By Juan M Carrillo
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Is a turn-based strategy RPG set During WW2. The game takes you to the narrative that a much different kind of war that is happening at the same time the ally forces were fighting the axis powers. Your small militia fights in a secret war with magic and guns you control a small band of soldiers from the ally forces that are set on destroying this part of the Nazi regime. The game is based on the series of books “Call of Cthulhu and Savage world games” Developed by Auroch Digital and published by Ripstone Ltd.
The game has a dark and gritty look to it like many games based on WW2, it’s a nice dark tone that reminds me of such classic games like medal of honor. Being a turn-based tactic game is pretty much forward. You must place your characters in maneuverable positions in other to win and achieve your objective. The game itself however is frustrating to say the least. With many annoyances that really made me more frustrated than anything else. Which is disappointing since the game has a good narrative and setting to begin with.
I spent more time getting more and more annoyed at the game then actually enjoying it. The combat system for instance makes no sense. While yes, they are things that you must consider like weapon type, range, and modification I would miss nearly all my shots even if the enemy AI was right in front of me. As well as if I was using a shotgun or tried to do a melee move, I would still miss. Which leads to the amount of what you can do each turn. With limited movements and options, it takes a while to finish one fight let alone one mission. I nearly spent two hours just playing one mission. Which wouldn’t be bad, but the character and enemy Ai move so slow and there’s isn’t a way to tell how many enemies are in each fight. And if that wasn’t bad enough the loading screens takes up to two to three minutes to load and even longer if you lose and have reload a save point.
Over all Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is long term based and felt like I was playing chess more then I was playing a video game. With slow loading times, glitchy animations and unfair combat system the game falls short of what could have been. Though that’s not to say that the game is not playable. If you are a fan of hard turn-based strategy and enjoy stories of WW2, then you might enjoy this game. You just must be patient and not get frustrated at the game mechanics like I did.
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