Publisher SCE Developer Valkyrie Entertainment Format PS3, PS4, Vita Release 2014
Don’t let the art style fool you: Guns Up is a violent game. Flesh-stripped corpses ragdoll through the air, and the fallen splatter the ground with blood. And many will fall. In this side-scrolling, free-to-play RTS, everyone is expendable. You won’t mind, either, since developer Valkyrie Entertainment is generous with bullets, the resource you spend on units. You start with 5,000, and unit costs range from 50 for a squad of riflemen to 500 for a sniper or heavy machine gunner, but you’ll pick up more almost as quickly as you can spend them. Special abilities – tear-gas clouds, land mines, air strikes, guided missiles and so on – ensure you’re doing more than just sending in a stream of cannon fodder. You can order units to focus fire on a target, or set rally points to coordinate assaults.
Valkyrie has done a fine job retooling the RTS for console, with units and abilities selected from two rows at the bottom of the screen, and item drops collected with a tap of Square. Things move along at pace, too, and the game will sport online and base-building components with Cross-Play across PS3, PS4 and Vita. As with all F2P games, monetisation is the big concern, however. One of 25 free-to-play titles coming to PlayStation platforms, Guns Up is due later this year, and you can sign up for an early-access beta at Valkyrie’s website.
The right stick pans the camera, and planning ahead is key. The tents on the right here will keep spawning enemy troops until you destroy them