In 2063, the world we know has ended. The climatic disaster, overpopulation and extensive consumption have resulted in the depletion of all natural resources on the continents. Now, the last resources on earth lie 30.000ft below the oceans’ surface.
An underwater resource war has broken out – with you as commanding officer right in the middle. Your mission: Secure the earth’s last resources in the embattled deep-sea.
Subsiege is an intense real-time tactic game with focus on massive 12 player battles. In a grasping deep sea world, you command a hand-picked squad of hero-like units to contend merciless sea monsters and fierce competitors while your oxygen runs out with every breath. Can you stand the pressure?
Subsiege is a unique idea with a very familiar feel. It is basically a RTS with a MOBA twist, in all the best ways. If you are a fan of old school Starcraft or Command and Conquer this is definitely worth a spin. It is currently in Early access on Steam but I was lucky enough to receive the honor of playing this game for our site.
The overall premise of the game is rather simple, but seems like against a good set of opponent could be very tough to master or dominate a game easily. You have your base where you recruit your ships for battle as well as upgrading and repairing them using your resources from Rigs and Crystals you gather. On your map you have to capture Rigs in order to upgrade your subs with stronger weapons or unique abilities to use in combat. Once you have it under control it will gather for you automatically, but you need to pay attention as an enemy can take it over from you. There are your main opponents with the same types of subs and access to upgrades as you on the map as well as sea creatures roaming about. Now you might think well i can avoid certain paths and go the long way to my opponents and take them out by surprise…..WRONG. The other thing you have to pay attention to is your oxygen levels, run out and your team dies, it’s that simple. The only way to obtain more oxygen is by beating the sea monsters or beating your opponents. So the game literally drives you to engage in combat to stay alive (irony at its best).
Visually, the game looks good. The atmosphere is rather fitting considering the placement of where the game is, dull colors with the occasional pop of color to keep the eyes from getting tired. The audio is good too, on my speaker system there was a few faux surround sound moments that made me look around to see what the noise was before i realized it was the game. The only complaint so far with the audio is the voice in the tutorial level sounds like a speak and spell which takes away a bit from the game. Considering when they show the picture for the character talking it clearly looks like a human and not some sort of 1960’s sci-fi movie robot. But the rest of the games voices are done fairly well. Each sub class has it’s own voice actor that matches the type of sub they are piloting. Controls are simple and they just work, there doesn’t appear to be any wonky glitches or such taking away from the experience at all. The one thing to watch for is don’t assume your subs are going to take the route to where you click for them to go in a safe manager. As you cross over chasms, there are giant sea creatures that can pop up and eat your ships. So make sure you keep an eye on your fleet and avoid them at all costs, otherwise you will show up at your destination minus a few lives.
Now since this game is in early access I don’t want to give it an actual score yet, I will say however my experience was extremely positive. The very few shortcomings overall did not effect my opinions of the title in the least. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a RTS title that brought me back to the heydays of Command & Conquer and Starcraft, but this one definitely did it for me. Adding in the MOBA aspect to it was a great twist as well. I can see myself “sinking” in a lot of time on this title, get it? Sinking..hahahahah (ok, I’ll see myself out..)
Overall if you are an RTS fan, this needs to be on your shopping list.