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POSTED 17/9/11


RENEGADE OPS

SEGA
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA, PC)

World domination-craving tyrants are stupid fuckers. Guys (for they’re almost always blokes), you can guffaw “BWAHAHA!” in as English an accent that you can muster all you want, but haven’t you ever seen an action flick? If you had you’d know this truth to be self evident... you’re rooted.

Cue Inferno, the latest nutbag with Malcolm McDowell-like elocution wanting the world as his plaything. As a quarter of an apparently elite commando unit you’re tasked with going the thwart, one seek-and-destroy mission (and often extra side mission) at a time. Pick a character and go, in a top-down scroller arcade-fest that variously conjures memories of stuff like Jackal, BreakThru, Tiger Heli, Commando, 1943, Heavy Barrel, Guerrilla War and even Super Sprint.

We must say, it looks stunning. It really does.

Mostly you’ll be fighting two enemy fronts – Inferno’s firepower-laden lackeys, and the controls of your frickin’ tumble-o’-frustration Jeep-a-like. It’s left stick tied, whilst the right stick bangbangshootshoots like Smash TV or the ace Gatling Gears. In straight lines you’re fine, but when Jeepy-poo adheres to another gate and you’re force-fed insta-death, or it launches jaunty-angled seawards when scrambling to escape a big mofo nucular kaboom, you’ll want to punch it.

But hey, it looks stunning. It really does.
 
Back to negoland, despite a sizeable week one update, ROps needs more Mortein. We encountered several game-killing bugs. It’s most un-SEGA like.

Yeah, but it looks stunning though. It really does.

We’re super-bummed. We did get old school arcade-yay cheapies from Renegade Ops, despite it doing its damnedest to make us despise its every zero and one due to glitches, irksome controls or facing near-impossible odds with puny, sluggardly upgradeable weapons versus OTT barrages that’d make Arnie squeal.

ROps should’ve been awesomeness squared. It could even have taken over the world... BWAHAHA!

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