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Streets of Rogue

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Quick, quirky adventure with plenty of player freedom.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game's procedurally generated, meaning things like missions, character interactions, and objectives are constantly changing and random. Players can also play their own way, which means you can run around blasting everything or try talking your way through most conflicts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

By accomplishing certain goals, players unlock a variety of different character classes/professions with unique skills. These characters can range from classic heroes like police and firefighters to monsters like vampires and zombies to other more warped, non-standard characters like cannibals and drug-addicted bankers.

Ease of Play

Gameplay's very simple, leaving it up to players to decide what to interact with and how to do so. Getting through each floor alive can be difficult, especially depending on how you choose to play or which bonuses you’re going for, but it always feels like something new.

Violence

Depending on how players choose to interact with the world and each other, the level of violence can range from very mild to over-the-top. There’s some blood shown onscreen when characters take damage and they can even be blown up into meaty chunks. Still, the game’s pixelated art style helps to reduce the impact of the more graphic violence.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarettes, alcohol, and syringes of mysterious drugs all show up as useable items in the game. The game’s plot and the backstory/description of some of the character classes also involve drinking and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Streets of Rogue is an action/adventure game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch game consoles, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers. Players choose a character and try to make their way up through a series of floors, completing various missions and objectives along the way. Gamers can play in nearly any style they prefer, whether it’s blasting everything that moves, sneaking in the shadows, or even just convincing other characters to do their dirty work. Violence does happen regularly, with some blood and gore shown onscreen, though the game’s pixelated art style keeps that from being too graphic. Parents should also be aware that drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are regularly referenced in the game and are available as consumable items.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byProudFather777 July 18, 2019

Got it, love it!

Got it for my family recently, we all love it! Very fun time playing with my kids, a great game for any tween!
Adult Written byZeldaboy81 July 18, 2019

Fun for all

I love this game for my kids it's very fun and we all love it
Teen, 14 years old Written byYeetTeen July 18, 2019

Great Game!

Got tis when it relesed for me Xbox, great game, definitely a good amount of violence and drinking, but I mean, if you've sen tat stuff be4, u shuld be gu...

What's it about?

STREETS OF ROGUE puts players onto the mean streets and back alleys of a city in peril. The new Mayor has gone mad with power. After getting duly elected on a platform of promises of "lower taxes" and "more beer," the Mayor went on to raise taxes and confiscate all the beer in the city for himself. This led to the rise of the Resistance which, if we're being perfectly honest, isn't too much better than the Mayor. But hey, at least they're the good guys, right? As the latest recruit in the Resistance, it's up to you to climb up through the slums of the city, pulling off a few obligatory side quests along the way, and ultimately free the city from the Mayor's iron grip once and for all. You'll choose from more than twenty different classes, ranging from role-playing game mainstays like Thief and Soldier to supernatural classes like the Vampire or Werewolf, or take on one of the more … specialized … classes like the Comedian or the Investment Banker. You can play the way you want -- shoot, sneak, or even joke your way past all obstacles in your way. Rise up against the Mayor's tyranny alone or with friends in both couch and online co-op play, and take back the city … and bring back the beer while you're at it.

Is it any good?

Some games can have cutting edge graphics and gameplay, but still fall flat, while others can have a less impressive presentation, but still somehow be ridiculously fun in spite of themselves. Streets of Rogue is a perfect example of this. The game's plot makes no sense whatsoever, it looks like something straight out of the 8-bit era of the '80s, the controls are about as basic as can be, and the challenge constantly rubber bands between mind numbingly simple and insanely difficult. And yet somehow, the minute you pick up the game, its odd charm and quirky style grab hold and don't let go. You're sucked into the experience with no escape … but that's not a bad thing.

Admittedly, Streets of Rogue is far from perfect. While the game offers up a wealth of options in the form of more than twenty different "classes" to play, its randomly generated stages mean that you never really know what to expect from one game to the next. You might breeze through the missions of one floor only to find yourself ill-equipped for the missions of the next. Also, even though there's a lot of variety in how you play, the stages themselves can't help but feel a little repetitive after a while. This is a game that's definitely best played in smaller bursts. Finally, setting up co-op matches in local and especially in online play is an awkward process. It works fine, but it's not as smooth as it could be. Still, Streets of Rogue is a quirky, arcade style adventure that's well worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Streets of Rouge affected by the pixelated visuals, which limits how graphic the violence appears to be? Is the impact lessened by the amount of humor and commentary presented in the game, which feels more like the violence is tongue in cheek?

  • What are some ways that substance use is portrayed in film, television, and gaming? Can these influence younger audiences to experiment in real-life? What’s being done within the entertainment industry to reduce kids’ exposure to these activities?

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