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Retro City Rampage Coming To MS-DOS

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Does anyone remember Retro City Rampage? It wasn’t that long ago, it only feels like it due to its deliberately 80’s aesthetic. Stuffed with classic game and cinema references, the title was basically Grand Theft Auto: Vice City if it had come out 25 years ago. The same open-world, do-anything gameplay of the GTA series was encouraged in Retro City Rampage, and the game came out for a variety of consoles and systems, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, and PC.

But it was missing one more to make it authentic. Now that problem has been remedied: Retro City Rampage is coming to MS-DOS.

MS-DOS was an operating system created by Microsoft in 1981 (it stood for Microsoft Disk Operating System) that predated GUI interfaces, so everything the computer could do was only accessible by typing in command lines. Developer Vblank has managed to stuff the game into a truly retro version that authentically runs on MS-DOS. System requirements are 3.7 megabytes of hard drive space and 4 MB of RAM.

And yes, the game should actually run on a late 80’s or early 90’s IBM if you have one to drag out of the closet, and also if you still have the ability to make a floppy disc to put the game there. If you don’t have such a thing, MS-DOS is easily emulatable. If you already own the PC or Mac version of Retro City Rampage, Vblank will give you an MS-DOS copy for free.

This is actually the second attempt to make RCR truly retro. An NES port was created, but abandoned at the prototype stage, and was included with some versions of the game.

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