|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Games Faction||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Games Faction||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 2, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The most frustrating aspect of the game is that there is no quick save. Therefore, every time you play, you have to finish the level or else you will have to start all over. It is also difficult to keep the heroes alive, and without the quick save, it makes it even worse.
The graphics are clean, and the game looks okay, but the textures and environments are bland. The animations look awkward and stiff, especially when the troopers and grunts are running or dying. Obviously, the visuals will not win any awards. After all, the game requirements are rather low. That is fine though, because it does not take anything away from gameplay, and this way, more people can play the game and enjoy it equally. The game requires at least a 2 GHz CPU, 512MB of memory, and a Geforce 6 series or a Radeon 9600. If you meet these specifications, you should not have any trouble running the game.
The sound, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. There is not a large variety of sound effects. Most of the sound effects are generic and some of them are terrible. However, the music intensifies when the action heats up, and the voice acting is decent, which is rather surprising.
Project Aftermath is a massive accomplishment for such a small developer. The tiny, indie developer shows a lot of promise and talent. You can see that Games Faction put a lot of time and effort into this project. I really liked the story. I found it interesting, and I loved the use of the comic book format. The game runs well and the graphics look clean, though not excellent. Like I said before, the sound is definitely on the low end, but the voice work is decent. The game is available at Games Factions official website, gamesfaction.com, and on Valves online game distribution system, Steam. Project Aftermath retails for $19.99 - for that price, I highly recommend it to any RTS fan, because it is a good game and many of you will enjoy it as much as I did.
CCC Freelance Writer