I was a little too old to fall into the 1980's G.I. Joe trend, when the cartoon was all the rage and toys were flying off the shelf. (I missed out on He-Man and Thundercats too). But G.I. Joe was a cultural mainstay far before the 80s, and Hasbro's brand has been resurfacing ever since, in comic books, feature films, and new toy series.
Now, GameMill Entertainment is bringing a video game version to consoles and PC, releasing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 13. With Borderlands-style cel-shaded graphics, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout stays true to its comic book roots. And with some fairly familiar sounding voice acting, fans of the old cartoon ought to get a kick out of this iteration of the Joes as well.
Described as a team-based, third-person shooter, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout boasts a campaign that can be played solo or in multiplayer splitscreen, as well as local multiplayer PVP.
From the recent press release:
"Travel to monumental locations like Cobra Headquarters and the U.S.S. Flagg through an original story inspired by 80s-style comics. Take on 18 campaign missions featuring iconic vehicles and boss battles in single-player or local split-screen co-op.
"G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout features 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Each soldier has their own unique powers and can be customized with a variety of weapons and skins. There’s also multiplayer with modes such as Capture the Flag, Assault and King of the Hill."
They don't all have to be masterpieces, friends. Sometimes you just want to run around as Snake Eyes, putting throwing stars in people's eyes. More information can be found at the game's site here.