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POSTED 23/4/14


STRIKE SUIT ZERO: DIRECTOR'S CUT

Born Ready Games



Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP-SPACESHIP-SPACESHIP! SPAAAAACESHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!

OK, in retrospect this probably wasn’t the best game to give our guest reviewer, Benny from The LEGO Movie.

But, if like Benny, you dig spaceships and plenty of them, you’ve come to the right place. Strike Suit Zero’s full of them. It takes several cues from past space shooty/strategy outings like Elite, Wing Commander and some Star Wars ones, then mixes in a touch of Transformers (that’d be the ‘Strike Suit’ bit.)

But first, the all-important exposition. It must be all-important, as it gobbles valuable could-be-shooting time upon start-up. It’s the future, Earth’s colonised oodles of other planets. Alien tech’s found, Earth gets protective, colonies get shirty, shootiness abounds. That’s it, more-or-less – and in lots less time than it takes in-game, although that English accent is rather pleasant.

Played with a behind spaceship view or from within, the first thing you’ll likely notice is that your craft looks like a fish and moves like a fish, but steers like a cow. You twiddle the two analog sticks to get around, yet despite interminable tweaking we never quite found it comfy. Flying upside down is headache-inducing! Still, others are likely more Skywalkeresque than us... The titular Strike Suit, however, is cool, if not jarring. You just kinda float in space, demolishing hordes of rogue spaceships with gleeful Armageddonistic abandon.

When we say hordes, we mean it, man. Also droves, swarms, crushes, mobs, crowds and even multitudes. Upon undertaking a mission, generally involving escorting, assaulting or dogfighting, you’ll be overwhelmingly assailed. Like a Status Quo track, it just never seems to end. Janeway, stop this crazy thing!

While proceedings commence engagingly (save for those fucking controls), soon – facing yet another seemingly endless stream of spaceships dedicated to deadinating you - yawn-stifling becomes a primary objective.

That just ain’t right when you’re dealing with the coolest things ever – spaceships. SPACESHIPS!!!

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