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MMORPG-Info had the pleasure of getting an invite to the Sega and Avalanche Studios launch celebration of the game Renegade Ops. Our heroes Tig and Aach attended to tell us all about it so we have two reviews for the price of one!


Tig:
The SEGA launch for their new release, Renegade Ops, was held in the unique surroundings of HMS Belfast, the WWII cruiser by London Bridge on the Thames.

Aach:
The basics: Entertaining top down two stick shooter for Xbox.

Tig:
The event itself was a chance to primarily drink and play the game on a host of Xbox 360’s lined up for the event.

Looking rather forlorn in a corner of the ward room was a barely clad model having war paint applied to her nakedness to the utter disinterest of a room full of guys furiously playing Renegade Ops.

Aach:
Controls: Direct the vehicle with one joystick, direct the stream of bullets with the other, two special attack buttons which you can ignore and just race about blasting stuff. Easy to pick up and fairly easy to master.

Tig:
I suppose this must say something about the appeal of the game. Let me say now, it is not my genre but I had great fun zooming round like a lunatic playing split screen co-op mode with a friend.

Aach:
The game: I remember playing games like this more than two decades ago as a teenager in arcades (erm not that I hung about in arcades if my mum is reading this). The graphics and physics engine are better (better than great but short of awesome) but the basic game is to drive about shooting things, grabbing power ups and then shooting things some more. A nominal plot links bouts of shooting things but it can be safely ignored as a friendly red arrow shows you where to go and there are few cut scenes.

Tig:
The story arc is interspersed with graphic comic cut scenes but, to be honest, with this sort of game, you aren’t playing it for the story arc.

Aach:
The game-play is fast and fun. The whole thing has a graphic novel feel to it, particularly the back story and plot. All the nicely rendered friable buildings and vehicles look like comic art, indeed one of the characters is very reminiscent of Tank Girl.

Tig:
As a single player game, it’s not really my cup of tea: my play style leans towards MMOs and the odd first person shooter.

Aach:
The four characters each have special abilities, which are clearly designed to improve co-op play letting you stun a group, put up a shield or do area damage depending on your role. There are lots of upgrade options to pick from, I didn’t get chance to develop a character but it seems that you can get some improvements that shift the game-play a bit to keep things fresh. This obviously offers re-playability too as you can level up each character.

Tig:
The multiplayer mode I think is where this game will win out. The furious pace and spectacular crashes as you drive off cliffs in your frantic attempts to co-ordinate shooting and moving will be great fun in casual games surrounded by a gang of jeering mates.

The online game which can feature up to four players also looks like it could hold some tactical group play, with each character able to drop different specials into the mix, which if co-ordinated properly can lead to a much better group performance.

Aach:
The only let down is the AI which is rather predictable but this makes for a short learning curve so this will be a good party game. There doesn’t seem to be much like this in the Xbox catalogue and its arcade gameplay fits the console so much better than the standard first-person shooter formats. I might have been disappointed with this if it were forty quid. At a tenner it is well worth the price tag and you’ll be able to reach into a drawer and use it to entertain visitors for years to come as the style is timeless. If your friends get into it too then there are a lot of hours of game play in this package.

Tig:
Unfortunately, although the invitation promised a free copy of the game, I didn’t receive a copy. I would have given this a longer go to see if it could get me hooked.


The attendees did get a goody bag including a T-shirt, 4GB memory stick with promotional material for reference, a Renegade Ops dog tag, as well as a pen and notebook. Not bad loot for a single evening’s group, I’d say.

For more information, see Renegade Ops on the SEGA website.

Posted by Taymar on http://mmorpg-info.org.

 

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