Not so long ago we had the chance to spot a real video game UFO, namely a certain Rustler, whom the developers referred to in an amusing way as Grand Theft Horse, a GTA 2-like Middle Ages, as uncomplex as the game from which it is inspired. There are also many references … let’s go!
Cattle thief is a top-down action game set in a large open world with the image of Grand Theft Auto 2. There you play a farmer named Guy who sees the world around him as a huge playground and who will soon become a highwayman. Aside from GTA, in terms of humor, the game inspires everything seen in the Monty Python group and in particular in the movie Holy Grail
“I’ll play it on you, the flame very much“
Because if the game is very sandboxed and leaves a lot of freedom, there will still be a narrative thread with many possibilities of quests, even if they are all wackier than the others. For example, a priest will ask you to hire a musician to raise money at the end of mass and make more profit. A quest will even ask you … to find the Grail. Voil, voil … With inevitably many references to pop culture, the key.
The game is so inspired by a GTAthat to replace the famous radios in the car, bards can follow you and play remixes of rap songs but the Mdivale sauce during your missions or your city walks! In short, the big “everything” that we love, inevitably. The idea is just brilliant indeed, and this type of possibility fits in perfectly with the ambience of the game.
Anachronism in the service of gameplay and humor
In the same order of thought, the police, who will be replaced by guards and knights, can follow you on horseback and activate a kind of “flashlight”. In addition, the search and star system (in the game in the form of medieval helmets) works there again like in a GTA: the more stars you have, the more guards there are and will then use their forces to get you out of the danger zone. In fact, the developers at Jutsu Games were pretty brilliant at adding loads of references to pop culture and our modern world to match this completely insane medieval world. If you stroll through a village, for example, you will find a shop front that advertises “Pimp my horse” (based on the famous American Mission). It is also possible to literally “embark” your horse at the “fur” when you “park” in a prohibited area for horses.
There are many interactions with the world and a villager will always have something funny to say or suggest. For example, you can set a house or a field on fire with a flashlight, draw the desired shapes in a wheat field with a hand hoe, etc. Cattle thief and yet we only saw the game go on for ten minutes. But we already know there are some crazy laughs waiting for us.
WE ARE WAITING FOR … WITH CURIOUS!
While it certainly won’t be the Game of the Year, Rustler is an extremely refreshing title that we can’t wait to explore further to see how far it can go in terms of insanity and completely deranged humor. If all goes well, it’s slated to hit PS4, PS5, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Switch next September.