Rango The Video Game First Look

Rango has a lot to live up to in our first look at the movie-based video game that stars a chameleon.

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Announced earlier this year, Rango is an upcoming computer-animated movie directed by Gore Verbinski that stars Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango. Industrial Light & Magic is behind the movie project and has been working closely with developer Behavior Interactive for the past year and a half to create Rango The Video Game. If you haven't heard much about the movie, you aren't the only one. Paramount only recently released a trailer of the movie, but EA stopped by to give us more information about the movie, as well as the game.

This is Rango, the fearless sheriff.

One thing to note is that the game has been in development for more than a year and a half, which is unusual because movie-based games are typically given a much smaller window of time in which to work. In our demo, we got a look at a pre-alpha build of several different areas that gave us an idea of the variety in the game. Rango the movie is a story about a chameleon who wants to become a sheriff of an Old West town called Dirt. He doesn't come across as an instant leader, but by weaving tall tales about his prior adventures, he eventually gains the respect of those around him. The video game follows a similar storyline, but instead, you get to live out Rango's wild fabricated stories.

EA wanted to highlight the variety in gameplay styles that are in the game. In the first area, Rango started off in a sunny, harsh desert, scaling chain-linked fences and gracefully platforming his way across random trash and other objects that made their way into the environment. A mariachi band followed us as we ran through, providing some festive music that fit the scene. Our hero, the chameleon, was armed with a gun, so you can fire at incoming rodents or use your melee attack to bring them down and collect stars--the in-game currency. The button-mashing routine works here, but you can also zoom into a first-person mode, where you can play the game as a first-person shooter if you prefer. Regardless of how you choose to get through the levels, you can upgrade your skills whenever you come across Wounded Bird--one of the characters in the movie. You can continue to upgrade your character even after you beat the game, so your second play-through will be much easier if you want to seek out all of the collectibles and hidden items. We weren't sure where the story was going at that point, but Rango seems to be quite adept at ziplining, doing flips off of poles, and taking death-defying leaps off of ledges.

While the story may take place under the burning sun, the game tries to keep things diverse by leading you through Rango's crazy tales. The next area had zombies--rodent zombies. Set at night in a dark, somewhat creepy area of the desert, Rango's goal here was to tee up some explosive golf balls to destroy them before they hit some iron gates. This is apparently all part of the story, so it wasn't some sort of minigame that had been added. You can control how far you want to hit the ball and even control it once it's in the air. There's enough firepower in these things to take out several zombie rats at a time.

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If you think that's weird, the next area we jumped to was inside an old-school arcade machine. Inside the colorful matrix of the machine, we had to fight pixilated rodents, which looked like they came straight out of 3D Dot Game Heroes. Rango's a fairly frail-looking chameleon, so it's amusing to watch his tiny little arms punch and flail at a team of burly rats. He sure has quite the imagination, though, so we're curious to see how he lives up to his other outrageous tales.

Find out exactly what this chameleon can do when Rango The Video Game is released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS on March 1.

Discussion

32 comments
arturs2342
arturs2342

How old are you who are saying “i will pick it up"?

JaretL23
JaretL23

Yes! This looks so much fun! I will pick it up!

itchyflop
itchyflop

cool!! gordon the geko style !! thats more fresh from the boys at EA.

lrsp
lrsp

Games based on movies turn out bad. But that chameleon is so angry, I might have to check it out anyway.

kpuff
kpuff

It looks like it at least might be better than some movie games. But it's still a movie game...and I haven't known one of those that was actually good. I'm hoping it's better than the others though!

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

The game has enough development time to be good, so if its bad its not because its a bad movie tie-in it would just be a terrible game. Hope it is good though :)

Illier1
Illier1

The only game I ever thought that was worth playing that was based off a movie was King Kong. At least this game gets more time to be developed, and it is more or less a prequel to rather than a game trying to follow the movie. This might be worth it, but Ill wait for the price to go down before even thinking about it.

bramterris
bramterris

im still surprised people buy games tied-in with movies. They all suck. I don't think they're has been one good game tied in with a movie.

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

well it doesnt sound terrible, but there isnt anything that sounds impressive about this game. why is a movie tie-in here?

shooters125
shooters125

Rango reminds me of that old ps1 game called Geck I think. Ah good memories.

king_loei
king_loei

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lowkey254
lowkey254

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king_loei
king_loei

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lowkey254
lowkey254

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king_loei
king_loei

@lowkey254 - I think it is YOU who doesn't understand. I specifically mentioned in my first comment that I'm not talking about this game in particular. What I'm doing is questioning the validity of your idea, as a concept broadly applying to all videogames. On that note, the fact that this is a movie-based game means nothing, anyways. The Chronicles of Riddick, Lord of the Rings (most of 'em, anyways), and Peter Jackson's King Kong all managed to pull it off. Assuming that this game is going to do poorly simply because it's a movie-based game is an ineffective means of gauging its worth. Wait for the reviews, ma'am. Besides, your last point is null - I only pay 60$ for games that are worth it. If this game does poorly, I obviously won't get it - not even at a discounted price.

lowkey254
lowkey254

@king_loei - Ok so you're telling me that a movie based game is worth as much as Oblivion, Demon Souls (multiplayer), or MGS4(multiplayer/dead?)? Ok, you obviously don't understand where I'm coming from then. Have fun paying for a game that's not worth $60 and I'll have fun playing that same game a few months down the road when it's at a price worthy of its content.

king_loei
king_loei

@lowkey254 - You think of it. A game is not a car. Two games are not the same - I would argue that Oblivion was worth just as much at launch as Call of Duty. Which it was. In case you don't know, Oblivion was purely single-player. I'm not suggesting one of those games is better then the other, but the idea that the lack of multiplayer makes a game worth less is ridiculous. That being said, if such a high quality game is sold for 35$ at launch, I'll gladly purchase it while you fork out the extra cash for a game boasting a multiplayer experience. My 100 hours plus of singleplayer content will keep me secure in my choice.

lowkey254
lowkey254

@king_loei - think of it. if an multi-player game, with a single player campaign, is worth $60 dollars then why should a single player campaign game cost more? It doesn't make sense to pay the same amount for less (equal quality games of course).

king_loei
king_loei

@lowkey254 - Why should a well-crafted singleplayer game (I'm not suggesting this one, just in general) be worth less than a cruddy multiplayer game (still not naming anything in particular)? I don't follow your logic.

Church3000
Church3000

there is a 5% chance that i'll check this out later probably if i'm bored but after avatar........

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

@lowkey254 unless its a single player game with 100+ hours of quality content. =P

ValHazzard
ValHazzard

@ lithus ... i care ... don't know why but i care

lithus
lithus

Well, gotta ram this title through the market in order to make the movie launch! Who cares if it's good!!

jma1024x
jma1024x

The Geico gecko gets his own movie! LOL

lowkey254
lowkey254

Hmm a movie based game that actually gets some development time. That's very different. I'd only pay $35, at the most, for this game because it is a single player game (online and single player games should not cost the same) and secondly because it's based off of a movie. Historically movie tie ins are crappy.

buzzguy
buzzguy

I agree with StJimmy15. Don't even bother with these games, Gamespot. 99.99999% of your readers won't be buying movie tie-ins.

Ryozo
Ryozo

"One thing to note is that the game has been in development for more than a year and a half, which is unusual because movie-based games are typically given a much smaller window of time in which to work." Finally, someone seems to be getting it. The question which then follows is, 'why is this not the norm despite the fact that any game given insufficient incubation time sucks?' One could argue insanity on the part of the folks making those decisions - is not one definition thereof the expecting of different results from the same actions?

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Can we just stop acknowleging movie-games altogether? Neither should be based off of the other, unless the story lines are completely different and neither is a cash-in during another's release window. just sayin'

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

ohhhhhhh, see i thought this was going to be something new when i first got into this article, like a game that plays like a movie... but its a game and you can control the outcome.... but maybe not. i guess its just a game about a movie with johnny depp in it.

yoyou225
yoyou225

Maybe it might be a good game. Maybe...

guyguyguy1234
guyguyguy1234

Meh, movie games are usually no good. But at least this one seems like its trying. It seems like it could be a decent platformer. I'll keep my eye on it.