Mission-based driving and car combat may feel a bit tired at this point, after years of history stretching back to Rockstar's finest open-world games, or the explosive glory of Twisted Metal
. What Renegade Ops
introduces is a new twist that mashes up driving with twin-stick shooting action to make for a fun, arcade experience. It's light entertainment, to be sure, but if you're tired of racing games that overdo the simulation side of things, or want to simply go out and blow stuff up, Renegade Ops
will scratch that itch. The game features a cast of characters, each driving his or her own vehicle with unique abilities. This is inherited from games like Twisted Metal
where you could pick a ride that matched your playing style, or class-based fighting games. We especially liked Diz, a chick with a mean-looking truck sporting an EMP ability that renders enemies around her helpless.
The other characters have their pros and cons, but during the game, you'll have a chance to upgrade all the vehicles to boost general attack, defense, or special abilities. Levels play out with a series of primary and secondary objectives, but these are mainly for completion of the level and earning achievements, respectively. Your character earns points for destroying targets, and can rack up more by avoiding damage. Upgrade points can be traded for abilities that follow a tech-tree structure, but where you can only have up to four equipped for any one mission. You can go back and replay old missions for score, but the real replay value is likely in the two-player co-op. This allows you to share the action with a friend, making it easier to manage some of the game's larger bosses and enemy hordes. Renegade Ops seems to be banking on the notion that you'll want to also replay the single-player game with other characters, but we aren't sure there's enough difference in the way the vehicles feel in their starter configurations to make this worthwhile.