For instance, the typical assault rifle carries about 50 rounds or so? These rifles carry about 15, resulting in consistent reloading that becomes annoying way too quickly. Even House of the Dead III's shotgun offered a better feel for loading--and players had to load individual shells. Between the broken cover mechanics, which takes several seconds to even issue a response, and the time it takes to lock on an enemy for a headshot, it's an exercise in frustration. Sadly, that's the tempo for most of the game. There's no push to make Rambo really escalate his skills, it's just shoot, shoot, shoot some more. Even some of the bigger enemies in the game don't pose a threat, as you can lay waste to them with a kind of primitive cover tactic that would be scoffed at by early arcade designers. Even when you're hiding behind something, soldiers can pop around and still hit you--which defeats the purpose of cover, no? Worse yet, there's no genuine drive to keep going. There's nothing new to the gameplay, outside of killing everyone with very little skill behind it, and no real challenge that awaits around the next corner. There are also no heightened situations to look forward to. Shooting helicopters feels just as bland as shooting all these nameless soldiers. The locales may be familiar to fans of the film, but you pass through them so quickly that you never really feel anything. It's an empty, lifeless shooter. And although the game covers the events from the films, none of the actors from the film have reprised their roles, making this an unsatisfactory experience even for fans.
Getting to the choppa doesn't pay off
Rambo: The Video Game just disappoints, over and over. There are no new power-ups or twists to keep you interested, no memorable boss fights, and no touches that fans of the film will go "ooh" over. The team at Reef could've done a lot more with this, something along the lines of what Sega did with its arcade Rambo game. Instead, they took the easy way out. Go watch the movies instead. All of the thrill, none of the pain, Johnny. 
The game looks like it makes more of a difference than it actually does
This review is based on a downloadable PlayStation 3 code provided by the publisher. Rambo: The Video Game is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game is rated M.