|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Capcom||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 5, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
That leads us to another nice feature of the title. The character creation and development system incorporates some mild RPG-like elements to make the game more interesting. This system allows players to leave their mark on the experience and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
At the outset, the character customization seems pretty paltry. Players will be able to select between three strangely similar races: Rebel (human), Mercurian or Venusian. From there, players can then choose from three classes including Warrior, Engineer or Outcast. These selections affect the appearance of your character but not much else. Thankfully, as you advance through the levels, you will accumulate experience points, carbon, titanium, and newtonium, which can be spent to upgrade your skills, armor, primary, and secondary weapons respectively. Increasing your character's speed and munitions expertise can prove to be extremely useful the further you progress. Choosing a few of your favorite weapons early on and seriously beefing up their rate of fire and the amount of damage they deal will help you to mow through the legions of aliens that thwart your advance. This mechanic helps to separate the game from others in the genre, and A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. did a good job of implementing it.
Though the single player campaign is somewhat questionable, this game is best experienced when in multiplayer mode in either a local or online co-op match. The multiplayer feature is a good one, and many of the camera issues disappear when there are four squad members covering every bit of the screen, and it's just a lot more fun to see who can kill more expertly. Additionally, connecting is easy and there is no sign of lag or framerate jitters of any kind. Mowing down the Axis of Evil is a simple pleasure when you've got three other buddies to laugh with on the couch or over the internet.
The graphics are very clear and colorful. The playable characters, enemies, and bosses are all interesting to look at and nicely capture the cartoon / comic book feel. Again, there are no frame rate issues to worry about, and the sense of carnage is sweetly portrayed. Unfortunately, the sounds and voiceover work is only passable. The sounds and voice acting get the job done, but they add nothing substantive to the experience. The developers tried to write funny dialogue, but after all it just comes off as a bit cheesy. Happily, the controls are far superior and do a great job of getting you through the action. You'll move your character around and strafe by tilting the left analog stick. In order to fire, you'll simply tilt the right analog stick toward your enemies. This scheme of using dual analog sticks to move, strafe, and shoot is a tried and true method to which any old-school, arcade gamer will quickly latch on.
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is a mindless romp that is probably worth the ten dollar price of admission. If you're expecting a title that will provide you with lasting appeal, then you will be sorely disappointed. rocketmenreally only provides you with a few hours of fun as the overly simple level design and unforgiving camera quickly grow tiresome. It is a decent shooter that looks crisp and is an enjoyable way to kill time with a few friends.
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director