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E3 2011: Renegade Ops First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec
Subtypes: Opinion, Preview
Kyle tries out Renegade Ops from Sega
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Renegade Ops is a top-down shooter from Avalanche Studios, the developers behind the Just Cause series. In it you control up to four different vehicles, each with different abilities as you traverse different environments and take down enemy vehicles, soldiers and buildings.

Renegade Ops

Similar to the Just Cause games, Renegade Ops will allow the player to cause a huge amount of destruction -- nearly every structure is destroyable. Players can use their weapons to blow away soldiers and vehicles, and in the case of buildings, destroy them as well or simply drive through them.

The game supports four-player online co-op or two-player split-screen co-op. All three versions -- Xbox 360, PS3, and PC -- will support future DLC as well.

In the demo I played, myself and three other players drove around a tropical island, blasting enemies who got in our way. Eventually, we had to do more varied mission objectives such as finding captured prisoners and protecting a church from enemy tanks. At the end of the match, the players are ranked based on how many enemies they killed and points they accumulated.

The game looked nice, with some decent detail in the environments and vehicles. The way the game controlled felt very similar to the classic top-down shooter Ikari Warriors and more modern twin stick shooters like Geometry Wars. The left stick moves your vehicle, and the right stick fires your weapons in any direction you desire. The driving felt a little stiff and unresponsive as there were times I'd attempt to make a tight corner only to careen off a cliff, but the shooting seemed dead-on, and I was taking out enemies from every angle with no difficulty.

Overall, Renegade Ops is shaping up to look like a fun multiplayer DLC title. It definitely evokes the old twin stick shooters -- only this time with sharp HD graphics and destructible environments.

Renegade Ops is set for release at the end of summer.


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