First Strike 1.3



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First Strike 1.3's review

by Peter Warrior

A tactical game about diplomacy (or lack thereof, in fact)

8.8
  • Extremely thrilling gameplay
  • Lovely "War Games" UI and sound
  • It could have been far more revolutionary

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"Greetings Professor Falken"

Imagine a game where you must choose among the US, Western Europe and North Korea (link to College Humor's Kim Jung Un vids here) and your goal is to expand a tech tree, invade territories nearby as if it were a Risk match, and build and launch and see how ICBMs gracefully fly away like colorful butterflies and land over enemy cities bringing glitter fireworks and raising the death toll by several hundred millions. Lovely.

For many, this game is somehow a dream come true. It's played in real time, so it could be considered more tactical than strategy, although opportunely time's slowed when an incoming missile is about to enter within your borders so you have time to order your birds to take off and intercept it in the stratosphere.

First Strike is really thrilling, and things get out of hand pretty fast. In addition, the smart tech tree system allows multiple approaches and strategies, so replayability is assured.

It does need many more techs: spy airships (F-117), submarine warfare, AWACS warning planes... in fact, they have not to be techs affecting gameplay, just sprites fluttering (I was going to write "flapping") around. Likewise, some kind of historical scenarios (just two: Cold War, based on territory acquisition; and Future, focused on techs as laser satellites and mechas) or additional game modes would have been awesome, let alone some kind of local multiplayer.

Anyway, in the end, an awesome game suited for casual commanders and hardcore nukers alike.

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by Peter , Appszoom

Mar 12, 2014

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