It seems like everyone and their mother has to remind people about this, despite it being pretty damned obvious, but this game is Early Access, which means:
“At the moment, the game features the core mechanics that will be present in the game. Both Single Player and Multiplayer are available in basic form so that the community can give us further feedback on what areas to focus on.”
Now thats over with, whats the game like?
Enjoyable, even at this early stage. It feels like a less refined, barebones (except it has vehicles) Cannon Fodder and, in honesty, is essentially a homage to it in almost every way, right down to the unsuccessful mission music, the 'honor' list for lost soldiers, the gore, generally the way the game is played (Grenading houses to destroy them and stop them spawning soldiers!)
The Ai IS rubbish, but if you are relying on your squad Ai when you can control the squad independently, you're doing it wrong. I found my first few play throughs ended in disaster and frustration until I figured out that I could switch between soldiers (keys 1-4) and move them around independently (the trick is to give them a 'Move to' command so they move somewhere and wait until you switch to them or request a 'Regroup').
The issues right now are, as stated, the Ai is rubbish, there are some little bugs with triggers (I don't seem to be able to completed Mission 3 right now), the occasional lag when something intensive happens (crashing a Hue in to an AA gun), and some missing refinement/features which is to be expected at this stage of the game. Saying something like this at such an early stage is a bit redundant I feel, but replayability is a bit thin, limited to a handful of play throughs for each mission - You can approach each play slightly differently, I just hope they add some kind of progression or choice so that you can complete each mission in varied and interesting ways.
Whats fun about the game? The game lets you play what is essentially a modern Cannon Fodder but allowing you to be loads more tactical, the addition of vehicles is nice and gives it a 'Toy Soldiers' or 'Soviet Strike' feel and the graphics are pretty enough, the gore is nicely overdone as are the explosions.
You might be worried that this is riding on nostalgia, and that is justified especially with what I've said about the game, but for £7 you'd have to have serious doubts not to grab a copy.
I've played 89 minutes so far and that is enough for me to recommend this game, at this time, at this price point.