The PS5 release of Crime Boss: Rockay City is not until June 2023, but the PC version released today to some rather underwhelming reviews. With a Metacritic rating of just 55, you probably shouldn't put much faith in this star-studded FPS being much better on PS5. Danny Glover, Danny Trejo, Vanilla Ice, and Chuck Norris may be part of the voice cast, but nothing about Crime Boss: Rockay City sounds particularly appealing.
Below you'll find a selection of critic reviews based on the PC version. 8 verdicts have been shared at the time of writing, so it's possible the 55 Metacritic rating could still go up or down.
Inverse - 6/10
Rockay City has something interesting in its novel campaign structure, and its modest price tag currently discounted to $31.99 makes it an outright bargain. But there’s not enough to appreciate that warrants anybody to stick around for more than a random night with some buddies. The whole project is clearly a loving homage to the glory days of ‘90s action flicks, but the tone-deaf execution misses the mark. But how long can that hold your attention for when your multiplayer game time is far better spent elsewhere?
Screen Rant - 5/10
There is fun to be had with a team of four friends completing missions together. Still, in its current state, Crime Boss: Rockay City feels like a low-level wannabe criminal trying to get rich quick on a street populated with multiplayer shooters who already do better.
TheGamer - 4/10
Overall, Crime Boss is a game at war with itself. All three modes offer something, but none of them does their specific thing that well. Meanwhile, the characters and writing that surround these missions feel painfully stuck in 2011. And customisation is either limited or random in a way that makes it feel like you never quite have control of your loadout.
GGRecon - 4/10
Crime Boss Rockay City is a cautionary tale for how to effectively budget a video game, and a prime example of how games need to feel and play well first and foremost. There are good ideas buried deep within this game, and the roguelike/Payday combination is a genuinely novel concept I'd love to see explored in a project with more focus. However, using a voice cast of Hollywood talent past their prime is a choice that doesn't add anything to the game, and it's not enough to distract me from the shallow gameplay that was already done much better ten years ago.
What do you make of these verdicts? Cancel your pre-order in the comments below.
No surprise here. This game stank from the first trailer drop.
If I had a nickel for every time The Game Awards had a celebrity announce game staring celebrities that would come out and be critically panned, I’d have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice
I could tell you the score just by looking at that image lol
Its name along with the promotional artwork reminds me of those knock-off mobile GTA clones. That metacritic score isn't surprising.
I just wish GTA or saints row would do a game in this style either 80s or 90s. Like GTA vice city or San Andreas just over the top.
@Deoxyr1bose What was the other one?
Spent all the budget on the B list celebrities, perhaps
I wanted this to be good but the moment the focus was on 4 player coop my interest died
I love payday 2, one of the best games last gen for me. So I was interested in this, until I saw game play. Not shocked by the low reviews. Looks like it plays like payday but doesn't understand what makes pay day fun.
If the 4 player co op is optional like some games where the entire game is playable solo then I have some interest. If not then I'll pass.
When revealed I was hoping Rockay City would be good, even a surprise 2023 hit, and a bridge till GTA 6 releases.
I’d be willing to bet this is a day 1 ps extra drop. I’ll check it out. Wanted Dead reminded me how far off critics can be from understanding what a game wants to do.
That terrible Fast and Furious game that Vin Diesel announced
I didn’t expect great reviews. But, if this can be the played solo, I’d be all over it just for the cheese factor.
@Vivisapprentice Oh yeah. I (sadly) remember that crap
Can't trust game critics
Not a popular opinion, but I kind of want to play the game.
What a Rockay start to this game’s life
Blew their budget on a bunch of B list celebrities.
It feels like the devs knew it was a mediocre shooter so they tried to bring in famous actors to gain interest in people.
We all saw this coming right?
I knew it’d be bad just from the name alone. Sounds like a name from a fake game created for a movie. Awful
Yeah expendables 4 looks pretty meh.
Yeah, this is what happens when you spend most of your budget on acting talent instead of actually making a good game.
Not that I would’ve bought it anyway, because I couldn’t support a production that would hire a bigot like Chuck Norris. The rest of the actors are mostly past the heights of their careers, but they are cult favourites that I might have enjoyed for the nostalgia of the movies they’ve been in, as cheesy as it would be.
Oh hells yeah it's gonna get it YEAH!
I grew up with the 80s/90s action movies a lost art now I'm gonna definitely get this.
Oh no, what a surprise! We totally shouldn't have seen this coming lol...
Well I can see an issue straight away. All that acting talent and a potential fun game experience entirely wasted by making it a multiplayer game.
When will Devs realise a good single player game is far better than most multiplayer experiences ?
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