Command & Conquer: Renegade

Command & Conquer: Renegade
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Westwood Studios
Genres: 3D Shooter / First-Person Shooter
Release Date: February 26, 2002
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

Tiberian Sun turned into an FPS? What?!

10It was an interesting premise. Take the story and setting of the original Command & Conquer, and plunge you face-first into the action against the Brotherhood of Nod. Renegade’s strongest asset, and what keeps pulling you through even as the missions get tougher and less inventive, is the way it conveys the feeling of being at ground central in a huge, raging war. The introductory mission has you rappelling in to save an ambushed convoy, and the action is hot and vibrant right off the start.

Nod soldiers swarm out of the very mountain. A vehicle explodes, you take a hit from the right (indicated with a flash on your HUD), then the left…you’re frantic, firing wildly, and succeeding only when you take stock of the situation, breath deep, take aim, then rip the little bastards to shreds. And that’s just the beginning.

Through most of the opening missions, GDI reinforcements drop in, and better yet, you get to drive a bunch of vehicles. Along with the GDI Humvees and APCs, you also requisition Nod buggies and light tanks. But the highlight is being handed the keys to a Mammoth Tank and going on a blinding (if somewhat slow-paced) trail of destruction — be it shooting down Apache helicopters, pulverizing gun emplacements and turrets, or squishing Nod infantry.

Every unit, vehicle, and building in Renegade is pulled straight from Command & Conquer, and it’s a thrill for old-school fans to find out what it looks like inside a construction yard or Nod barracks. The attention to detail is obsessive, and builds a sensible cohesion to the buildings: the barracks have showers, a weight room, and an armory; the refineries have control rooms; and the power plants have flashing panels. All of them, fortunately, have a master control terminal that destroys the entire operation when Havoc detonates C4 there.

11And destroying Nod structures quickly becomes one of the major mission objectives among the familiar run-and-gun tactics. In a further nod to the C&C legacy, the voice that informed you of attacks or reinforcements arriving in the original strategy game does the same here. The AI, unfortunately, hasn’t changed much since the game’s RTS days. While it’s nice having companions, they die quickly from enemy fire — if you haven’t already wasted them yourself for just getting in the damn way.

It works out, then, that the enemy AI also sucks. These guys really are appalling. Some spot you whenever you pop your head around a corner; others can stand nose-to-nose with you and still not realize that they should be firing. One mission fakes a stealth operation but breaks down quickly due to AI simply incapable of acting beyond set individual parameters. This problem hurts more when you’re escorting dumbass AI characters in mission objectives. In the later missions, you have to watch your protectee race into a hail of gatling gunfire — which quickly ends the mission.

Deeper into the game, the missions themselves also lose the war-ravaged luster of earlier encounters. The vehicles disappear, as does the war, and you’re just a lone commando infiltrating bases. It wraps up with a rushed ending that has you fight a battle that’s tough, but without any obvious indication that this is it.

5Renegade’s entertaining single-player experience is certainly greater than the sum of its weaker individual elements. There’s around 30 hours of total gameplay, including 10 to 15 really good hours, and FPS purists will just have to deal with the lackluster enemy AI and deteriorating plot focus. (Seriously, the game ended so abruptly that I didn’t realize it was the last mission until Havoc winked and headed off to the transport chopper in the end-mission cut scene.) And then the credits rolled, and then I remembered I had other stuff to do.

There’s nothing revolutionary about Renegade as a first-person shooter, and a lot of its appeal stems from its portrayal of the classic RTS line. Thus, it’s not a game that can stand on its own by itself, but for fans of the series – whom this game definitely targets – it should offer plenty of nostalgic fun. That because, in the end, it’s still a Command & Conquer game.

System Requirements: Pentium II 266 MHz, 96 MB RAM, Win96

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  1. troy says:

    How do i install this CD 1 and CD 2. Please give me some steps. Thanks

  2. troy says:

    The .mdf file wont install and doesnt have an application that will installl it.

  3. You have to mount the install disc MDF with PowerISO then open the setup program.

  4. TR0U8L3M4K3R says:

    Damn love this game, although it’s too too old. Getting to work is pretty simple:
    1-Download this program to run the .mdf file:-
    This one’s free, you can download it and do whatever you want with it for lifetime
    2-Just open the .mdf file. If this didn’t work, right click, then select Open with: Daemon Tools Lite. If this didn’t work either, open daemon tools and select quick mount, then open the .mdf file from it
    3-After mounting, your game will turn into a mounted CD with the disks, open it just like you open a regular CD
    4-I didn’t setup the game yet, but I don’t think you’re going to face any problems doing that ^^

  5. Rimantas says:

    “your game will turn into a mounted CD with the discs” are you sure about what you said? CD is the disk and game will not turn into disk… Game is inside virtual disk (.mdf file) and you install game from that disk.

  6. troy says:

    The game wont open. I woul open the game then its says that “Renegade stops working” all the time. is there no crackhere?

  7. Don’t know. Game works fine on the virtual machine (see screenshot). Please install all games on the XP VM or old computer before asking about any problem. Usually the computer you are running it on is the issue. just mount cd2 to play on the VM.

  8. troy says:

    thank you master sensei. maybe the problem is in the pc. thanks

  9. sintu basak says:

    dear sir, i wan to buy it but how i can get it can’t understand please help me.

  10. Install utorrent and click on green Magnet Link button.

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