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
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
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.