Gen­eral amuse­ment

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTENTS -

You can’t help but ad­mire the ded­i­ca­tion to the source ma­te­rial found in this game. Great care has been taken to en­sure the minute de­tails of con­flict have been recog­nised, which makes Sud­den Strike 4 a mostly suc­cess­ful real-time strat­egy game, a rar­ity on PS4. With three cam­paigns, mul­ti­player, and an off­line skir­mish mode, there are plenty of games on of­fer, and it’s sat­is­fy­ingly chal­leng­ing. On nor­mal dif­fi­culty you should ex­pect to fail mis­sions a few times, now and then.

Which­ever cam­paign you’re forg­ing through, you’ll take con­trol of dif­fer­ent com­man­ders. All have vary­ing abil­i­ties, which play their part fur­ther into the game, es­pe­cially on harder dif­fi­cul­ties. It looks de­cent enough, and the sprin­kled di­a­logue barked from win­ners and losers adds flavour, but don’t ex­pect the most in­tense au­dio/visual ex­pe­ri­ence in your life.

What lets this RTS down slightly is the fid­dly na­ture of the con­trols. The abil­ity to split units into sep­a­rate groups se­lected by the D-pad is a smart choice, 1 but ac­tu­ally do­ing this (hold­ing q, choos­ing the se­lec­tion size with left stick, then click­ing the right stick to con­firm) is ridicu­lously fid­dly. On top of that, some­times units just don’t do what you want, and it’s not clear why, even if you’ve played the very short tu­to­rial. 2

Rather than just be­ing a bat­tle, of­ten you’ll have to com­plete mini-ob­jec­tives, re­fuel, heal your team, and so on – Sud­den Strike’s not lack­ing in depth. Even so, it’s all some­what lack­ing in char­ac­ter, and the dif­fi­culty means that ca­sual play­ers won’t get much out of it, re­ally. What’s here is mostly en­joy­able, even if this World War 2 RTS isn’t an un­qual­i­fied vic­tory. Adam Cook

FOOTNOTES1 In­fantry are bet­ter hid­den in the veg­e­ta­tion, rather than out in the open. 2 The tu­to­rial is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate if you’re a new­comer. It’s shorter than the av­er­age mis­sion!

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