Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre
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Game Reviewed: Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre
Publisher: Grafitti Entertainment
Category: Action (Third-Person Shooter)
ESRB Rating: T
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In the distant future, two nations fight for dominance on a planet called Nu-Earth. The Norts and the Southers have used every type of weapon imaginable, evidenced by the planet’s now-caustic atmosphere. The Southers have been forced to deploy their devastating new weapon: Genetic Infantrymen (or GI’s). The GI’s are blue humanoids genetically engineered by the Southers to be stronger than a human and capable of surviving the atmosphere of Nu-Earth without needing heavy breathing equipment. These new soldiers are deployed to the battlefront, including a GI named Rogue and his three buddies Gunnar, Bagman and Helm.
Upon landing in the Quartz Zone, you take control of Rogue. You also discover that your deployment was no surprise. Someone has betrayed the Southers and leaked information to the Norts, who are lying in wait for you. The GI’s are decimated in this battle, but you manage to escape. Along the way, you obtain the biochips of your three fallen buddies. These biochips are “soul” for every GI that contains their personality and experience. You recover these chips in time to save your friends (sort of) and allow them to control your equipment. Gunnar is placed on your gun, Bagman is placed on your bag, and Helm is placed on your helmet. (Creative names, yes?) Even though your friends are not really alive, they now manage your equipment, giving you special abilities. Gunnar allows you to be more precise with your rifle, and also allows your rifle to be deployed as a stand-alone sentry gun. Bagman can produce anything you need from the scrap you salvage on the battlefield. Helm can hack computer systems and produce a holographic image of you to distract enemies. You and your buddies set out to fight the Norts on your own and track down the traitor who betrayed you and your friends.
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There is plenty of shooting to go around in Rogue Trooper. Your main weapon is a large assault rifle. You are capable of targeting more precisely with your rifle once Gunnar joins you. You can achieve one-shot kills on your foes by a headshot. You can also take advantage of your enemy’s dependence on air tanks for breathing by shooting their air tank, causing it to explode. You obtain more weaponry as you go along, including mortars, incendiary grenades, missiles, an electric beam, and a sniper rifle. There is some blood when you shoot foes. Bodies disappear after you salvage what you can from them. When you “rescue” your friends, Rogue cuts the biochips out of their heads (not much is shown, however).
I counted a few uses of the words “damn” and “hell.” There was an ad on a wall in one of the levels for “Cat’s Ass Beer.”
The only two female characters I came across in the game wear form-fitting clothes. A female Nort captain is a bit salacious in her mannerisms. An ad on the wall in one level touted a XXX channel, but only displayed some lips.
There is no spiritual content in the game.
Rogue Trooper is essentially a run-of-the-mill shooter. The story is fairly interesting, and the fact that you can manufacture the equipment you need on-the-fly is a nice touch. You have more options for engaging your foes, since you can choose to be stealthy (setting up an ambush with your sentry gun, for example), or run in with guns blazing and hope for the best. Otherwise, Rogue Trooper is like most other shooters. Kill the enemy, blow stuff up, rinse and repeat. Add some swearing and a few other bits of similar content, and you have Rogue Trooper.