Rush'N Attack Ex-Patriot: First Look

A new game inspired by the arcade and NES classic heads to XBLA and PSN.

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At Konami's press event, the company unveiled Rush'N Attack Ex-Patriot, a new XBLA and PSN game inspired by the arcade and NES game Rush'N Attack. The game is set against the backdrop of a post-Cold War world. As Sergeant Sid Morrow, you're sent into Russia to locate one of the lost members of Harvest--a secret group of soldiers sent into the Soviet Union to spy on the Russians and their nuclear weapons program.

Like in the previous game, much of the action in Ex-Patriot takes place on a 2D plane with multitiered levels (in other words, you'll be doing a lot of platforming), but one thing that makes it significantly different from the original is that it's now in full 3D. This means you can now hide in doorways, jump out at unsuspecting enemies, and take them down with a vicious melee attack. In fact, stealth plays a surprisingly important role in Ex-Patriot. You can slowly make your way through a level and take enemies by surprise, or you can try to run through and hope for the best. In either case, a map in the upper-right portion of the screen reveals the location of enemy soldiers in the immediate area and their field of view, making it a bit easier to determine if you can make a stealth kill or not.

Stealth plays a big part in the game.

Your default weapon in Ex-Patriot is just a simple knife, which perhaps makes it more important to take the stealth approach while fighting through the game's three large levels (there are multiple sections within each one). But Sid can use a variety of other weapons that he takes from enemy soldiers. We saw him use everything from a rifle to a rocket launcher (which has a limited number of rounds), as well as grenades, which are useful for taking out unsuspecting enemies from a distance. Still, Sid can perform some pretty brutal melee attacks with his knife, including one that shows him shanking some downed enemies.

You can use projectile weapons, but nothing beats your trusty knife.

Not everything in this new Rush'N Attack is about stabbing. At various points, you'll have to accomplish other tasks, like flicking various switches to deactivate electrically charged barriers that are blocking your path. Rush'N Attack Ex Patriot is currently scheduled for release this Fall on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.

Discussion

22 comments
moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

shadow complex wannabe. It's good but not that good :P

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

My post video impression of the game: Having seen the video I have to agree with you on the comparison to Shadow Complex especially with the duct crawling but there's also a bit of Splinter Cell in the mix with the green night vision and even the same exact sound Sam Fisher's night-vision goggles make when they're engaged. The music is still there but its been made more or so cinematic and for some reason Rambo comes to mind or maybe that's just my mental image of it.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

It's not really like Metal Gear other than the use of some of the same weapons the rocket launcher, the knife (although that was default in Metal Gear 2 in 1 you used your fist). Rush'n Attack was not a stealth game so this remake sounds like it may be deviating a little from the original. But as long as they allow you to play like the first without penalizing you for not using stealth it should be good. But Rush'n Attack was not a stealth game although the opening cinematic may have lead some to believe it is, what with the parachuting in portion of it. There was no hiding in boxes or anything. Just run kill and run sometimes going up a ladder sometimes not. I liked the first level music too.

xxROXSTARxx
xxROXSTARxx

Awwww... some of you are getting jealous of networks?You poor pitiful PC gamers... Never thought I'd see the day. There i said it. This game looks great, I remember the original, and this looks like a great new version. I will be picking this up on the PLAYSTATION NETWORK. Go get a Ps3, sissies.

Nandutzu
Nandutzu

Reminds me of Duke Nukem - Manhattan Project, which was a great game. Hope they get it out for PC too.

mission76
mission76

Nice..as an older player it's nice that they go back and remake these games. It finally gives me a reason to check out the PSN...and maybe even purchase something every few months.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

looks good too bad its on network that sucks

Cabal23
Cabal23

The original was an arcade game (back when there were arcades) made during the cold war. Hence like the Rambo movies of the 80's, this game was a reflection on our view of the Russians. It was fantastic when it came out. So before people make any more "this game looks like.." comments, know this game was out way before Shadow Complex and Bionic Commando rearmed. Those games are remakes of the original Rush N' Attack, not the other way around.

Rahnyc4
Rahnyc4

these remakes are starting to look a bit alike.

maaly81
maaly81

looks like bionic commando rearmed to me....I dont know bout this one

First_Descent
First_Descent

hmm look pretty good but looks way to much like shadow complex in a way, but I do love the fast action type game if you want too, or stealth it.

darfvader
darfvader

to cookie: no its like contra but you fight commies with a knife and theres ninja commies! (so in that sense it IS LIKE METAL GEAR

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

I hope they kept the first level song. Looks fun.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

@deesnutts25 yes, the name Rush'N Attack is some sort of word game to Russian Attack, BUt if you played the original, you know that practically you played the game in a continous rush trogh the levels, you start running and you better non stop (when i played it, if i stop for someting, my character died) the best strategy was actually RUSH on the levels, so (to me) Rush'N Attack was an abreviation of some sort to "Russian Attack" and the method to beat the Game: "Rush and Attack"

cookie986
cookie986

i've never played this game before, but is it a bit like metal gear??

deesnutts25
deesnutts25

@NND1 Its Rush'N Attack, not Rush and Attack. Even the original NES and arcade version where called Rush'n Attack. It was named as such because of the time period of the Cold war (USA vs Russia), so the reves could not call the game Russian Attack, so they came up with something close to Russian hence the Rush'N name.

NND1
NND1

The first rush and attack was kool this might be kooooler

green_dominator
green_dominator

Konami is bringing back Rush N Attack?? That's insane....Should be interesting, the one on NES was kinda fun......