Soldiers of Anarchy

a game by Simon & Schuster
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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Soldiers of Anarchy is a squad-level, real time strategy game system set in a post-apocalyptic Earth. In the single campaign included you lead a group of survivors as they emerge from a bunker 10 years after a bio-catastrophe.

It's a system rather than a game in that there is only the one campaign for solitaire play, with linear linked missions and a set story line. Sadly, there is no random mission generator. The mission editor included is billed as the same tool used by the product's mission designers, though, so if it catches on, you can expect to see many fan-generated missions and campaigns.

In that campaign, after emerging, you'll encounter well-armed adversaries and more benign NPCs. You'll gather equipment, information, vehicles and some of the NPCs will join your party.

You'll learn soon enough that the AI soldiers don't fight very well, so there's no real spoiler in saying that they have a tendency to rush headlong into your positions, so lure a few at a time and nibble nibble nibble. Save often and you'll have little trouble solving the included missions.

Characters gain experience and can learn skills but how this is gauged and other statistics are not readily apparent. Neither food nor fuel are modeled and there's no damage system (just the usual hit points). The game design and the controls are well thought out, except for niggling little glitches not worth mentioning. Though passage of time is not modeled, all times of day and night are available to the mission designer as are weather effects. Great graphics are now "standard" in games and this one does not disappoint.

For its T rating there's plenty of moderately strong language. The violence is lethal but not graphic.

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System requirements:

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