Reviews for Command And Conquer Renegade in Action for PC-Personal Computer ( PC ) :
I think we as gamers have raised the bar so high, with regards to some game franchises that it becomes almost impossible to meet or exceed some of the expectations that we set for games today. The hype surrounding this game was pretty incredible! It is very easy to develop a new idea or concept and have people flip, like Thief but living up to lofty expectations for a game can be next to impossible. Yeah this game is probably not going to win Game of Year but what C&C fan could not be excited about the fact that they could emerse themselves in the world of C&C at the first person level and better yet as the role of the Commando. I have been a C&C fan since the very beginning, and have slugged through some of there less than outstanding titles but have always remained loyal to the concept as I am sure many of you have, given the number that continue to rush out and buy their titles. So when the game hit the shelves I of course quite dutifully ran to the store to buy it. Overall I was not disappointed with what I found.
When the demo released a few weeks ago, admittedly it took Westwood a few days to work out the bugs, but isn't that the purpose of a demo or multiplayer test is work out the potential bugs. I hung in there with all the patches and really enjoyed myself playing the multiplayer rounds. Even now the game continues to suffer from a string of bugs, but honestly you can be hard pressed to find many games out there that are not(how many patches and revisions has popular games like Diablo II and others gone through). Given the demand to deliver new titles with such hype it is easy to understand(but not agree with, whole nother debate itself)why manufacters release titles prematurely. I cannot count this as a failure in the game, it will be fixed and continue to improve but the core of game in my opinion remains solid. I apologize for the length of this review, I however feel compelled to defend a franchise I still love as I am sure other loyal fans do as well, despite the rumors of its demise. For those loyal C&C fans of old I think that you will enjoy yourself.
Admittedly the game play is incredibly linear. Get your mission, watch a rather campy intro or exit movie, but to be honest what movie in the C&C realm has not been rather corny! Isn't that what we want, to be thrown into the world of our own action movie, starring us the leading role, bad dialogue and all? Hollywood has made an entire genre of these films that continues to rake in millions. I personally prefer a game with a little storyline, some are weaker than others, but with C&C you have had years worth of plot to work with and develop. I have seen millions that worship the whole bad ass idea (developed th
rough campy movies) of Kane and Nod. I have recently read reviews of Serious Sam, a fun game with hardly a story to speak of, the mindless FPS with the player basically standing (well really running for their lives) against the thousands of bad guys bum rushing them, over and over and over again! Where is the story in that blood bath which FPS players all as well love of course? Yet this game received rave reviews(perhaps centered around the cheaper price, yes but still as far as difficult of game play, run and gun that is it I want some story)
For me the value of the gameplay in Renegade was being at the ground level of a mission, running up against Nod Buggies, infiltrating the Hand of Nod, or better yet the Temple itself. We have always only been able to serve as the battlefield commanders, sending wave after wave of troops and tanks at GDI or NOD, the opporunity to be in the action for me was the real reward! The game promised that we would become a part of the C&C world first hand and it delivered. The AI is pretty bad, I do not how many times I would pick off a Nod tropper only to have his buddy just stand there, "Uh Bob, you ok? You don't look so good" Again not to beat on Serious Sam and others but the rush of wave after wave of monsters does not speak to a high degree of AI either.
Multiplayer has also been pretty fun, and from the looks of things the multiplayer community for this game is still quite healthy, despite criticism and games like MOH, as with all things this fad will pass and we will move on to the next chic FPS. The maps each have their own challenges, and strategies and can cater to the vehicle hound or the mano y mano version. (love that feeling of commanding a poweful mammoth tank or stealh approach with the Nod Stealth tank). Teamplay is there as well, the well orchestrated defense of your base, or assult can prove very rewarding and challenging for those who our on the opposite side. I cannot wait for the flying units to appear if we can believe the rumors that they are coming. The game however suffers from the current inability to provide mod maps, which in fact dooms most multiplayer games that choose to go without this feature. Again the real reward here is being part of C&C world that none of us have yet to have the chance to experience.
The graphic is quite good; the game looks like C&C. Buildings, structures, units, terrains and even colors. Although Renegade engine is new, it'd already display it's potential by demostrating awesome particles effect, special effects like the burst of ion cannon strike, decals and bullets impact. Not forgetting it's capable of rendering extremely large maps, the renegade engine is impressive. Character's animations are smooth. Running crouching, strafing, backpeddling, reloading and even death animations, all are well covered by Westwood.
MP does not look as good as SP, it was made that way so Renegade can still runs well on the slower systems. Putting resolutions at 800*600 or below blurred the textures though. This game looks great at 1024*768 or higher. It's no Q3:team arena, but it's a solid engine.
The sound is exceptional, in more ways then one. Most of the sounds are beefed up, but recycled from Tiberium Dawn, which is grade-a fine by me. The music on the other hand is very very nice, with plenty of industrial techno, a-la Red Alert. There's enough ambient sounds in the outdoor levels to keep even the pickiest gamer happy.
In Conclusion, this game is one that NO FPS fan should be without, not to mention any old C&C fan. It's inexcusable for you not to have played this masterpeice. Please don't send this game the way of System Shock 2, and all the other great great games that were (and still are) overlooked by the casual gamer......