Shakedown: Hawaii is an open world action-adventure video game developed and published by Vblank Entertainment, the same company behind Retro City Rampage. It was originally released on May 7, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PC, but has since seen numerous ports for various consoles later on.
Why It Rocks
- Great open-world gameplay.
- Unlike Retro City Rampage, where its humor came from pop-culture references to old movies and games, the humor of Shakedown: Hawaii is based on large corporations and various business practices, such as streaming services, timed software fees, renaming products and loot boxes.
- As a result, this game's story and weapon selection are more realistic for the most part, compared to Retro City Rampage.
- In addition to cars and motorcycles, there are also boats that can be stolen.
- The player can now swim in the water, which was a deadly hazard in Retro City Rampage.
- The graphics are done in 16-bit style, and look similar to a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis game.
- Great synthwave-inspired soundtrack by Matt "Norrin Radd" Creamer.
- There are lots of missions and side-quests, ranging from optional jobs to Score and Weapon Challenges, which are the game's equivalent to Rampage missions in the GTA games.
- There is now a day and night cycle.
- The player can purchase various properties around the city of Honolulu. Some of them have Shakedowns, which have to be performed to get the owners to pay protection money. Shakedowns have a variety of tasks, ranging from smashing up stuff in the store or surviving waves of enemies that secure the property.
- Similar to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the player earns money daily, depending on how many properties they own.
- The player can also increase their profit by applying some tactics to various properties, like adding credit cards or sponsored content.
- The protagonists can now be customized in Free Roaming mode, and can upgrade their moveset at a veterinary clinic, like allowing the player to double jump or run faster.
- It's far too easy to lose the cops compared to Retro City Rampage.
- Apart from the widescreen border, there are no options for custom screen borders.
- The radio stations all have generic number names instead of more clever names, like Pulsewave or Thrash FM.
- Shakedown: Hawaii was originally supposed to be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, but later, during development, ports for other systems were commisioned.