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Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 6.0
Value 7.0
Developer: Red Ant
Review Date:
March 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.0


UFO Aftershock

The sequel to UFO Aftermath is there and fans of the series should be pleased. At the end of the last game there was the chance that Earth was under threat and in Aftershock, we find out that this has come to pass, which is a good thing for strategy fans. Unleashing a virus of some kind, the Aliens have mutated many humans and have them under their command. Your job is to try to take the Earth back, whatever it might take. 

There are groups still on Earth that you are going to need to coerce or negotiate with in order to lead them into battle against the alien menace who are rather oddly named the Ridiculans. Battle is either squad based or you can do large scale manoeuvres that will take on a more global aspect that will take up your time. The game is fairly indepth and you will need to stockpile resources through the game in order to build and achieve other outcomes. 

Itís fairly easy to build these resources, some might even argue that it is a bit too easy, especially for the experience player, but in terms of making the game run that bit faster, it is of a great help. In Aftermath, such resources will include the building of massive bases once you have control of a country. This will allow for research and the building of new items that will assist you through the game. 

Enhancements to the game make the squad facet all the more interesting by allowing you to augment the abilities of members of the squads that you control. By upping their abilities you are going to be constructing a small force that you will really come to rely on. I personally enjoyed the interaction with the squad more than even the larger confrontations. 

Control of the squad is going to take some getting used to as moving them around the battlefield requires control of each member as otherwise they just move as a big posse. The game looks and plays well for the most part, there were a couple of occasions that the title did crash unexpectedly. This was, as you can respect, highly frustrating. 

This game is going to take you a long time. The interaction with the game whilst on the whole is satisfying, there is a fair bit of repetition as to the places where you will be battling and whilst the action is good, itís a bit slow at times.  

If you are looking forward to a long campaign though, this might be the title for you to sink your teeth into. Make sure you have fairly high end system as the game asks for it oddly enough which makes it hard to believe at times considering what you see on the screen vs the system requirements. 

Give it a try and see what you think.






 
 



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