Donít expect Rogue Trooper Redux to look like a modern game. Technically, itís fine; it runs at a decent clip and is generally inoffensive to the eyes. Textures are decidedly PS2-era; they generally alternate between being flat and slightly jagged, though some smoothing has clearly been done. The draw distance is generally very poor, but at least the established fiction behind the game can be used as a semi-plausible crutch. Animation work is decent where it usually doesnít matter and often problematic when it does. All of the cutscene action looks fine, but during combat, things get rough quickly. Non-fatal shots have no visual effect on enemies, which in turn makes the gunplay extremely unsatisfying. Every time I shoot a sniper off his perch, he inverts and spins with his legs splayed out like Chun-Li. The occasional weirdness, strangely enough, sort of compensates for the technical inadequacy.
Artistically, Rogue Trooper Redux fares much better; the comic strip upon which it is based was actually drawn by legendary artist Dave Gibbons. (I knew the blue skin and pupil-free eyes were familiar!) Most character models have their faces hidden by masks and helmets, so they're able to get away with effectively populating the ranks with clones. Environments may not impress on the base level, but take a closer look and youíll see some memorable details. Best of all is the skybox, which, given the setting of the game, should be (and, in fact, is) awesome to look at.
Rogue Trooper Reduxís voice work is generally decent, though the accents are so scattershot I can hardly tell what theyíre supposed to be. Of course, that may be the point. All of Rogueís comrades-in-arms have very specific voices that youíll instantly be able to recognize after about an hour of play. Not that it matters all that much; given the shallow, stakes-free storytelling at play. Itís only now that I realize I need to say something about the soundtrack. The fact that the music has escaped my memory for so long should be a decent enough testament to its quality.