Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics
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For those who have played and loved any of the tabletop games over the years that have been based on Lovecraft’s mythos – the tabletop miniatures game that Cthulhu Tactics itself is based on, for example, or Arkham Horror, or the legendary Call of Cthulhu pen-and-paper RPG, Cthulhu Tactics does a remarkable job of capturing that same aesthetic and sense of overwhelming challenge. This game is well and truly worth a look.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a fun strategy RPG with plenty of content to play and a supernatural coat of paint thanks to the Cthulhu mythos. The mix of a world war setting and Cthulhu nightmare-inducing elements is not going to be for everyone, but if you give this slow-burner of a game a chance, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. It's not setting out to reinvent the wheel, but what it does is give us a polished and streamlined take on the elements we've come to expect from the strategy RPG genre. Auroch Digital and Ripstone have done a good job in bringing this one to the PlayStation 4, and I look forward to playing it as I work on unlocking the set of trophies I'm missing for my new Platinum.
PSN Price: $24.99
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a great attempt at a Tactical RPG based within the Achtung! Cthulhu universe. Sure, the game has a few flaws in regards to its obstructive camera, lack of save options and spikes in difficulty, but it also has a lot of positives going for it as well. The combination of the realistic and the fantastical is very interesting and the various creatures who come to slaughter you are both interesting and exciting. Other than equipping your only four operatives, there is little to do between missions yet the fusion of exploration and numerous combat events within the missions helps make this game stand on its own in the genre.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is competently built, attractive to look at in some areas, but rather bland in others. The gameplay was approachable and the difficulty curve was shallow, so players experienced in the genre may find it to be too easy to provide a meaningful challenge. Conversely, players new to the genre, or those that aren't especially good at it, will likely find it to be more engaging.
From Auroch Digital comes this title of tactical strategy by turns of isometric view, set in the Lovecraftian universe, inspired by the universe of the role-playing table Achtung Cthulhu.
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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is an accessible turn-based strategy title on the PS4, but it lacks the polish, depth and variety needed to have real staying power.
While Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics doesn't quite capture the intensity of the tabletop game it's based on, it still does an admirable job of doing something a little bit different with the tactics genre. By focusing more on story and the horror aspect of its lore, you get to experience intense close-quarters battles and ranged skirmishes while building on an unknown threat that could appear at any time, and in any form. Pacing problems and a lack of environmental variety can affect how well this all comes together, but if you're looking for a more focused tactical/strategy title on Switch, this Lovecraftian odyssey awaits.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a competent turn-based tactics strategy game that implements some features of the Cthulhu mythos as created by H.P. Lovecraft.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is, I hope, the start of an interesting genre that blends relatively free-form movement until turn-based tactical combat rears its bestial head. A perfect title for those that are itching something different than their three hundredth playthrough of XCOM 2, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a great way to pass the long days of your holiday vacation.