Tacticular Cancer: We'll have your balls

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Squad-Level Tactical Games

Discussion in 'Strategy Gaming' started by Severian Silk, Jun 14, 2005.

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    Starship Troopers : Terran Ascendency

    Well, you do because it is a RTS, and you need heavy firepower to defeat the bugs, but, losing units does hurt (they have XP and/or officer ranks, allowing them to get access to better gear, you have a fixed roster, with replacements for the guys who did not make it). I don't remember exactly the way it played, but it definitely clicked as a platoon level tactical game to me when I played it 15 years ago.
     
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    Starship Troopers is somewhat underrated, but I dunno if I'd call it good. More like a run of the mill, average game. It didn't really utilize the setting well when it comes to actually interesting gameplay. Best thing about it was that it utilized the book's power armor, wherein late game units piloted sweeping destruction over the bugs. The graphics were actually very impressive for the time, though.


    IMO, a better use of movie license can be found in the Alien RTS:



    ^ Wasn't half-bad for an RTS played on consoles.
     
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    Just common parlance.

    Not that I'd put that game on the list or anything, though, as it was strictly Xbox/Playstation.

    How about, Chroma Squad.
     
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    Star Sentinels Tactis has been released quite some time ago. I have yet to find a positive review for it (but I haven't tried it myself).
    There is a Legion of Steel game in development, based on the board game(which is some kind of a complexified Space Hulk, with additions like suppression fire. The theme is man vs machine, instead of aliens), by Slitherine. It is currently in beta.

    You should also add Ultimate Space Commando (out now), which let you control a small squad of 4 guys in turn based combat against aliens.
    From the Steam reviews, it looks like a very good combat system coupled with a bad looting and inventory management system (Steam rating : positive).

    Battle Brothers too(early access), could fit in there, as a medieval mercenary band game (with a squad of 12).
     
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    Didn't see them on the list, although i didn't search that long.
    Shadowrun current trilogy, Fallen A2P Protocol, Satellite Reign, Hard West, Xenonauts, Divinity Original Sin series, Fallout Tactics.
     
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    How is Starship Troopers an RTS? It's clearly a tactical game.
     
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    2014 actually.
     
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    Does anyone recall the name of the JA2 inspired game by some Finnish(?) guy?
    I think I saw it greenlit on steam and we had a thread a few months back, but I can't find it for the life of me and I wanted to check its progress.
     
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    Was it Cold Case by any chance?

    The author abandoned it and took it off Steam. It gained mostly negative reviews and was buggy.
     
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    I was actually asking for End State, so thanks Taka-Haradin puolipeikko

    It seems the dev still posts stuff on steam from time to time, but nothing major, just "we're still alive and doing stuff".
     
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    Might want to add the other two mode7 games, Frozen Synapse Prime (remake for consoles/mobile, but also runs on PC) and Frozen Cortex.
     
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    Why is Door Kickers on abandoned/cancelled list? It's been released over a year ago.
     
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    Add Templar Battleforce to the list please. It's a very solid space hulk clone.
     
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    What game can I play that has the following requirements:

    • AI
    • Randomised or buttload of scenarios
    • 5-30 minutes per game
    • No unlocks/purchases/progression
    • No/few dice rolls
    • Party composition
    • Runs on 800x600 window

    Emulators and mods welcome.
     
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    Can I sperg here one minute?

    I followed Duelyst since the kickstarter, I loved the graphics, game came out and I didn't play until today. I came in, and FUCK ME. The game is like...my fucking dreamgame. Tactics with card and mana management, good factions, awesome spells, well designed, the graphics are beautiful hand drawn pixel art.

    And then they mounted a bloody MTG/F2P scheme on top. Wanna get cards? Play ranked. No no but I want to pl. Nope, ranked, fuck you. Daily quests if not, play like a bloody moron for 4h to get some pocket change for cards. Don't play what you want, play what we tell you.

    Okay, I am a grownup 9-5 loser so I can spend some dosh to unlock all the shit and...nope. Slot machine boosters. Highest tier is prohibitive and doesn't assure you get any of the cards you want because balance or whatever. Grind for specific cards.

    FUCK.

    THAT.

    NOISE.

    And fuck the generation that enabled these schemes.
     
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    Space Hulk?
    It has a lot of dice rolls, but otherwise would fit the bill. Play the original ones (that got renamed Alien Assault of something).
    The Ascension one adds stuff you don't like to the formula.
    Or you can go with the original Laser Squad.
    You can also go with Comabt Mission, although it has a larger scale than squad.

    Good old Laser Squad Nemesis also has it all, but I don't know how playable it is these days, given that it was MP focused, and the official servers have closed.
    The recent Steel Legion might also work. At least, the boardgame itis based on offers just that (minus the few dice rolls).
     
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    Also, the list of requirement does seem to describe Silent Storm, and S2 Sentinels to a certain extent.

    Specifically, AI. if you play slow and methodical, AI may fuck you in the ass. They do try to flank, and ambush your squad. If you know enough rules to play hard-charging gun-blazing 007, you might break their planning. But slow and methodical might get you a bullet to the head, or a hail of bullets to the face when you round the corner etc...
     
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