Ah, Renegade. This game brings back memories of the arcade scene I grew up in, WAY back in the 80s. To be honest, I have lots of memories of pumping way too many quarters into all kinds of games back then, but especially beat-em-up titles such as Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Renegade. But is the game still worth playing after all these years? Let’s take a quick look, shall we?
First things first, when this game was first released, I didn’t really have exposure to it in the arcade until after I had played the title on the NES. After thoroughly enjoying but never finishing that version, I was always pretty happy to find the occasional arcade cabinet version and pump a few quarters into it. But what IS Renegade, anyways?
Well, Renegade, for those who missed this the first time round, is one of those standard beat-em-ups akin to the Double Dragon and Final Fight/Fatal Fury games. Rather than 1 vs 1, it’s 1 vs Every80’sMovieBadGuy. Renegade features 4 stages where to proceed you need to serve up some knuckle sandwiches and a side of knees to the junk to the henchmen in each stage. Dispatch a few of these flunkies and the level ‘boss’ will enter the fight after lurking in the background for a while. Each level follows the same fixed area with multiple enemies and variations to the type of enemy and location, with the last level having single ‘boss’ opponents armed with knives and one hit kills.
Now that we’ve got the basic idea out of the way, Hamster, the developer of this version, brings a reasonably decent, if kind of bare bones version of the arcade “ROM” to the PlayStation 4. The graphics are arcade perfect, the sound is like you’d expect, and the controls are decent, if not a bit sluggish. This may be from my NES experience, but I always seemed to remember being able to punch faster than I could in this version of the game. Perhaps that is just me, and it’s a minor point. Certainly not a deal breaker. But it doesn’t help when the game is already as hard as you remember it to be. 🙂
Of course, there are a few other pros and cons to be noted with this game. Hamster DOES do a nice job of bringing a nice functional front end to the game. There are the basic inclusions that you’d expect, such as a digital manual, display settings with a scanline option, screen scaling, sound, and control options. There is also the expected Trophy and online leaderboard support.
However, I did feel like there could be a few things added to the package. While the addition of scanlines to the game emulation is nice, some extra filters that are common on the PC emulation side of things would make for a nice addition. Also, since the game doesn’t fill the whole screen, something to look at on the sides would go a long way. Some arcade machine art, perhaps? Of course, these are minor complaints and certainly wouldn’t take away from the fun of the game itself. It WOULD add some extra value to your purchasing decision.
In conclusion, if you’re not a fan of classic brawling beat-em-up games, having this title available on your PlayStation 4 certainly won’t change your mind. But for those of you old-school gamers that have missed playing this game, or just happened to never play this title in the arcade, it certainly is a worthy addition to your gaming collection. I just personally wish there was a bit more added polish on the extras side of things.