Yeeee-hawww! Pop the clutch and pass the ammo, we got some alien varmints ta shoot.
If you want politically correct, do yourself a favor and go somewhere else, because Redneck Rampage is not for you. Honestly, sometimes you city folk just don't understand good ol' fashioned fun. The game's marketing slogan is "All the Killin', Twice the Humor and Half the Intelligence." And that catch phrase hits the chicken right on the head.
Based on the Duke Nukem game engine, Redneck Rampage is a blood-and-guts, first-person gore festival in the tradition of the Quake, Descent and Marathon series. What sets it apart is humor. The action is the same as any of the first-person shooters but the tongue-in-cheek (or perhaps "chaw-in-cheek") humor makes blowing things up more fun than ever. From the opening scene in Hicksville, in which you witness a beat-up pickup mow down a flock of unfortunate chickens, you know this is not your older brother's shoot-'em-up.
The targets of your high-caliber attacks shout invective that simply can't be repeated here. The term "foul language" is an understatement. To say Redneck Rampage has a bit of vulgarity is like saying Jeffrey Dahmer had an urge for "unusual food." The game is a festival of swearing and poor grammar seldom found outside a Klu Klux Klan meeting. Redneck Rampage even comes with a "Cuss Pack," a folder full of extra-special swearing dialogue in case you enjoy that kind of thing (I loaded it but didn't enjoy it, I swear).
The sound track is really, really good. Cranking tunes from Mojo Nixon, The Reverend Horton Heat and Cement Pond had me wanting the songs on a CD to play in my car (of course, I'd have to look for some chickens to run over...). The "psychobilly" soundtrack is a great change of pace from the droning, moody ethereal scores found in most first-person shooters.
All things considered, if you have even an iota of a sense of humor or if your daddy married his sister, this is the game for you.
Graphics: 3D models are fun but very repetitive after the first few plays.
Sound: Please, please, please don't play this game where your mother can hear it.
Enjoyment: Good-old fasioned inbred fun.
Replay Value: You can only shoot so many pigs before it gets old.
Redneck Rampage is a pseudo-3D first person shooter much like Duke Nukem 3D, with 2D sprites for enemies and other objects. In fact, it uses the same Build engine as Duke Nukem 3D.
Redneck Rampage also has a singularly unique setting... instead of taking place in an alien installation or secret government facility, the game is set in the backwater small town of Hickston, Arkansas. It seems that a bunch of tabloid leather-fetish cyborg aliens have abducted the town's stereotypical redneck inhabitants and cloned them. The aliens have also abducted Bessie, the prize pig of brothers Leonard and Bubba. As Leonard you'll have to fight the local yokel clones as well as the aliens throughout Hickston to rescue your pig. The 'Redneck' theme is used very heavily. Levels range from trailer parks to chicken processing plants, and the arsenal of odd weapons include a gun that shoots circular saws, a TNT crossbow, and even a machine gun bra. Also, instead of armor and health kits, you restore health and become tougher by drinking whisky and eating pork rinds. But if you drink too much you go into "drunk mode" with blurred vision and stumbling movement.
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