|Release: September 13, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Language, Violence|
This is why multiplayer in Renegade Ops is so much fun. You can either play in local two-player split-screen or online in four-player rooms. When multiple people are playing the game at once, they can split up to handle multiple objectives. You'll find yourself barking orders to your friends to go handle the approaching mortar teams while you attempt to rush survivors to the safe haven of a church. Tackling a single objective together can make things easier, but splitting up allows you to tackle more of them at once. It's a risk/reward system that is unique to the multiplayer mode only, and it rewards teamwork and well-planned strategies. Even though online co-op through the story is all you can do (there are no vs. modes or any other online modes outside of the leader boards), it's still a well-implemented feature that gives the game tons of replay value.
If I had to choose one thing to gripe about in Renegade Ops, it would be the controls. Yeah, the dual-stick formula has worked out fine in the past, and I have nothing against left stick to move right stick to fire. However, you are controlling vehicles in Renegade Ops, not people, and, believe it or not, this game engine has actual vehicle physics. So if you are going fast, you'll find yourself making wide and reckless turns that cause you to crash right into enemy missile trucks. Turning around in particular feels awkward, as your momentum comes to a near stop in order to let your vehicle make a U-Turn. In fact, movement is so loose that it's nearly useless in the middle of a battle. You can't really strafe or dodge missiles with any sort of accuracy. Instead, you just drive up to an enemy tank and hope your guns kill it before it kills you.
That being said, Renegade Ops is still a lot of fun if you are into this sort of thing. There are bullets, missiles, and exploding vehicles everywhere. It feels a lot like you are playing "The Expendables" in top-down shooter form. In my opinion, the game is definitely worth a try, and it only gets better once you add your friends to the mix. Download the demo and give it a shot. If the 2.5 GB download doesn't turn you off, the gameplay surely won't.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer