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The Buy it/Avoid it Report :: Issue #007


Renegade Ops
Xbox LIVE Arcade

>> Just Cause 2 was one of my favorite games of last year. I loved the huge, detailed world and it�s unapologetic focus on crazy action and fun. When I loaded up the Renegade Ops demo, I immediately noticed a similarity. After a little research, I came to find that these two games are actually made by the same studio and share the same engine. That bit of knowledge and the strength of the demo were enough to solidify my purchase. No regrets here.

In terms of gameplay and controls, Renegade Ops keeps it simple. The left stick controls smushing enemy soldiers, doing donuts and ramping off cliffs. The right stick controls flesh perforation, shrapnel distribution and general destruction. That�s basically all you need to know. Each of the 4 playable characters has a unique vehicle with it�s own special weapon and upgrade tree but overall they�re pretty similar. Oh, and the A button is turbo. That�s important because you can�t have an awesome vehicle based shooter without the option to shoot flames out of your ass and go faster.

At it�s core, Renegade Ops is a top down dual-stick shooter sporting some surprisingly gorgeous tropical and desert locales. I�m not going to mince words here: the game is pretty fucking badass. It features everything you love from those terrible 80�s action movies - tons of explosions, cheesy one-liners, enough bullets to choke a volcano and somehow even more explosions. The story plays out as comic strip panels but I�ll admit that I�m not paying a lot of attention. I think I rescued the President of Africa at one point and I�m pretty sure the villain�s name is �Inferno�. Riveting stuff, I know. On a side note, I want to apologize in advance to any innocent civilians walking down the road or in any of the buildings I come across because I blow EVERYTHING up without remorse.

BUY IT if you're the type of renegade that hijacks nukes and asks questions later.

AVOID IT if you�ve been searching for a game that questions the morality of war by highlighting the horrific consequences of collateral damage.


That's it for issue #007! If you missed any of the previous issues you can find links to them in my sidebar, underneath the pangolin. As always, comments and suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks for reading and I'll see you guys next issue!

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About Phoustone of us since 2:05 AM on 02.11.2010

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My name is Eric. I'm 39.
Here are some random things I'm into:

The Buy it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Ilomilo, Uncharted 2, Infinity Blade, Pac-Man CE DX, Battlefield BC2: Vietnam, PixelJunk Shooter
#002 - Batman: Brave & Bold, DJ Hero 2, Dead Space 2, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Bulletstorm
#003 - Pokemon Black/White, PixelJunk Shooter 2, Monster Tale, God of War III, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Torchlight
#004 - Portal 2, Steel Diver, Sin & Punishment Star Successor, Pilotwings Resort, Crysis 2, Blocks That Matter
#005 - L.A. Noire, Alice Madness Returns, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D, Shadows of the Damned
#006 - GoldenEye 007, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, AC: Brotherhood, Sword & Sworcery EP, Trenched
#007 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Jetpack Joyride, Gears of War 3, The Binding of Isaac, Renegade Ops
#008 - Dark Souls, League of Evil, Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Super Mario 3D Land
#009 - The Buy it/Avoid it Report's Awards - 2011
#010 - Spelunky, Max Payne 3, Trials Evolution, Mario Kart 7, Escape Goat
#011 - Super Hexagon, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Lollipop Chainsaw, Mark of the Ninja

The Play it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Bioshock Infinite, Darksiders II, Dead Space 3, Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider
#002 - Dishonored, DKC: Tropical Freeze, Grand Theft Auto V, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Rogue Legacy
#003 - The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Mario Kart 8, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive

Secret Moon Base - episodes
Subscribe on iTunes - a podcast about video games and other stuff with my pals knutaf and Occam

Spelunky HD - blogs
Mega Guide - part one
Mega Guide - part two

The Binding of Isaac - blogs
Blood, Shit and Tears - a love letter
Instruction Manual - w/ tips and tricks for beginners
Unlocking Godhead - tips for playing as The Lost

Social Network(s) - ugh
Twitter - @corduroyturtle
Xbox LIVE:Corduroy Turtle
PSN ID:Corduroy_Turtle
Steam ID:17wizards
3DS Code:4639-8962-6190


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