hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

SDCC: Rush'N Attack is coming back

1:30 PM on 07.24.2010 // Dale North

First off, an admission: I never realized that the first part of the title was word play. Rush'N = Russian. I get it now!

This upcoming XBLA and PSN release is a remake of a 1980's arcade game where you'd...well, rush and attack, armed only with a knife. I met with Konami to play the latest build of the Vatra-developed game, where I knifed throats and crawled in air ducts, thinking all the while about how stupid I am to have never realized that the game's title was wordplay.

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot was built with the Unreal Engine, and is a 2.5D game set in Russian in the Cold War era. In it you play as an American that was part of an elite military group. But not elite enough. He was out to rescue a prisoner but was caught and thrown in jail. You break out of jail armed only with a knife and some serious neck slitting skill.

When I met with Konami, they told me to Google "systema." It turns out that systema is a Russian martial art that can utilize weapons like knives. The guys at Vatra worked to incorporate actual systema moves into the animations and attacks, and they look pretty cool.

Everything looks really nice, come to think of it. The dark look reminds me of Shadow Complex a bit, and I consider that a compliment. That makes sense, as both were built with the Unreal Engine. The visuals play with light and shadow as you creep into a dark doorway or behind a wall to let guards pass by. You'll then pop out into the light to kill them from behind. Some areas like ducts and shafts are so dark that you'll have to use night vision goggles to see.

What you're doing is a lot like platforming, with some puzzle-ish encounters mixed in with combat. It's up to you on how you attack -- fast and direct, or quiet and stealthy. Both attack types switch things up on you contextually, so you only need to worry about getting and and attacking in time. You do get points for style, though. Sneaking up on a guard, hiding, and then popping out from behind nets you 800 points a kill, but running up and stabbing only gets you 100 points. But, to keep things fair for both types of players, know that you can get your stabby on with multiple enemies, chaining attacks to get a high score in another way.

In fighting you'll mostly use your trusty knife, but you can find temporary use weapons like machine guns and grenades. Note that once you get hooked on the knife play, you'll kind of frown on using guns to make your way through. There's something that's just really cool about hiding in a dark doorway as an enemy passes, and then killing him. Things become even more fun when you unlock button-based combos, which make your knife work look even fancier.

There's three levels, but I won't use the word "only," as Konami says that they're each huge, with a lot of layout to explore. I'm told that there will be six or more hours of play from these three levels. We're looking forward to seeing more of Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot before its Fall release.

Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Jiraya avatarJiraya
Gonna have a date tonight ? Here's a song for you. [youtube][/youtube]
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
[youtube][/youtube] And yes, this is video game related!
Nathan D avatarNathan D
"Everlasting. True love. I am yours." -Rule of Rose T^T
Shinta avatarShinta
MGO's pretty fun! I suck at it though. I mostly hang back and just mark enemies and get the occasional sniper kill. It's pretty fun to be semi-useful with a very hands off role like that. Love my avatar character guy too.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Fuck Insecticons
nanashi avatarnanashi
they pooped in my food they pooped in my food they pooped in my food they pooped in my food
Robo Panda Z avatarRobo Panda Z
I have been accused of the greatest of crimes - cookie snobbery.
KyWii avatarKyWii
Rock Band 4 is really fun...takes me back to my teenage days of high school. Also reminds me of all the hours I wasted on a plastic guitar instead of getting better on a real one xD
Avoclefo avatarAvoclefo
Team Fortress 2 just got a massive community-made Invasion update. SFM short, reskins, cosmetics, and 4 brand new maps?!?! God, I love this game and its wonderful community so, so much. [youtube][/youtube]
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
AARRGGGHHHH!!!, GODDAMIT!, fucking SOMA has crashed 3 fucking times in a row and I always lose ~20 minutes of playtime!, playing the same section over and over kinda ruins the tension! >.<'
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
N-Not that P1 isn't perfect the way she is! Isn't that right sweetie? Yes it... Oh, now don't you go and listen to those P2 fans! They just go around spreading rumors and pretending Hitler was just a handsome gentleman in sunglasses, that's what THEY do!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Persona Q has made me realize I really want a Persona 1 remake on 3DS in a similar style. A lot. A loooooooot. You listening, Atlus?
Super Mario Maker, the announcement of Sonic Lost World for Steam, and remembering all of the mods that got made for the PC version of Sonic Generations makes me wish SEGA/Sonic Team would make their own dedicated Sonic level creation game.
gajknight avatargajknight
Hey, is your fridge running? You better catch it. I mean, it has all your food, and without food, you die. Like, forever. You don't wanna die right? If you die, how will you watch The Good wife with your favourite bowl of Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Go.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
My local Best Buy is drowning in Marth & Dark Pit amiibo
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Spooky yet totally true gaming fact: the bushes and the clouds in Super Mario Bros are the same exact shape. #Spooky
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
It is coming fast AAAAAAH
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
The newest PS4 update finally got rid of that bug where I'd get the "you can customize your power options" message every time I turned on my console!
El Dango avatarEl Dango
Should I just pass on MGSV? I haven't really liked any of the games after Snake Eater, and it's being used as a money sink at the moment.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
[Youtube][/youtube] All the episodes are on youtube now. Also I never knew they got to do a season 3. Pretty cool. Now back to Transformers. Scored a gc to my favorite thai place too. Pad ahoy bitches. It's been too long.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -