The first Rogue Trooper game from Piranha didn't really receive much acclaim, mainly due to the fact that the game hardly reflected the feel of the comic strip at all. However, Krisalis have managed to snap up the licence and haven produced a game which perfectly recreates the struggle of the lone Genetic Infantryman in his struggles through the dangers of the Nu-Earth War.
You play the last GI after he has been captured and imprisoned in a Nort base. You have managed to break out of the cells and must find your Bio-Chip pals before escaping to continue your search for the Nort traitor who caused the slaughter of the rest of the GI division.
The game begins in the passages of the Nort base as you search for Gunnar, Helm and Bagman. Once you have found them all, you must go on to blow the pressure seals in the fourth sector, poisoning the air in the base and thus killing the rest of the Nort guards.
The presentation of these sections perfectly captures the feel of the original comic strip. The graphics have been well studied to make sure that the look is spot-on, from the Nort pressure-suits to the rather sick use of dead bodies!
Next up is a flying section, with Rogue escaping in a stolen ship as he continues his journey. Occasionally, the blue hero comes across a couple of scavengers named Bland and Brass, who can supply Rogue with extra equipment. The 3D flight is effective, but everything seems a little too clean and metallic to be the desperate and war-ravaged world of Nu-Earth.
If Rogue can survive for long enough to reach the Souther base, he must then fight through the guards (who are trying to arrest for desertion) and reach Souther Command and present the evidence of the traitor, who killed his fellow buddies, to the generals.
It's nice to see that people are taking this much care over comic licences for a change. There haven't been that many cartoon superheroes appearing in quality computer games, which is a shame, but with Batman, Spiderman and now Rogue Trooper things are definitely beginning to look up!