Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:38

REVIEW: 8-Bit Armies (Xbox One)

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I haven't played any of the games before in the 8-Bit RTS Series on PC but I was given the opportunity to try out 8-Bit Armies on Xbox One. I wasn’t expecting anything new though since I’ve played other RTS's like Command and Conquer and Halo Wars, which I think this game had a lot to live up to. It's very simple and straight forward your basic run of the mill real time strategy like any of the other just in an 8-Bit format nothing to fancy but more novelty if anything throwback to something new yet old at the same time.

8-Bit Armies basically covers two teams renegades and guardians. If you have the other DLC called Invaders and Hordes (which should be included in the bundle IMO) you can play against the different types of factions those provided as well to have monsters, soldiers or knights going to battle. This addition to the RTS Series is a more familiar take on the modern age war closer to that of what Command & Conquer is and the goal they are trying to achieve here. But honestly, I don’t know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, in some ways it felt kind of like it was tainted kind of left a bad taste in your mouth. I wasn’t sure, but I had the feeling of broken nostalgia, most games bring you familiar experiences in a good way, but this slumps so hard.

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I also don’t know if it was from the game’s mechanics take on RTS or not having the experience of the other additions in the franchise of 8-Bit RTS before. What this game tries to talk about itself in what it offers is so poor minimum, the so called fast paced action is grinding and slow with victory feeling so unworthy of the earning, the tutorial mode is bare basic you learn nothing if you're new to RTS games given instructions like place this, building this, move that, yet not learning any of the other button controls that are there to work with felt pointless.

I wasn't too impressed with the initial setup of the game either. Unfortunately, I had a few issues trying to install this title after a few installations and removals on my external drive I transferred it to my internal and like magic it started perfectly fine.

I was then terrified by the loading in menu music my ears felt like they were going to burst because the audio/soundtrack was deafening I had to go into the settings and adjust them to a nice spot because everything was set to maximum.

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It seems like a slight draw back have so many issues for what would seem like a clean port with a 2-year gap. I was also slightly confused on how this game operated it's content its very unclear as the other two parts in this series Invasion and Hordes wasn’t included yet should have been as part of the bundle outlined. Without the army’s expansion installed, the base content for what was taking up nearly roughly 2.7GB of storage space of inaccessible content useless. I had armies installed at only 10mbs of memory which felt like the usual size fore skinned DLC.

The issue being also with all three of these in a bundle priced at $56.95 seemed a little steep for a basic indie RTS, it also boasted it had in app purchases which I did not see anywhere.

Overall, I was very disappointed in this take on the RTS genre; the gameplay trying to be C&C, but with a Minecraft Overlay and the bare base gameplay was decent enough to actual make the game feel playable but everything else just felt worse the more it went on. With no story in sight to keep you held on just level after level of you trying to learn new things on your own without any guidance.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 2.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Petroglyph Games
  • Publisher: Petroglyph Games
  • Genre: Strategy