When the G.I. Joe: Renegades Tactics game was unveiled at Hubworld.com, I was ecstatic. For some reason, I’m a big fan of tactical games. I’ve always loved the Command and Conquer, Starcraft, and Final Fantasy Tactics games, and while Renegades was extremely simplified, it was still a hell of a lot of fun.
Then you got to Level 5, the damn game crashed, and it became considerably less fun.
Well, as the weeks have gone on, I’ve given up trying the game every other day as I had been, and low and behold, Kenny drops me a line to tell me that the game is now working! You can successfully proceed beyond Level 5. Great news!
Yes, great news. But only sort of great news. Because now even though it makes it past Level 5…well, let’s just say it’s not guaranteed to make it all the way to the end. Without going into too much detail, I’ve been playing Tactics off and on for the bulk of the day, going to great pains to make sure my session was saved between work and home so I could play some more at home, and finally, after beating Destro and approaching what I figure is probably one of the last levels, I got a dreaded purple loading screen… and nothing.
So, it ain’t perfect. But it’s still pretty damn fun… and we’ve got some new character designs! Both Zartan and Destro appear in the game, and while Destro is pretty much the same guy we (kind of) saw in the animated series, Zartan looks just a bit different. Obviously based on the same uniform, but in the game he’s sleeker, more stylish, and really, REALLY cool looking.
I took a metric ton of screen captures as I was playing, and am mirroring them below for your perusal, though beware of spoilers… if you want to try your luck at the game, give it a shot right here. Maybe you’ll do better than I did!