Starship Troopers: Terran Command is a very successful adaptation of the movie Space Soldiers. However, does this title defend itself as a standalone game or is it another leap for nostalgic players? You will find out from our review.
Starship Troopers: Terran Command – A real citizen is just a soldier!
It’s hard for me to list more than five successful movie-style games at once. Sure, LEGO owners often participate in blockbuster films, thanks to which we receive titles such as LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga or LEGO The Hobbit. We also had Friday the 13th, Evil Dead: The Game, and soon we could count on Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sometimes there is such Products that can encourage fans of original content based on the title alone. This is also the case with Starship Troopers: Terran Command.
I remember that over twenty years ago, when I first saw Space Soldiers, I didn’t fully understand the irony and visuals they contained. They were mesmerized by it Soldiers fighting with giant worms And a fairly famous shower scene, which I was embarrassed to watch in front of my parents at the time. The latter is not found in the game, but the humor and specific atmosphere, which I understood only after many years, successfully transferred to computer screens.
However, before the remaining irritation of literature lovers – of course, the prototype of the story Robert Heinlein’s book, Space Soldiers (It was previously released in an abstract as Space Cavalry.) However, while the American writer brilliantly explained the hierarchy of power, the working methods of manpower and worm forces, the film, due to the medium used, was more straightforward, through acting, ridiculing stereotypes of the American soldier.
that’s it The view is more clearly shown on the model Starship Troopers: Terran Command. So much so that some logos from TV shows are carried over to the game alive. And good, because the ironic atmosphere is well embodied in the game. It is a pity that the other items were not refined to the same degree.
This is not a basic defense game
Reading the pre-release descriptions for this production, I had the impression we’d get something for them from the billionaire fans. I was waiting for a real-time strategy in which fortification according to the principles of the genre “tower defense” plays a major role. Well, no, ladies and gentlemen! Starship Troopers: Terran Command Focuses on Simplicity And many elements are reduced to the necessary minimum here.
So we have legions of soldiers that we often put on the walls of bases to fend off insect attacks. These, however, occur between individual tasks and are entirely schematic. As long as we choose the defenders of the enemies On the principle of rock paper scissors Then we can rest assured of success.
In addition, by enhancing the fictional representation of soldiers as cannon fodder, the creators decided to let us do this Unlimited replenishment of “resources”. When the unit is partially weakened, we can summon a carrier with more warriors without losing the experience points of the dying team.
Another game element found here is base establishment. In practice, it is about building one “recruit” building for each type of unit in strictly defined places. Engineers can also build plots on level ground as a fixed point of protection for important sites. And that’s basically – So forget about gathering resources, providing food, or organizing a place to live for people.
Instead, we are given a series of tasks to perform which require us to move units. And here a nice balance was maintained between the necessity of standing still and defending the site, navigating and conquering new territories. In this part of the game, Starship Troopers: Terran Command won my greatest recognition. AI for managed forces may fail sometimes, but I feel that success depends only on us and how skilled we are to manage our units. Plus, the skirmishes themselves are quite satisfying.
When playing Starship Troopers: Terran Command, first of all, you need to know which soldiers to deploy to fight against certain types of enemies. If the long-range worms appear, the enemy infantry will annihilate them before the distance of the shot. So it makes sense to set up snipers on the hill. In turn, “battleships” will resist only soldiers with rocket launchers. and so on.
It’s an interesting variety Obstructing the possibility of firing by units in the line of fire. So you have to be careful to align your opponent or move your troops to different heights. If we create them “goose”, only the most advanced cavalry will be able to shoot.
Often there are also unfortunate situations and quick failures. For example, engineers equipped with a flamethrower like to get very close to the enemy to use their weapons. Thus, they repel the fires of pedestrians that protect them and expose themselves to being torn apart by worms. So you have to be careful about the individual soldiers so that the missions don’t end in failure. Fortunately, the large number of difficulty levels means that even leaders will easily be able to beat the 20 story scenarios prepared by the developers.
But the problem is that many things can be done better here. Six AI burns, but keyboard control is worse than I knew, for example, Old Age of Empires 2. No grouping of units, their quick selection with keys 1 to 9 or even … Active pause. As a result, you have to click with the mouse quickly and … units will often drag and regenerate, when we make a mistake the game will make us die due to the instant death of some soldiers.
A straight story from a cosmic struggle
By making the mechanics shallow and imprecise details, Starship Troopers: Terran Command is a simple game. Fortunately, a well-built climate plays an important role in it. The cut scenes between missions are almost straight from the Space Cavalry movie. In turn, the tasks themselves are also diverse. Once we recover the mine to defend the prisons against the attack of insects, which then … will have to be recovered after the rebellion of the convicts imprisoned in it.
However, you should not expect the story to change the way you play the game. Over the next missions, we’ll quickly learn some of the patterns that will accompany us during the following hours of playing the story campaign. Therefore, I can say that Starship Troopers: Terran Command is a very casual game. Light and fun, after lowering the difficulty level, it is very simple. Sure, you can raise your settings and challenge yourself, but I’m afraid most players will get frustrated because failure is often due to artificial “lack of intelligence” and poor control.
Impossible not to notice The graphics in Starship Troopers: Terran Command are simply outdated. Of course, with a real-time strategy, it is difficult to expect to track rays of light, render individual faces of each soldier or present different types of environment with the highest possible accuracy. However, I would expect the normal solutions like being able to rotate the camera here. After all, the Total War series shows that the setting can be really attractive in the genre as well. Unfortunately, in this respect, Space Soldiers makes the impression of a low-budget production.
Starship Troopers: Terran Command – is it worth buying?
If you’ve seen ridiculous and silly space soldiers with the proverbial banana on your face (or really loved Heinlein’s book), you’ll definitely get a feel for the atmosphere by discovering the story in Starship Troopers: Terran Command. The scriptwriters of this game can be proud of their good work – it’s not great work, but it really reflects the atmosphere of the original work.
In return, all players who are not familiar with this story will come here easy-to-digest strategy, where they will have to learn spider-fighting patterns. Then they will spend a good few hours breaking this breed to a trunk. In terms of mechanics, it’s average production, although it’s solidly made. I’m missing something here that will be remembered for a long time. It’s a real pity, because Space Soldiers deserve a decent production. instead of this We received a game of the genre “Play, Play, Forget”.
Starship Troopers: Terran Command
- The atmosphere of the movie Soldiers of the Universe
- Diverse missions in the story
- Easy to use mechanics
- Successful scenes
- beautiful voice
- Polish version
- High repetition of the game
- Bit of an outdated visual setup
- No advanced options and mechanics
- It seems:
We received Starship Troopers: Terran Command for the purposes of this review free of charge from Heaven Media, the game’s producer
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