Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Gabriel0
Review: Anomaly Warzone Earth (XBLA)
Summary: Gabriel takes a look at Anomaly Warzone Earth, is it any good? read the review to find out!
Not that long ago (last year to be exact) 11 bit Studios released their game, Anomaly Warzone Earth on both PC/Mac and mobile devices. Now it finally makes it debut on XBLA, revamped to make use of a gamepad and with a litte extra features thrown in for good measure. But is it as good as it was a year ago?
But first of all, what is Anomaly Warzone Earth all about? Well, it’s a unique take on the real time strategy genre. Instead of building different types of defensive/offensive towers and buildings, you assume the role of a commander who guides his forced into several alien anomalies all across different major cities. At your disposal, you have different types of vehicles, be it tanks with machine guns, rocket launchers, shield generators and others. As the commander, you set a path that your convoy will follow automatically, changing routes only when you instruct them so. along the way, your convoy will come under attack by a different variety of alien aggressors and it’s up to you to keep your convoy moving.
It’s at this point that your commander’s special abilities come into play. In addition to setting the route your convoy will follow, you are able to drop different types of support “auras” to keep your convoy in good condition. Some of these are a healing aura, for when your vehicles are nearing destruction, a decoy aura, to distract enemies from you, and a smoke-screen to make it harder for your enemies to target you. These keep you active and engaged on the battlefield and make the combat sections a lot more involving and fun than just watching your convoy go. Also, the commander can purchase/sell and equip different units on the fly, as long as you have the money to back up the purchase. The controls have made a successful transition from PC to console. The commander is responsive and using any of his special abilities is very easy and fast.
In addition to the campaign, the 360 version has an additional mode, Tactical Trials, VR missions, each with its own specific set of rules. There are 6 of these and they’re very challenging, so they’ll take you quite a while to complete.
All in all, this is a fun take on the strategy genre, one that is worth your time, be it the PC version or the XBLA one.