continues their RIP-series with RIP 3, this time humans and anti-heroes teams
up to save earth from an evil invasion.
RIP 3 comes with a pretty extensive story, which is presented in the beginning
of the game in a marvel comic -style manner. The RIP 3 story has the usual elements
of good and evil, a cruel dictator and a world parallel to our (the world of
the dead). However in RIP 3 the good constitutes of humans and anti-heroes like
Death, Halloween and Rock N’ Roll. This time there is also a battle droid
character, which is pretty fun to play.
like the comic-style graphics in the beginning of the game, they are extended
with the story explained in text, I miss a narrator though since it would have
made the story more alive and interesting.
If you have not played RIP before you would probably feel a bit uneasy about
the controls. The game uses the mouse and the keyboard arrows. Using the mouse
you can fire your weapon, and aim it. The arrow keys are used for movement in
different directions. Even though it might be hard to learn in the beginning
it’s a superior way of controlling a game, and taking advantage of the
Graphically the game is prettier than its predecessors, but the changes are
nominal in game. What really caught my eye is the menu graphics, which are more
dynamic. A portrait of the character you are playing becomes the background
in the menus, neat!
RIP 3 is an extensive game spanning 100 levels, and with a nice variety of them.
Most of them are indoor in a research lab environment, but somehow Elephant
Games managed to make the levels more interactive and fun. They now feature objects that you can blow up and different kinds of power ups.
Obviously the game comes packed with weapons, but also vehicles. The weapons
range from simple plasma guns to tanks. There are also some mean enemies, the
most noteworthy are the bosses. They are often large battle mechs with tons
of weapons, just waiting to blast you away to another universe.
RIP 3 comes with a hot seat mode, where two players can play on the same system.
It’s definitely more fun than it seems. The game also has the usual multiplayer
options. The soundtrack in RIP 3 is a good fast paced music. It fits the game
and you hardly notice that it’s there, but when you turn it off you kind
of miss it.
RIP 3 is in my
opinion one of the better shooters on the market, it’s definitely a must-have
if you like arcade or shooter games. I believe that the developers have managed
to evolve the series nicely and avoided the sequel plague that’s hitting
the industry. But this game series will be quite a challenge to evolve further.
Strike Back, Interview:
White Elephant Games
White Elephant Games
Website for Game: http://www.elephant-games.com/moreinfo.php?url=rip3
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Where to get: Download
Cost of full game: $19.95
Year of Release: 2006
Pentium 500 MHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, Direct X 9.0
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.
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