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Siegecraft Commander is a fun release that will scratch that tower defense/strategy itch on PlayStation 4. The game is easy to learn and very polished, which makes for a great experience on the console. The only complain I’d have for the game is that it starts out a bit slowly, but things pick up shortly after you begin your first campaign. It’s an entertaining release you should try on PS4 today.
For launch though, Siegecraft Commander rushes out the gates with a healthy amount of content that should satisfy you strategy and Worms-loving junkies for months to come, especially with that glorious Cross-Platform multiplayer! I can't wait to see what Siegecraft Commander has in store for the near future, and will be monitoring it's progress closely.
Siegecraft Commander on PlayStation 4 is a fun release with a good mix of strategy/tower defense. You'll quickly learn the basics during the first handful of levels, and after that, it's a fun ride as you try to unlock the game's Platinum trophy. Slow and steady wins the race, so take your time to learn each map as you work towards grabbing the miscellaneous trophies in this short list. As a tip, I'd suggest trophy hunters focus on the multiplayer for their trophy needs since all trophies can technically be unlocked in offline multiplayer.
While launching towers to expand your base is a fun mechanic and visual, you are essentially made to draw a bow in the direction you wish to fire: the more the bow is drawn the further the tower will launch.
There are some good RTS games on current gen consoles and some bad ones but Siegecraft Commander falls somewhere in between. It does some things really well but things like the wonky aiming controls hold it back from being great.
So, Siegecraft Commander. What’s the overall verdict? Well, I absolutely adore the crisp, comedic visuals and I even find the storytelling pretty humorous. The gameplay itself is testing (in a good way), and the overall concept is well thought out. The problem is, that damn control scheme really does take some getting used to – and that’s even after switching away from the horrid slingshot method. Many may just find that the overall repetitive nature that accompanies any game of this type a bit too much to bear, but as a real-time strategic offering, it just about delivers the goods, especially if you can manage to coerce some friends into joining you for the online multiplayer modes.
Local multi-player is available and viable (though the more restricted view isn’t ideal, at least everyone is on the same page), and you’ll also have the option to play online though finding someone random to play with wasn’t terribly fruitful. I’d hoped that touchscreen support would be in place since that could have been a quicker means of control, but while oddly you can select which unit you’d like to build no other touch controls work, which was a little disappointing. Playing through both of the main campaigns will thankfully take a while though, so if you’re itching for some strategic play that’s not quite like anything else on the system Siegecraft Commander does have some worthwhile play to offer up.
I wanted to enjoy Siegecraft Commander a lot more than I did, but the issues with the gameplay were too much to completely overlook. Between having to struggle with the analog stick and worry about every other incline while simultaneously concerning myself with the number of troops coming at you could be the difference between either restarting the level or taking a break before trying it again with a calmer demeanor.
Siege Commander is enjoyable at first, and throwing towers, cows and TNT is fun. The game's medieval setting and cartoony art style adds a nice touch to the gameplay, both campaign and multiplayer. However, having a tower land where you want is very awkward and more trouble than it should be. Little annoyances then start to set in, such as lag that causes problems when you build too many towers. Unfortunately the game just gets annoying and repetitive after a while, ultimately falling short in keeping you engaged for any significant time.
The good news about Siegecraft Commander’s current state is that it has plenty of room (and clear directions) in which to grow, but unless there’s a pretty substantial day-one patch I’m not aware of, you should steer clear until Blowfish corrects the game’s many issues.
If you were to think of Siegecraft Commander as a proof-of-concept, then it’s a mighty fine one. In the tradition of Worms Forts it’s an intriguing base-building strategy game, and the real-time nature of it solves one of the bigger issues of Worms Forts: that it could be bogged down to almost stalemate, making games drag on for ages. That being said, the game does need a lot more than what it’s offering, and as with all indie games, I wonder about the wisdom of making the game so heavily reliant on multiplayer. When players have to wait around for however long just to get a game going, they’re just as likely to go and play something else instead.
If you’re a die-hard RTS fan, Seigecraft Commander and its brand of cheerful, bright and breezy gameplay is enjoyable enough. But without a significantly larger online community, Siegecraft Commander just doesn’t last long enough or offer enough of a challenge to say it stands out.
Siegecraft Commander is a colourful, easily accessible take on the RTS genre that beautifully blends elements of Tower Defence titles. Unfortunately, variations in matches are few and far between, and awkward controls juxtapose the easily accessible nature that Blowfish Studios have managed to accomplish.
Siegecraft Commander can be really satisfying to play at times, especially when you have a large network of buildings and are storming and bombarding your enemies keep. Sadly the game does become boring towards the end of both campaigns, and its controls and lackluster turn-based mode aren’t fun to play. If you are looking for something new to pick up in the genre on PC, I could recommend Siegecraft Commander, but if you are looking to jump into the genre with a really engaging game on console or PC, I would look elsewhere, and wait for Halo Wars 2 next month.
"I can see die-hard RTS fans enjoying Siegecraft Commander. I just don't expect it to make any gamer a fan of the genre. The story for both campaigns is interesting but it won't take anyone on a wondrous journey of entertainment. It's unfortunate that the gameplay may be even worse in that regard. The idea that everything you craft is connected is a cool idea but it falls flat due to inconsistent spawning methods, low structural health, and longer than needed respawn times. Nothing good can come out of the difficulty of a game stemming from mechanics rather than the enemies themselves. With a few improvements the title can be something noteworthy but at the moment it's something I can't recommend wholeheartedly."
Siegecraft Commander is a good idea which very nearly works. There is a lot of game packed in, and if a decent multiplayer community can be formed then it could be a fun one to be part of. The problem is the wonky control system which never quite feels right and undermines much of the good stuff on display.
We came into this with low expectations, and if this review didn't clue you in on it, our expectations were met. This game fails at almost every turn, with poor map design, easy to complete challenges, touchy controls, and useless towers. We were more surprised with how much we disliked this game. We don't recommend purchasing this title despite it being only $20. Spend your money on something more deserving.
In the end, Siegecraft Commander seems to fall flat in terms of fun and entertainment. There are a lot of challenge associated with the game. It's not necessarily always a bad thing but in this case, it just did not work. Fans of real-time strategy games or any other game probably should look elsewhere for a fun and rewarding experience.
In some ways, Siegecraft Commander works well for the VR medium; it introduces an apt and engaging control mechanism with the structure flinging. In addition, the control of the map and units and the touches of love in the UI all are positive things. The disappointing part is that the main gameplay on top of those things is just simply not anywhere near engaging or interesting enough to make for a great experience. Battles, whilst having a touch of strategic thought, more often than not descend into a boring slog of tower-defence mechanics. Similarly, the campaign is not interesting or lengthy enough to pull the rest of the game up to standard. It's not the cheapest VR strategy title on the market, either, and with multiplayer effectively dead, the chances of having a long-term relationship with Siegecraft Commander looks rather unlikely.
I appreaciate the developer for trying something innovative, but their idea does not work. AI makes very unpleasant opponents to play with and the multiplayer mode is dead from the start – even with cross-play with PCs!
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