[PlayStation 4] RICO Review
RICO from Ground Shatter Games and Rising Star Games is a randomly generated co-op buddy cop styled first-person shooter on PS4. Learn more about it in our RICO review!
RICO is a buddy cop style co-op shooter on PlayStation 4 where the content is randomly generated, giving you something different to play every time you take it out for a ride. You’re thrown into a dangerous scenario and must survive through it as you coordinate with your friend to take out the bad guys, trying to avoid receiving damage because if you’re one step away from a coffin, you don’t get much of a chance to recover from that over and over unless you plan accordingly. Being low on health will make you feel stressed because you’ll be on your way to deathville, with any punk being able to push you over the edge.
The game is not going to be for everyone since due to the procedurally generated nature some of the levels will feel a bit of the same, despite the randomization. So after playing for a couple of hours, some of you might not feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, but I hope you give the game a try since it’s actually very addictive! You’ll end up feeling a need to check every room in a building to make sure you have grabbed all the ammo and health packs so that you can always be ready for whatever the game is going to throw at you. I would have added some random collectibles here and there to spice things up, but the game is definitely fun as is while you try to clear room after room of bad guys.
You have different modes to play through. Case Mode is the main one for the game and in this one you work your way up through the criminal cases that land on your lap, from small-time organized crime to the major leagues as you aim at capturing the big fish at the top of the crime organization. You’ll have to get all the bad guys at each location as well as look for evidence and complete objectives, so it’s not all about kicking doors down and clearing out room after room of baddies. There are other modes for you to play such as Lockdown Mode, in which you’ll have to try and survive endless waves of criminals for as long as you possibly can.
As for rewards and incentives, RICO is not short on that. You can earn traits, and once unlocked you get to keep them forever, so dying won’t affect any of the unlocked traits, giving this one a different vibe than a pure roguelike, since you will be able to make some progress here and there as you go. Traits will give you an advantage during your raids, with things such as increased firepower, increased accuracy and so on. There are quite a few to unlock and have fun with. Completing objectives will earn you merits, and the more you complete, the more merit points you will earn. These can be used to purchase revivals, medkits, weapons, bombs and mods to enhance your weapons with. The offerings will change with every game you play, so it’s worth getting everything you can afford before moving on to the next level.
Something to consider is that after a mission your health won’t automatically regenerate, so you will need to use your precious supply of medkits to heal up, so there will come a point where you will need to decide what is more important to spend your merits on. Do you get a decent mod for your weapon to wreak havoc or do you get a healing injection? There are different difficulty settings to suit the skill level of different players, so you’ll probably find the right mix that works for you.
You can play the game solo, or in local split-screen multiplayer, and if you want to take on a quick game of RICO you can take on a Quick Play for an experience that is going to last you around 10 minutes or so. There is also the Daily mode which is very fun since you get a new and fresh new challenge every day, giving you a selection of random objectives to complete. Your weapon loadout is also random, and sometimes you might get a good thing and sometimes you might get a small pistol and have to deal with it. Want to compare scores online? There is an online leaderboard so that you can see how you compare to other players. From around the world!
I enjoyed my time with RICO. Other than a few bugs and some minor glitches that the team at Ground Shatter Games is fixing with a patch, the overall experience is a fun one. Despite the simplicity of the game, and its randomly generated nature that sometimes make the levels feel a bit the same as those before it, it’s an addictive experience with a Platinum trophy to earn. So if you have a lot of patience, and someone to play in co-op with locally or online, you’ll be having a good time with RICO.
This RICO review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Rising Star Games.