Squad Assault: Second Wave Review

Developer: DAS Entertainment Publisher: Got Game
Release Date: September 1, 2005 Also On: None

Squad Assault: Second Wave is another “Point and Click” Real Time Strategy game. As far as the game goes, it’s not the greatest. The maps are huge and the layouts are massive. Along with vast areas to explore requires a lot of patience as it may take your squad up to 5 minutes to actually move to a new area to engage in battle. No high-end PC is required to play this game, which gives it a good opportunity for any ordinary gamer to buy.

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The graphics in this game are pretty well done, except for most objects in the game give you a 2D feel to the environment. Even with a high-end PC the graphics won’t budge any more than the defaults of the options in the game. You cannot increase the screen resolution or make shadows and lighting more dramatic. Without these options, you’re stuck with defaults that any console can overcome.

The sounds are well done. I must say that I was very impressed when the first gunshots fired off. Each gun has its own distinct sound effect, giving you that real war feel that we all know and love. The environments do not have much sound to them in the background. What bothered me was the repeating bird chirping sound in the first mission of the game. Other than that, Squad Assault did a nice job.

This game is like any other RTS out there. Same old Point and Click action and there’s no real interaction between firing your weapons and dispatching squads to attack. You spend most of your time highlighting your squads and making note on your ammunition for your troops. For the most part, everything else is A.I.-based. Not too creative, but at least it follows the long chain of RTS games out there.

As most RTS games are, you can replay these forever, almost never encountering the same battle twice (unless you plan that). Being on PC means you can download new maps and mods to add more excitement to the game. For that matter it’s a good game to have if you like RTS games and need a cheap buy. At $30 this game is not too bad.

There you have it everyone, another RTS game. There wasn’t much to dislike about Squad Assault. I recommend picking it up if you’re short on cash. Command and Conquer or Counterstrike would be a better pick for all of those hardcore PC gamers out there.

Graphics: 6.5
Sound: 8.5
Gameplay: 7
Creativity: 5
Replay Value/Game Length: 9
Final: 7.3
Written by Chris Latini Review Guide

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