Pathway to Glory is probably the best game for the N-Gage system. The graphics are great and the gameplay is very deep. The missions can get quite long due to the strategy involved and replaying a mission is inevitable. The audio is decent, the music and voices get the job done and it’s really the hardware’s fault it doesn’t sound better.
Pathway to Glory is a top-down turn based strategy game. You get a set number of units per mission and you can move each of them a set number of steps each turn. You can easily position them and set them up to ambush or go for an all out attack. The mission briefing gives you an idea of what to expect and the map really gives you an idea of how to prepare your strategy.
There are several different types of units in the game. My personal favorite is the sniper since he can pick off enemies from a great distance with amazing accuracy. The major downside with having a really good sniper is the fact that he doesn’t get a lot of shots. He may have 20 points to use during a turn but if a single shot takes 6 points you only have 3 chances. The other types of units are heavy artillery such as a bazooka, medic, machine gun solder, and a light machine gun soldier. Some missions require you to destroy some type of vehicle or building so have a few heavy artillery soldiers on your team is essential.
The game looks lot like Silent Storm. Obviously the graphics aren’t the same but it feels and plays the same. In the game you can use objects such as rocks, trees, bunkers, and fox holes to hide in or behind. These offer a great strategic benefit as well as a lot of protection. The mood of the game really makes you think you are in a war; the graphics fit the game perfectly. The explosions and animations are extremely good and they look great. Nailing an enemy with a sniper rifle and watching him fall dead is a great sight.
When you fire you can watch the accuracy of your shots as they streak towards their target. You can also hit the 2 key and get an overhead map and watch all of the action like that. This map lets you see everything clearly and helps you map out your plan. There are so many features in this game it is hard to name them all. You just need to play the game to see them all.
Another thing to note is the fact that you can use vehicles to transport your units around. I found a few small bugs with this such as maneuvering them around. I somehow got one stuck and it refused to backup properly and realign itself. I had just abandoned it and went on with my mission. The vehicles can carry a number of units and can provide a great deal of cover, unless it’s blown up.
The missions are simple and straight forward. The problem is getting them done and not getting killed. The missions, no matter how simple they may seem, can be pretty hard. It seems to be a battle to keep all of your units alive, especially if you have poor accuracy or just plain bad luck. The maps are rather huge and usually you do not need to cover the entire map to complete your objective. When you use the 2 button and use the overhead map you can see a fog of war over the entire map. This balances the game out and lets the enemy hide in unexplored parts of the map.
The controls are very easy and very intuitive. I just picked up the game and started playing. There are in-game tutorials which tell you about all the features of the game. You can accept or deny this tutorial messages, I usually accept them since it’s usually something important.
Hands down this is the best game for the N-Gage. The graphics are the best compared to the other games which look absolutely horrid in some cases. A perfect example of a good game gone bad is Call of Duty, but that’s another story for another day.