Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Crime Boss Rockay City Review
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Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Featuring a cast full of Hollywood stars, Crime Boss: Rockay City takes players to the atmosphere of the 90s and unfolds a story in which gang wars are at the forefront. In this review, we will examine the game in detail and see if it is worth its money.

Officially a parade of stars

You may think that Crime Boss: Rockay City, which was released in 2023 under normal circumstances but will also hit the Steam store on June 18 , has undergone major changes after 1 year. But it’s not quite like that. Aside from the “big budget” deals it includes, it also wants to reflect the Payday-style robbery theme to the player, but it cannot do this very successfully. The game does not have a story line that allows you to progress without any effort. In the single-player part, you are given a region and your only goal is to conquer it.

Crime Boss Rockay City Review
Crime Boss Rockay City Review

As we mentioned gang wars, you immediately understand that this is the main purpose of the game when you enter the single-player part. Your aim is to conquer the region you encounter, to establish a more advanced gang army and to hit the bottom of the money by carrying out different robberies in the process. This scenario, which can be described as “Roguelike”, may amuse you at times , but after a while it becomes repetitive, allowing you to get bored quickly. The things you do and will do within the scope of gang wars are quite simple. You either fight a short war to take an area from another gang member, plan a robbery to earn more money, or plan to see something different by completing the main scenario missions that come from time to time. However, repeating this process becomes quite boring after a while.

The city of Rockay was created inspired by the atmosphere of the 90s and appears with a gang everywhere, dirty money circulating and the leading names of the underworld constantly involved in events. It looks quite interesting as it is, but I don’t think they reflect this into the game very much. So, I feel like they could have done a better job by wasting the potential and gathering so many stars together.

Crime Boss: How do robberies work in Rockay City?

The robbery missions in the game are not only in the single-player part. If you wish, you can join online servers or play with your friends. In classic Payday style, you fall into a map and try to capture all the money there. This map can be places such as a bank, shop or money van. But don’t be excited about working like Payday because the activities you can do are quite limited. Carrying out these robberies turns into an unwilling relationship after a while. Because nothing different is offered to the player and it has repetitive activities.

Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Crime Boss Rockay City Review
Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Heists often leave it up to you how to begin. So, you can start secretly or very loudly if you want. Even if moving silently will get you by to a certain extent, the number of police officers increases gradually in the loud action where guns are fired and hostages are held, and some sequences that will give you hell arise. However, in these robberies, you usually have to do the same things. After disabling the cameras inside the bank or shop, you wait to break into the safe full of money, or if there is a shop, you need to collect the jewels one by one by breaking the windows. There are similar activities in other maps and locations. So, unfortunately, there is no game concept that is complex or planned.

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You need to wait a while for the drill you use to open the safe. In this process, the police are attacking you and you are trying to survive. When the safe is opened, you fill the money into the bag and leave the scene by jumping into the truck that comes close to you. So, as I mentioned above, almost all the robbery missions of the game proceed this way. As it is, this is getting very boring. In addition, the maps you go to rob usually have the same designs and only 1-2 rooms or streets differ. So while they’re pouring money into so many Hollywood stars, it seems like they forgot to make the game fun.

There are clear problems with optimization and visuality.

I played some of the online heist parts of the game with our dear editor Alparslan Gürlek . In fact, I did not handle the optimization and visual parts of the game from a single window. Dear Alparslan, since the computer systems we use are different, we were able to proceed more fully on the events from two separate windows. I have to say that, unfortunately, they have not added much innovation to the game since its release. Apart from the additional packages and 1-2 different online game modes, there is no game mode where you can have fun and play for long hours without getting up.

Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Crime Boss Rockay City Review
Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Likewise, we cannot say that the game has improved much after this 1-year period. As a matter of fact, it is true that there are still problems with optimization. Considering that the artificial intelligence is not very functional and the game is constantly repetitive, Crime Boss: Rockay City can be seen as not having improved itself much since its release. I don’t think they used Hollywood stars, which is the most well-known point of the game, very well. Apart from some short cutscenes adorned with unsuccessful voice-overs and facial expressions, these famous characters do not actually have much of a function.

How is the Cagnali’s Order expansion progressing?

I would also like to touch upon the Cagnali’s Order additional package , which will be released with the game on June 18 . This additional package, which adds a new scenario, robbery missions, enemies and different characters to the game, appears with a structure that still contains the main basis and does not add any major innovations to the game. Cagnali’s Order additional package, which takes on a dystopian atmosphere and focuses on a completely different scenario, includes some of the main characters in the game and adds robots and new high-level technologies to the police force. It aims to offer an entertaining gameplay concept through different scenario missions, but it fails again.

Because, in essence, it appears with the same boring and repetitive structure. The player is again given a map and asked to conquer this place. While gang wars are taking place, the police force, equipped with technology, is on your side. In short, whatever happens in the main game, the same things happen in this additional pack. Just the enemy is different, the character is different and the map is a little different, that’s all.

Crime Boss Rockay City Review

Crime Boss Rockay City Review
Crime Boss Rockay City – Cagnali’s Order

my last words

While one expects great cutscenes, action-packed chases or shootouts with so many star players gathered together, one should not expect to listen to 10 seconds of conversations around an office and then enjoy the game by repeating the same things over and over again. If so much money was spent on the cast, then a work that was entertaining or at least stood out with its action had to be produced.

Unfortunately, Rockay City was a game that failed in terms of entertainment, budget and understanding the player. If we had done this review 1 year ago, we would probably be making the same sentences again. Unfortunately, despite all this time, it is clearly obvious that he has not made any progress.

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