Robocop: Rogue City is a first-person shooter where you play as the cyber-enhanced police officer himself. Fighting the criminal element in the fictionalized Old Detroit, you navigate the city’s seedy underbelly.
From the developers behind the underrated first-person shooter, Terminator: Resistance, Teyon’s Robocop: Rogue City pays homage to the source material. In fact, there are several nods to the classic action movies that observant fans will recognize. For those who enjoy the series and don’t want to miss out on references to the films, this list below should have you covered.
9 “I’d Buy That For A Dollar”
Robocop Has Many Memorable Lines
One of the running gags in the Robocop movie series is a television show that has various characters chuckling as they watch. You’ll only get brief clips of this show that features a mustached man flanked by female models.
The most memorable clip involves the man (who is never named) shouting, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” and then erupting into laughter. In Robocop: Rogue City, there is a game achievement called “I’d buy that for a dollar.”
8 The Scene Of Murphy’s Death
Explore The Place Where Officer Murphy’s Life Changed Forever
If you recall the original story, Officer Murphy was a regular, healthy cop until he crossed paths with a criminal gang. The steel mill that saw the end of Alex Murphy is a playable location in Robocop: Rogue City.
Not only can you see the chalk outline where Officer Murphy was found, but also other details from the movie scene are included. During the movie, a television screen is shot out and is clearly visible in the game as a nod to the film.
7 Peter Weller Is Back
“Your Move, Creep.”
You may have been playing Robocop: Rogue City and thought the voice actor for the cybercop sounded familiar, and you’d be correct. The actor that played Robocop in the films is Peter Weller, and developer Teyon brought him on board to voice the game.
Bringing the original actor back to voice the protagonist is great fan service and puts you right into the world of Old Detroit. It’s great to hear Peter Weller back in the role of part man, part machine crime fighter.
6 Anne Lewis Is Back
“He’s Dead, Murphy.”
Anne Lewis, played by actress Nancy Allen, was Murphy and Robocop’s partner in the film series. Her character returns in Robocop: Rogue City, complete with a strong likeness of the actress. Though not voiced by Nancy Allen, the game does a good job matching up a similar sounding voice actress.
In both the films and this game, Officer Lewis believes that Robocop is more man than machine. Anne Lewis brings some humanity to the cybercop and helps you through various in-game missions. It’s great to see her character return to an original story that uses so many elements from the movies.
5 Nukem Board Game
“Get Them Before They Get You.”
The 1987 movie directed by Paul Verhoeven includes some satire and commentary relevant during that decade. One scene depicts a family playing a board game in which they represent different countries and can choose to aid or destroy each other.
In Robocop: Rogue City, one of the minor nods to the movie is the Nukem board game box you can find lying around in the environment. You can’t play Nukem, but it’s still an excellent detail that proves the developers are fans of the series.
4 Nod To Magna Volt
“MagnaVolt… The Final Word In Auto Security.”
The Robocop movie series showcased some interesting products that were over-the-top in a satirical way. One was the car anti-theft device Magna Volt, which ad shows a car thief pinned down and electrocuted by the gadget.
For eagle-eyed fans of the series, you can spot the Magna Volt building in the Detroit skyline during the game. It’s subtle, but those who remember the fictional security system in Robocop 2 can see the company’s headquarters.
3 The “Worst Movie” Reward
The Coveted Golden Raspberry Award
One of the side missions in Robocop: Rogue City tasks you with helping a character named Pickles find a movie. Pickles can’t remember the film’s name, and he continues talking to you as you look through the VHS tapes.
Pickles explains that one of the films Robocop picks up received a “Worst Movie” award, and the director was the first to receive it in person. Paul Verhoeven, the director of Robocop, was the first to accept a Razzie award in person.
2 The Delta City Model
An Idea That Was Crushed
In the Robocop film series, there is a master-planned city designed to replace the crime-ridden Old Detroit, and you can see a miniature model on screen. But the model is eventually destroyed after a malfunctioning robot attacks an executive, and he flies backwards onto it.
In Robocop: Rogue City, when you are exploring the OCP Tower, you can find the crushed model of Delta City in a storage closet. This small detail helps connect the events from the first film to the game and is a nice treat for fans.
1 Out The Window
“Dick, You’re Fired!”
In the Robocop film, the climax sees the cybercop several stories up in the OCP Tower with the villain and OCP Senior President Dick Jones. During the course of the scene, Robocop fires on Jones, sending him flying through the window and falling.
The OCP Tower is a playable section in the game and allows you to throw enemies out the window to their deaths. While you’re not reenacting the events of the film, the developers knew fans would want to try this extreme brand of justice and made it possible.
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