Rocketmen Demo


Last night I had my friend Steve over to play some videogames, and before we started in earnest (we finally finished Baldur’s Gate II) we gave the new Rocketmen: Axis of Evil demo a whirl.

While not exactly the worst top-down shooter I’ve played, it’s far from the best. Which is really a shame because this game could have been so much better. It has a fun cartoony look to it and some interesting characters, but this game falls down in several areas:

  1. The cutscenes are too often and too long.
    The cutscenes were fun at first. But after a while we just starting skipping them. They just kept us away from the action, and it was quite annoying. It wouldn’t be so bad if the developers made fewer of them and kept them a lot shorter.
  2. Did I mention the stupid camera?
    Say you and your buddy go left. Both of your characters will end up on the far left of the screen, desperately trying to get the screen to follow. So that when you encounter some baddies, you and the baddies are on the far left of the screen with a large swath of unused real-estate to the right. Quite stupid, and this totally wrecks the game.
  3. Bad graphics.
    I know that this is a budget title and I shouldn’t expect too much, but man, this game looks literally like it could have been on the PS2. Literally.

Ah well, better luck next time.

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Carl;)G on March 7th, 2008

    I didn’t like it :-/
    Echochrome demo was good tho;-)
    What i’d like to see on the PSN Store is more Old-Skool games like –
    Pac-man,Space Invaders,Scramble,Dig-Dug etc etc ;-P
    (Original versions to)
    That would be great!!!;)
    +would look cool on the XMB sreeen!!! ;-P
    Maybe one day SONY?Please? ;)

  2. #2 by Tosh Hatch on March 7th, 2008 [ 1102 Points ]

    If dig dug and Pac-man ever arrive on the PSN. I’ll never get to play my PS3 again. The GF will take over, lol

  3. #3 by Segitz on March 7th, 2008 [ 1470 Points ]

    Then you have all the more reason to get a second one :D

    I am glad (and sad too) about my GF not playing at all^^

  4. #4 by John on March 8th, 2008

    Tried it, thought the same. Quickly uninstalled.

  5. #5 by MPZ on March 12th, 2008

    Agreed mostly – the graphics were ok, or would have been if it could keep the frame-rate up, which it couldn’t. Cross platform blandness i guess.

    Camera made the actual gameplay a lot more frustrating than it needed to be – it was too slow when you pushed against it, and it wouldn’t let you explore different routes – once you went one way it wouldn’t let you go back.

    Novastrike looks like it could be interesting though. The sound effects (and even the music) remind me of SWIV somewhat, which isn’t a bad thing at all.


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