kush's Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

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Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is basically Smash TV with an attempt to add a story and RPG elements. What Puzzle Quest does for Bejewelled, Rocketmen does for Smash TV. I have to say that every time I play this game I can’t help but think of my friend Rob (aka Elton John), he is quite the rocketman! “I'm not the man they think I am at home; Oh no, no, no I'm a rocket man”, sorry I couldn’t help myself.

The game succeeds for the most part, but there are a few things holding it back. The story is garbage (thankfully you can skip every part of it). It’s an extremely generic story where you go out to rescue some people as save some things…blah, blah, blah. Awful attempts at humor and disappointing cut-scenes don’t help it out either. The camera is a nuisance at times as well. You may have a certain side quest that you are unable to fulfill because the camera won’t budge and allow you to get to where you need to be. I personally didn’t find that to be a huge problem, but for some it may very well damper the game.

Graphically the game is good and has a nice style to it, but many enemies are recycled during the course of the game. It features a decent create-a-character system where you can even make a female character appear nude (skin colored suits). I have to say that your character has one of the weirdest walking animations I’ve ever seen; it’s really weird that no one noticed this during development. The game runs really smooth and I never experienced slow-down, even during online play. Speaking of online play, my experience was that half the people are serious and the other half doesn’t shoot, grabs all the loot, and are just plain douches (So pretty much like all online games).

The game-play is solid and works just like Smash TV or similar games. You move around with the left stick and fire your weapon with the right stick. The difficulty is a problem as I found it to be extremely unbalanced. In the beginning the game may seem hard, but once you get through a few of the levels and raise your stats you will soon find the game to be very easy. You start out each level with just a pistol and you can get weapon upgrades (which last for about 15 seconds) such as shotguns, machine guns and a razor gun. Other power-ups include shields and speed upgrades, nothing out of the ordinary. Also there are “minerals” scattered in objects and all around the world that are used to upgrade your armor, weapons, and give you storable power-ups.

The game is fun for a few playthroughs, but after you’ve fully leveled up your character you’ll find the game too easy and just plain boring. As much as I loved the game and had a blast playing through it initially; I can’t recommend it unless you’re really dying for a new Smash TV type of game. It’s a good game, but it’s just not a great game.

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    Games should be fun. Rocketman is not fun. 0

    When I first heard about “Rocketman: Axis of Evil” I had pretty high hopes, after all I grew up on top down shooters like “Ikari Warriors” so this looked to be right up my nostalgic wheelhouse. Unfortunately “Rocketman: Axis of Evil” has more than its fair share of problems, most notably the lack of fun I had playing it. As I said “Rocketman: Axis of Evil” is a top down shooter, but unlike “Ikari Warriors” it is a dual stick shooter. My experience with dual stick shooters is mostly with games ...

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