Rogue Trooper Redux

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Polished remake of sci-fi shooter highlights outdated play.

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Plot centers around war, stereotypical "good guys" vs. "bad guys." Main theme of campaign is a story of revenge, with player (Rogue) tracking down traitor responsible for his team's death.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"Genetic Infantrymen" (or "G.I.s"), such as Rogue, have literally been built for war. They were created in labs, genetically modified to fight in hostile environments. It's their sole purpose for existing.

Ease of Play

While it seems like a standard cover-based shooter, there's lots of complexity involved. Since your equipment can serve multiple roles (e.g., your rifle can turn into a stationary turret), you're essentially controlling many pieces of a soldier put together. Switching between weapons in your rather sizable arsenal means trying to quickly navigate the user interface, usually while taking fire. 

Violence

You're a soldier in a brutal, futuristic war, so violence is nonstop throughout. While some weapons have sci-fi flair, it's still relatively realistic. Possible to sneak up on an unsuspecting enemy, snap his neck. No shortage of blood when enemies get shot or take damage.

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A remake of original Rogue Trooper game, which first came out in 2006 -- also based on Rogue Trooper stories serialized in 2000 A.D. comic book from U.K.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rogue Trooper Redux is a third-person shooter available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch. The game is a remake of Rebellion's original 2006 Rogue Trooper game, which is based on the serialized story from the company's 2000 A.D. comic book series. Players control a genetically engineered super soldier who fights through a sci-fi battlefield on a personal mission of revenge. Violence is nonstop, with players using a variety of futuristic weapons that operate in realistic ways. The game features a fair amount of blood, as well as some more brutal scenes of killing, such as snapping an unaware enemy's neck. 

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What's it about?

ROGUE TROOPER REDUX is a remastered version of Rebellion's original hit 2006 shooter, Rogue Trooper. Based on the strip that appeared in the U.K. comic anthology 2000 A.D., the game follows the story of "Rogue," one of a line of genetically engineered super soldiers created to survive and fight in the harsh and toxic environment of Nu-Earth. When a planned surprise attack turns into a massacre, thanks to the betrayal of a High Command General, Rogue finds himself the sole survivor of not only the battle, but of his entire race. Fueled by vengeance, Rogue goes AWOL to hunt down the man responsible for the death of his fellow soldiers. Along the way, Rogue collects the biochips of his fallen brethren, storing their consciousness and personalities within his equipment, hoping to return them from the battlefield and restore them to life in new bodies.

Is it any good?

While the graphics have been upgraded, the main issue with this shooter is that the gameplay just feels very outdated. When the original Rogue Trooper was released back in 2006, it earned praise for bringing something different to the shooter genre, but wound up being a one-off title that quickly faded into obscurity. With Rogue Trooper Redux, Rebellion revisits the game, adding some shiny new visuals and a couple of gameplay tweaks to polish it up for a brand-new audience. Unfortunately, after revisiting the game that was once thought to be a bit ahead of its time, it's hard not to feel that maybe Rogue Trooper's time has passed.

Rogue Trooper Redux isn't a terrible game. The story is surprisingly entertaining, with more than a few twists to keep players' interest. The problem is that the gameplay just doesn't measure up. Things that were innovative back in 2006, such as the cover-based combat, are commonplace now and executed much better by other games. Also, managing your arsenal requires digging through a clunky user interface that's a pain to use, especially in the heat of battle. None of this makes the game unplayable, and there's still some fun to be had. Plus, the game's updated presentation looks clean, sharp, and detailed.  But at the end of the day, all the cosmetic upgrades in the world still can't keep Rogue Trooper Redux from showing its age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the effects of violence in media. What are some of the factors that can affect the impact of violence on young kids? Does a sci-fi or fantasy setting have a lesser impact than that of a historical setting? What about a realistic portrayal of fighting versus a more cartoonish approach?

  • Talk about remakes and reboots. What is the appeal of revisiting the past and re-creating it? Is it more to strike at the nostalgia of the original fans, or to introduce it to a new generation?

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