Rogue Warrior is a first-person shooter game published by Bethesda Softworks and developed by Core Design (absorbed into Rebellion Developments as Rebellion Derby) released in November 26, 2009 in Australia, November 27, 2009 in Europe (excluding Germany, where it was banned for high-impact gory violence) and December 1, 2009 in North America on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows platforms. It was the last game to be developed by Core Design, and was considered to be the final nail in the company's coffin.
The game takes place in 1986. The main character is Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko. Marcinko is a real-life Navy SEAL best known for creating SEAL Team Six in 1980. In the game, Marcinko is sent on a mission into North Korea and the Soviet Union to disrupt a ballistic missile program. The game is not based on Marcinko’s autobiography of the same name.
Rogue Warrior is mostly a First-person shooter, with third-person shooter and tactical shooter elements included, such as having a cover system.
Why it Sucks
- Awful gunplay. Sometimes you can kill an enemy with one shot, but other times it'll take several shots just to kill them.
- Excessive, frequent and extreme use of profanity which can get seriously irritating at times. It gets to the point where Marcinko sounds more like an 8-year old squeaker on Xbox Live or Playstation Network than a Navy SEAL.
- Use of knife kills can be easily exploited, since Marcinko is invincible during kill animations. Since enemies cannot hear his footsteps at all, he can "stealthily" trundle up to them at full speed and stab them with his tiny knife while grumbling obscenities to his heart's content.
- Poor story, with a totally mangled grasp of Cold War history: in particular, Dick is trying to stop the deployment of an anti ballistic missile system, despite the fact that Russia had such a system since 1972.
- Useless cover system.
- Marcinko has barely any health, even on Easy.
- Atrocious gun models and animations.
- Stiff character animation.
- Terrible AI. The enemies have serious problems with basic operations like navigating the environment without getting stuck on corners, and can take several seconds to react to Marcinko being directly in front of them.
- Poor graphics, including horrendous object pop-in and one of the worst attempts at motion blur you're ever likely to see. Visually the game looks like a HD port of a late Xbox or PS2 title like Black.
- The game can be beaten in around two hours, despite initially being released at full price for $60 (the Steam version is currently being sold for $5, which is more or less what this game is actually worth).
- Extremely limited multiplayer. There are only two modes for you to play in (deathmatch and team deathmatch).
- It was originally going to be a squad-based tactical shooter made by Zombie Studios called Rogue Warrior: Black Razor set in present-day North Korea, but this was cancelled and the game reworked to its current state. The most obvious sign of this is that the game introduces Dick's two squadmates, only to kill them off in a cutscene before they can even speak.
- The game has received a reputation of being extremely amusing thanks to its extreme profanity and Mickey Rourke's "why-the-hell-am-I-reading-this?" performance. The icing on the cake is the rap song played at the ending credits.
On GameFAQs, the PC version of the game has a rating of 2.18, the PS3 version has a rating of 2.62, and the Xbox 360 version has a rating of 2.03. This game has a score of 27 on Metacritic for the PS3, 28 for the Xbox 360 and 29 for the PC.