Retro Review: Robocop for the NES


June 3rd, 2017

Robocop for the NES has received many scathing reviews over the years.  Most reviewers hate the slow moving main character, the game mechanics, the difficulty, and so on.  However, I am here to give a different look on this oft-criticized game.

Robocop on the NES gives the best representation of the first movie in game form.

In the game, you play as the hero Robocop as he roams the streets of Detroit City, stopping crime as he sees.  And the streets are full of criminals who attack the cyborg on sight, unloading their weapons on him, attempting to take him on fist to fist, or even sending attack dogs after him!  Robocop is armed with a pistol, but he will refuse to use it until an enemy attempts to use a weapon against him.  To me, this is fitting as a police officer.  A cop would not use lethal force unless it was used against him, and in game it makes a lot of sense.

Robocop has two forms of life meters to pay attention to.  The first is a time meter, which is how much time he has to clear a stage.  The second is a power meter, which signifies how much damage he can take before failing.  Again, this makes sense in game, as the time meter signifies how much battery power his system is using before he is required to recharge, and power also makes sense for damage taken.

The player can only move left or right, or ascend using stairs,  He has no jumping ability in the game.  Again, this makes sense, as Robocop isn’t exactly the most nimble character in the movies.  One would expect a human body encased in armor and cybernetic parts to not make jumps.  The game also gets criticized because certain players have trouble using stairs to ascend.  I honestly don’t have this issue, and have no problem figuring out the proper angle for Robocop to ascend a stairwell.

The game very loosely follows the events of the movie, with Robocop fighting crime in the streets, saving the mayor from being murdered, taking down a criminal ridden factory, raiding the OCP offices, and finally facing the criminal lords in what looks to be an abandoned construction area.  One of the shortcomings to the game is that it is quite short.  An experienced player will be able to go from the startup screen to final credits in around an hour to an hour and a half.  That being said, the game has a high degree of difficulty, with some stages having a very tight time limit.  This is helped by being to pick up more powerful weapons (but with limited ammunition) along with Time and Power extensions scattered through a level (some of which are required to beat said level).

The game is actually quite fun to play when keeping in mind the original movie and characters, and is only considered not as fun when taken on its own.  With the limitations that Robocop has in the film, this game does a great job of staying true to the core mechanics of the character.  While many critics claim Robocop on the NES was one of the worst things with the Robocop license, I disagree, and present the claim that the worst thing Robocop was ever in was professional wrestling.

 

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RoundUp 117 – Liquidating Her Stuff


June 2nd, 2017

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RoundUp 116 – The Tricky Third Slot


May 3rd, 2017

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Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic, Why?


April 18th, 2017

Recently Nintendo has announced that they are discontinuing their wildly popular NES Classic Edition, which was just launched in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Nintendo has faced a huge negative backlash over this decision, as many people never had the opportunity to purchase one due to scalpers picking them up immediately and selling them for double to triple the systems MSRP of 59.99.  The question is simple, why?

 

This system had a massive demand, a demand that had not been met yet.  Also, if they had originally planned such a small run, why did they produce it with a second controller as an additional purchase instead of packaged in the unit?  This is a strange decision for a product that was meant to have such a short run.  If you read Nintendos original press release, they simply did not intend it to be a long term product.  However, Nintendo could lose millions of dollars in potential profit with this decision.

 

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Nintendo. as a corporation, has to know that there still is a huge demand for this product and that consumer trust in the company is damaged since they have developed a history of undersupplying their products at retail.  A possibility is that they have had a third party pull their support and licensing for the system, as it had quite a few third party titles on it.  I find this highly unlikely though, as Nintendo would surely renegotiate license rights in the face of losing a massive amount of profit.  It could be that the system was hacked to support other games not originally on the system, and unlike their other consoles, the NES Classic was not built with a way to update and patch the firmware.  A third possibility is fear that sales of the NES Classic could damage Virtual Console sales on the Nintendo Switch, which seems to be a horrible decision if its the case.

 

No matter what decision, Nintendo has thrown away a huge amount of profit and further damaged their customer faith and trust.  I encourage any readers to contact Nintendo and express your disappointment and anger at this situation.

 

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RoundUp 115 – Game Over Man, Game Over


April 1st, 2017

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