Retro City Rampage is a recent indie title which has received quite a following. The game has been acclaimed for its excellent reproduction of a retro 8-bit style game, with the graphics and sound looking superb and exactly like an 8-bit title. The game was released on the Playstation Network Europe finally last week, having already released on PC and PSN in the US. It will release on Xbox 360 and WiiU in the future.

Retro City Rampage can be quite simply described as an 8-bit version of Grand Theft Auto. Stealing cars and shooting people down while running from the police is the basic premise of the game and this is mainly what you do as you traverse the worlds of the game.

Retro City Rampage makes hundreds of references to retro films, TV and games with every few minutes containing a nod, line of dialogue or story arc which comes from an old film or game, which is really nice for people who grew up in the 8-bit era. It is clear that the team at Vblank really delved into the culture and leisure of time past and its clear the writers of the story dialogue must have had a wealth of knowledge from the time.

The first part of the game throws you into the action and you aren’t quite sure what to do, but soon after that, you will be given mission markers and must start making your own way around to complete the story. There are so many things you can do in the free roam world, travelling around to visit parks, shops and arcades.

If you want to run over some pixel-people, feel free to do so, but it won’t take long before the cops come after you! It doesn’t take much to get them going if you are up for a chase or a fight. The graphics are great, and the way the world is designed looks fantastic to the eye, Vblank really have done a great job in bringing the retro era into their game.

Some of the missions are hit and miss, but most are short, so, the majority of the game consists of you exploring the open-world, which is really fun! I would suggest that anyone looking for either a nostalgic return to the 8-bit era or a casual game to relax and play should buy this title, it isn’t that expensive and if you buy the PS3 version, you get the Vita version free (or vice-versa)!