The premise behind Inland Empire: Rogue Ops is a bit of an off-beat plot but still one that I find rather enjoyable. The story is set in California in a near future, after a series of natural disasters left the country’s land vulnerable to attack from across the sea. The world’s most powerful families have fallen to rack and ruin, leaving the people to fend for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world. The father of one family sought refuge on an old pirate ship hoping to pick up some guns and shoot down any marauding survivors who might try to make their way to the coast. The rest of the family slept tight in a cabin on the beach as they hid out from the maniacs who seemed intent on taking over the world.
Now the player’s dad has disappeared along with most of the family and left them to fend for themselves. They’ve taken up residence in an old houseboat that’s obviously not seaworthy, and scavenging around its dark, damp interior seems to be enough to keep them alive long enough to get out of the house and start searching for supplies. They eventually stumble upon a stash of powerful firearms, and a band of gruff survivors whose goal is to steal as much as they can in order to survive. While it’s unclear if they’ve already made contact with those who survived the initial onslaught, you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to help them, or try to get your hands on the weapons before the enemy does.
Inland Empire: Rogue Ops features split-screen action and four different difficulty levels, which means that even the most novice players will have something to fall back on when their playing skills begin to wane. Unfortunately, however, there are only a couple of free models to play on the site, so if you really want to play this game, you’ll need to spend some money on a pro account or sign up for a pay-to-play beta. Fortunately, the play itself is quite solid, meaning that even newcomers to the genre should have no trouble figuring out the controls and how to level up quickly.
One thing you may notice right away is that this game is very similar to the popular Counter-Strike, which has been one of the most successful online strategy games of all time. The layout, artwork, and sound are all very similar to the ones you’ll find in Counter Strike, allowing you to transition from one game to another with relative ease. What sets Rogue Ops apart, however, is its focus on an all-new storyline about a manhunt for outlaws who were blamed for a series of murders. If you like the idea of being in law enforcement, but don’t necessarily like the thought of killing people, then Rogue Ops might not be the game for you. However, if you’re looking for a new twist on an old theme, or want to play with some new skills in an online game, then Rogue Ops should be able to provide it.
Just like any free co-op game, you’ll need to recruit a partner in Rogue Ops. It’s a little bit different than the typical first person shooter, since instead of fighting off waves of enemies with a gun, you’ll need to enlist the help of another player online in order to do actual damage to the bad guys. That’s where your partner comes in. You’ll need to call them into battle from a certain point in the level, providing cover as you go. If they are killed, you automatically fall down, taking a small amount of damage.
All in all, Rogue Ops does have a bit of a time commitment, but considering how much fun it is, it’s definitely well worth the investment. Plus, there are hundreds of levels to play, so even if you’ve never played this type of game before, you should easily be able to handle it. It’s even available for free over on Steam, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your hard-earned money for whatever reason. Just remember — play Rogue Ops right, and you might just find yourself addicted to it!