Verfasst: 22. Dezember
Breach & Clear is a tactical strategy game that puts you under the command of a squad of soldiers from various forces from around the world, such as the SAS or Army Rangers. (Note that there is a Frozen Synapse DLC, which adds a squad, a new location and few missions from what i know, but i don't own it so i can't say much about it.)
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There are 3 modes, a Terrorist Hunt (where you hunt down and kill all enemies in the area), Bomb Defusal (pretty straight forward), and Escape Plan (you're surrounded by enemies and you have get your men out of there and to the marked exit). There are a total of around 6 locations from around the world, and there are 5 missions for each location, for each mode. It works in "phases", or turns, where you can plan your squad's actions, from where they move and face, to throwing a flashbang in a room while the rest of the team storms in. Early in the game in the first three or so locations, the game is relatively easy, and having two men with suppressors enter a room first to not alert everyone, then bring in the other two when the sh-t hits the fan. There is, on occasion, situations in the Escape Plan mode where a soldier or two will be put in situations surrounded by 3+ enemies making it impossible to escape with them, it's fixable by exiting to the menu, and restarting the mission, but it can be a hassle sometimes. Missions tend to get repetitive.
At the time of writing this, I have only reached the fourth location and it's become tougher than the first three, so it can provide a decent challenge, at least on higher difficulties, as i only play on normal. The game includes different roles for your squad members (The names of each role escapes me, i apologise) which can help in different situations, and you can level them up using XP from completed missions, and you can give them bonus stats to the Accuracy, or the amount of Health they have. Oh, and there's a perma-death option which grants bonus XP. The game also offers customisation, allowing you to change your squad's clothing, camo, armour, and weapons. You can do this with the in-game money you earn from completing missions. The weapons all have available attachments which you can customise to give bonuses, like Accuracy +9001, for example. Despite this, there's a balance, where body armour which gives Health +35 will be balanced by making your movement speed go down. When breaching into rooms you have options for different entry points and different methods of breaching; Kicking the door, shotgun, breaching charge, and lock pick. Each offers an advantage and disadvantage, but i'd recommend just kicking the door open instead.
The graphics, animation, and game design are pretty well done for what it is, considering it was also originally made for iOS, with Android somewhere down the line. The game offers two viewing angles while planning, a Top-down view, and an Isometric view, personally i like the top-down view better when planning because its easier to see where you moving your men. After you've finished planning and started the phase, you can view an over-the-shoulder cam of either of your soldiers, which is pretty neat, although sometimes when behind cover you wont see anything. It's there that you'll also notice how the graphics aren't as great as the would be when you're planning in t-d or iso view. There are some neat effects, and slow motion queues, which i can't say look amazing but it's tolerable. Additionally, the animations arent too great, especially when breaching and using a lock pick, as the soldier will be picking at the air or the middle of the door, as well as having their gun floating in front of them whilst doing so.
+Multiple game modes
+Stealthable missions (for some)
+/- Mission difficulty
-Escape Plan mode
+Different camera angles
Overall it's a good game, with decent visuals, good gameplay, more than one game mode, etc. Coming from a more casual standpoint, for a tactical, strategy based game, it's definitely worth a buy, and if you can get it on sale even better. If you're a more "hardcore strategist" or prefer more robust strategy games, then it may not be worth it to you.