Rico – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Rico
I always love a good shooter. Whether that`s a FPS or a TPS I normally find myself indulged in any of them and on the whole quite enjoy them. There have been some that I have really enjoyed, both in the form of ID and AAA and some that I have not enjoyed, again both ID and AAA. Over the past few weeks, I`ve had the chance to get my hands on a new fast-paced FPS game, and that comes in the form of Rico. How was it going to fare? Was it going to be something I was going to enjoy? Or would it be let down for a shooter? I must say I`ve quite enjoyed it overall, but I do fear for some, it will feel to repetitive.
Rico is developed by Ground Shatter and published by Rising Star Games, and is described as a action movie FPS. Across a variety of modes and cases, the aim of each round is going to be quite simple. You are a police detective and your aim is to move through each level (Which is designed to be a massive raid on a building) and clear each room of enemies. You will have several rooms to clear throughout, and the quicker you complete the level and clear all the enemies, the better that is. In addition, you`ll need to collect ammo and health in order to survive and not be wiped out by one of several enemies.
Straight from the off you`re able to go into a Tutorial level which will show you the basics of what to do – think of it as a massive crash course where you`ll need to go through each room, and shoot the pop up enemies that appear in record time, before moving onto the real thing. In addition, you have the ability to play through a case mode, which will be where the main focus and story of the game is, and also, be able to play online in Multiplayer games, and lockdown mode, which is a take on Survival, which I quite enjoyed. There is a good variety in the modes to play, and something to cater for people.
I like the style of the game. I think it`s good, and I enjoy it. However, there is a fear that what you play is going to become rather competitive after a while, and even with the different game modes, the emphasis is still the same throughout, and for some people, that`s not going to be good. Some people will play through and enjoy it throughout, but I fall in the category that I was finding myself turning it off after a while just to have a break from playing the same thing again. I like variety, and although I quite like the mode variety I have, I`d have like to have seen some variety in the actual gameplay.
I always like a game that`s easy to pick up and play, and you get that with Rico. If you`ve ever played any other shooter game then you`ll be pleased to know that it`s near enough the same configuration that every shooter seems to follow with. If you`re new to shooter games, then you will be taught in the tutorial.
Graphically I love it. I think the artistic style that was taken by the development team was good, and it looks a bit different from what I`ve played when it comes to shooters, and think it looks good. The digital comic book style is something that we don’t see too often in video games, and mixed with the fast-paced action, made it look good. It`s not going to be everyone`s cup of tea, but for me, I like what they did with it.
Ultimately Rico is a title that`s not going to be for everyone, and I think the repetitiveness throughout it is going to be the problem. There is a good variety in the modes that are on offer throughout and I personally quite enjoyed playing the story mode, and I like the options that you get to be able to play online with (Admittedly when it works- I can`t say I had awful lots of success when it came to getting many games online) but for some people, it`s going to be a game that offers a bit of play value before the need to turn it off and switch to something else that`s going to offer something varied in the game.
However, Rico is a game that I`m enjoying my time with. I like the artistic style that was taken by the devs, and being a bit of a stickler for shooters I enjoyed it. But perhaps I`m being a bit biased there as a shooter genre lover. If someone who was new to the shooter genre played it, I`m not sure how long they`d stick with it for. But if you can take a look past the fact that you`re not going to be getting much variety in how the game plays and your aim as you wipe out rooms of enemies, you do get a game that offers good fun, and good spells of shooting your way through to the quickest time, and I`ve quite enjoyed my time so far.