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[Review] Streets of Rogue – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: Matt Dabrowski
  • Publisher: tinyBuild
  • Release Date: 12/07/2019
  • Price: £17.99/$19.99
  • Review code provided by tinyBuild 

Streets of Rage… Sorry, Wrong Game.

Streets of Rogue is a fast-paced, top-down, rogue-lite that is centred around player choice and turmoil. But it isn’t like traditional rogue-lites that you have seen before. Instead of being in a dungeon-like area you are actually in a procedurally generated city. You’re intrigued, aren’t you?

With a whole variety of characters to unlock and choose from, Streets of Rogue offers players the chance to create their own identity and playstyle. With each character starting with different items, stats and traits you really must experiment with each character to see what suits you best. But that’s not all, you are able to customise each characters look so you don’t play as the same character twice – unless you want to of course. You are in complete control. Want to go around as a Thief and be super stealthy? Check! Or maybe you’re more of a run and gun type of person? Got you covered with the Soldier. You can even be a Gorilla that just destroys everything! See, something for everyone!

Give Me Chicken Nuggets and Beer!

The story behind Streets of Rogue is an odd one, to say the least. The Mayor – a very power mad man – has, bizarrely, banned and confiscated all alcohol. The madness! What’s stranger is he has made chicken nuggets more valuable than money… I don’t know either.

That’s where you come in! As a new member of The Resistance – a group of people wanting to restore order to this crazy, beer-less world – you must fight your way up through the levels in order to get to the Mayor himself. Starting out in The Slums, then progressing up to the Industrial sector, after that comes the Park, Downtown and finally – if you can make it that far – Uptown. In order to unlock the next ‘floors’, you have to complete the previous floor with 5 non-overpowered characters. Because once isn’t enough.

Once you are in the levels you will have various objectives and quests to complete, but how you choose to complete these objectives is completely up to you. Go in and kill everyone if you like, or kill no one. Bribe people to get what you want, hack computers to open doors, poison people through air systems. Really, the choice is yours.

So Much Choice!

Streets of Rogue is said to be “the most insanely varied game ever made” and I think I would have to agree. There are so many items to use and so many routes to take, it really is insane. Guns, boomboxes, bats, cigarettes, grenades. The list is endless.

Not only is there 100’s of variations of items and ways to play, but each level is also procedurally generated. Meaning that no area will be the same. This opens up multiple playthroughs and unlocks 100’s of hours of gameplay to delve into.

That being said, the levels aren’t exactly as varied as what you might expect. They’re fairly predictable, once you have played for a few hours you can easily pick up the type of buildings/people you will encounter during your playthroughs. That doesn’t put a damper on the game though, it’s still a ton of fun and the variations of items makes up for it.

Join Me, Friendo!

Streets of Rogue is a hell of a lot of fun when you’re playing alone, so just imagine how fun it would be to play with up to 3 friends! Absolute mayhem but it’s hilarious. That’s right, the game features 4-player online and local cooperative play modes! Get the pals over for some beers and some quality game time. Heck, you can even buy beers in-game! Yay beer! *We do not promote the consumption of alcohol – please drink responsibly*

Playing 4 player split-screen can get a little confusing (depending on the size TV you have, I suppose) but it works incredibly well. In my experience, the gameplay ran incredibly smoothly and I encountered no problems whilst there was so much going on, on-screen.

There is also another game mode known as Daily Run. As you might have guessed, this is different each day but will give you specific targets to complete in a certain amount of time. Often giving you a specific class to play with and a set loadout.

Pros

  • Complete freedom within gameplay
  • Hundreds of different ways to play
  • Plenty of different characters to choose from offering different skill sets
  • 4 player co-op is a lot of fun

Cons

  • Not as much variation in levels as you might expect

Verdict

At a time where Rogue-lites are all the rage, Streets of Rogue offers players an exciting change of pace.

4/5

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