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R.I.P.D. The Game Review

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R.I.P.D. The Game is a movie tie-in of the new movie with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. While movie tie-ins such as Superman and Iron-Man always fall flat, we may get that gem that resembles Amazing Spider-Man. However, R.I.P.D. The Game does a horrendous job and falls into the category of Iron Man movie games. Not only is this game overpriced, but it is severely lacking in content. Hell, much like this review, except reading this review is free.

The game’s story takes place around the same time the movie does. Ryan Reynold’s character dies and becomes a ghost cop. Now they solve ghost crimes and ghost sheriffs. In this game, you play as one of the duo and kill hordes of oncoming ghosts. With a cutscene here and there, you kind of get the idea of what is going on, but the execution is so bad, you just want to skip everything so you can shoot ghosts.

Now, I like a good shooter. Mindless killing can be a great time suck. However, it must be playable and balanced. R.I.P.D. is not one of those kinds of games. The entire game is a match of Gears of War style horde matches. It works great as a multiplayer mode or a minigame, but NOT as a full game. The core gameplay itself is just a bad idea on both paper and on controller. The game only gets worse from there. The controls are deplorable. In every way shape and form, I cannot stress it enough. The movement is very wooden and unresponsive. Rolling is a way to dodge, but the large ghosts that knock you down will keep you on the ground for far too long. Then the aiming is atrocious. You will aim at the heads of ghosts to get headshot, simple right? Not so much because you will miss. Especially if the enemy is close to you, it just does not connect and it is very annoying when shooting at a group of enemies.

As you kill more and more enemies you will earn point values that allow you to use special abilities. Odds are you won’t get past the minigun turret because you will either be dying too quick and use the healing ability or need a breather to use the stun ability. Random objectives will occur through the fights and most of these involve special ghosts that you can execute or arrest. Arresting ghosts is also annoying because you have to stand by them while other ghosts fill you with ethereal lead. Doing this earns you more money to unlock perks and weapons. All of which feel generic and utterly useless. Damn near forgettable.

There is almost no redeeming value to this game. The ghost design, weapon functionality, and presentation are very generic and boring. If you manage to play this game with a friend or find someone online you will have more fun talking about how bad the game is than actually playing it. I give R.I.P.D. The Game a 2/10.

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