From the guys that brought you the timeless classic Shellshock 2:
ShittyBlood Trails, comes Rogue Warrior, a bland and barely functioning FPS that has so much swearing it puts Scarface and Kane & Lynch to shame.
Interestingly enough, House of the Dead: Overkill for the Wii holds the record for most uses of "The F-word" in a game (a 90 minute game with 189 f-words). Rogue Warrior is only slightly longer and probably BARELY missed that record.
Now, you're thinking to yourself: "What the hell is Rogue Warrior?" You've probably heard of this one, but not much more, other than it's reportedly awful or that it contains an arsenal of f-bombs. In reality, it's just another shooter but set during the Cold War. I actually had to Wikipedia the plot simply because I lost interest in it about 5 minutes in:
"Rogue Warrior is primarily a first person shooter with tactical elements. The player assumes control of Navy SEAL Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, also known as "Rogue Warrior". The primary goal for Marcinko begins as an infiltration mission to disrupt hostile missiles and evolves to prevent other potentially dangerous situations. To achieve this goal, Marcinko may use a wide array of weapons and explosives. Such weapons include AK-47s, grenades, and combat knives. In addition to weapons, Marcinko may also utilize explosives barrels and gas tanks to eliminate enemies"
So yeah, the game is based on (reportedly) the autobiography of a real life Navy SEAL. That's cool in theory, but the actual guy didn't lend his voice to the game for whatever reason, (I'm sure he's still alive) so he's voiced by actor Mickey Rourke, who does a decent enough job imitating a gruff, badass SEAL with a raging case of Tourette's Syndrome.
I just have to address the swearing. Much like the violence in Soldier of Fortune Payback, it's funny at first, but gets old pretty quick. He says something containing the "f-word" when he shoots someone, gets shot, or just in general ("better dead than red, mother f**kers!"). To be fair, I wouldn't say something like "OWIE" if I took a bullet to the gut, but game characters say nothing, or just grunt, and it works. The constant stream of expletives just gets silly. I did chuckle when I shot someone in the back of the head and heard "F**king retard commie bastard" or something like that.
Now the game. It sucks. It looks like something that would have come out on the PlayStation 2, the controls are horribly sluggish by default, calling the AI "retarded" is actually being too generous, and the game is freakishly (though mercifully) short. Your enemies are completely oblivious to you, provided they aren't starting DIRECTLY AT YOU, letting you shoot them in the face or use a "close kill," which usually involves some cursing ("Miss me, motherf**ker?") and jamming a knife in some part of his face. These are satisfyingly brutal at times, and almost make up for the piss poor gunplay. There are decent number of weapons though, with assault rifles, Uzi's, shotguns, and the like.
There are 8 levels total, and I was stunned how short it was. I haven't beaten it yet (first run-through just HAD to be on Hard) but after 80 minutes, I was half done. Games like Shellshock 2 and Jumper I've blown through in several hours, but this will take even less than that! A new record for shortest game, perhaps?
Multiplayer blows. Maps are too big, there are only two modes (DM and TDM) and there is nobody playing. The only group I found was some dudes from France presumably boosting for achievements. That or the French have a twisted definition of "fun."
Achievement wise, it's not a tough game, but not one you'd be proud to have played. The campaign achievements don't stack (but as I said, the game is ridiculously short), some require you to kill in a certain way (such as with a sniper rifle, or 5 shotgun kills without a reload), and then there's the (seemingly now standard in crappy games) multiplayer stuff. Which again, isn't bad, but annoying. You need 4 people to do the ranked stuff, and 3 people on your friends list for one. Based on the leaderboards, only 2 of my friends have played this, and I wouldn't want to subject anyone else to it.
Much like other bad games, Rogue Warrior is one you should pick up if only for a laugh. The fact it came out at full price is astounding, but I got it at a local BlockBuster for $14.99. The pain doesn't last long, and the "privilege" to say "yeah, I OWN Rogue Warrior" is a true honor... if you would call it that.
Is it the worst game I've ever played? No, Hour of Victory still holds that "honor." Is it the worst game of 2009? Off the top of my head, yes. I did still find more fun with this than ShellShock 2, if only because I began to make my own sentences containing variations on the word f**k.
"This F**king piece of f**king s**t f**ked my xbox in f**king ways motherf**king Turning f**king Point could f**king only wish it could. This piece of f**k called a f**king game is, in short, a steaming a** s**tty piece of f**king f**k." - Doominatorx6
If that sentence made you giggle, you're gonna LOVE Rogue Warrior.