Crime Boss: Rockay City PS5

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.

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