Preview of ‘Rollerdrome: Tony Hawk Meets Running Man
I launch off a ramp and do a backflip safety grab. Then, I start the slo-mo ability and aim at an enemy with a rocket launcher. I point my shotgun towards them, align the sight, and pull the trigger. I land gracefully and move on to the next bad guy. This is Rollerdrome.
This extreme sports combat game feels like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and the 1987 action movie The Running Man. Similar to the former, you can play on various levels and perform grabs and grinds as well as complete challenges. You’re fighting for survival in a dystopian bloodsport.
The gameplay is fluid and dynamic when you play on a PC using an Xbox controller. Roller skating is very light, and the gunplay is generous. It’s not necessary to be precise in your shots so that you can focus on your tricks and shoot at the enemies in each arena.
House Players are a group of baddies that include snipers, heavies, and bat-wielding thugs. They don’t show mercy and can be referred to as House Players. It would help if you used the dodge mechanic to succeed in Rollerdrome. To avoid enemies in mid-air, press B. However, if you make this move at the end of the game, you will get a perfect dodge.
As I mentioned previously, you can also use the slo-mo feature to aim your weapon. You also feel extremely powerful and can even initiate a bullet time sequence Max Payne to give you an edge over your opponents.
Kara Hassan tells the story. Kara entered the Rollerdrome competition at a high cost, but it is clear that she is there for a deeper purpose. There is a conspiracy. You’ll be the player and must clear each level to advance the plot and keep Kara alive.
Each match ends with a letter grade. The highest rank is ‘S.’ Your score is determined by how fast you beat the level, how many enemies you defeat in a single combo, and the number of challenges you complete during the round.
Rollerdrome also offers short first-person segments that allow you to explore the world behind the game’s bloodsport. You will find notes and characters that you can eavesdrop on. All of these add to the story.
This preview is minimal, so I cannot say more. However, Rollerdrome has been an excellent experience. It’s an absolute joy to race around the arenas, from the basic indoor skatepark to the more difficult, snow-covered outdoor one that follows.
The gameplay is fantastic, the art style is charming, and the plot is rich with excellent depth. We are hopeful that it will continue this perfect form and that there is a multiplayer mode.