Excerpt: I can't shake the feeling of nostalgia Renegade Ops gives me regarding an old NES title called Jackal. If you've never had the privilege of playing this 25-year-old classic, well... you're probably just a bit younger than me. If you happen to be familiar with Jackal and for some reason have yearned for a modern version of the title, you're in some luck. Renegade Ops is brought to us by the creators of Just Cause, Avalanche Studios.
Summary: Gamers who took the plunge into the latest Rockstar release back in May, the neo-graphical adventure, “LA Noire,” were treated to a loving tribute to the world of film noire set against the backdrop of Los Angeles, 1947. Not long after the game’s release talk began to spread that whole sections of the game, in the form of detective desks were cut from the final game and eventually the developers confirmed this rumor.
Excerpt: L.A Noire is, at the very least, a kind of game that has never been seen before. Taking you back to glamorous 1940's Los Angeles, the player steps into the gumshoes of Detective Cole Phelps, a World War Two veteran, as he rises through the ranks of the L.A Police Department, solving crimes and busting criminals in one of the deepest stories ever told in videogames. For starters, the game is presented extremely well.
Excerpt: Unlike most cooperative games that aren’t necessarily much fun when played alone, I enjoyed Renegade Ops almost as much when I went at it alone as I did with three friends. You can choose from a selection of vehicles that have special abilities like instant armor plating, an EMP pulse, airstrike, and a massive turret.
Summary: One part Super Off Road , two parts Jackal , and a splash of Just Cause 2 , Renegade Ops is a glorious over-the-top twin-stick shooter with action to spare. A few technical issues mar the experience somewhat, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in both single and multiplayer. Multiple characters, numerous unlockable skills, four-player online co-op, and explosions upon explosions—$14.99 well spent.
Team Avalanche Embraces The Heights Of Destruction
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Conclusion: Concept: Blast your way through jungles and enemy bases on a destruction-fueled assault against a terrorist madman
Graphics: Excellent explosion and weapon effects highlight the detailed game world
Sound: Do you like the sound of continuous machine gun fire?
Playability: Vehicles have a satisfying weight, but it takes a while to get used to the way they move
Entertainment: A well-executed twin-stick shooter that pays homage to the military vehicle games of yesteryear...
Excerpt: Renegade Ops is the second twin stick shooter to arrive on the PlayStation 3 this year but unlike the rather ho-hum Warhammer 40K: Kill Team game, this title is in a class of its own. The six to eight hour campaign of Renegade Ops revolves around a small group of soldiers who have been ordered by their General to hunt down the villain known as the Inferno .
Excerpt: Maturity and innovation are two things that should be definitely encouraged in games. Most mentally mature adults probably grow tired of the amount of faux mature games that seem to be pandering towards a teenage audience as opposed to the truly grown up gamer. Innovative games are also a good thing to see, as playing something different is definitely regularly welcomed by those not particularly used to it. Team Bondi’s L.A.
Conclusion: Rockstar Leeds has done a great job bringing Team Bondi's L.A. Noire to the PC, which is a thoroughly interesting and at times quite addictive crime thriller. It's easy to get wrapped up in a case and wanting to uncover what really happened; sifting through the false smiles of NPCs and rubbing their nose in our superior detective work. Cole Phelps feels at home on the desktop and I didn't experience any problems or hiccups along the way.
Conclusion: For those who expect an open world, exploration extravaganza like Grand Theft Auto 4 or Read Dead Redemption look elsewhere. Although L.A. Noire feigns freedom through a massive 1940s version of Los Angeles, the gameplay is arbitrary beyond measure and not about freedom of choice at all. Rockstar games confuses gamers by reminding them of past sandbox-style games with L.A. Noire but instead offering a far more focussed, character-driven tale.
Pros: Dialog is well written, Huge open world with lots of detail, Nicely detailed sound effects, Reading suspects’ facial cues is a fun gameplay gimmick, Lots of cases to sink your teeth into
Cons: Story is not well paced, Prevalent pop in, Although decent, music is recycled too much, The same routine is required for every case, The arbitrary nature of the gameplay gets tiresome, Very little replay value