The game has a lot missing from it since it's still in beta phase with multiple features promised in future updates, so I'll avoid reviewing any parts of the game that are likely to change significantly over time. Let's get to it...
A first-person shooter using 15th century technology just sounds interesting amidst all of the modern military shooters coming out these days. Combined with its respectable graphics, the game can be pretty visually pleasing.
The controls in Renaissance Heroes work as well as usual, but with the added innovation of putting sprint and melee on the same key. While it can be a bit awkward at times, since it doesn't enable you to quickly bash someone without pulling out the melee weapon first, it fits the fast-paced gameplay style quite well.
No Ready Button: Easier to Start Matches
When you enter a room, you are automatically ready, which means the match will start even if you aren't ready yourself as long as you aren't in the room.
Rage Mode: Annoying
If you are getting killed often enough without getting any kills of your own, you will begin filling a rage meter. Once the meter fills, you will spawn with cool-looking black wings and be given a massive health, armor, and damage boost for a (long) limited time. This seems to be primarily to balance out team scores.
Gameplay: Does Not Work
There are several facets to this one, so I'm going to split them up into separate topics.
-Pace: Does Not Fit The Concept
I will start this off by saying that this may be something that only bothers me, so skip to the next topic if you please. The gameplay of Renaissance Heroes is similar to the game Quake. There are power-ups, health, and armor sitting around the field to pick up, lifts to be jumped on, and bunny-hopping to be done. This is so far removed from the setting in which the game takes place that the Renaissance seems to be little more than an afterthought, since it contributes almost nothing to the actual gameplay.
-Taunting: Also Does Fit The Concept
You can taunt after killing someone to receive a small boost to HP (and ammo if you're using a taunt you got from the shop). This fits into the previous topic. While it's not really a bad system, it just doesn't seem to fit the environment.
A certain amount of skill is required to do well in this game, but that isn't to say that gear doesn't matter.
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In short, you should do well here as long as a higher level player isn't on the enemy team. It's not impossible to do well with the vanilla weapons, but you will definitely be at a disadvantage. Luckily, leveling in Renaissance Heroes is pretty fast, so you won't be in the dumps for very long. At the time of writing this review, the max level is 20 and you can reach level 10 within a couple of days if you play it a lot.
If you choose to ignore the pickups, you will be completely stomped by everyone who doesn't. Your starting HP will be wiped out in a few shots, and your starting ammo will empty out into the walls behind your intended target pretty fast. While normally this wouldn't be much of a problem, a match between players of similar skill will turn into a match of who can grab items off the map the fastest, since the one with the extra armor, health, ammo, and explosives has a higher chance of winning of the fight. Unsurprisingly, the frequent ammo pickups leads to frequent grenade spamming, so watch out for that, too.
-Ally Collision: Get Out Of The Way
There is no friendly fire, but allies can block your bullets and grenades. This encourages fighting by yourself, since having a teammate in front of you can easily mess you up.
I know I said would avoid topics that may change over time, but I feel proper warning should be given. At the time of writing this review, there are extremely few people on the game.
Final Score: 3 out of 5
This game was a great concept with messy execution. I don't feel like they should have went with the twitch-shooter gameplay style if they were going to use the Renaissance setting. Taking that away, the game still does not do well with what it has. On it's current route, it's set to have a reputation of simply being an under-performing Quake clone, and it could have been so much more if it simply went with a more serious presentation. All this said, it can still be a fun game to play if you are willing to learn it.
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- There are only 5 weapons, currently. Machine gun, crossbow, melee, grenades, and cannons (special weapon).
- An alarm will sound when certain powerups appear on the map. Pay attention.
- Pay attention to the tutorial.
- You will collect banners over the course of the game. They make the area behind your name look cool.
- There is an achievement list. Get at it.
- Five game modes! Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Seize the Scrolls (CTF), Duel, and Touchdown.
- Quests are given during every match that will grant you a bonus if completed.
- Each character has minor buffs associated with them. You can only play one at first, but as you level up (at levels 7 and 16), you will get extra character slots.
- There is no reload. Just keep firing until you run out of ammo.