Subwar 2050

a game by Particle Systems
Platform: PC
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Subwar 2050
Subwar 2050
Subwar 2050
Subwar 2050

Imagine, if you will, the world in 57 years time. The Tories are enjoying their 16th consecutive term in office. Most sane, liberal-minded and generally nice people have either become insane or are queuing up at the chemist to buy aspirin tablets in bulk. The whole world is a police state and dissidents are tortured by being made to compete in virtual reality remakes of The Price Is Right. As if all that wasn't bad enough, the big multi-national corporations are solving their disputes by blowing each other up in licensed corporate wars.

Does this - the concerned consumer may wonder -mean that crack terrorist squads from Sainsbury's launch surprise attacks on branches of Tesco by lobbing jars of out-of-date pickled herrings through the revolving doors and then making off in motorised getaway trolleys? No, fear not, for the focus of future commerce is the great untamed deep. New underwater developments and territories need protecting, and that's where you come in, mercenary sub pilot extraordinaire.

Riding along on the crest of a wave

If you're expecting action along the lines of Silent Service 2 or 688 Attack Sub then think again. We're in the far future and subs have evolved a fair bit. How? Well, for starters, some of these machines are capable of 120 knots (which is no mean feat at a depth of 2,000 feet or more), and you have windscreens now, so you can see what's going on. Actually they're not real windscreens, but a computergenerated interpretation of what's going on outside your sub - this is a real shame, because, having seen what happens to a large bluebottle when it hits a windscreen at 60 mph, I was curious to see how this would compare with a large tuna fish at 120 knots - still, you can't have everything. These subs are also equipped with enough destructive hardware to give what little marine life remains a serious migraine.

Cat and Mouse

Despite all the serious gear at your disposal, sub warfare in the future is still largely a game of cat and mouse and, although dogfights can and do take place, they should be a last resort. This does make for a game that is not for the impatient. If you're looking for X-Wing underwater you'll be disappointed: while Subwar is graphically and structurally close, the game plays at a very different pace.

Five training missions in the North Pacific guide you gently into the game (it's only in the last one that you face an opponent that shoots back), then there are four campaigns to play, set in Antarctica, the North Atlantic, the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan.

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

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