Steam Tactics Review (PlayStation 4)

Steam Tactics

Welcome aboard your airship, captain! Engage in tactical combats, upgrade your ships and weapons, level up your pilots.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 250.9mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Strategy gameplay.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • Gameplays out on a grid and the goal is simple, take out your enemy first.
  • Simple pointer system and a button to execute moves.
  • World map level select.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Main hub menu-map/cargo/hangar/Bridge.
  • Earn EXP and level up your characters and earn a point to put into their stats.
  • Hangar-equip and modify your ships.
  • Cargo-shows off collected items.
  • 3 difficulties on each level, you unlock easily first then the next, and so on.
  • Replay levels to get better rewards.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Clear easy to read icons and when moving you get a marker put down to see where you can move or shoot.
  • Damage numbers pop on screen.
  • Can upgrade weapons.
  • Nice little time waster.
  • Easy Platinum trophy.

Steam Tactics

Cons:

  • Very basic.
  • You have to keep replaying levels to unlock higher difficulties and get better loot.
  • Slow burner.
  • Confusing icons when moving can happen.
  • Small text.
  • No settings.
  • Assigning parts can be confusing as you work out what stiff does and also who has what installed.
  • No overall replay value.

Steam Tactics

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6.4/10

Summary

I’m not entirely sure what Steam Tactics is trying to do here. On one hand, it acts as a deep strategy game with level ups, gear, and formations, but on the other hand, it is so basic and plain in combat that it’s almost like a watered-down strategy game. Either way, it will appeal to different people, for me it was fine for a while as the controls are simplified along with how the load outs and leveling up goes but the core combat is surprisingly boring and flat. I always felt like something was missing, the story did nothing and I wouldn’t be averse to it not being there at all. Yeah sure getting rewards and leveling up is a cool and a good hook but when the game doesn’t tell you what to do or how to do actions, it becomes a whole new level of strategy, the strategy of how to stay calm when the game is falling apart in front of your eyes! But anyway Steam Tactics is a basic strategy game that takes a lighter approach to the genre and is more aimed at younger or new to the genre players as it eases you in gently and never escalates too far.

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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