RICO Review - Guest Post by The caNERDian
In This case it is RICO - and the code was provided to us by Thunderful Publishing and Rising Star Games
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RICO, reviewed here on Nintendo Switch but available on PS4, Xbox One and Steam, is a pretty straightforward hallway shooter. Where most FPS games nowadays tout ever-expanding open and shared worlds, RICO locks you (and a biddy if you wish) in hallway after hallway, room after room of drug dealer hideouts, clearing your way to the top with a vengeance not seen since 80s and 90s bro cop action movies. The intro cinematic of the game explain a plot that would fit right in with those types of movies too. But just like popcorn action flicks, this game isn’t about the plot or the story or character progression. You’re there to kick ass and take names, and leave a trail of bodies in your wake.
RICO is definitely the kind of game you need to go in to with set expectations. For $20, you’re
I’d love to see the team at Ground Shatter tackle a competitive FPS multiplayer game, or even
The tough part of this game is scoring it. It definitely gets a bit repetitive, especially if you’re going solo, so try playing with a buddy so you can talk and joke and hang out without the game distracting you too much. Even so, I feel like RICO is only just scratching the surface of what this developer is capable of. Will RICO still have lasting appeal after a dozen or so hours? I don’t think so, without a content update, but that’s ok. What’s included here is a fun, fluid, arcade shooter that is fun to bust out for a quick mission, get lost in a full campaign, or toss a controller to a buddy (physically or metaphorically online) and feel like you’re back in the arcade, popping quarters in a machine and seeing how far you can gun your way through a criminal organization.
Despite it’s shortcomings, I had fun and continue to have fun with RICO. As a pale cleanser, it’s
7 out of 10 syrup-covered thumbs up from The CaNERDian Gamer
Wait… why do I have 10 possible thumbs? Oh this is a mess…