Well, I guess it's time to finally try C&C Renegade. Somehow, I missed this game back in the day, despite being a huge C&C fan and having played through all the mainline entries in that series. While setting it up, I appreciated that Renegade has a custom installer featuring E.V.A. just like Tiberian Dawn did.
I'm playing this on my WinXP rig at 1600x1200 with nearly all in-game graphical settings maxed out. I say "nearly all" since the "Curved Surfaces" setting remains greyed out on my Nvidia card, so I'm guessing it's meant for ATi TruForm. Also, forcing AA and AF in the Nvidia driver panel doesn't seem to work for this game. Additionally, I enabled EAX2 and Surround Sound in the options, but couldn't get anything playing from my center or rear speakers. Weird.
So far, I've only played through the tutorial and the first mission, and the game seems super janky. As one reviewer put it: "This is Westwood's first FPS and it shows". Coming off of Unreal and Half-Life, the controls in Renegade feel really weird. Not sure how to explain it, but there's a lack of "smoothness" in your movement compared to the aforementioned games.
I did enjoy seeing the Ion Cannon fire during the tutorial, with thunder ripping across the sky and all of those tiny particles crackling in the air. Hoping for more moments like that in the future. The voice acting is really bad though, which kinda ruins the atmosphere.