Video games were capturing the public consciousness right at the peak of U.S.A./U.S.S.R. tensions and, as a result, you saw lots of 1980s-era action titles featured espionage as their mise-en-scene and used the evil Russkies as the bad guys.
The most heavy-handed of those was Konami’s obscenely difficult “Rush’N Attack”. The arcade game threw never-ending waves of soldiers at your lone Green Beret as he tried save American POWs from a Russian military base. As was “War Games “and “Rambo” were to the movies, so were “Super Strike Eagle” and “Rolling Thunder” to games. Now, Konami’s remaking the one-man army title for modern consoles and keeping all the Reagan-era political subtext intact.
Still, the nostalgia at play here is more recreational than political in nature. This reboot of the classic side-scroller is strongly reminiscent of Capcom’s “Bionic Commando Re-Armed” remake and Chair Entertainment’s “Shadow Complex”, in that hi-res graphics, old-school structure kind of way. The new game does diverge from the ultra-aggressive style of the original a bit, by throwing some, sneaky stealth sequences at the player.
Look for “Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriot” to hit Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network later this summer.