Michael Futter Writes: When Hard Corps: Uprising launched in February, nearly every reviewer remarked that Konami had released a game that embodied Contra’s spirit, even if it didn’t carry the name. With Rush ‘N Attack: Ex-Patriot, it has done just the opposite, leaving all but the name on the cutting room floor.
The game starts out solid enough, with an opening cinematic done in the style of a motion comic and featuring a melodramatic voiceover to set the stage. It’s worth watching just to hear the phrase “ninja badasses” said with a straight face. The plot is simple enough. In the early 20th century, a meteor crashed in Russia. Now, in the 21st century, the crystals seeded by that meteor have grown and are being mined as a substance called “Ulyssium.” Your team is sent to retrieve as much Ulyssium as possible, assassinate a Russian general, and free an American soldier who was left to rot in a Russian prison 20 years ago.