I didn't play that much of Meridian, and with good reason.
The game is a smaller, uglier, less polished version of Starcraft, only instead of fighting interesting alien races and monsters in chilly, dark settings, you're fighting space marines and mechs in some of the most uninspired-looking arenas I've ever seen in a modern strategy game.
As an RTS, Meridian ticks all of the boxes, but that's it. It struggles to reach the heights of better RTS games, such as Red Alert 3, Starcraft 2, Dawn of War, or just about any major 3D RTS game that has hit the market over the last ten years. The game has no aspirations, no distinctive qualities.
The variety in units and buildings is ♥♥♥♥ poor, and the skirmish match customisation options are just laughable, failing to even match up with RTS games released back in the 90's. The sound effects are basic, with guns and cannons emitting ugly 'ping' sounds, instead of something meaty and believable. The progression system and the in-game special abilities are interesting additions to the formula, but the abilities themselves are so slow and inconsequential, you'll have no reason to use any of them during a match save for some of the more powerful ones.
Campaign-wise, from what I’ve experienced, you're stuck mainly with defensive objectives. I didn't play beyond the first four missions, so I can't comment much on the storyline, other than the dull voice acting and the lifeless setting of Meridian.
The only prop I can offer to this game is the inclusion of a map editor, which is a feature that has been exempt from many recent RTS releases. However, given that you have no real reason to invest much time in Meridian, I doubt anyone will create anything truly spectacular with the editor, since the game's online community seems to have stagnated over the course of development.
Meridian is unremarkable, sharing the same basic gameplay elements and graphical palette as Starcraft II, only that it is nowhere near as fun to play. As an RTS, it's okay, but that's all it is. It's just alright. Average. Run-of-the-mill. You could name any well-known RTS game released since 2004, and I can guarantee that it plays, looks, and sounds better than Meridian, not to mention that it's probably retailing for around the same price, too.
It’s nice to see a new RTS game on the market, but we need more innovation than this.
Meridian: New World gets a 4/10.