So I got this indie turn based tactics game on Steam yesterday for the sale price of $7.99 (regular price $9.99). I’m a huge turn based fan but since I lack a handheld or a console had missed out on all the Advance Wars games and their various clones and progeny. Future Wars is a decent little TBS, with absolutely horrid between-battles cutscenes (which are thankfully text only with no voice; I can only shudder contemplating how bad the voice would be). The translation is godawful; not quite “All Your Base are Belong to Us”, but on the level of say, Hard Truck Apocalypse. In fact, the game reminds me a tad of Hard Truck Apocalypse in that it is an Eastern European game with terrible translation and a truly bizarre aesthetic but fairly decent gameplay.
Overall, I like it as a beer and pretzels TBS. I’m guessing for those with Advance Wars experience the game play is pretty derivative, and I will say the unit types lack style (and are often hard to distinguish - the various infantry look like indistinguishable generic hover-robots to me) but at least the tanks (thus far) look like tanks. Also, the rock/paper/scissors is spelled out but not in a numerical fashion so I don’t always know the best matchups.
Keep in mind, I’m a TBS fanatic (probably second only to Tyjenks on these fora) so take my reccommendation with a grain of salt. If you have a handheld or console you’ve probably seen better. But if you’re a TBS-starved PC gamer, it’s worth a look at the sale price of $8. (Heck, eight bucks, you can’t even see a movie for that anymore.)
Special note to Tyjenks: If you buy this and hate it, you will have shifted to me all the negative karma generated by that game-which-shall-not-be-mentioned fiasco :O. But I bet you will get $8 of out of it.
I had looked into buying this a couple days ago, especially at the $8 price point, but ended up deciding that I didn’t need yet another TBS game in that style. The main selling point would be the customization possibilities (which I’ve heard are very strong), but I’ll probably wait until I can get it at half price or less.
Well I finished the main campaign on this, in about 20 hours. For an $8 sale price, that’s good value for the money. The gameplay is simplistic, the AI is terrible and the unit balance is pretty whacked (Raptors > all, pretty much). The campaign itself has such bad cut scenes (text, no voice thankfully) that I skipped through them without reading 98% of them. The missions themselves are only a little varied, mostly variations on: destroy the enemy and take their capital, or sometimes: defend against a huge wave attack, then destroy the stragglers and take their capital. And from what I understand, this game does nothing that Advance Wars and others have not already been doing on other platforms for years. But it does have a nice streamlined beer and pretzels style, and lets you enjoy the relaxing turn based method of obliterating all before you. Overall, I enjoyed it, as a turn-based starved PC gamer.
There are quite a few other maps included and it does have a scenario editor so I may mess with that. It was not immediately obvious how to use it first time I fired it up.
So: bargain game, mediocre quality overall, but if you are a turn based fanatic who is not already replete with Advance Wars etc gameplay, then Future Wars is worth a try.
I hate to say the game’s title as I start to convulse and have flashbacks. ;)
Sufficed to say, it was a fantasy turn-based strategy game that was in development and touted to be like HoMM. I brought it up here and pimped it and, evidently, convinced some folks to blow their $50 on it. It was awful and since then, no one has listened to me. Some people liked Hinterland, which I gushed over and defended and I feel partially redeemed…6 years later.
Do you have a Smartphone, Sharpe? A bunch of us have been playing Uniwar, which you would probably like (it’s an Advance Wars clone), and it’s supported on BlackBerries now, as well as Android and iPhone.
LOL - fair enough. There have been a few games I was suckered into believing they’d be better than they were. As for Hinterland, I like it well enough. Mind you, I only paid $5 for it from a Gamestop that had the retail version on clearance (with a badly beaten box, no less), but I certainly got some enjoyment from the title.