UPDATE: Sony has confirmed that you can play games downloaded under the new PS Plus scheme for as long as you subscribe.
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Avalanche Studios has announced new DLC for Renegade Ops.
Three new levels are added with the story expansion Coldstrike Campaign, which goes live on PlayStation Network (US$4.99 / £3.59 / €4.49 / AUD$6.25), Xbox Live (400 Microsoft Points) and PC today, 20th December.
Coldstrike adds three new levels and challenges set in an Arctic environment. Enemies include Golems and large armoured Drone factories that continuously produce low-flying enemies.
The PC version of Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios' top down shooter Renegade Ops launches on 14th October, publisher Sega has announced.
It costs £9.99 from Steam.
Grab the game from Steam and you'll get an additional bonus: the Half-Life buggy.
With its unpretentious action and wilfully dumb storyline, Renegade Ops is a shameless throwback. It's also ridiculously enjoyable and strangely refreshing. Strange, because it wasn't so long ago that Live Arcade was awash with top-down twin-stick shooters and the resulting overkill extinguished community passion for the genre in just a few months.
So why does Renegade Ops soar where the virtually identical Assault Heroes was merely functional? A large part of its success is down to the fact that developer Avalanche (of Just Cause fame) understands the tactile feedback necessary to make an action game sing. It also walks the fine line between knowingly cheesy retro affectation and just being stupid.
That latter point is perfectly illustrated by the opening cut-scene. The villainous Inferno detonates a nuclear bomb in a city then holds the world to ransom. The faux-UN of the game squabbles and capitulates, but that clearly won't do. Bryant, a mutton-chopped military hero who looks like Groundskeeper Willy but talks like Shaft, throws his medals to the ground and sets off to solve the problem his own way. This, inevitably, means pitting a tiny squad of quirky renegades against Inferno's vast army of henchmen.
Top-down vehicle shooter is explosive.
All hail god game From Dust, which headlines this week's update to the EU PlayStation Store.
Ubisoft's beautiful Caribbean sandbox was showered with a delightful 9/10 in Eurogamer's From Dust review.
But perhaps you fancy something with more firepower. Then meet Renegade Ops, a twin-stick vehicular shooter from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios.
With the season's initial surge of big hitters - the likes of Deus Ex, Driver and Space Marine - already nestled in the charts, it's time to take a breather.
A raft of Sega games will be playable at Eurogamer Expo 2011.
Sony has just announced a rival to Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, called PlayStation Network Play.
Similar to the XBLA offer, it contains four games released on Wednesdays at weekly intervals. Buying all four nets you a fifth, free.
Play begins on 24th August with the launch of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition. 31st August brings DeathSpank threequel The Baconing.
Vehicular shooter for PC, PSN, XBLA.
Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has signed a publishing deal with SEGA for a new digital download PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade game called Renegade Ops.
The twin-stick "vehicle shooter" is built using the Just Cause 2 game engine, Avalanche Engine 2.0, but shifts the camera to an arcade style top-down perspective.
It features single-player, two-player local multiplayer with split-screen, and online multiplayer for up to four-players. Avalanche calls the experience "competitive co-op" – you play together but you still compete with each other for the highest score.