Enemy front might be the very definition of mediocrity:
This game attempts to cash in on a certain WWII game from when the genre was still somewhat interesting.
That certain game was once the very pinnacle of fast, frantic FPS-action.
But alas, that day has past, and today one cannot enjoy mindlessly shooting hordes of Nazis.
But behold! Enemy Front arrives!
Well, FPS games have never been about epic storylines.
For epic quests and life-changing decision making one must look for something more intelligent.
But, for what it is, the story has an rather interesting premise.
Instead of journeying in Normandy, The USSR or secret Nazi bunkers this game mainly takes place in Nazi occupied Poland.
A setting that, to my knowledge, has not often (if at all) been used in mediocre FPS games.
And then, of course, there is the rather less interesting location of the idyllic French countryside.
And there is also some adventuring in Norway... Blowing up secret Nazi stuff... You know the drill...
But this is where the postive ends and the mediocrity begins.
You are the stereotypical heroic American War correspondent who somehow finds himself in Poland.
Your emotional depth is none, and background story is absent.
The voice actor sounds like a cheap version of the criminally overused Nolan North.
The story timewarps across the war, while never being emotionally engaging.
While the dramatic moments are there they lack any impact.
"oh no" some random Polish resistance fighter just died... Well, who cares no one told you anything about them.
Did they have children or sickly parents for whom they must care? Well, who cares.
Also, the ending is a somewhat foregone conclusion... The Nazis were defeated, but the evil USSR took over, making all your heroic prowess completely unecessary.
Blow up Nazi Stuff.
Throw stuff at Nazi tanks.
Nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary.
There are, of course, bugs , glitches and magically appearing teleporting Nazis that diminish the experience somewhat. But if you are fond of killing nazis this will still be fun.
Stealth is possible, altough somewhat useless as shooting the Nazis is faster and usually more effective.
Ocassionaly the game presents you alternative paths and situations.
Do you chose sewer a or b? Well, not much changes by making such decisions.
Enemy AI is close to nonexistent.
Unfortunately the multiplayer is dead and could not be tested.
Basicialy: It Plays like a poor man's Crysis.
This game runs on the Cry Engine. This means nice graphics.
But the environments are not very unique or inspiring in any way.
Sure,the pretty graphics are there, but the game limits itself to sewers, Nazi prison camps and other such sights we have all visitied countless times before
Does it stutter/performance?
( I include this completly long and unnecesary part in all my worthless reviews)
As someone who has been gaming on PC since 1993 there is one thing that always annoys me: Stuttering.
For years , when noticing stuttering, people accused you of heresy, console peasantry or mental retardation.
People claim it's not there, it's unnoticable or other such nonsense.
When frametimes were introduced this changed the whole way of looking at pc performance.
This bassicly counts the time between frames, and when long pauses occur this can be detected as stuttering.
And that is why I will report if the frametimes are causing stutter or smooth gameplay.
Tested with: R9 290 refence and Asus GTX770 OC.
The game does not seem to stutter during normal gameplay, but frametimes are somewhat inconsisstent which means that while running at 60-75 fps on 1080p ultra settings , the game feels like it is running at slightly lower FPS.
Mediocre game, mediocre fun. Mediocre frustration.
Get it cheap if you like killing nazis.
Otherwise, don't bother.
I rate this game 6 out of 10.
7 out of 10 if killing Nazis is your life and passion.