R.I.P.D. The Game (PC, PSN, XBLA) Box Art(http://www.atlus.com/ripd)  Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  Based on the film, R.I.P.D, you and a friend must take up arms to protect this world from a massive collection of souls who are just too full of hate and anger to move on.  Are you ready to assume the roles of Nick and Roy to protect the world you once lived on?  Making a game based on a movie can be an extremely hard thing to do.  Developer Old School Games has shot for success by making R.I.P.D The Game an online multiplayer experience.  Riding the coattails of the movie, in which it is based; R.I.P.D The Game sets to immerse you in the R.I.P.D universe through a fun multiplayer experience. 

R.I.P.D. The Game (PC, PSN, XBLA) Box Art(http://www.atlus.com/ripd)  Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.    R.I.P.D. The Game (PC, PSN, XBLA) Logo Based on the film, R.I.P.D, you and a friend must take up arms to protect this world from a massive collection of souls who are just too full of hate and anger to move on.  Are you ready to assume the roles of Nick and Roy to protect the world you once lived on?  Making a game based on a movie can be an extremely hard thing to do.  Developer Old School Games has shot for success by making R.I.P.D The Game an online multiplayer experience.  Riding the coattails of the movie, in which it is based; R.I.P.D The Game sets to immerse you in the R.I.P.D universe through a fun multiplayer experience. 



Graphics:
In all honesty, it would be shocking if R.I.P.D The Game had good graphics.  It is nothing you should expect from a downloadable movie game.  The environments are bland and the character models are lack luster.  There just isn’t enough color in the game, it seems to be far too gray to be enjoyable to watch and play.  This does not mean that the game is not fun, and it doesn’t need good graphics to be enjoyable.   The character models do look similar to the actors they are trying to portray, not exactly but close enough.

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Sound:
The sound is not stellar but it does get the job done.  The voice acting is not great and it is hard to tell if it is actually sound clips of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges or voice acted by other people to sound like the two huge stars.  This is difficult because the voice acting is so few and far between. And when they do, it is always a quick quote from the film.  Whether it is Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges or not, there is a lot of fun to be had playing as these iconic actors.  The music is very generic and although upbeat, over all average.  The sound track seems like songs recycled from other games or movies.

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Gameplay:
Horde mode was the way to go for R.I.P.D The Game.  The controls are similar to most other 3rd person shooters which is good because it makes it easy to jump in.  The objective of the game is to survive and kill the most “Deados”, which are the enemies of the game.  Then either arrest or execute the boss criminal.  When a Deado is killed, it can drop gold and ammunition.  Gold is collected automatically at the end of a match.  The collected gold will help fill your Key Meter that also acts as your player progress bar.  You must fill this bar up to unlock the final boss fight.  Reaching specific milestones will also unlock other film and game content which you can view in the Unlockables menu.  You will also earn a “salary” after taking down criminals which is used to upgrade weapons, buy new weapons, and purchase consumable items. 

One thing that’s a difference from a lot of other horde mode based games is the “Game Clock”.  The “Game Clock” shows how much time you have before your life gets sucked away.  Whenever you complete an encounter, you will get some bonus lives added to your clock.  If the clock runs out before you beat the match and you go down, you will not be able to be revived.  This makes the “Game Clock” important.  You must constantly be watching it as to make sure you have plenty of time left. 

Kill Streaks play a big part in R.I.P.D The Game and can be a huge life saver or just help you crush your teammates score.  You can get all sorts of Kill Streaks from a soul chain that holds the Deados in place, all the way to a Gatling gun and many more.  These really reward you for doing well in the game and help you do even better.  There are also consumable items, one of which lets you build your Kill Streaks faster, that one is a must. 

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Longevity:
Being a multiplayer game it innately holds a fair amount of replay value.  If you can find a friend to play this with you will be set for hours of fun.  For all you Achievement/Trophy hunters, there are fifteen Achievements/Trophies to acquire.  The best part about this is that they are all pretty darn easy to get and if you are willing to wait through ten minutes of matchmaking you will probably get them fairly quick. 

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Conclusion:
Making a movie game is hard, but Old School Games took a stab at going online with it.  This was probably the best choice because it takes the story aspect out of the game and makes it its own game.  Yes it shares characters and locations, but it doesn’t convey any story and therefore opens the game to a wider audience.  Ultimately R.I.P.D The Game is not amazing; it has a lot of flaws and misses a lot of marks.  For instance, it should really have a split-screen mode, much more solid controls, and it needs a much improved matchmaking system.  With all its flaws, it is still fun to play and when it comes down to it isn’t that what is important?  If you have a friend that would play this, you could get a lot of fun out of this title.  If you really enjoyed the movie and are looking for some coop fun, then you may  want to check this out.

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