2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Frozen Synapse is a turn based squad tactics game set in a confuseing scify distopiea utopiea where digimon have guns. The game has a terrible habit of not telling you things you think you should probably know like that units cannot shoot while ducking behind cover, shotguns not being able to engage hostiles that are more than a rooms width away, and what the hell a "check" command is. other than that the game just seems flat out unpolished with poor AI. Sometimes units will try to engage an enemy with their gun clipping through the corner of a wall. He will then empty his gun into the wall he was hideing behind until he is killed by the enemy he was apparently engageing because your guy was still half exposed. Sometimes your shotgun unit will just stand infront of an enemy and recive a load of lead to his face because no one told you he wont even ATTEMPT to shoot people that are litteraly only farther than a small rooms width away. this is very confuseing because shotgun projectiles seem to travel the entire map with no problem. Units also cannot climb through windows or over low obstacles, leaving very little real tactics you can actually employ while entering a building. The game is also all on one plane, meaning that you cannot climb onto roofs or down into ditches, basements, ECT. Making all the maps just feel the same... The asthetic of the game is simple computery blue wireframe untextured simulation which Is alright for this type of game I suppose, but the world just feels empty with no doors to breach or any furniture at all in the buildings. Yes I know that you are fighting in the digital world net thing, but I would think that doors would be a nice thing to have in any building. The gameplay seems solid at first until you realize how shallow it is with the whole lack of doors thing going on along with the lack of being able to climb through windows. On the story side of things, you get mountains and mountains of text and exposition with what I would guess would be a gripping story. But with SO MUCH UNEXPLAINED JARGON in the lore and no voice acting whatsoever... it all just becomes skippable seeing that you wont be able to understand half the things the characters are talking about anyway. The only thing done right in this game is the sound track which if you are a fan of electronic music I would suggest buying. In the end, Frozen Synapes gets dragged down by poor AI, Shallow gameplay, and a boring story.