We’ve all the time had first-person shooter video games to cross our time with. Games akin to Counter-Strike, PUBG, Apex Legends, Call of Duty, and Battlefield come to thoughts as I make that assertion. There’s a special class of video games which can be simply as fascinating and addictive: top-down shooters. Popular top-down shooter video games akin to Nuclear Throne and Animal Royale have an honest variety of lively gamers nonetheless having fun with each minute of it. Personally, I’ve by no means been keen on this class, partly due to the best way we’ve got to shoot the enemies. It simply does not really feel “traditional” to me.
But over the previous few weeks, I attempted my fingers on a brand new sport from the builders of PUBG, Krafton. What does Thunder Tier One convey to the desk? Is it a revolutionary sport or simply one other title that may chew the mud? Let’s discover out. I’ve examined the sport on my PC which packs a Ryzen 3600, Nvidia GeForce 1660 Super, and 16GB RAM.
Thunder Tier One is a tactical top-down co-op shooter that’s set within the 1990s and allows you to be part of an elite activity power that’s assigned to cease a terrorist organisation from infiltrating the fictional nation of Salobia. The story follows a four-man military squad that may be AI-controlled or human teammates. Thunder Tier One has a single-player co-op marketing campaign and a multiplayer mode whereby you may create lobbies with your pals.
The marketing campaign just isn’t like your normal video games with correct story mode and dialogues. Instead, this one follows a nine-game mission. Each and each mission within the Thunder Tier One marketing campaign mode is totally different with new places and new enemy placements. However, the ultimate aim is sort of the identical. You must both free a hostage, seize an enemy, or seek for intel.
The top-down perspective may very well be a bit onerous at first, particularly for these coming from first-person or third-person shooters like me. However, the builders have included a fast however very helpful tutorial spherical, whereby they stroll you thru all of the controls a Thunder Tier One soldier must know. The point-of-view positive impacts your gameplay and it took me a while to adapt to the best way the character strikes.
Thunder Tier One is a sport that wants you to speak together with your teammates. Playing with AI is a hit and miss. While the sport does its finest at offering navigation instructions and pings, the AI just isn’t that intelligent. There have been instances when my teammates have been nonetheless within the mission space whereas I used to be on the extraction level. At one level, I used to be in a scenario the place I positioned an AI to cowl my again whereas I cleared the entrance space. But the AI was caught on some type of furnishings and naturally, the enemy AI completed me off then and there. However, these glitches are uncommon and do not occur in each sport. Thunder Tier One might be way more enjoyable in case you play with your pals and plan out techniques and assault accordingly. However, in case you are somebody who desires a problem, the sport does offer you some fascinating issue settings akin to Lone Wolf, which because the identify suggests may have you on the sphere alone, with none human or AI teammates. There are a few different such settings which make the sport extra fascinating and fascinating.
With Thunder Tier One being top-down, it is clearly troublesome to have a wider point-of-view. So, as you progress ahead in direction of the mission, the enemies simply maintain coming out of the blue. I’ve been caught off-guard 1,000,000 instances and received knocked out for not being behind cowl. When the enemies are out of sight, they go away a sound wave each time they stroll round, and you’ll see these ripples on the nook of your display. This is an efficient solution to spot them. A fast peek can lure them out of their cowl whereas your teammates are in a position to pin them down.
Before beginning every mission in Thunder Tier One, you and your teammates are supplied with a quick report concerning the place and your whole duties. After studying it, you may then go forward and customise your loadout relying on the duties you’re allotted. You can allot particular designations to your teammates, so one will be the medic whereas the opposite is a techie. This approach, the workforce capabilities higher. The sport additionally lets you create presets for loadouts which is a pleasant contact.
There are a ton of weapons within the sport to select from just like the UMP45, AS VAL, CAR-15, AKS-74U, and lots of extra. However, to me, it by no means felt just like the weapon I selected modified the result of the mission. It hardly takes greater than three bullets to kill an enemy, so switching to a different weapon did not change the gameplay a lot for me. This may simply be a private alternative.
Unlike PUBG, this isn’t a first-person shooter — which means it’s a must to suppose earlier than you dive into something headfirst. Information and endurance together with some wit are key in Thunder Tier One. No matter what weapons you’ve got, intel is king.
You can meddle round with a number of devices within the stock akin to M18 Claymore which is a motion-triggered landmine, M112 Demo Charge which is ideal for breaching closed doorways, or Fiber Optics Camera that can be utilized to survey the enemy space earlier than breaching in. This approach, you will not be caught off guard.
There’s an Electronic Toolkit and a Lockpick too which may come in useful at any given time. These are a few of the nifty devices that give Thunder Tier One a fast turnaround in direction of a greater deliberate out technique. Of course, you’ve got a few of the usuals like hand grenades and smoke grenades that may be very useful at instances.
Combat in Thunder Tier One is kind of respectable. There’s no melee, so which means there is no level in making an attempt to be a grasp of stealth. You’ll all the time see bullets whizzing previous. The sound design for footsteps and particularly the rains whereas wandering by means of a forest is immaculate. Not to say the gunshots — every bullet shot has the proper quantity of bass and sounds actually good total.
Thunder Tier One follows the identical mechanics as PUBG. If you or certainly one of your teammates get shot a number of instances, they don’t die. They are simply “knocked down.” While being knocked down, they’re nonetheless in a position to shoot on the enemy. This approach, a compatriot can heal them up and get them on their ft with out really having a person down. Even if all of your teammates are completed off — which is uncommon — you may go on to complete the mission. It’s not essential to have all of the squadmates alive so long as the duties are all accomplished. The sport can develop into a bit tense once you’re dealing with a number of enemies and when your seemingly foolproof techniques do not pan out the best way you meant them to.
Thunder Tier One is an incredible sport in case you are somebody who appreciates the tactical aspect of taking pictures video games. The graphics and the mechanics are actually good for a top-down shooter sport and there is no probability you may hate the fight. The sport goes for a retro look from its splash display to UI — and I used to be up for it.
The foyer is usually a bit intimidating for first-time gamers however when you get a cling of it, you may end up fidgeting and customising issues right here and there. The AI teammates aren’t that intelligent. However, they don’t hinder your expertise of the marketing campaign. The Thunder Tier One missions might sound a bit monotonous as a result of the duties are often: enter the world, kill enemies, retrieve intel, get out. However, it is the best way you execute these missions that maintain you tied to the sport.
Overall, Thunder Tier One is a enjoyable sport to spend a while with your pals and never rage stop, whereas additionally having some brainstorming periods over your subsequent plan of assault.
- Good graphics and sound design
- The gameplay and fight feels clean
- Multiple modes to get pleasure from even in case you are solo queuing
- A fantastic sport to start out your top-down shooter profession
- AI teammates aren’t too intelligent
- Some glitches and bugs may wreck the expertise
- Most of the duties within the marketing campaign are related
Rating (out of 10): 8
Thunder Tier One is obtainable on Steam for Rs. 529.
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