After nearly a decade, the new RoboCop: Rogue Town trailer has taken the video game industry into a frenzy. The game is set to release for current-gen consoles and PC and looks blazing to make for a good AAA title. However, it took nearly three decades to perfect a RoboCop game since its first hit was way back in the arcades in 1988.
A total of 6 major titles spanning between 1988 and 2014 across different gaming platforms including arcades have had a chance to make their mark in the gaming industry. Some were memorable, while others were worth better be forgotten.
6 RoboCop (2003)
Titus Interactive Studio led the soft reboot of the RoboCop game franchise in 2003, and the first installment in the series was released for PS2, Xbox, PC, and GameCube. Although it was a spiritual reboot, the game boasted an original story based on the movie franchise. The game followed a mainstream-level challenge with nine levels, each featuring numerous sub-quests and mandatory missions to complete.
The game was a complete disaster in every corner. Besides critics calling it the worst game since Superman 64, fans were furious at the inability to save progress in mid-levels or missions. Adding more to its woes were its boring sound designs and eye-striking graphics, and the idea of shifting to a first-person shooter genre killed the game before it even launched. Only the most irreducible RoboCop fans will love this game.
5 RoboCop (2014)
Just when things seemed boring for the half-dead, half-machine crime fighter, the 2014 film attempted to revive the franchise on a grand scale. However, things were a bit different this time around on the gaming front. Instead of going the old route with arcade and console platforms, the Mobile glue developed and published a mobile game based entirely on the 2014 film. The game was free and available for download on Android and iOS devices.
The game had the disadvantage of being free to play. The cover and shooting mechanics required frequent upgrades from the player side, and some of them were a bit too expensive for convenience. Despite the lush graphics, smooth controls, and gameplay mechanics, the game was mostly seen as a money-hungry way by the developers to promote the film.
4 Robocop 3 (1991)
RoboCop 3 was probably the last of the good games in the series and came at a time when the IP by itself started rolling down a road that seemed pointless. The 1991 game was based on the movie of the same name (released the same year, obviously) and made a few changes here and there, making the game both great and boring. The game was released on all existing consoles at the time and had a different gameplay version for most of them.
The SNESversion was incredibly tricky, and players could destroy their power-ups before they even picked them up. The NDAwas a bit more in-depth, allowing players to experience RoboCop like themselves. The HUD showed damage screens for different body parts, and players could use this information to change their strategy.
3 RoboCop vs. The Terminator
Things were starting to look bleak for the RoboCop gaming franchise, and it needed something exceptional to bring fans back. Luckily, famed comic book artist Frank Miller released a crossover series for Dark Horse Comics combining two of the most iconic sci-fi robots of the 80s. This comic invoked the concept of the 1994 game RoboCop vs Terminator.
The game was released on major platforms like Gameboy, SNES, and Game Gear. Again, each console version differed in how the story was presented. Consoles, powerful enough to handle cutscenes, had them between missions, while others had a scrolling narrative. The game descended from the dark side, much like Frank Miller’s comics introducing gore and gore into the animations. Despite all the creativity of the cutscenes and animations, the game was still considered a dud by critics, stating that the game wasn’t intense enough.
2 RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop 2 was released in 1990 and was based on the film of the same name. It had the same graphics as its original precursor (more on that later), but it was the first game in the franchise to be ported to consumer consoles outside of the arcade release.
Additionally, the console game featured a cooperative system, with the second player taking on the role of a clone in a more purplish hue. The success of the first game raised the hype for the sequel to high levels. Even though the gameplay has remained the same, the overall experience with co-op modes and the comfort of playing them at home has improved it!
1 RoboCop (1988)
For those who have played the games on the list, it wouldn’t have been surprising if the OG RoboCop from 1988 would top the list. The game was originally released for the arcade and later ported to personal computers.
The game was a simple racing and side-shooting game that sold over a million copies for home PCs worldwide and was a commercial and critical success. The game even topped the list of best home video game of the 80s. The game had great graphics for its time and still stands up against modern day arcade genre games like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. It’s a masterpiece by any means and tops the charts easily!
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