Review: 8-Bit Armies (PlayStation 4)

8-Bit Armies is a retro Real-Time Strategy game. With a colorful, blocky voxel art style, 8-Bit Armies is Petroglyph’s most fast-paced, friendly, and accessible RTS game to date.

Pros:

  • Modern pixel graphics.
  • 2.13GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • 3 difficulties-beginner, normal and hard.
  • Four modes-campaign, co-op campaign, skirmish and multiplayer.
  • Campaign-two choices-play as Renegades or as Guardians.
  • Campaign-3 stars for 3 missions and rewards.
  • Crates in the game give random loot.
  • Can see the map but not the enemy until they are discovered.
  • Co-op campaign has its own levels and uses online with an invite and join options.
  • Multiplayer-quick match and online mp.
  • Classic RTS gameplay.
  • Excellent controller implementation.
  • Skirmish-arcade mode like allowing you to choose the map, weapons, objectives and add bots.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Building bases can feel tedious as you have to spread your parts out so you can expand your base.
  • The co-op campaign is a one-off bit of fun with no real accomplishment or unlocks opportunities.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Online has long matchmaking times.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

8-bit Armies is an RTS game pure and simple. It presents itself very well and uses a strong pixel art game. The thing above all else that I loved was how well the controller was implemented into the game. For so long RTS games have got the short end of the stick when it comes to using a controller, for me, 8-Bit Armies finally nails it. OK so back to the game and it has everything you would want for current RTS games, Co-op campaign adds another layer whilst multiplayer keeps it a firm install on your console. It’s a good game for new players but does cater well to veterans. Regardless if you like the graphics style, 8-Bit Armies is a must play RTS game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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