Games of E3

The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 18:00
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Renegade Ops

As you can likely guess from the title, Renegade Ops is a top-down vehicle action game based on Just Cause's Avalanche Engine. The player, along with three of his good buddies, has to tackle a series of goals throughout the levels, and the entertaining physics provide a strong source of enjoyment.

Read Allistair's full preview of Renegade Ops here. The game is due for release sometime this year for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Allistair Pinsof:
Where other top down shooters give you full control, Renegade Ops forces you to learn your vehicles handling in order to get around quicker. Once mastered, turning corners as you gun down an enemy is a thrill. The game's terrain and collision detection also provides amusement, as you accidently drive off a cliff or cause a co-op partner to flip over.

Each of the game's missions take place in a large open area where the player and three co-op players are directed to primary and secondary goals. Picking up hostages, defending a church and chasing an army of tanks were some of the goals presented in the demo. There doesn't seem to be much variety in the action, but this is a decidedly simple arcade-style shmup. The bigger concern was whether the game will be able to throw some challenge and interesting enemy patterns at the player, in the full game. After Gattling Gears, this demo felt a bit too tame for my taste.

The large battle areas, detailed terrain and unique vehicle handling make Renegade Ops stand out among other downloadable top-down shooters. With adjustments to difficulty and variety in mission goals, it could easily become an gorgeous and addicting co-op experience.

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