|a game by||Offworld Industries|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||First Person Shooter, Tactical RPG, Games Like Battlefield, Games Like Arma|
There's no more definitive first-person shooter multiplayer game than the word Squad. That's showcasing that you'll gather your best mates and dive into some intensive team-based warfare. However, it more than meets the eye in this generic-sounding FPS game. It had a following before it even got released.
Squad derives from a modification of another game. It gained so much popularity that there was a strong demand to make this a standalone version. In the rare cases where mods become their games, we usually see a high degree of success. Can the same be said about Squad? We best play to find out.
A Century of Warfare
You've probably figured that Squad is a squad-based first-person shooter set in a modern environment from the title. Yes, there are generic features such as the standard visuals of an urban conflict. However, some unique features piqued interest upon arrival, even in its mod format.
The fact that you can jump into battles with over 100 real player soldiers brings a level of intensity not often seen in games of this genre. You'll use your wit, tactical prowess, and strategy, choosing classes and planning how to engage the enemy effectively. It's an FPS game for those not who like to go gung-ho but those who want to emulate warfare's realities.
Maps are big, armies are real, and the arsenal of weapons and vehicles to use replicates actual models. It's pretty intriguing getting involved in something that resembles an existing military plan rather than just shooting and hoping for the best. There's a high degree of satisfaction in managing to pull off an operation and subdue your enemies.
The downside is trying to manage that many people with differing play styles. If you are paired up with someone whose used to playing solo, you may find a lot of frustrations given how the mechanics can be punishing. Otherwise, if you can get the right team together, Squad can be quite the piece of fun.
Battle of the Brains
The standout feature of Squad is that the mechanics are not friendly. That can be an excellent thing or a terrible thing, depending on how you look. It's beneficial in the sense that you have a game that takes skill to succeed, but wrong in that it limits your play style and doesn't leave room for creativity.
It's certainly similar to games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in approach. However, the distinguishable difference is that teams can succeed based on the skill of one player. That's impossible in Squad, perhaps much like a real-life military scenario. It's a fantastic idea, but translating that into harmonized gameplay is challenging!
Round-Up - Pros & Cons
- It brings more realism into the FPS genre
- The strategy required to succeed channels some exciting gameplay
- A large number of classes and armies to play as
- Organizing your team is challenging
- Mechanics are not geared towards solo play
- Battle systems are a bit rigid
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP