Review: Rogue Aces (PlayStation 4)

It’s time to join the Rogue Aces and liberate the islands from The Baron and his dreaded pilots. Will you be able to face the fiercest of foes with only one life and three planes?

Pros:

  • Nice bright graphics.
  • Cross-buy with PlayStation Vita.
  • Cross-save.
  • 129.9MB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Tutorial.
  • Three control schemes.
  • Edit button layout option.
  • A roguelike with you having one life and death restarts your run.
  • Training ground- Practice area.
  • Two pilots- One Male and One female.
  • Shoot em up gameplay.
  • Campaign- Missions randomize.
  • Earn EXP and level up to unlock a random upgrade chance when starting a new game.
  • Clear UI showing fuel, How much fuel needed to get home, Ammo and score.
  • Map and icons on the screen.
  • Damage- You can check your damage but you take damage in parts of the plane and it can affect how well your plane not only flies but also controls and shoots. Land at your base to repair.
  • Has a Luftraser vibe to it all.
  • A lot to blow up from enemies to buildings and ammo dumps and boats.
  • Landing can be done manually or automatically (taking away from your points/EXP). Unless you are playing on Veteran in which case it is manual landing only.
  • Weapons- Cannons, Rockets, and bombs.
  • Unlock new game modes by playing the campaign.
  • Easy to play.
  • Hard to put down.
  • Fun.
  • Throttle- If you are feeling more advanced you can control throttle consumption/power with the right stick and run the risk of stalling.
  • Take over bases by destroying all enemy present and use it to reload and repair. The enemy can actually take the bases back.
  • Three campaign types- Normal, Frontline and veteran.
  • Boss battles.

Cons:

  • Slow progress pace.
  • No easy way to just keep playing after game over instead you have to go through all the menu buttons.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Have to unlock modes.
  • Little variety.
  • Cannot have multiple campaigns even if different campaigns.
  • Missions will repeat.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

It took a while but eventually, I fell in love with Rogue Aces. At first, you think it is just another simple little plane shooter but trying to be a roguelike, Soon you realize it has a really deep rewarding unlock system, Many modes to play and is so much fun to play. Honestly, the game looks basic and doesn’t seem like it could be anything other than a shooter but it really isn’t and is a game so many people would enjoy so please do check it out, It plays well on both consoles but PS4 was my preferred system.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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