Getting up to date with all the latest retro releases is often difficult, and even if the Steam version has already been out for a while, GOG was the first to release strategy-action hybrid Uprising: Join or Die.
Originally developed in 1997 by Cyclone Studios, Retroism brings back the game that mixes FPS tank action with RTS elements. In theory, this might sound like a lot work, but in reality, it’s quite fun and requires nerves of strategic steel. Fighting back alien invaders on the planet Albion, one has to control a hi-tech assault tank and command all the units, while gathering resources and building a base.
The graphics are obviously outdated, and the voice acting is unintentionally funny, but what’s on offer in terms of gameplay is still impressive. Sure, there are other games like Battlezone or Urban Assault who did the same mix, but taking into account that these types of games aren’t that common today, the game is worth checking out nevertheless.
Of course the hybrid gameplay isn’t for everyone, especially since driving through the battlefield, firing at enemies and simultaneously managing troops and the base can be quite stressful (as the less action-focused but no less demanding genre mix Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander showcases two decades later). However, if one is up for the challenge and doesn’t mind the 90s imperfections in graphics, sound and probably storytelling, then this is the one to get.
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