Galactic Assault - Prisoner of Power Review

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Graphics: 6.5
Sound : 7.5
Gameplay : 8.0
Multiplayer : 7.0
Overall : 7.0
Review by Alex Mullins
Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power is a new turn-based strategy from wargaming.net. The game is based on the science-fiction novel Prisoner of Power by Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It is unfortunate though that what appears to be an interesting novel from the summary I read doesn't seem to be used in the game much besides the setting and basic storyline (which is delivered in small bits at the beginning of each mission but doesn't provide much information to the player).

Also, for being based on a science-fiction novel, the choice of units seems very generic with not much variety or cool weapons to use. Though there are 4 different factions, each uses the same basic weaponry. Still, each faction does focus on one specific branch of the military such as its air force or infantry. Anyone who has played a turn-based strategy game before will be able to pick this up easily since the rules are fairly basic with each unit having several stats such as attack, range, and movement. While there are many tactical options such as using roads to move vehicles faster and hiding troops in forests to create ambushes, there is nothing that hasn't been done before in a turned-based strategy game. As for the AI in the game, it appears to be very scripted, not taking into account what the player has done; this can lead to situations where the player is forced to attack in a situation where they are weak because the AI isn't pushing its advantages and is stringing out troops such that the player, while on the offensive, can pick them off a couple at a time.

The graphics engine is 3D with nothing fancy but it is sufficient and doesn't affect the gameplay. They were very eager to show off their "fancy camera" that will focus in on a target; although this can get old quickly especially when it just zooms in at random times. It would be better if it was used to show of neat kills. Thankfully though, this option can be disabled if you so desire.

Unfortunately there is no real innovative gameplay to be had leaving the player wishing there was more offered from what ends up being a generic turn-based strategy game. Thankfully there are a variety of game modes from the single player campaign to several single player scenarios and a multiplayer option. Galactic Assault is an enjoyable game for those who like turn-based strategy games but don’t be expecting anything new in the genre.