From the makers of the hit indie game FTL: Faster Than Light, we get an equally brilliant sophomore outing in its latest strategy game sensation, Into the Breach. The only real difference is that this time, those who game primarily on consoles can play along!
This pint-sized affair might seem like a minimalist game on the surface, but don’t underestimate the amount of value you can get from Into the Breach. Short, two or three hour campaigns never play out in the same fashion, providing branching methods of improving allied units and different a different cast of pilots to shake up entire approaches to battle.
And speaking of battle, Into the Breach’s relentless AI will push players to the brink on the small, intimate, streamlined playing fields. Never get too attached to your units because Into the Breach’s brutality will force you, many times, to choose between saving an under siege unit or completing an objective within the allotted time.
Missions feel perfectly paced, never dragging on for too long and hitting that sweet spot even more perfectly than Nintendo’s and Intelligent System’s seminal masterpiece, the original Advance Wars. Not to forget, permanent power-ups and new pilots will always leave you craving for more.
And if this isn’t enough, Into the Breach is a triumph of presentation, presenting itself with gorgeously drawn sprites and perfectly toned music. The writing too comes to us from Chris Avellone, the legendary mind behind such RPG classics as Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, as well as many modern hits.
Into the Breach might seem small in a trailer, but the package is a whole, one that will demand replays to those up for the challenge. Failure in inevitable in the beginning, but once you get used to the swift, unforgiving tactics, it clearly stands out as the strategy hit of the year.