Welcome to San Amaro. RICO is an arcade-style FPS that’s heavily geared towards online co-op, but luckily it still caters to someone like me – a single lone gunman who wants to let off some steam. I’m all set to shoot bad guys, bust down doors, and do a spot of investigating.
I love a good intro to a game, and RICO starts well. A long-narrated cut scene makes you feel that you’re now part of an elite and dangerous team hell bent on cutting down crime anyway that you can. It’s such a shame such cut scenes don’t reappear on your outing with RICO, as they add so much background and interest. Your aim in RICO is simple, you need to shoot anyone who comes at you. Whether that be shooting exploding canisters to send your enemies skyward or busting down doors and spraying everyone in sight, it’s all pretty straight forward. While it’s very much of the same throughout (shoot, kick down doors and repeat), it never becomes a chore. Squeezing out round after round feels mighty good and as it’s more about quick reflexes than strategic play, RICO does show itself off as a solid FPS.
There’s a purpose to the all gun shed. You’ll need to solve cases by collecting evidence and exploring your way around, one room at a time. Such rooms are incredibly sparse, and the interiors do come across as bland. It’s safe to say you’ll not be getting any new ideas on decorating here. Keeping things interesting though, RICO features randomly generated levels making every new case unique. Modes include Quick, Case and Daily, and as I mentioned earlier, UK developers Ground Shatter have made this perfect for online play. You and a buddy paired up as cops with 24 hours to crack a case makes for an appealing adventure.
RICO does nail it. The pleasure of trampling down doors and charging head first into a sea of gun fire never loses its appeal. The slow-motion effects add further polish to a basic but rewarding arcade first person shooter and its eye-catching art style stands out and puts this shooter in a class of its own.
If you’re after something new then here’s a clever roguelike FPS that begs to be different. Simple and enjoyable, RICO bangs out the bullets with style.
Lizard rating 7.5/10