Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
SEGA are known for providing the videogaming masses with pretty and colourful games, take Sonic the Hedgehog for example, all the colours of the rainbow in that, but who would have thought Hell could be just as colourful?
You wait for games to be released and you get nothing for a while, until suddenly, everyone decides to release them all in the same quarter and then we’re inundated with them. Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (note: Wrath of THE Dead Rabbit, not A, but THE Dead Rabbit…) is one of those games and boy oh boy does it have gameplay coming out of its dead bunny ears or what!
Who needs a story? This is just pure gaming at work, you don’t need any story, the basic fact is that you’re a deceased, skeletal rabbit who has to go defeat some weird and basically Hell-like creatures and monsters. You start with a brief tutorial which kind of just happens as you play along, but that’s after you find out why you have to go through Hell (literally).
It seems that the adorable departed lupin had some not so desirable photographs taken and is on a mission to retrieve them. You plod along until given one of those big one wheel bike things, you know, like in Men in Black 3, except with spikes and acts as a jetpack. Right, so you go along while chopping green blob things when you suddenly reach some pink stuff, it’s some form of crystal which you can drill through to reach gems that do nothing in particular, just boost your score.
The levels are big. Actually, everything is big. Nothing is done in a small way and especially when you take out monsters of who you have to defeat to open certain doors that enable you to progress further. Some of them just need you to go up to them and shred them to bits with your spiked bike wheel of death, but that’s not all, to have them splat into a quazillion pieces, a mini-game type of thing pops up for you to complete.
Nothing too complex, most of the time it’s just a mashing of the A button (if you use a ‘Xbox 360 Controller for Windows’ controller, which is highly recommended for total enjoyment) and once done, you get to see the full, damaging effect of hurt you have just placed upon the unfortunate creature that had to be sacrificed. It’s a nice twist on the normal over-the-top splatter you get with other games and it doesn’t change when you get to a main boss.
There’s a shop for you to “waste your money” on upgrades and fancy clothing with the first upgrade being a rocket launcher which you have to buy as part of the tutorial, you don’t have to worry about ammo, but you can only shoot up to three at once before it ‘overheats’. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem since you’ll need to use minor tactics to defeat big bosses and there’s usually something a little extra at hand to finish them off.
There’s a lot of humour in the game, it really doesn’t take itself seriously. An example would be when you’re low on blood (health/energy) and it says “f**k” at the top, because you’re just a hit or two away from dying. Speaking of which, there are bloodfalls (like waterfalls, but with blood) that you can go replenish your health bar with, which is helpful due to how big the levels are and all the exploring that can be accomplished.
There will be many people telling you to buy Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, for very good reason, it’s bloody good (see what I did there?). It features all the required attributes a videogame should contain; visuals coming out of your ears, audio up to your eyeballs and gameplay until you’re sick, it’s all there. What are you still reading this for? If you’re not already buying it by now, there’s something wrong with you!