Robocop
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Robocop
Platform: NES
Publisher: Ocean
Designer: Ocean
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Published Date 1989
Reviewed by: Ryan Strassburger

I'm sure all of you have heard of Robocop. You may have seen the movie, maybe not. If you did see the movie, odds are is you remember the AWESOME theme music. Robocop for the Nintendo Entertainment System does a great rendition of that theme music, but that's about all it has going for it. As you may know, Robocop came to being as a combination of a policeman's corpse and robotic parts, so as a Robotic Policeman, he's out to bust crime (Policeman stopping crimes, wow.) Just walk through the city of Detroit, kill things, and follow the three prime directives or something.

The graphics are adequate, although definetly not spectacular. The screen is usually lacking in color, and the bad guys aren't very detailed at all. Additionally, confusing graphics make some of the status bar on the bottom of the screen very difficult to read. However, you have to love the close up sequences of Robocop pulling out his gun, etc.

The soundtrack is worthy of it's own CD, like I mentioned above, with average sound effects. Don't worry about that though, you'll be too busy grooving to the music to notice the simple gun firing noises and dog squeals.

The control is pretty bad. Robocop is supposedly able to fire in several directions, but the angles are off. For example, shooting in front and above his head, he releases at a 45 degree angle, but when shooting down and in front, he almost shoots his own foot. Additionally, you may find yourself shooting downward when you attempt to duck and then fire. Another obvious problem is the lack of a jump button, and staircases are EXTREMELY hard to go up and down.

A few control problems can be ignored if the game is fun. However, Robocop is not. Frustratingly difficult fighting scenes are followed up by difficult boss/hostage negotiation scenes. The poor control sure won't make this game seem any less tedious than it is, either. Get the game or the ROM, if not for the game, at least listen to the music. (OK, I REALLY REALLY like the music, so I mentioned it 12093 times in this review. So sue me).