Ok, before I get into the good, the bad and the ugly, I should say that I DO recommend this game, the reason I’m saying this is that my initial review may sound quite negative. I am writing this just moment’s after playing terror from the deep and I wanted to have a clear view of the game, so without further a due.
This is, without a doubt, THE MOST INFURIATING GAME I HAVE EVER HAD THE MISSFOURTUNE OF PLAYING!!!
This game did the impossible; it managed to be harder than UFO defence! HARDER!
Right, lets go through this in a bit more detail.
The year is 2040, and the world is still recovering from the first alien war. alien technology from the first game is now available for all.
this has lead to countries dividing, wars waged, and a widespread of brooding synthesizers accompanying dirty cops in trench coats roaming the streets of neo-japan, looking for the dame who killed that hooker on kitaueno drive!
who was she to her?
who was she working for?
was it a crime of passion?
did she hire her and if so, why?
All these questions and more WON’T be answered because that’s now what this games about.
Recently there has been alien activity going down under the sea, and now entire cruse ships are going missing, so now its up to you; the commander of the newly formed X-COM navy to find out, who these guys are, where thy are coming from, why are they attacking and most importantly, who they think they are messing with humanity (F@CK YEAH)
The Story is rather reminiscent of lovecraftian horror or rather an old doctor who episode. (The gill men are basically the sea devils) take this as ether good or bad, its really up to preference, personally I think its rather good, unlike the gameplay. Somehow, MicroProse took X-com UFO defence’s ball-breaking difficulty and managed to make it MORE DIFFICULT! The aliens cheat. There’s no other way of putting it; they are absolutely ♥♥♥♥ing relentless. The levels are more diverse, now including seabeds, ports and sunken pirate ships! But this just leads to more opportunities for the aliens to bend you over the table and ♥♥♥♥ING ♥♥♥♥ YOU IN THE ♥♥♥! GODDAM HEARTS!!
Conveniently, all technology acquired from the previous war doesn’t work underwater. (I suppose we now know where mass effect 3 got its sense of logic from) so the tech trees have been changed to submersive technology. Seeing as the game takes place mostly underwater, this change is to be expected, its also pretty cool to see all the new underwater armour, weapons and even underwater TANKS!!!
PRO TIP: research gauss, IMEADEANTLY! Gauss is essentially the underwater equivalent of the laser technology from UFO defence. Gauss rifles are powerful; they look cool and sound cool, especially on land.
Since the gameplay is directly lifted from UFO defence, what good that comes is closely followed by the BAD. As in UFO defence, games can slow to an agonising crawl, more often than not with the “shipping route terror attacks” where you must sweep a cruse ship of aliens, while trying (and flailing) to keep as many civvies alive as possible. “Well that don’t sound to hard now” I hear you cry. Believe me, these ones are like sticking your ♥♥♥♥ in a vat of boiling ♥♥♥♥ with a fresh dollop of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and salt! ♥♥♥♥ING HEARTS!
The graphics are pretty much the same besides the sailors now look like crash test dummies but there are some cool creature designs, like the deep ones, the gill men and the lobster men.
F@CK THE LOBSTERZ! There near indestructible, they NEVER miss and they’re VERY crafty ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. DO NOT INGAGE without the best equipment possible. You have been warned!
The music is more melancholy this time I have to admit but it suites the atmosphere quite well. It gives the feeling of a monstrous enemy remerging from a distant memory of a past war, for the first 5 minutes, then it starts to get really annoying, especially when on really frustrating missions.
Like I said at the beginning, this game is not, repeat, ♥♥♥♥ING NOT A BAD GAME! “But you’ve been complaining about it more that praising it, Asum, if its not a bad game then what is it?” you say. That’s a Good question, and its one I’ve been trying to answer myself all the time I’ve been playing terror from the deep. But I now have the answer!
TERROR FROM THE DEEP IS THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF AN X-COM GAME, AND THE GREATEST CHALANGE FOR A STRATAGY FAN!
Think about it; ridiculously hard levels, cheating enemy AI, an adversary with an unfair advantage and a THOUSAND WAYS TO ♥♥♥♥ UP! (Oh screw you hearts!)
These are all things X-COM is universally praised for, by critics and gamers alike!
And no X-COM game is as brutal and sadistic as Terror from the deep! But, it is because of this, this is the game to put all strategy aficionados to the test and most likely break them!
SO THERS YOUR REASON TO BUY TERROR FROM THE DEEP!
If you’re a masochistic turn-based strategy, or real time strategy fan who wants to get sectioned, then click “add to cart” RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!