- Sega Master System
The Delta City destroyer of evil-doers is backhand this time he's on the wrong side of the law! RoboCop goes renegade in this Ocean of America title. Your task (should you choose to accept it) is to get the mechanized officer-of-peace through the deadly streets of Detroit, fighting the Rehabilitation Cops (Rehabs), and rescuing your friends (Nikko and Marie Lazarus) from the clutches of the OCP Tower.
The action's extremely cool as our pal RoboCop lumbers through the streets of the Motor City in this sharp-looking, single player, walk 'n' gun action/adventure game. Beware, though, only experienced RoboCops are gonna survive this challenge.
Sound and graphics combine to give RoboCop a jagged edge. When he hits the pavement, RoboCop's got to battle a bunch of extra evil and generally not nice Splatterpunks. Throughout the game (and in a terrifically colorful manner) the graphics give you a real sense of Detroit's desperate straits. The futuristic tin-man clumps through the littered city streets. During the later stages, he dons a jetpack to take on the Rehabs and their tanks from the air. The crisp sounds add real depth to the action and they're better than your average run-and-gun.
ProTip: Don't bother to try to shoot or punch the bikers in Level One. Time their runs, and jump off of crates to avoid them.
RoboCop also scores with its weapons and controls. The sci-fi cop's got a standard arsenal, including a single-shot gun, a three-way shot, a laser gun, and a missile launcher. The interface between you and the cybercop is very tight and highly usable. You easily select and swap weapons via your right or left buttons. While the action may seem slow at first, RoboCop's actually supposed to slowly thump his way through the game's fantastic-looking derelict streets. After all, who can move quickly in a ton of armor and hardware?
- Don't be afraid to swap weapons, and watch your bullet count 'cause it's limited.
- Punch your way out of close-in fighting. Your weapons are useless in these situations.
- To limit your damage, crouch when you shoot.
Tough, but not Invincible
RoboCop's challenging enough to put even experienced gamers to the test. This one-man army absorbs lots of damage during his travels. Your only hope is to survive long enough to reach the Energy Pods in each level. The folks at Ocean even put a tough time limit on each level and gave you three lives with five continues. This means you're gonna spend a lot of time right back where you started from. The downside? Beginner and intermediate gamers may find the game too frustrating.
When you jump onto moving objects, note that the edges of the objects are dangerous. Land fully on the object or you'll die!
Glorious Graphics, Rough Ride
The bottom line on RoboCop? The graphics and sound are way cool, and you and your cybercop have no problem communicating. However, this classy package is tempered by brutally difficult challenge. Some players will feel frustrated early on and find that RoboCop 3 crosses that difficult-to-nail-down line of challenge vs. fun. All in all, RoboCop's gonna blow you away!