Lock And Michelangeload: Renaissance Heroes

I once heard a couple refer to The Last Supper as 'that Dan Brown painting' and have liked every living thing a little less ever since

Fool that I am, I reckoned Renaissance Heroes might be a bit like War of the Roses, being a multiplayer action game with a historical hat on. The trailer persuaded me otherwise and I duly rolled my eyes around the room like a couple of marbles before taking a big gulp of coffee as bitter as a broken heart. Then I paused, added some sugar to the coffee, popped my eyes back in and watched again. It looks a lot like Unreal Tournament, except with more pantaloons and other frippery. That’s no bad thing, not as far as I’m concerned, although it is an odd choice of setting. But I guess it means I can call it a ‘Renaissance man shoot’.

‘Number of times a man leaps from a great distance wielding a hammer’ is one of the methods I use to judge a game’s quality. Renaissance Heroes, you’re A-OK.

If the fancy takes you, why not sign up for the beta at the official website?


  1. gaertner says:

    Looks nice :)

  2. Njordsk says:


  3. Delicious Narwhal says:

    I’d play it.

  4. Syra says:

    So basically some architecture student made all these environments for his final project and his computer sciences buddy was like LOL I LOVE SHOOTING MANS IM GONA DO IT IN THERE!!11

    • marach says:

      Actually is it just me or do the levels look a lot like straigt reskins of some of the old UT maps…

      • Lugg says:

        It’s just you.

        Also, you can’t “reskin” a level. That is totally inappropriate terminology considering the process involved, bro.

  5. yago says:

    Looks exactly like gotham city imposters.

  6. Craig Stern says:

    Is there a video game award for “worst use of an historical setting”?

    • diebroken says:

      Don’t even think of mentioning Daikatana, it’s really not that bad…

  7. phylum sinter says:

    Not sure i’m on board for this… potentially it may be trying to scratch the same itch as Bioshock: Infinite, or i don’t know what is going on here really. Nice looking level design perhaps. What else have these guys made?

  8. antoniodamala says:

    looks frantic almost as quake3, and i like that.

  9. Jeroen D Stout says:

    Ho-hum, medieval games in a renaissance setting.

  10. Hairball says:

    Machine guns are boring. There, I said it.

  11. MadTinkerer says:

    So it’s 100% historically accurate, then.

    Just like AC3! :)

  12. Sergey Galyonkin says:

    Wow, they still make mods for Quake 3!

  13. marcusfell says:

    Can we expect a Leonardo Da Vinci Warfare DLC?

  14. stahlwerk says:

    This looks like it’s already been done, ah tell you.

  15. volkanongun says:

    renaissence LAZER!?

  16. Walter Heisenberg says:

    It was a time of Unreal Tournament Total Conversions

  17. Maldomel says:

    When I read Unreal Tournament, I didn’t think this will be looking that much like UT. Please tell me it’s a project from fans or former devs, and not just a rip-off with different graphics.

  18. S Jay says:

    Too much drugs

  19. harvb says:

    Looks a bit too much like “Unreal Tournament, the Da Vinci Years”.

  20. Berzee says:

    I personally think this is The Best Idea!
    Of course it’s still entirely possible that the shooting of Renaissance Men will be merely middling; but I appreciate the uncommon and very pretty setting. =)

  21. Reefpirate says:

    It’s is pretty.

  22. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    A rather interesting flavour.. but it seems a bit of a waste to use that for a tournament style fps. Maybe they have some variation in gameplay elements that adds to the enjoyment?

    If not, I’d be more likely to play AC: brotherhood (which I don’t because of UbiDRM).

  23. El_Emmental says:

    Good environment, same old (boring ?) multiplayer gameplay. What a shame.

    It won’t attract the CoD/BF crowd nor the Q3A/UT fans (who now play less, have jobs/studies, and are spending more time socializing), so why not trying some different gameplay ?

  24. Brise Bonbons says:

    F2P shooter made by a Korean company which specializes in MMOGs. What could go wrong?

    It’s too bad really. The setting is neat, and I’d love to have a truly faced paced game which looks a bit better than Quake Live. But given the company’s background I’m not having much success summoning interest in this one.

  25. muskieratboi says:

    When you use the “Random Game Genre generator” and it rolls up “Renaissance/Arcade/First Person Shooter”, you normally roll again. apparrently not for these guys..

  26. aurens says:

    given the developer, i would assume this is going to be f2p (which makes me think pc exclusive). yet they chose to use a controller for their premiere video. not a good sign. not gonna write them off yet, however.

  27. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Generic negative opinion #147