends to be about single shot accuracy and very clinical play. If you go down the other route and do more of a ‘spray’ rail-shooter you lose the every-bullet-counts feel and re-load management somewhat.”

Rambo progresses on rails until the players reach a specific point, which then latches him to cover. From there it’s possible to pop in and out of terrain FPS-style while slotting targets, managing reloads and more. It’s sort of like mixing up the Time Crisis cover system with Call of Duty, but with a badass factor of ten. Cover can be shredded by gunfire in seconds however, so moving between points is the key to survival.

It’s not all shooting though, as Rambo will also put his stealth skills to use when the opportunity arises, or when particularly nails enemies appear. Curley explained that the game’s theme is that feeling of going from hunted to hunter, with Rambo facing impossible odds against scores of enemies initially and to then lay down some immense hurt as the tables turn.

Curley added that test players approaching Rambo as a straight up shooter found they couldn’t get past the first mission. It really is about choosing when to switch cover wisely, and spunking all your bullets up the wall in a matter of seconds is certainly not to be advised. Grenade-chucking foes will also flush players out of cover if they ‘turtle’ behind it for a long period of time, encouraging constant movement.

You already knew this as soon as you read the word ‘Rambo’ in the game’s title, but yes this is a gun-heavy experience and with it, there’s an emphasis on chain-killing and leaderboard dominance.

“In terms of weapons we have a good variety of guns and equipment from the movies, Curley continued. “Players can take a load-out of two guns, bow and various arrows, as well as grenades into the battle. The player can also equip various skills as well as upgrading core attributes. In testing we have seen a variety of different approaches to play.

“You can make a build with fast health-regen and super-bar charging which allows you to survive for longer periods out of cover and chain kill, or you can make a very fast build where you speed up movement, reloads, clip-size and put score multipliers into hits on dead bodies for examples, so a more skilful player would be able to yield the highest scores.

“In terms of scoring, we see leader-boards as a really important part of the game as we want to make it something that players will enjoy completing multiple times. Obviously harder difficulties will yield better multipliers, but we also have plans for stackable clip-combos, timer based multipliers, chain combos and more. You will also be rewarded for Rambo-like play whether that be aggressively or taking a non-lethal route through the First Blood portions of the game.”

All of this wanton destruction and fragging may send the heads of action fans out there spinning, but I’m sure we’re all aware that the first Rambo film didn’t have a massive death toll unlike Rambo 3′s 132-strong body count, so just how can a game largely about shooting claim to be authentic to the source material? I wanted to know, so I asked and was told that the team follows the films almost “religiously”.

“Where we could we went for authenticity first and foremost,” Curley added. “For example we initially had Rambo shooting his way out of the police-station as we had well developed shoot-out mechanics and it was fun to destroy the police-station from inside. However we replaced it with a 3rd person QTE fight sequence that is more true to the films.

“The sequence is shorter but it definitely adds to the experience of the game. One thing fans wanted was more third-person scenes which is obviously difficult today without building a whole new animation and control system for the game, so QTE and mo-cap works great as a substitute, and as you can imagine mo-cap also gives us the best opportunity for accuracy to the films.”

He added, “For First Blood we give player’s the choice; play like Rambo, who minimised fatalities or if you want you can go all guns blazing and shoot or knife to kill. In the First Blood section stealth hunts with correct timing would give stun take-downs for example, or players can shoot weapons from cops hands to disarm them or other non-lethal areas such as arms and legs to incapacitate them.

“There’s still a lot to be said for the fun of destroying the lights in the town and shooting up the police station as Rambo does himself in the film, or blowing up the police cars as well. It doesn’t always have to be bloody kills that are satisfying, though playing that way is also possible and in testing most people play that way. If you want to go for high-scores though it’s obviously better to play these levels like Rambo did in the films.”

Curley explained that the QTE fights are comparable to Shenmue’s scripted battles in that they aren’t over-used, and he added that some actions – such as Rambo knocking over a table in one cinematic – can see it used as cover once gameplay resumes. The prompts are also used during the game’s mo-capped boss battles, and during gunplay to create twitch tactical options.

I also asked Curley just how violent the game gets when the action reaches its peak and he replied that the level of bloodshed rests somewhere between the third and fourth films, so it’s dripping in blood, basically and it sounds like it could just serve as a fitting tribute to the films that have inspired a generation of action movie fanatics.

Now all we need is for someone to give Arnold Scharzenegger’s ‘Commando’ the same treatment and I can die a happy man.

Rambo: The Video Game launches on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 at some point this year.

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21 Comments

  1. actuallyisnotafox

    umm.. i dont wanna sweat blood kind sir’s D:

    #1 2 years ago
  2. For Blood

    No on-rails shooter compares to Area 51.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    Thanks for the read Dave,hopefully we ‘ll get to see some gameplay soon.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kyle Jackson

    As long as I’m not shitting blood, sweating it is okay with me.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. kingy

    Hmmm interested ,just hope they can pull it off ,I would hate this to be a poor game it looks and sounds good so far , fingers crossed

    #5 2 years ago
  6. JimFear-666

    im not sure i want to have this kind of side effect if i play a game…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. oreogod

    Super hero version of rambo in an on rails shooter peppered with QTE events all over the place. Lame.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    On rails shooter and QTE events, i had big hopes for this. But now it just become a two dollar hooker disappointment. What the hell where they thinking?… the 90′s is over and the mounted on gun arcade machines is gone. This game could be awesome if it had been an open world game. Sadly it is just another good opportunity lost, the curse of the ‘crap’ Rambo game continue.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CPC_RedDawn

    All they need to do is make a mod for Far Cry 3 and its done!

    Using the FC3 engine they could make some epic games, a Jurassic Park game anyone? A Predator game anyone????

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Transgenique

    Playable @GamesCom 2012. One of the shittiest game ever. KTHXBYE

    #10 2 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! It wasn’t my war! You asked me, I didn’t ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn’t let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me? Who are they? Unless they’ve been me and been there and know what the hell they’re yelling about!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    It’s over, Johnny! It’s over!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @11 & @12 Do we get to win this time?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Clupula

    In all seriousness, if they’re recreating the movies, does that mean we get to fight Soviets alongside the Taliban?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    I remember owning the Rambo games on PS2 but i can’t remember playing much of it, in fact i don’t where it came from. But i do remember watching one of the movies. Pretty slick.

    This game sounds bloody interesting though.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @14 good point.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. majicship

    Great read Dave. Love the zero puffery approach. I’m all up for this new Rambo game and an on rails type affair is just what the doctor ordered. Not everything has to be open world or multiplayer. Games are getting too clever for the sake of it IMO. Put the fun into the heart of the gameplay like this and just let players have a laugh with it.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @17 thank you :)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. MrWaffles

    Count me in.

    If this had any kind of success that might open the door to get more 90′s movies in rail-shooter form.

    (I’m looking at you, dual-gun terminator cabinet)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Vice

    From these small screenshots it looks surprisingly good.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. manamana

    Sounds like good, old fun to me.

    #21 2 years ago

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  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

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  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

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  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

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  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

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  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

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  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

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  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

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  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

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  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

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  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

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  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

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