Greed Corp, the new downloadable game from W! Games, has hit Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network. It brings with it a mix of strategy, self preservation and best of all: destruction. But how does it play and most importantly in the crowded world of digital distribution, does it stand out from the crowd?
The fantasy world of Greed Corp takes place in Mistbound, a fantasy location that is set to be the host of several upcoming games. As with most strategy style games the action is viewed from a top down perspective, allowing you to see the lay of the land and what your enemies are up to. The board is set up in way that each patch of land takes the form of hexagonal shapes, which can be destroyed leaving any enemies that were standing on them to fall far into the abyss.
Throughout the game you will use the buildings and equipment you have in hand to harvest the resources from under you, though the problem with this is that eventually the land will crumble taking any buildings and equipment you had with it. It’s all very visually spectacular when it happens, even if it doesn’t help your cause much.
Once you have enough resources you can use these to build new units and although what you can build is fairly limited they will still help you to win the day if used correctly. Units available in the game include the Walkers, which are the only movable units in the game, Canons, which fire at your enemy’s land and crumble it to thousands of pieces and also a carrier which helps to transport your Walkers at a quicker pace.
The game has quite a few levels to play through however the objective is always the same – destroy the enemy and be the last to survive – and once you’ve figured out your best tactic you tend to stick to it, or a variation of it at least.
One of the things we love about Greed Corp is the game’s ability to keep you guessing, even if you only have one tile left it doesn’t mean that you won’t be the last man standing, as depending on your tactics you are just as likely to take down the remaining enemies as they are you.
Tactics involve one of two things. Firstly you can build as much as possible in order to resource and produce loads of units to pound the enemy, which is a great tactic but it does affect the land you stand on, meaning that although you are heavy in firepower you are also weakened significantly. The other tactic is to build fewer buildings and try to beat the enemy with the resources that you have – either way you will ultimately figure out what is best for you.
One of the great things about Greed Corp is that it also has a fantastic multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players the chance to go against each other head to head via Xbox Live or PSN. As is always the case it is great fun playing against others online and it really adds value to an already excellent title.
The only real downside to Greed Corp is that it can be quite confusing to get to grips with. When you first load up the game looking at the screen will probably fill most people with confusion, however after a short while with the tutorial you will soon pick things up quite easily.
- Very addictive
- Includes multiplayer
- Looks fantastic
- Can be tricky to get to grips with at first
Greed Corp is a wonderful little title which is highly addictive and quite original in its style of play. It is a tricky game to start with, however if you stick with it then you will begin to appreciate what a great little game it is.