Squad Nemesis sounds like the title of a great budget
shooter - but it's not. While it is indeed a budget-priced
game, it's a turn-based strategy. I bet most of you
are now heading for the Back button, before you even
finish reading this sentence. Hey come back! You might
you're familiar with a game called X-Com that was
played by email then you'll be familiar with Laser
Squad, though not necessarily enthused. Laser Squad
is old school. Although it does have a single-player
campaign mode it still utilizes outdated technology
like 2D graphics and an email-based, two-player mode.
For twenty bucks you can't expect much but under the
hood the game does show some promise.
though the turns in the single-player mode are restricted
to 10 seconds the game can be very tedious. The AI
follows your commands literally and does little thinking
on its own. If the units get turned around, which
often happens, they will begin to bump into each other
and even shoot at units from their own army. A preview
system lets you see how your turn will turn out and
allow you to make adjustments. It's a good addition
but it slows the game down.
its favor there isn't much micromanagement to concern
yourself with. You don't have to worry about resources
and base building. You are issued points which you
use to deploy the various units of your army. Units
that use large vehicles can eat up a lot of points
so you have to think things through. The fog of war
cloaks you and your enemy so that both of you have
to guess where the other is and what units are deployed.
are four, somewhat equally balanced races. The Marines
are humans that use grenades and lasers. The Machina
are intelligent robots that favor large vehicles such
as a plasma tank. The Greys are your run-of-the-mill
bug-eyed aliens that travel in flying saucers and
use mind control as a weapon. The Spawn are an insect-like
race that are primitive and prefer melee attacks.
as all four races will extend the replay value of
the game as you familiarize yourself with all the
different variables. Keep in mind that an email-based
game can last a week or longer depending on the number
of turns selected and the frequency of your correspondences.
When you purchase this game you will get three months
free subscription to this service which will let you
play against anyone in world that also has a subscription.
the game is barely a notch above a GBA game. The top-down
view is so old-school and the animation is so stiff
you might think you're connect to dial-up. There is
a lot of stuff going on onscreen and at least you
can see it all clearly. That's really more important
that high-tech graphics. Some areas of the environments
such as buildings and walls are destructible which
can change your strategy instantly as you create a
new path into enemy territory, or unleash a hostile
unit at the very end of your turn.
you will receive new updates, be able to compete in
various tournaments and have your score posted for
the world to see - that is if the world finds out
about Laser Squad Nemesis.