by GMX Media
Developed by Tesseraction Games
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99
not often we get to review a single player game that's destined
to be a big hit as a massively multiplayer online game. Later this
year Tesseraction Games will release Enigma: Rising Tide as an online
only game. This release though is a single player only game which
serves as an excellent appetizer for the online only action that
will take place later on this year. It's an unusual title by all
accounts so without further ado let's get on with the review.
Rising Tide is a naval vehicular war combat game where you control
either surface fleet or submarines. Instead of sticking to the tried
and tested World War II format though Tesseraction have decided
to mix history up a little and give us a 'what if' scenario. In
the world of Rising Tide, America stays out of the war, Britain
allies with Japan and Germany conquers Europe. It may seem a little
crazy but I find it refreshing that it's all a bit different as
it's meant to be a game after all and it can get a bit stuffy when
history is always strictly adhered to in games.
naval games are extremely rare. In fact, this is the first one we've
seen here at deaf gamers and after seeing how good and enjoyable
they can be, you have to wonder why there are not more titles of
this nature out there. If you're the kind of gamer that runs a mile
at in-depth simulations you'll be pleased to note that Enigma: Rising
Tide isn't one of those. Don't get me wrong this isn't a shallow
as a paddling pool arcade romp either but the game allows everything
to be controlled comfortably via the keyboard and mouse in a manner
that isn't off-putting. You can use your binoculars, as well as
your radar, to locate your enemies. You can even man the guns if
you wish, and have a go at the incoming aircraft, which also adds
to the fun. The enemy AI is aggressive and challenging so you're
not going to sail (bad pun) through the game, and missions you complete
will feel satisfying.
game features 6 campaigns with there being a surface fleet and a
submarine fleet campaign for each faction. In addition to the campaigns
there are also almost 40 Patrol missions. Included in the Patrol
missions are 14 tutorials, which will allow you to become accustomed
to the controls and how the game is played. Whilst I haven't played
all the missions I can say that most are very challenging and enjoyable
but some might find the lack of a mid-mission save feature disappointing.
Still most missions don't take up silly amounts of time so it's
not as big a problem as it could have been.
Enigma: Rising Tide looks good and captures the mood of the game
very well indeed. The look and movement of the waves is very impressive
indeed and it captures the motion of a ship very well indeed. You'll
actually feel yourself swaying from time to time. The textures of
the ships can look a little bland but it's one of those details
you really aren't going to notice that much because the action is
just so intense. It's get really hairy when you see bits of your
ship fly into the air and smoke begins to bellow from behind you
or underneath your feet.
area of concern for deaf gamers might be the fact that the game
can use voice recognition to control the ship (or submarine). When
you install the game you are given the option to install the voice
recognition components of the game. There is no need to worry though.
All the voice recognition software does is to enable another method
of control. It doesn't add any extra features and all actions can
be carried out by the keyboard and mouse, so you're not missing
anything at all.
Rising Tide is actually great for deaf gamers. All the tutorials
are delivered exclusively in text and all instructions, briefings
etc, are also text only. You can pause the game at any time and
scroll the messages you've received from your First Officer and
give additional orders. The game manual is also excellent and the
30+ pages it contains are actually very useful in helping you find
your feet with the game.
have to say that Enigma: Rising Tide has been very enjoyable to
play and it's great to see an original title. The online game should
be ready to go by the end of the year and as a bonus if you own
this offline variation you'll be entitled to a 30-day subscription
for free. It will be interesting to see how it plays online but
if it's anywhere near the fun you can have with this single-player
variation, it should be very popular indeed.
Game Rating: 8.5/10
and enjoyable. Enigma: Rising Tide is a very enjoyable (and very
accessible) naval warfare game that most gamers will appreciate.
No problems at all for deaf gamers.