Poor 3D entry in the Robocop franchise
The third entry in the popular sci-fi movie series is considered by fans to be woefully poor and unfortunately, this video game version follows very closely in its footsteps. Published by Ocean, famous for their movie tie-ins, this sticks pretty much to their established formula for such games, being an unimaginative mix of driving, shooting, flying and beat 'em up style levels. The twist here of course, is that the game is in 3D. Two modes are available for players, the Movie Adventure, or Arcade Action, with the former offering a basic story-based campaign which sees Robocop going up against Splatterpunk gangs, while the latter offers five single levels to enjoy. The potential for a truly great Robocop game is clearly, but this really isn't it. Although the various game-styles available present some variety, they are all so basic as to be virtually unplayable for anything more than a few minutes. While the 3D graphics were obviously a big draw at the time, they have not aged well, with environments and character models that are crude and lacking in detail and textures, although they do move at a reasonable pace. Sound too is similarly unimpressive and less than cinematic, while controls are somewhat peculiar for anyone accustomed to more modern games. Really, while it can be commended for its ambition, this version of Robocop is only of interest to dedicated fans and although the previous instalments, like Ocean's original Robocop, may only be 2D, they do provide a bit more entertainment than this 3D offering.