Its our moon, dammit.
Military Madness: Nectaris is published by Hudson Soft and is currently available on XBLA and PSN. The game is a sci-fi, turn-based strategy set on the moon in 2089. It is up to you to take control of your army and remove the enemy from the map.
The game is turn-based, so each player takes turns to move their units or perform actions with them. The maps are devided up into hexagons so the player is able to see how far a unit can move and the range of their weaponry. Play continues until either one force is wiped out, or their base camp has been captured.
Each unit has different strengths and weaknesses, allowing for strategic thinking to play a role. Also, the different terrain types have an effect on the units.
There is a campaign to play through against the AI, or the player can take it online and compete with up to three other players.
Military Madness: Nectaris is based on a game that was originally available back in the 1980’s. Sadly the game has not changed much since then. Graphically, it looks much better, but still not as good as it should in this day and age. The graphics are simple and functional. When attacking or being attacked, the game switches to a cut scene where you see your units and the opposing units shooting at each other in the most basic way.
Gameplay is pretty straight forward and should be easy to pick up for anyone who has played a turn-based strategy before. Newcomers, however, may be put off by the fact that there is no tutorial to explain how to play. Working through the campaign, players will find that there is not a lot of difference between the levels, only that each one gets gradually harder. In fact the final levels become very difficult. There are no surprises though and gameplay stays the same throughout.
Playing online with friends is fun, but as the gameplay remains the same, can get boring after a while. The biggest problem with playing online is actually the lack of available games. Players may need to wait a while to get a game, or just play with friends.
I am a huge fan of turn-based strategy and managed to find some fun to be had with this title, but people with just a passing interest in the genre may be disapointed. The game is similar to Advance Wars, but without the charisma or depth. This is perhaps not something you want on your next-gen console.
Military Madness: Nectaris is a game that has not reached its potential. Fans of the genre may be entertained and fans of the original may get all nostalgic, but for anyone else, this is perhaps not the best example of the genre.