Victory At Sea – A Naval Combat
Victory at Sea developed by Evil Twin is not a specifically a complex depiction of naval combat. Naval warfare is exclusively underdone in video games for many reasons. The sea perhaps is not an engaging environment due to the excess of blue and making your boats actually interact with it is quite a challenge. Does Victory At Sea bring the real awe and spectacle that a naval war deserves? Let’s see.
As you press “Start” you are presented a choice between campaigns, custom battles or historical situations. Historical scenario is only one and is like any other general battle in the game.
The campaigns seem remarkably heftier. All the choices start with the same tutorial, and as soon as you successfully pass that point, you are allowed to take the several ports left across the world.
The gameplay is fun. You sail across the world map, evaluating threats and your confidence. Once in battle, you switch to combat cam, wherein you carefully keep your ships to shoo off your invading enemy. Most of the time, this will comprise of approaching them and firing all weapons at them as soon as they are in range. Various weapons offer their own challenges, like firing torpedoes without mistakenly hitting an ally, but mostly you will right click madly till the enemies are sunk.
The largest issue is the tactical cam, which is a bird’s eye view on the battleground. From a gameplay aspect, it is certainly easy to monitor your units than standard combat cam. When you activate the cam, you are shown a vast expanse of the ocean with the flags which indicate friend or foe. With this cam, you can arrange your ships in the battlefield.
The complexity of the game increases with the increase in the number of ships, and the challenge becomes more and more enjoyable.
Sound and Graphics
The ship designs are very impressive, but lack of variety in the environment (all oceans look the same) let them a bit down.
Sound does its job perfectly to make you feel that you are in World War II. The effective use of war drums, paired with the blasting of torpedoes and cannons keep you engaged in the war.
In short, Victory At Sea is an ambitious indie game and has a big fun to offer.