SteamWorld Heist Review

 

  • June 7th, 2016
  • PC / 3DS / PS4 / Xbox One (to be released) / Wii U / iOS / Vita
  • Image & Form (Developer and Publisher)

SteamWorld Heist is a game that does extremely well with what it has to work with.

Set in a world where you play as Captain Piper Faraday, the leader of a group of space pirates. A new threat appears named the Scrappers and threatens to end Faraday’s way of living so she takes matters into her own hands. From there it boils into blasting from mission to mission, killing all in sight, looting them ( as a good pirate would do), then going back to the Space Bar to buy new loot and maybe recruit some new friends to bring along for the fight.

The game plays a turn based 2D RPG like game. Big twist however is that you are looking at everything from a side view. Each character can only move a certain amount each turn and the game relies heavily on planning the right moves for you. You can surround your enemies or spread apart, hide behind cover, and make formations but at the same time the enemy can do the same thing. Aiming and firing your weapon takes a special turn for this game as well with the aiming function being more unique. Bullets will often bounce off wells giving you extra strategy to think of when firing bullets. Enemies as well come in different variations keeping you on your toes and having to change up game plans.

After killing all enemies you can search the level for extra loot. The loot is later used to help buy items from the shop. Your characters as well gain XP which is used to help unlock newer skills. Each level is also given a rating of up to 3 stars, those stars which are used to buy rare items, new teammates, and unlock future levels. The inventory is the only part that might have needed some extra time as navigating and using it all can be a bit of a hassle.

Each stage as well doesn’t take a great amount of time to beat and with hidden hats to collect and attempting to 3 star every level the game does offer some replayability. There is even a New Game + option for those wanting a go around again.

Visually the game looks great. While not being insanely detailed or anything of the sort characters all stand out from their environments and have detail to them. Characters distinct looks and dialog help set them apart from one another.

Overall SteamWorld Heist is a fun turn based side scroller of sorts. Fans of games such as XCOM will find themselves at home with this while even the casual fans will have no problem jumping right into this one.

Score : 8/10

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