Shock Tactics Review
Cause and effect are the topics of this review. When a game causes a feeling which results in a semi-violent effect or feeling towards said game. The main problem that some gamers have with the industry is releasing content that is not finished or convincing us to just deal with it until a patch comes out. Could you imagine if that happened in everything else we bought? You get a shirt that is only have done, but you wait a few weeks and someone will patch it up or buy a car with a torn axle. If you wait a few months a mechanic will be right there to fix that right up for you. Shock Tactics is one of those titles that has triggered my cause and effect button in a difficult way. Let’s get right into this.
Your team are the trailblazers for the first wave of Free Space Pioneers exploring a newly discovered alien planet. While searching the hostile world for alien technology you lead your team into tactical combat against pirates, alien creatures and the troops of the Imperial Consortium. Set up outposts and dig sites to exploit the secrets that this new world holds, in order stand against the incoming invasion. Everything is out there for the taking, but nothing will come free.
There is nothing wrong with being a clone of another franchise, especially if you can bring something unique and interesting to the table. I’ve played my fair share of turned based strategy titles and many keep me around for the action and story. Shock Tactics seems to fall short in both categories.
The strategy is the key here in succeeding in mission objectives. In any turned base title you will have a set amount of soldiers to use and have limited action spaces. You will have to use each action wisely in order to complete the mission. That is your “No Duh” scenario and as you progress you can build up your team by crafting better weapons and armor sets. There are abilities to unlock for each trailblazer you use. This is full keyboard and mouse usage and I am using my Razr gaming mouse utilizing the number keys on the side to make the action speed up a bit. You have a lovely interactive map that shows a nice vehicle as you progress and take out alien factions and other soldiers.
You will also be able to build up your base and fortify areas for your means. Sadly there are some complications that I ran into while I was playing for a few days. For one it took almost two minutes to get into the main game, there are a few loading time hiccups that I have encountered which I hope they will patch later on.
The movement can be a bit clunky at times. I am not expecting high-end graphics when it comes to games of this nature, but characters felt a bit stiff and stalled a bit at times when I gave a move command. I also don’t know what is going on when I have an enemy in my sites and still have an action to fire, but the game will not respond to my order to shoot. I have seen the other enemies peak around corners to shoot at me, so I assumed that my soldier would do the same, but failed to do so.
There were at times funny commentary in the storyline and I had some fun with the character customization as well as naming each soldier. I would suggest utilizing that feature for you YouTubers and streamers out there to name your fan base after characters so that they can be part of the game. Once in the game, it felt less desirable in the action and even with the one boss battle that I encountered gave me that “Oh Sh*t” feeling for a brief moment.
Is it pretty? Meh, if this came out for the PS3 I would say so, but luckily I am not here for the graphics. There are many games that look pretty but play like E.T. I give it to the developers for making some smooth looking environments and the interesting character designs. There are a few animations of the soldiers in your base all keeping busy while you are working your magic behind the scenes. Good job on keeping things lively while we craft and build.
To be fair the game goes for 20 bucks or if you are quick you can grab it for $17.99. It does feel like a low budget title that sadly did not keep my interest. However, this would be a good game to start off with for you beginners out there and then you can move on to other titles that are a bit more pricey but has the action and story to be worth your money. I do hope in the future they improve upon Shock Tactics with patches and I can’t stress this enough how they need to fix some things. There is potential here, but it needs to simmer a bit before it is fully ready.
Shock Tactics receives 2 paws out of 5. It is available right now on steam but just go in with caution. – Beast Out –