PC Game -- Rogue Trooper

Taken from the UK's 2000AD comic series, rogue trooper follows the story of a cloned super soldier or Genetic Infantryman (GI), who roams the war-ravaged wastelands of Nu-Earth looking for the man who ordered the extermination of both him and his soon-to-be-dead cloned comrades.

To help him in his quest, three biochips - taken from fallen squad mates shortly after their death - have been inserted into his rifle, helmet and backpack. These computer backups of his comrades are personalities in their own right, and without their help you wouldn't progress very far through this enjoyable third person shooter.

First up is Bagman, who controls Rogue's backpack and has the ability to manufacture essentials like ammunition, grenades, medipaks and more. To do this, he must accumulate credits from dead Norts (the bad guys) and salvage points situated throughout the maps.

Gunnar's job is to look after Rogue's rifle. Through this biochip, the weapon can be auto aimed - very handy in intense combat - and also set up as a sentry gun, where he can be left to remotely take out the enemy while Rogue is off doing other things. If the firefights become too overwhelming, you can always take cover and use Gunnar's blind fire mode - spraying bullets aimlessly toward the enemy while you stay out of the line of fire.

Finally, Helm looks after your communications and electronics, and his best trick is a hologram that can distract the enemy while the GI outflanks them. He also comes in very handy when you're faced with locked doors or computer terminals.

It should be said that this game is more than your average run-and-gun shoot-em-up - there's a fair amount of stealth required to get through some sections. Slowly working through the enemy with silent kill moves (usually involving knives or bone-breaking techniques) can save you from endless attempts at full frontal assaults. You can also attach a silencer to Gunnar, allowing you to be swift, silent and deadly - all from a safe distance.

Unfortunately, it's not hard to see why Rogue Trooper's colleagues are being massacred en masse - for ubertroops they don't have the brightest of AI, and seem quite happy to stand in the middle of a firefight admiring the view. Enemy soldiers fare slightly better, ducking and weaving through cover, but in the end they're mere cannon fodder for Rogue.

The graphics in this game are very good, but certainly not groundbreaking. The character of Rogue looks exactly as he does in the original comic series, including all his funky accessories. The desolate world of Nu-Earth also looks the part with eerie skylines and bomb-scorched terrain.

Rogue Trooper has enough gunplay to keep fans of this genre happy, but also has plenty of good secondary objectives and stealth elements to help make this game more than just another third person shooter.

A screenshot is available here.

Verdict: Fans of the original will be very satisfied with this translation of the comicbook hero. An entertaining game that will definitely keep you occupied over the winter months.
Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Atari
URL: www.atari.com.au
Price: $89.95

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