Attrition Nuclear Domination! Digital Homicide made a lot of games. A lot. This excludes the first batch of games mentioned in the previous article. I found these credible reviews. Thanks to Darklordjadow1 of YouTube. The data gathered was very useful for the Legends of the Internet episode, a gig that has a very special place in my heart. In this next part of the Digital Homicide research notes I provided, Darklordjadow1 reviews the said game, also donated by fellow Steam gamer, Kolby KRD.
Holy shit! the game has an options menu. Never seen one in a Digital Homicide game before.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
And now I know why. The game crashes when you open it.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
This is a real time strategy game where you have one to nine computer enemies [and] have a simulated global nuclear war. And I have no idea how to win the actual frozen-over-hell this game works.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
Darklordjadow1 can’t find any instructions on the game. There is no (?) button or some other symbol that might help. He then tried to play based on what he sees. He managed to get through the crashes to provide a fair review.
You just rotate the planet and certain countries light up when you mouse over them. But you’re clicking, nothing happens. I don’t even know which of these countries is mine. After fumbling around for about five minutes, I discover you’re supposed to click on these cities, which still doesn’t do anything. I click the launch on over a dozen cities, it worked twice. And the rest of the time nothing happened. And after about 15 minutes, clicking everything trying to get any kind of response out in a frickin’ game, the game is over. I have no idea what just happened.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
Eventually, I discovered there actually is a list of instructions in the description on the store page. The summary that’s meant to sell the game is the only place you can get even a basic explanation of how the hell you play this.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
So here’s what you do. You start the game with zero resources. So you send gatherers to go collect these tiny orange squares. Once you have resources, you spend them to launch missiles at enemy cities, and use anti-ballistic missile systems to shoot down enemy missiles.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
The game is mostly functional. The AI seems competent, the game play is stimulating once you find that god damn instructions. But the boring presentation and the awful user interface make it way more annoying to play than it should be.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
The whole game you’re just struggling with a complete lack of information. There’s no feedback when you select resources or when your gatherers are sent out to get them or when they return. So I thought nothing was happening when I clicked on them.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
You’re not given feedback when you try to fire a missile. You’re not told when you’re being targeted, or when you’re under attack. You’re not told if your missiles actually hit their targets. You just play in a total blackout vacuum where you have no idea what’s going on outside your immediate pigeon hole field of vision.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
You’re told that it’s hard to shoot down missiles that are in orbit instead of the atmosphere. And I’ve never figured out how to tell the difference. Even playing seriously and actively trying to win, I can barely see missiles that are heading towards me. And the anti ballistic defenses that you have only seemed to work when it feels like it.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
The game has the missile silos each player has left when it appears to be impossible to attack anything but cities. On that topic, the amount of strategy is minimal. So it’s basically shooting an enemy, hope it hits and keep checking to make sure you’re not under attack.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
There’s something wrong with the controls. We’re trying to rotate the globe vertically. [it] either barely moves or moved out an awkward slant. And you can bet money on the game crashing if you try to open any menu that’s not essential to the game.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
Final verdict for Attrition Nuclear Domination?
It all points to a game that was kicked out the door for release the instant that its basic functions were completed when a little bit of extra development time and polish could have turned this into something decent. Once you find the damn instructions, you can get some enjoyment out of this game. But I still don’t think it’s worth recommending.– Darklordjadow1, Digital Homicide Library Review
Are we seeing the last of Digital Homicide for the coming year? According to Jim Sterling (the same game journalist that Digital Homicide sued some years ago), no. Nice try though. It only shows that the gig economy is very much alive and well.
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