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Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriot Available on PSN with ‘Systema’ Combat

Pearl Lu's Avatar + Posted by Pearl Lu on Mar 30, 2011 // Associate Brand Manager at Konami

For those of you not old enough to remember, Rush’N Attack was originally a side-scrolling game for arcade cabinets, later adapted for home consoles. It used to look something like this:

Rush'N Attack classicRush'N Attack: classic

True to its name, it was a lot of rushing. And attacking. Mostly with a knife, sometimes with a flamethrower or a machine gun, but always against hordes of faceless Russians (it was the Cold War, which meant that was totally cool that Russians were bad guys and even cooler to come up with a pun-tastic name for the game). And as we approached the 25th anniversary of Rush’N Attack, we realized it might be nice to revisit an old friend.

But bringing a game like this back into something accessible and interesting to a modern audience presented some unique challenges. After all, the primary attack mechanic from the original 1985 game was quite literally a “stab-stab-stab” motion from side to side across the screen, which you can see from some gameplay footage here:

So how did we update this? The answer we found was Systema.

Systema (“The System”) is a form of martial arts practiced by the Russian secret service (Spetznaz). It is characterized by hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting with a goal toward merciless takedowns that are brutal and brief. Incidentally, the developer for this game is Vatra, a studio based in the Czech Republic, a former Eastern Bloc country, and they just so happened to have some people in-house who were intimately acquainted with “The System.”

Rush'N Attack: Ex Patriot - SystemaRush'N Attack: Ex Patriot - SystemaRush'N Attack: Ex Patriot - systema

In the photos and screenshot above, you can see Alex Sila, Senior Producer at Vatra, and Marek Berka, one of the designers of the game, showing off a few of the moves you’ll see in Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriot. Their instructors, Jan Sedláček and David Sýkora, are Systema masters, and functioned as consultants and motion capture performers for this game. So yes, these are actual moves.

Rush'N Attack: Ex Patriot for PS3 (PSN)

Now for how it all fits together. In Rush’N Atttack: Ex-Patriot – now available on PSN – you’ll play as Sid Morrow, a CIA operative proficient in Systema, infiltrating a Russian prison to uncover its secrets. You can play in several ways: dash through the game and shank everything in your path, or stealthily make your way through levels, sneaking up on enemies and taking them out with one of your vicious attacks. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock more and more combos to add to the ferocity of your take downs and the deadliness of your attacks. You’ll pick up a few classic items along the way – a flamethrower here, a machine gun there. But make no mistake: Your knife is your best friend, your most trusted servant and savior as you rush and attack your way through the game.

Rush'N Attack: Ex Patriot for PS3 (PSN)Rush'N Attack: Ex Patriot for PS3 (PSN)

Just like it was in 1985. With a little something extra this time around.

Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriot is available now for $9.99. Be sure to check out our Konami Facebook page. Hope you guys enjoy the game!

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17 Comments

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+ AguilarX on March 30th, 2011 at 9:17 am said:

really wanted to like this game, but the mechanics were so clumsy. controls are clumsy. please patch this. i wanna grab on to a ledge, not jump to my death.


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+ Sneeches on March 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am said:

how about a demo… thanks.


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+ Maximilian357 on March 30th, 2011 at 10:05 am said:

Yea,a demo would be nice…


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+ manzoor47 on March 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am said:

looks really good. I hope to see a demo soon :).


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+ WhiteF8ng on March 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am said:

Game looks kinda wonky. Like its too loose. I’ve seen gameplay vids and that’s the 1st impression I got. I’d pick it up if it ever went on sale but it doesn’t seem to play as if u would want it to. But since there’s no demo I can only go off of the gameplay. Didn’t have the original and don’t see a reason to get this over Moon Diver.


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+ tylerh1701 on March 30th, 2011 at 11:21 am said:

Played the trial on Xbox, not terrible, but the controls didn’t seem pristine either.


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+ WFMMK on March 30th, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

I bought this game it’s amazing.


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+ davidjaim on March 30th, 2011 at 11:57 am said:

I’loved to play this along with POW (prisoners of War) in NES, but later i met MG (Metal Gear) so you know the story….


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+ davidjaim on March 30th, 2011 at 11:59 am said:

Btw, the could have done this game also for PSP, i don’t see a reason to play in a big screen….


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+ theMADster on March 30th, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

There’s a demo out. I believe its in the European PSN? I downloaded a demo off of either there or the Asian store, can’t remember which one.


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+ Neil on March 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:

This is a great blog post. It’s really informative with a tad of nostalgia thrown in. I’d like to try a demo of the game first. i wish demos were mandatory on the PSN.


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+ Pearl Lu on March 30th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Regarding the demo: Please check the PlayStation Store next week – we will have a demo available so you’ll be able to get some proper hands on time with the game.


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+ plaztiksyke on March 30th, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

The lighting effects and 1080p resolution look awesome!

Are the audio assets HD quality (24-bit and/or losslessly compressed) as well?

is there a platinum trophy?

any plans for co-op? My husband and I loved playing Bionic Commando Rearmed together :)


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+ GreyLynx on March 30th, 2011 at 2:38 pm said:

Have you seen my friend STABY MC STAB STAB!


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+ ToxicStatistic on March 31st, 2011 at 1:08 am said:

Is the original game included in this? Or maybe the updated version that was released on Xbox Live a few years ago? The game looks great, but I’ll wait for the demo next week.


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+ Tank_Baked on March 31st, 2011 at 6:24 am said:

lol@ the reviews for this game . STAY AWAY !!

Yet on Sunday in the Around the web What we read blog post there will probably be a link to a review for this game saying it’s good .The only place on the net. Like PS Move heroes last week haha .


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+ devone23 on March 31st, 2011 at 2:55 pm said:

WOW nostalgia flood! I remember spending hours stabbing and dying in this game back when I was 6 years old. My mom would take me along to visit a friend who had a child my age and we played this exclusively. It was a really tough game (for a 6 year-old)! I never knew what it was called until now.


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