Rogue Warrior Hands-On

PAX 2009: We finally get a chance to try out Bethesda and Rebellion's upcoming first-person shooter inspired by former Navy SEAL Richard "Dick" Marcinko.

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Bethesda first showed off its revamp of Rogue Warrior earlier this year at a UK press event and at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The publisher revealed that the game had been overhauled from a tactical shooter to a more personality focused first-person shooter. At the time, we weren't able to get our hands on the game and were simply given guided demos of gameplay. Now that the game is getting closer to release, Bethesda is letting PAX attendees get their hands on a playable level. Rogue Warrior is slated to hit the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 later this year.

What's New: The PAX Rogue Warrior demo for the Xbox 360 that we tried let us play through the game's last level set in a Russian base crawling with enemies. While we've seen that stealth is a key part of Rogue Warrior's gameplay, and it was needed for a few sections, the level had more of an action focus. We were able to make use of the game's cover system and blindfire mechanics, which were key to surviving the waves of enemies that attacked on the ground at our level as well as from higher vantage points in the base, such as catwalks or hidden areas. The cover system was useful but required caution since most of it could be shot out by enemy fire. Blindfire was useful for both guns and grenades--an onscreen reticle gives you a rough idea of where you'll be firing or chucking a grenade, which is helpful. It was also possible to lean out from cover to line a shot up better, although it left us vulnerable to enemy fire. In addition to weapons and grenades, we were able to use the old standby of exploding barrels or larger fuel, which were helpfully laid out around the base and did a fine job of clearing out enemies. We were also able to try out the stealth kills when a more personal touch was needed. The one-button-press moves can be initiated when you're within a certain range of an enemy, and they result in cinematic one-hit kills. The playable level also showed off the game's robust checkpoint system that ensures you're never kicked back too far if you're killed, which was handy.

What's Different: There wasn't too much different from the gameplay demos we saw earlier this year. The playable level seemed to be delivering on the overview we were given. The game's focus is about completing your objectives by taking out enemies quietly or explosively.

What's The Same: The stealth and action gameplay are in line with what we saw before. The visuals are still a little rough in spots, as is the camera at points, which results in some dips in performance that slow down the action. Mickey Rourke's voice-over is now fully integrated into the game.

What Impression The Game Made This Time: The last time we saw the game we were curious to see how it handled and how the various gameplay elements we saw played together. Now that we've had a chance to spend some time with Rogue Warrior, the game seems to be shaping up OK. We're still hoping for more polish on the visuals and camera to keep the action smooth, but the core game seems to be solid. The one-hit kills are bordering on overpowered, but they're fun, so it will be interesting to see how they wind up being balanced. The final piece to the puzzle for Rogue Warrior is its multiplayer and how that will play out.

Discussion

74 comments
animated153
animated153

Not really... The levels are extremely long and very much the same the whole way through it was good to start with but just got boring extremely fast.

k83
k83

@animated153 Nice gameplay though ?

animated153
animated153

I hate the repetative music! Those three cords over and over and the same punch lines every couple of minutes...

ascoteton77
ascoteton77

It was just a matter of time before a shooter came out staring Billy Mays....what? Too soon???

groundgamer
groundgamer

The game isn't very good, and I thought it would have been a lot better. Oh well, at least I only rented it.

DiscipleGD
DiscipleGD

Isnt beth soft only the publisher? They didnt develope the game did they?

scuffpuppy
scuffpuppy

Played it today. ANOTHER sh*t game by Rebellion. Things aren't looking good for the forthcoming AvP title.

pudgexd
pudgexd

I hope there would be an option to switch between 1st and 3rd person like Fallout 3.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

To me (and probably for others) the only bad thing (yet) is that this is FPS rather than TPS , but this was probably made because game is story and character driven and because Bethesda's games are FPS.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

This will be a sales test for whether Fallout 4 should be more of a shooter or RPG. Don't buy it!!!!!!

solidniko
solidniko

lol demo dick, hope its good but im not that interested in it

Conduras
Conduras

it truly sucks le ballz , i think they missed the deadline by 5 years

sheira1
sheira1

I am sorry to report, but this game sucks balls. Graphics are nothing special, gameplay is boring and too simple. I had higher hopes for this game.

Sea666
Sea666

Why yes of course, battle_chaser9 - a "real navy seal" in a video game - unlike "a not so really real punisher" in a another video game... oooohhhkaaayyy. lol ^^

pidow
pidow

I don't care who he look like, I care if the game is worth playing or not.

frankblack789
frankblack789

i think it's more appropriate to say that The Punisher looks like him.

SpyderTK
SpyderTK

Doesn't take away from the fact that he still looks like The Punisher...

battle_chaser9
battle_chaser9

unlike the "punisher" the main character is a real NAVY SEAL.

AnsuGurleht
AnsuGurleht

Maybe a merc vs spy kind of multiplayer from pandora tomorrow? @mikeinjapan - I would agree, but they're just publishing this one, so its not really theirs.

loneygod
loneygod

cover image kind of looks like the punisher

MikeInJapan
MikeInJapan

With Bethesda having been behind 3 or 4 of the last few years' best titles, it completely baffles me why they would apparently choose to approach a stale genre with stale gameplay elements.

noigel
noigel

Too bad it was turned into a FPS... didn't they want to compete against Splinter Cell and Alpha Protocol? If this is true it'll be no worth tracking anymore...

brian97
brian97

This is interesting... Like an assault type of splinter cell. And btw guys this game has multiplayer from what I've heard... It must be interesting for a deathmatch in this...

AikiSpirit
AikiSpirit

this game would've been better if they had kept your squad in there, but not its just Dick on his own :(

DiscipleGD
DiscipleGD

Yea guys dont get it twisted this game is not being dev'd be bethesda,there just the publisher so i wouldnt EXPECT anthing great just cuz beths name is on it.

FalcorLucDragon
FalcorLucDragon

Read Dick Marcinko's book with the same name and get the back history on the character. I love SEAL games because im in the Navy and am in contact with alot of them. They are real cool guys and they are all F*cking nuts... But im looking forward to playin this.. Also will be fun to kill some N Koreans because i live in korea and they get on my nerves sometimes.. lol.

LysanderNaFaile
LysanderNaFaile

Cover system? Blind Fire? Im just hoping we dont get stuck with more Console crap control systems. Gears of War anyone?

MonkeyMan743
MonkeyMan743

im sold on the cover system if its like R6V2. now, will u be able to customize your avatar (like in R6V2) or get stuck with some random guy?

nishanth12
nishanth12

cheeseman242424 So what?They could make this look better by helping their devs!

Neogenic
Neogenic

Looks like splinter cell merged with call of duty 4 a bit... Could be fun.

cheeseman242424
cheeseman242424

BETHESDA IS NOT DEVELOPING THIS!!! They are only publishing it.

sgarc3
sgarc3

just seems like a navy seal game with good graphics

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Rebellion? Holy s****! i hope its not another failure.

dakan45
dakan45

Wow so thats alive after all, i hopw its like project igi.

zajorax
zajorax

Sounds kinda average, just like any other shooter. Because I love Beth I really hope it isnt.

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

Come on Beth, do what you do best and make us another TES game!

FreeGeo
FreeGeo

I only checked this out cause I thought it said "Road Warrior"

muzza93
muzza93

my guess is this will be like rainbow six vegas with knives and stealth, sounds awesome

Boozer11
Boozer11

damn i hate bethesdas artists

pogswarts
pogswarts

Finally, something about this game.

jinjak
jinjak

i think it's a great game :)

JoshZA
JoshZA

Theres nothing wrong with the new spinter cell. All Ubisoft is doing is following the story line of Sam Fisher. Think of it as character development over a number of games. After everything he's been through and after the death of his daughter, he's going to do everything he can to get those responsible, whether he's in the shadows or not. I can't wait to play it. Another thing: Splinter cell is on a level of its own and Rogue warrior doesn't come close :D

pidow
pidow

I want to see if it is any good to buy period.