8-Bit Armies – Xbox One Review
In the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle.
8-Bit Armies by Petroglyph Games is an old/new take on the RTS genre so loved by those of us who grew up when the Command and Conquer series was at the height of its supremacy. 8-Bit Armies take on this genre is stuck firmly in the past which is a blessing and a curse.
You get to choose between The Guardians and The Renegades. The choice you make will see you thrown into either sides camp as you send your men through either a city map or a jungle depending on which side you choose at the beginning. The differences between each faction are nothing .more than one is more technology based (The Guardians) and The Renegades are more about boots on the ground.
You start off with a tutorial which is I’m sad to say laughable. Your instructed to place various buildings on a small land mass and that’s it. Your not instructed on how you should approach the other areas of the game which is no bad thing if you’ve played this genre before but if not it could be quite daunting.
This RTS is as simple as it gets which might appeal to those who are new to the genre but it will have the opposite effect on those who are up for a challenge. It’s simply a question of working out what enemy units you are facing and then building their counterpart. You’ll very quickly work out which units are the most effective to use and spam build them so you can send them out in a swathe of death and destruction. There is a co-op campaign so you can buddy up but sadly I didn’t have chance to try it out.
One fault that can be leveled at a lot of console based RTS games is how they control when using a joypad. 8-Bit Armies has a great interface that is as simple as it is effective. Your build options are assigned to the LB and RB buttons which lets you swap between building troops or buildings. When you’ve decided on your build its simply a case of highlighting that option and placing that building where you want it and once it’s built all the units you can build are shown via a selection wheel. It’s quick and easy to use and you’ll have your base and army built in no time.
Each level presents you with a set of three challenges ranked bronze, silver and gold. These challenges do present a good amount of replayability and the gold challenges are very hard to complete until you have unlocked all the research/tech trees. It’s these challenges that add longevity to the game because the mission based gameplay is far to easy and I went from one mission to the next with barely a sniff of a challenge.
8-Bit Armies is a reminder of how far the RTS genre has come and although it’s fun to begin with but the ease with which you’ll breeze through the levels makes it hard to recommend to anyone other than someone new to the genre.
8-Bit Armies is available now for £26.79
Review code supplied by Soedesco