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Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 at 11:14 by Jake Tucker with 4 comments

Jake Tucker
Streets of Rogue is, at first glance, everything I hate. It's an open alpha of a rogue-lite with a pun name for a title, and it takes inspiration from a mass of different sources. A single paragraph on the website suggests the game takes inspiration from Binding of Isaac, Nuclear Throne and Deus Ex.

But, this first alpha is open for everyone to play, so I thought why not, if it sucks I can just get back to playing Rainbow Six Siege forever.

It doesn't suck. In fact, Streets of Rogue is fun in a way I haven't seen in games in a long time. It's not particularly polished, and it's got a lot of rough edges, but I couldn't stop playing it. So, as I was saying, Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite, but instead of going around a dungeon twatting folks, you're in a procedurally generated city. It's not any sort of city you'll recognise: gang members roam the streets, office drones threaten naked people walking in off the street and slavers publicly tout their wares in giant cages. The city is already on the verge of chaos, and you're dropped into the middle, a match in a powder keg.

Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

You can be as involved as you want to be - you're given simple missions; neutralise this person, destroy this object, retrieve this item. You can take whatever steps you feel are necessary to achieve this goal, and the tack you take will be dependant on who you're playing. As a shapeshifter you can inhabit other people's bodies, with the skills and talents they possess. As a gorilla you can free other gorillas from captivity, building your own monkey army. Perhaps you want to play as a cop, arresting criminals and protecting the innocent. At this early stage there are plenty of characters with different loadouts and abilities, and they seem to play completely differently.

Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

The surreal cities you stroll around give the game much of its character, and the combat matches this vibe: Swinging a baseball bat around, a lucky strike could see you knock your opponent through a wall, while high explosive charges can easily level half of the city, scattering debris and gibs across a wide area. Some levels will see special modifiers put in place, bombs raining from the sky or the entire city consumed by a riot. It all just adds to the feeling you're caught in a whirlwind, and while it might not be an elegant simulation, I spent my entire afternoon playing it. It's got local co-op too, so you can play it with a friend if that's your fancy.

Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

It reminds me of a freeware game I played a lot growing up, Survival Crisis Z, and it's not a game I ever thought would be made these days, much less published. The demo itself is quite limited, giving you a handful of perks and levels to play through, but it's a good taste of what's coming next, and a good way to lose a few hours.

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chrisb2e9 10th September 2016, 04:34 Quote
Tried it...
It's ok. I played for about an hour. There were some funny moments and some "oh crap!" moments, but I think that the game has a long way to go before it's something that I would consider paying for.
noizdaemon666 10th September 2016, 11:32 Quote
This sounds like it should be something on my 'try it' list.

Beyond that, I particularly liked the use of twatting in the article, one of the few times I've seen it written in an actual properly written article
JakeTucker 10th September 2016, 17:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by noizdaemon666
This sounds like it should be something on my 'try it' list.

Beyond that, I particularly liked the use of twatting in the article, one of the few times I've seen it written in an actual properly written article

It feels about right for when you hit a guy through a wall as a gorilla.
Hex 10th September 2016, 21:01 Quote
This game still makes me rage though, one day they will stop putting 'Rogue' into game titles because nobody online seems capable of writing that when they could write 'Rouge' >:(
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