Frozen Synapse 2

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Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Turn Based RPG, Cyberpunk Games
Frozen Synapse 2
Frozen Synapse 2
Frozen Synapse 2
Frozen Synapse 2

Tactical turn-based RPGs are a dime a dozen it seems these days. Everyone is trying to put a unique spin on the genre popularized by the XCOM series. While Frozen Synapse 2 isn’t a new kid on the block by any stretch of the imagination, it still manages to bring a lot of engaging concepts to the tactics table. Through meticulously calculated gameplay and a cyberpunk-inspired setting, Frozen Synapse 2 is a strong contender to being one of the best of its class.

Here’s what you need to know about the game.

Challenge An AI

In the world of Frozen Synapse 2, you step into the boots of a commander in charge of a security force tasked with taking down a maverick super-intelligent AI.

You’ll take on this soulless enemy throughout the streets and settings of a sprawling cyberpunk city where organizations rule the day and night. Throughout your missions and diplomatic encounters, you’ll learn more about a world that seems to have lost a big portion of its humanity.

Calculate Your Moves

What separates Frozen Synapse 2 from other games in the tactical genre is its blending of broader tactics with real-time nuance. Before engaging in combat, you’ll set up your plan of attack, providing instructions for your squad to follow. Once you’ve got your ducks in a row, you’ll have an opportunity to see how your plans play out through simulations, giving you an opportunity to make adjustments. What makes this mechanic particularly enthralling is how your plans have to be based on the last known location of the enemy. The operations themselves, however, could go completely off the rails if things have changed. This is where choosing to have the game pause after every action comes into play. This enables you to carry out more complex strategies.

Macro Management

The game has a broader layer to its campaign that allows for some diplomacy and more macro-level management. The world of Frozen Synapse 2 consists of multiple factions which can be friendly, neutral or hostile depending on your actions. This can have an impact on how you set up your squad across the city. You can work together with other organizations to set up guard points and blockades in an attempt to halt an enemy faction advancement.

This can sometimes feel overwhelming as you can’t feasibly keep good or neutral standing with all factions. This isn’t necessarily bad but forces you to make hard choices.

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Frozen Synapse 2 is a lesser-known title in a genre that’s slowly becoming saturated with titles. While it may seem cold because of its neon color tones and calculated gameplay, it’s got a lot of heart that makes it an engrossing experience you’ll want to return to for more than one playthrough.

Pros

  • Engaging tactical combat where planning ahead is important.
  • Sprawling map of a cyberpunk city filled with missions and operations to take on.
  • Intriguing story and deep cyberpunk-inspired game world and lore.

Cons

  • Tutorial could have been more detailed regarding combat and diplomacy facets.
  • World may feel cold and soulless during the first few hours.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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