Since the release of Retro City Rampage
nearly two years ago, developer vBlank Entertainment has been busy trying to improve on the title. However, patches and updates can only do so much, so the game has been remastered from top to bottom to produce Retro City Rampage DX
, which will be released as a FREE title update for players that already own the original title. For those of you who are pushed for time, take a look at the update's launch trailer to see what has been improved:
Visually, the game will include a dynamic camera and a HUD that has a more lightweight appearance. There are two new graphics modes. The RETRO+ mode adds better shadows and more effects to improve the game's graphics. Alternatively, the 8-BIT mode reduces their quality to go for the appearance of a game that has reappeared from the 80s. There has also been an increase in the number of video filter options, including colour modes and a widescreen tube border.
The improved HUD now includes a larger minimap. This now displays weapon shops, spray shops, power-up shops and enemies, as well as the missions and challenges that it did previously. You can set a specific waypoint to aid navigation and you can zoom in and out with the single press of a button.
Every single mission has been tweaked, mostly to improve their pacing. As an example, "Death Cam VHS" has seen a reduction in the number of enemies that the player faces during the melee section. The car dodge tutorial has been improved so that the player doesn't have to jump around quite so much. The Arcade challenges have also been reworked, although there will be a new separate leaderboard for Retro City Rampage DX
that means that players can only compare challenges with the same parameters.
There are more weapon trucks throughout the city so that players can either buy their weapon of choice or try to hijack it. Of course, if you try to hijack a truck then you'll get to experience the deepened wanted level system and police AI. If a player stops to fight the cops on their tail, clearing the screen means that they will stop following you. If you defeat three or more police, they will spawn a Cop Coin that reduces your wanted level, although this can be turned off from the game's pause menu if you want to make things more difficult. There is still the option to spray your vehicle, change your haircut or find a Cop Coin too.
Players will get the option to use a new garage system where they can park one of each of the 54 vehicles within the game. These vehicles can then be accessed from any garage within Theftropolis.
Unsurprisingly, the game's controls have also been improved. Players can now jump immediately after firing a weapon and weapons have been rebalanced, some of which now do more damage. Cars, explosions and weapons all offer more spectacular effects. There is also a new weapon select screen that allows players to pause the game and switch weapons easily, especially if your inventory is full to bursting.
Finally, the sound fanatics amongst you will be pleased to hear that there is an in-game jukebox that includes 147 tunes from the game's soundtrack, which was composed by Jake ‘virt’ Kaufman, Freaky DNA and Norrin Radd.
Here's another view of the game in action with all of its new features, although bear in mind that theis trailer shares a lot of footage with the earlier one.
Retro City Rampage DX
is due to be released as FREE title update later this month. The update will also mark the first time that the game will be available in Australia and New Zealand on Xbox LIVE Arcade, although a price has not yet been announced for this region.