Review: Sudden Strike 4 (Steam)

The beloved Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities – all of which makes Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before!

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 5374MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphic options- Resolution, Scale, V-Sync, Texture/Overall quality, AO, AA, Shadow detail, Bloom, Physics, Vegetation behaviour.
  • Keyboard layout choices- Classic or Sudden strike.
  • Steam workshop mod support.
  • Full controller support.
  • Singleplayer-Tutorial, German/Soviet and Allied campaigns and skirmish.
  • Skirmish-Four maps-Countryside, Beach, Siege and frozen river, Upto 4v4, Starting skills choices.
  • Multiplayer-Online game browser or quick play.
  • Extras-Rewatch any unlocked historical footage.
  • RTS gameplay.
  • 20 Odd singleplayer scenarios.
  • Two difficulties-Easy or normal.
  • Huge selection of units and vehicles.
  • Nice open terrain you play on.
  • Some epic set pieces.
  • Thunderous soundtrack.
  • Solid performance even with high player count.
  • Tactical gameplay is a must.
  • Nice player animations.
  • Nine commanders- Each one has its own set of abilities meaning each one makes the game differently.
  • Pause and play mechanic.

Cons:

  • Controller sometimes struggles to be recognised after using the mouse.
  • Tutorial pop ups only show keyboard and mouse prompts.
  • Controller is not that nice to use, Selecting troops is a mission in itself as its a circle you hold down and you must place it right.
  • Tutorial has you do something, You do it and then you get a video showing you what you just did.
  • No quit to desktop option.
  • Campaign is short not that difficult.
  • AI has some bad pathfinding.
  • No in depth MP settings.
  • Much slower paced RTS.
  • Some of the gameplay choices feel simplified and watered down.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

So Sudden Strike 4 is defiently aimed at the fans of the series, Gamers who prefer a slower more tactical RTS instead of the fast resource hungry Starcraft games. There is nothing wrong with that of course, I just struggled to get into it from dodgy controls to the slow pace. I found especically online that it just turns into building a big army and storming down the middle and just fighting it out. The campaign is short but to be honest it is fun to play and with the commander loadouts, Really mixes it up. In short this is a must for fans of the series but also for the gamer that wants a slower RTS experience.

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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