It’s no secret that Avalanche have been busy working on their very first digital title, and us folks here at SEGA are incredibly pleased to be publishing this fantastic game. I’m here today to give you the low-down on the game, introduce the team that you’ll becoming familiar with, and basically let you know just how damn awesome the whole thing is!
Before I get into the narrative meat, I’ll run you through the core of the game; it’s a top-down twin-stick shooter, which sees you take control of one of four character specific vehicles. Each vehicle comes with its own set of attributes and specific play-style, all of which hinges around the special ability of each character. This is all focused around one thrilling campaign that can be tackled in single-player, two-player split-screen, and four player co-operative/competitive (co-opertition as we like to call it) modes. You’ll be working on levelling up your character of choice, unlocking various upgrades, and ultimately hitting the highest rank and ensure your place at the top of the online leader boards.
With the world cowering to the tyrannical madman that is Inferno, and with his impending global dominance on the horizon, it’s through a self-imposed purpose to rid the globe of this menace that we join the Renegades. As ever, when the safety of the world hangs in the balance you have to apply the best political minds and spend many intense moments in negotiation…unless you’re General Bryant that is, and in that case you assemble the best team possible and deal with the problem yourself, in true Renegade style – you’re going to be dealing out some good old-fashioned ass-whuppings.
As for the team in charge of metering out this corrective behaviour, allow me to introduce the team you’ll be taking charge of:
The Fearless Warrior
Nationality: Benin, Africa
Background: Armand is the definition of larger than life; his stature alone is enough to intimidate an entire room of hardened criminals. He’s an ex bodyguard for hire making himself available to crime lords in Benin, who lost his family at the hands of Inferno loyalists and is now hell-bent on getting revenge for the deaths of his loved ones. He’s in the best place possible to exact this revenge; he’s riding with the Renegade Ops team.
Vehicle: AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicle)
Ability: Armadillo Plating
The Cheeky Egotist
Background: Don’t let her appearance deceive you; Roxy is the daughter of a hard-nosed US Navy major and therefore spent her entire life living on various ships and military facilitites. Aged 16 she had acquired the equivalent training and skills of a Navy Seal. Aged 19 she joined the Renegades in search of purpose and adventure.
Ability: Rocket Strike
The Methodical One
Background: Diz is a science prodigy, who was recruited into CERN at a young age. Her taste for extreme sports, and all things with wheels and souped-up engines created concerns for her superiors. Mistakenly thinking a stint with General Bryant and the Renegades would satisfy her, they didn’t anticipate that she would jump ship and sign up full-time with the team.
Vehicle: Utility Truck
The Big Game Hunter
Background: Professional mercenary for hire, who bonded with Bryant over a shared passion – hunting. It didn’t take too many hunting expeditions and campfire conversations for Bryant to lure Gunnar over to the Renegades. The attraction of taking on the biggest terrorist target in the form of Inferno was too much to resist for this big game hunter.
Vehicle: S.A.A.D. (Special Assault Artillery Destroyer)
Ability: Heavy Cannon
This crack team is led by the fantastically moustachioed General Bryant, and together they will stop at nothing to ensure Inferno is stopped for good. You’re going to be commandeering your character of choice (my preference by the way is with Roxy, she has an incredibly nimble vehicle, and her rocket strike is explosively effective) through nine luscious levels, each one completely different from the next, with the aim of stopping all of Inferno’s minions and ultimately ridding the world of this menace once and for all!
Finally, before I head off, I’m pleased to be able to confirm that we are proudly taking part in the PSN PLAY promotion, and the game will be available to download and play from the 14th of September. Also, don’t forget from the 10th of August you’ll be able to pre-order the game from the comfort of your sofa/chair/preferred method of sitting directly from PlayStation Store.