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Game Features: Rambo: The Video Game

As over-the-top as the Rambo films gradually became, 1982’s First Blood remains a pretty harrowing tale of the effects of war and life after the smoke clears.

As over-the-top as the Rambo films gradually became, 1982’s First Blood remains a pretty harrowing tale of the effects of war and life after the smoke clears. So how is the game?

by Joseph Luster

Many folks likely share some of the same first Rambo-related game memories, if they have any at all. For one it might go back to 1988’s Nintendo Entertainment System outing from Acclaim, while another ventures even further into the past with Rambo on Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum. He’s mowed down enemies across everything from those to Sega Master System and Sega Genesis, even stopping for an earth-shaking run in Japanese arcades not too long ago, and now John Rambo is set to return to consoles in the appropriately titled Rambo: The Video Game.

As over-the-top as the Rambo films gradually became, 1982’s First Blood remains a pretty harrowing tale of the effects of war and life after the smoke clears. Smartly, developer Teyon is including that first film as part of the game’s basis, with scenes from it and its sequels playing out on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

As over-the-top as the Rambo films gradually became, 1982’s First Blood remains a pretty harrowing tale of the effects of war and life after the smoke clears.

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Despite the series’ questionable history in the form of interactive entertainment, it’s hard not to be at least a little optimistic about the prospects of Rambo: The Video Game. It’s not exactly visually stunning, but its unerring faithfulness to the source material—Jerry Goldsmith’s rousing scores and all—should at least give rise to some major nostalgia in fans of the franchise. From the small town madness of First Blood through the one-man Vietnam War of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III’s rumble in the Middle East, it looks like we’re in store for a real hands-on highlight reel. Let’s just hope it actually comes out this time.

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