2 out of 6 stars. Not recommended.
The game just feels unfinished. It seems to have had a few good ideas that never got implemented or got abandoned later. It lacks a lot of essential features of a tactical combat game and some features (breaching charges, flashbangs, no reloading weapons) are implemented in a very sloppy, bad and pointless manner. The game is also short, missions lack variety.
Overall the game feels rushed, sloppy and incomplete. I had to check back the store page to make sure its not an early access alpha game. This game had potential, but I'm very disappoint that the devs released it in its current state.
If you want a tactical close combat game, go play good old SWAT3 or "Door Kickers" whcih is available on steam and a much better game on the same topic.
For a more in-depth review, check the pros and cons list.
- Worst of all, you cannot coordinate and time the moves of your squad mates with one another. You can forget about simultaneous entry into a room from two doors. You can forget about a SWAT-style "throw in flashbang and then whole squad moves in once it goes off". This is a real game killer which makes the game lose a lot of tactical depth.
- The above point also makes a few weapons (like said flashbangs) useless. You will be using frag grenades 99% of the time. Things like door wedges that were vital in a game like SWAT3 when used properly? You have these here, but the maps are so small and simple and the action so fast and so straightforward that you will never really have a need to use them.
The game has a lot of guns, but most of them are unbalanced or useless.
- Short and repetitive. There are just 7 maps (Afghanistan, Turkey, China, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Colombia) and 5 missions in each, which gives 35 missions in total. It sounds like a lot, but it is not. Each mission takes just around 05.-3 minutes to beat. These are really very simple missions, forget about complex missions like SWAT3 had. There is also a bomb-difusal mode and a "evacuate your squad from the site" more, which sadly take place on the same mission maps as the regular mode.
The maps are also uninspired and feel bland, no real mission briefing worth mentioning. No memorable locations. I think only the china map feels any novel and that's because it takes place on a freighter. The maps just feel laz and unfinished, though the graphics are often pretty ok for a tactical game.
- AI is forgettable. I have not seen it do anything outlandishly stupid, but it is static, lazy and fails to ever surprise anyone.
- No snake camera or anything of this sort. Most of the time you just need to go into a room and "spray&pray".
- No CS gas. The game has an option to buy gasmasks for the squad, but its decorative only. Seems like a feature the devs decided to abandon.
- No formations. No prone stances, no crouching etc.
- No hostage rescue missions.
- No arrests or wounds. Opfor will always fight to the death.
- No secondary handguns for your team. You just have your main assault rifle and that's that.
- While weapons have a rate of fire, they do not have a magazine size and there are no reloads. Very unrealistic and sloppy. Again, this just makes the game feel very rushed.
- The cover system (while it has a very clear and good UI) is very hit and miss as far as gameplay goes. Example: I have a wall behind my back, nothing in front between me and my opponent, but the game treats me as being in hard cover because of that wall BEHIND my back.
- There are several SF units to choose from, including spetsnaz. But sadly these do not have accurate gearfor the most part and spetsnaz comes with no Russian weapons whatsoever (despite AI opfor sometimes using russian weapons). So yeah, again feels sloppy and unfinished.
- Breaching charges are very poorly implemented, you can only use them on the initial entry door at the start of the mission, not for doors withing the buildings. Same with lockpicks, just usable on main door. That is just absurd.
- I like the "plan moves than have a few seconds go in real time" mechanic. The game itself is played in turns. You plan your moves, then the actual action occurs which takes several seconds of real time. Then the action pauses, you can again plan moves, then the action real time segment continues etc.
This allows for tactics, while the actual turn being played in real time does depict the chaos and "split second" nature of close quarters combat.
- The whole option of customizing your weapon right down to scopes, grips etc is fun, but again feels unfinished.