The First Hour: Rogue Trooper Redux
Based on the British comic character Rogue, where he has co-starred alongside the iconic Judge Dredd and many other characters in the 2000 A.D. science-fiction anthology, Rogue Trooper Redux sees players taking control of the title character in a lightly satirical take on the second World War. A Genetic Infantryman, Rogue and his fellow GIs have been specially bred to fight in the toxic atmosphere of Nu-Earth. Players spend most of the campaign fighting against generic Nazi enemies in generic alien environments, but the experience is bolstered by smart mechanics built around Rogue’s equipment: Rather than carrying multiple weapons, his gun literally transforms into different configurations (which takes time and is risky in heated combat), or it can be placed as a stationery turret; alternatively to traditional ammunition or healing items, Rogue’s backpack creates them from scrap salvaged in the level or from enemies; and his helmet creates a holographic double which can draw enemy fire or scout hostile territory. You can watch Andrew (@playcritically) play through the first hour of this ambitious third-person sci-fi shooter in the embedded video below.