Players can choose to play as either Armand, Roxy, Diz or Gunnar. Each character has a different vehicle and different abilities, but controls the same. The left stick is used to move while the right stick is used to shoot. 3 face buttons are used: one for each character's special ability, the other to speed up the vehicle and the third and final button is used to fire missiles. Controls are about the same when piloting a helicopter except that players must dodge obstacles and can do flips.
Levels have both primary and secondary objectives. These objectives range from rescuing hostages to blowing up tanks and ammo depots. Each mission is timed and players are awarded points for killing enemies, completing objectives and doing flips in the helicopter. During missions, players can pick up items that can give them temporary damage boosts, increase their vehicles' life or weapon range.
The game features online co-op for up to 4 people and split screen co-op for up to 2 people. The 2-player co-op features a dynamic split screen which only splits the screen if the two players drive far enough away from each other. The split is not limited to left/right or up/down and is based on which directions the two players are moving.
There are three difficulties -- Casual, Normal and Hardcore. Casual gives players unlimited lives, but eliminates the leveling and upgrades of the two higher difficulties.
Renegade Ops has a simple story, similar to those found in 80s movies and video games. It's told through vignettes at the beginning of each mission. The evil Inferno is hell-bent on ruling the world and terrorizes Europe by blowing up Catalonia City. International governments are too afraid to unite against Inferno so General Bryant decides to take matters into his own hands by searching the globe for elite soldiers who would be able to foil Inferno's plans. He finds Armand, Roxy, Diz, Gunnar and, in the Steam version, Doctor Gordon Freeman joins the team as well.
|Character Name||Special Ability|
|Armand||Hold LT or L1 to make your car invulnerable, but unable to fire any weapons.|
|Diz||Press LT or L1 to use an electromagnetic pulse that disables enemy weapons.|
|Roxy||Press LT or L1 to unleash an airstrike barrage.|
|Gunnar||Hold LT or L1 to use a powerful heavy machine gun that renders your car stationary for the duration of use.|
Items and Pick-ups
During combat numerous items and pick-ups are dropped by enemy vehicles and defenses.
|Item Name||Item Type||Description|
|Rail Gun||Weapon||The rail gun fires a charged shot. Hold the right trigger to charge the weapon before firing. Uses a laser beam to target. Very accurate and very powerful at full charge.|
|Flame Thrower||Weapon||The flamer discharges a depletion bar as it is used. It is powerful against many easy enemies.|
|Rockets||Weapon||The rocket launcher shots one unguided rocket at the enemy. The aiming is not as precise as the rail gun and it takes more time to reach the target. Very powerful against the exposed rear panel of tanks.|
|Small Health||Consumable||Increases the player's health by a small amount.|
|Full Health||Consumable||Fully heals the player.|
|Ammunition||Consumable (1x ammo)||Adds one round of ammunition to the player's weapon stores or restores half of the player's flame thrower reserve.|
|Machine Gun Bonus||Upgrade||Upgrades the player's standard machine to a more powerful gun. Both the spread and the damage are increased. There are three levels of machine gun upgrade: 1) Default 2) Two shot spread 3) Three shot spread.|
|Key Card||Quest||Used in various levels to unlock gates.|
|Side Mission Object||Quest||Consists of prisoners, documents, relics, and other items. These must be collected to complete the side missions.|
PC System Requirements