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Story / Introduction
In Streets of Rogue, your mission is to help take down the corrupt mayor of your city by joining “The Resistance”. Why is this mayor so evil you may ask? It’s simple. He banned jokes about walrus hygiene and chicken nuggets… meaning he must be removed at all costs.
Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite which focuses on its lack of predictability to create a truly unique and different experience every time you start. Every run in Streets of Rogue is randomly generated; with different objectives, items, shops and more that could change with each new playthrough.
There are six stages in Streets of Rogue and three levels within each stage. After completing the three levels in a stage you will move on to the next one. however, on the third level of each stage a disaster will occur. The disaster could be anything from a zombie outbreak, to bombs dropping around the level. This added a nice extra challenge at the end of every stage that kept me making sure I was prepared for the final level in order to ensure victory. Although many times I was not victorious..
with its diverse locations, Streets of Rogue also has a wide range of
characters, allowing you to choose between a cast of 24 different playable
characters at the beginning of each playthrough. Starting with just six, other
characters can be unlocked by completing requirements such as spending a
certain amount of money in a level or completing a level without killing
anyone. Streets of Rogue also offers players the chance to create up to 16
characters that they can play in the game. After designing a character, they
can be customized with certain attributes and special abilities. This inclusion
is an extra bonus to the already large cast of characters the game offers.
of the best parts of Streets of Rogue is the freedom it allows the player. The
game sets up objectives for each level and you decide how you want to complete
them. With its diverse cast of 24 characters, players can choose the stealthy
route by playing as the Thief or the Hacker, or a more aggressive, guns blazing
route with the Soldier or the Gorilla. However, each character has their pros
Characters have different stats such as endurance and speed, different special abilities, different starting items and different traits that you can earn and equip while playing by gaining XP in levels. Characters also have a “Big Quest” that you can complete while playing. This is optional but completing it will give bonus XP and chicken nuggets which is used as currency at Home Base.
Home Base is a hub in which players can spend their chicken nuggets they earn
while playing on upgrades. Players can choose to spend their money on unlocking
multiple different items or traits. The Mutator can also be found at the Home
Base and can be used to modify your game. The use of the game modifiers will
heavily change gameplay, The Mutator can be used to change many things in the
game such as: adding disasters in every level, making most people are hostile
towards you, and allowing infinite ammunition. These changes are applied immediately
to the game and again allows for more variated playthroughs.
combat is also well executed but it does have some flaws. Every level is
littered with different items to try out such as shurikens, boomboxes or freeze
rays; collecting different items is a blast to try, however, while in handheld
mode I did experience some issues trying to aim my weapons in combat. When
fighting, the screen can sometimes be clustered with enemies, so it’s hard to
find your character. Although annoying at some points, this did add to the
overall crazy and hectic atmosphere I think the game was intended to have.
Streets of Rogue also offers local and online co-op which is a great addition for this game. Enabling up to four player co-op again promotes player choice in how they wish to approach the level and its obstacles. Allowing them to decide if they should spread multiple people across the map to complete different objectives or to work together to finish each obstacle one at a time.
of Rogue has a top-down colourful pixel-art style that is very eye-catching.
Every stage is in a different section of the city and has a distinct look from
the next. The six different stages range from the dirty Slums to the rich Mayor
Village. Aside from the interesting locations you visit, Streets of Rogue also
offers unique visuals with each character since all 24 characters are fully
customizable. The overall look of the game is charming and kept me immersed in
Streets of Rogue’s music score does fall a bit flat. Additional audio tracks would be nice to vary each stage from the next and add more tension as you progress through the game.
Over my time with Streets of Rogue I experienced very few technical issues. While playing local co-op I did experience some minor framerate issues when a lot of action was happening on screen. The issues were not constant, but they did were noticeable and slightly disrupted the gameplay.
Overall, Streets of Rogue is a fun rogue-lite good for singleplayer and co-op gameplay. With its varied levels, characters and items, Streets of Rogue offers a unique and different experience every time you play. One of its greatest strengths is allowing liberty in how you want to play, and although some technical issues can sometimes cause distractions, this is a small complaint on a truly fun and entertaining game.
Solid Gameplay That Lets You Decide How You Want to Play
High Replay Value
Charming Visual Design
Terrific for Local Co-op & Online Co-op
Tons of Different Characters & Weapons
Aiming Can be Difficult in Handheld Mode
Combat is Sometimes Hard to Follow
Some Frame Rate Issues During High Action Segments