This is a transcript excerpt covering the score awarded to Shadow Gambit: the Cursed Crew on the So Videogames podcast, episode 350: S.S. Minnow.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is a masterwork of science fiction — an epic tale entwining war, politics, and religion as space-faring feudal houses compete for control of the planet Arakkis and its primary resource, the spice Melange.
Die Die Die, My Darling
HIGH An interesting take on city-building gameplay with roguelike features.
LOW It might take a while to get the various mechanics down.
WTF Don’t get distracted or your city might burn to the ground!
On Mars, Red Is The Color Of Death
HIGH Using air strikes to absolutely crush a monstrous boss.
LOW Getting the same convoy defense mission for the 20th time.
WTF Oh, so the zombie biomass is thinking now? Fantastic news!
Death From Above
HIGH A great twist on the Tower Defense formula!
LOW One of the later challenge missions had no margin for error.
WTF The story.
Red Solstice was a high-quality squad-based mouselook shooter set on Mars, in which the player controlled marines attempting to survive a monster apocalypse. They had to explore a fallen colony while teaming up with AI marines to battle zombies and mutants while securing technology and making good their escape. In addition to a stellar solo mode, it allowed up to four players to team up online in campaign or skirmish modes together. In developing Red Solstice 2, the developers have really dug in on the multiplayer aspect, refining the hybrid shooter/RTS.
Push And Pull
HIGH The art style. The stripped-down formula.
LOW Not figuring out certain things until nearly the end of the game.
WTF Getting rocked in the blink of an eye playing Demon mode.
Ship Versus Ship At The End Of The World
HIGH Launching a nuke at an opposing cruiser.
LOW No multiplayer.
WTF What do robots need battlecruisers for anyway?
The Expected Review
HIGH The AI-pathing outdoes most triple-A studios.
LOW No replay value beyond achievement hunting.
WTF It just sort of ends without a climax.
Days Of Futures Past
HIGH Brilliant illustrations, solid writing, great music.
LOW Poor AI/pathfinding, uneven balance, large armies are awkward to control.
WTF It’s 2020 – why are we still putting stealth missions into RTS games?