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Going On A Renegade Op Or Two

A dual-stick shooter from an unlikely source delivers destruction and a whole lot of skidding.

You wouldn't expect Avalanche Studios--the developer behind the big, crazy Just Cause 2--to get into the downloadable dual-stick shooter genre. It's overcrowded and a lot of the stuff hitting that genre these days feels like also-ran, sub-par trash. But I was pleasantly surprised by Renegade Ops, a four-player dual-stick shooter that opens up the world and lets you tear ass over, around, and through just about any obstacle that gets in your way.

It starts with a comic-style setup that makes it look like a lost issue of G.I. Joe or something, but it quickly dumps you and up to three companions (if you're playing online) into the world. The mission that was shown at a pre-E3 event essentially had all four players spreading out to find hostages that needed to be returned to a church for safe keeping. An on-screen arrow points you in the direction of your next pick-up, and it seems like the game is pointing different players at different prisoners, for maximum efficiency. Or maybe I was just better at it than the people I was playing with.

It sounds straightforward, and it doesn't necessarily stray super far from what you'd expect. The difference is that the world feels large and open. The arrow is pointing you in a direction, but the environments aren't confining you to one specific path. And your little jeep-like vehicle is surprisingly resilient, allowing you to take on several enemies at once. You'll certainly find a lot of buildings and shacks along the way, and the smaller shacks are no match for the bumper on your vehicle. You can just plow right through some of these structures, which is pretty satisfying. The other cool thing that sets Renegade Ops apart is the speed. It's a fast-moving game and your jeeps skid around corners and generally act wild. So simply driving around with the left stick is fun, because you're kind of constantly in danger of sliding right off a cliff if you aren't at least a little careful. There's also a speed boost, which is fun for bashing through buildings even harder.

The demo was brief, and it's hard to tell if the full game will actually be any good, but my brief time with it was certainly enough to leave me wanting to know more about the final game. It almost feels like a modernized, dual-stick take on Konami's classic, Jackal. Sega's putting Renegade Ops out later this year on Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and PlayStation Network.

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Posted by Jeff

You wouldn't expect Avalanche Studios--the developer behind the big, crazy Just Cause 2--to get into the downloadable dual-stick shooter genre. It's overcrowded and a lot of the stuff hitting that genre these days feels like also-ran, sub-par trash. But I was pleasantly surprised by Renegade Ops, a four-player dual-stick shooter that opens up the world and lets you tear ass over, around, and through just about any obstacle that gets in your way.

It starts with a comic-style setup that makes it look like a lost issue of G.I. Joe or something, but it quickly dumps you and up to three companions (if you're playing online) into the world. The mission that was shown at a pre-E3 event essentially had all four players spreading out to find hostages that needed to be returned to a church for safe keeping. An on-screen arrow points you in the direction of your next pick-up, and it seems like the game is pointing different players at different prisoners, for maximum efficiency. Or maybe I was just better at it than the people I was playing with.

It sounds straightforward, and it doesn't necessarily stray super far from what you'd expect. The difference is that the world feels large and open. The arrow is pointing you in a direction, but the environments aren't confining you to one specific path. And your little jeep-like vehicle is surprisingly resilient, allowing you to take on several enemies at once. You'll certainly find a lot of buildings and shacks along the way, and the smaller shacks are no match for the bumper on your vehicle. You can just plow right through some of these structures, which is pretty satisfying. The other cool thing that sets Renegade Ops apart is the speed. It's a fast-moving game and your jeeps skid around corners and generally act wild. So simply driving around with the left stick is fun, because you're kind of constantly in danger of sliding right off a cliff if you aren't at least a little careful. There's also a speed boost, which is fun for bashing through buildings even harder.

The demo was brief, and it's hard to tell if the full game will actually be any good, but my brief time with it was certainly enough to leave me wanting to know more about the final game. It almost feels like a modernized, dual-stick take on Konami's classic, Jackal. Sega's putting Renegade Ops out later this year on Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and PlayStation Network.

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Edited by Jothel

awesome

*sweet jesus i got it*

Posted by GalacticPunt

rock

Posted by Beb

I thought this was C&C Renegade

Posted by buft

im kinda sick of dual stick shooters and i thought gatling gears was going to be the genres saviour, hopefully there is some fun to be had here

Posted by Winternet

@Beb said:

I thought this was C&C Renegade

Word.

Posted by Rolento

Sounds promising. I love Just Cause 2, so I'm willing to support their next project.

Posted by m0rdr3d

Just Cause 2 was amazing, and open-world dual-stick shootin sounds interesting, I'm pretty much in.
Posted by doraz24

Hmmm

Posted by DrBeardface

You're going on a renegade op,  
I'm goin on a holiday.

Posted by Ghost_of_Perdition

After Just Cause 2, I will buy anything Avalanche Studios puts out.

Posted by blacklab

@Rolento said:

Sounds promising. I love Just Cause 2, so I'm willing to support their next project.

yep

Edited by Absolute_Zero

I want this. But I also want Avalanche to make a racing game, driving around in JC2 was fun. :D

@Ghost_of_Perdition: Agreed.

Posted by abdo
@Beb: I thought it was Spec Ops The Line.
Posted by Krakn3Dfx

I was really hoping for a Just Cause 3 announce at E3.

Posted by Xpgamer7

Dual Joy Stick Shooters needed some innovation. I knew speed and linear gameplay were the big problems but the destruction just makes it sound plain fun.

Posted by Kringer

Seems like 4-op should be a keyword for this E3.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

Get to work on Just Cause 3 ya bums!

Edited by MeatSim

If anyone can make a dual-stick shooter not feel stale I bet the guys behind Just Cause can.