Rated 8 out of 10 by Cynric W. Operation Darkness...
When I first put the game in and the first mission came up, I was thinking I should just eject this sucker and bring it back to the store for a refund. The camera angles were frickin' confusing and the fact that there are no moving characters in the briefing sucks. I continued to play, and this game grows on you. You get used to the camera angles so you don't die as easily and the gameplay is very strategic. You need to actually think about your every move which is awesome. The story line is alright, I mean you're basically being educated about WWII but with fantasy. It would have been much better with cinematics instead of anime characters and dialogue bubbles, but if you can put that aside, the game ain't all that bad. The battle segments are long and fun, but it requires some brain power on where to move your team so they don't get killed and to put yourself in a position to annihilate the enemy. Overall, if you like strategic RPG's, this one is one you can play and enjoy.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Grimthorne WHOOO!!! RETURN TO FRONT MISSION 1!!!
This game is like the original front mission (that's right, the one for super famicom). I loved that game intensely, and played it through something like 20 times. Everyone complains about the camera, but i didn't have any trouble with it at all, the only real problem i found was gauging the distance you had to move, combined with the range of weapons, it's hard to keep all that in your head when you're trying to control 12 different little people, making sure 8 or 9 of them don't die. This game had everything i was looking for in front mission 3 and 4, and blew them out of the water. I've always been a FF tactics fan, i LOVE those games, but finding one that actually keeps your attention and is out for a next gen console is very rare. Anyone who played the original front mission should love this game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Deputy326 Way to go Atlus
I have tried the demo and was completely amazed. The thought of a WWII TBS, was right up my alley. The graphics are not anything great, actually they look like they belong on the PS2, but when you have gameplay and story like this graphics are not important at all. The gameplay is great it act's like your old fashion clue board game roll the dice and move that number of spots. Here you have your characters that have different capabilities and who can move at different speeds and how far they can move; different weapons are different weight so of course if you are carrying a LAW weapon you are going to move slower than if you were carrying a Bren... This game is going to be great, I have it on my preorder right after GTA IV...Come on April 29th...Lol
Rated 10 out of 10 by dyinglostsoul One of the Best Strategy games ever made
Operation Darkness suffers from little promotion and a niche category in Strategy Games. Atlas (who made Tactics Ogre) decided to bring a real strategy game into next gen consoles. There are a few setbacks with camera work during gameplay because this is their first venture. After that you will experience a difficult well written strategy. This Game seams to speak to all geeks with WW2 weapons, Zombies!!!, vampires, Werewolfs, and other occult themes. The strategy part of the game is still the forefront and is done pretty well. You will be annoyed by the camera for about 2 hours until you master it and if you don't train this game will make you pay. Still one of my favorite strategy games behind Final Fantasy tactics and Tactics Ogre.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Laharl Wonderful game!
Yes, the camera is indeed bad. But you can't allow that flaw to keep you from this seriously enjoyable game! It is a tactics game based during WW2 with fantasy thrown in to boot. True fans of atlus will see this for the gem it is and will become after the haters move on to another title! The camera isn't perfect, the storyline is a little off but come on folks atlus hasn't given out too many duds has it? Give this wonderful game a chance. I did despite the reviews I read and they do not do this game justice! It would be a shame to see such a wonderful game wind up in the bargain bin because people were too afraid to purchase it because of some reviews that really don't give the game credit for what it DOES do rather than what it does NOT do.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Hop Doesn't look great but gameplay is fun
If you enjoyed the classics like Xcom UFO defense, Jagged Alliance, etc., then this game is for you. I highly recommend it. The graphics aren't great, but there is a real challenge to the game. The character development is good and the equipment is interesting. The critics really gave the camera a beating, but I didn't find it nearly as frustrating. Perhaps one's best bet is to wait for it to come down in price. I, however, could not wait and had to grab it as I was tired of playing the demo over and over again. The 360 is really hurting for solid turn-based strategy, but this is a good start. I hope Atlus makes a sequel to this game with a little more polish. For now it will have to suffice. Plus you can't go wrong with a WWII setting.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Happy Panda A very bad SRPG
Where do I begin? For starters the camera. The camera is the worst item in this game. Since the maps are fairly large the camera only looks at the place on the map your moving too, so trying to see the map or what is around you becomes very frustrating. It also likes to hide in buildings, tanks, bunkers, and other objects making it hard for your strategy. The interface is slow. Example chose attack pick weapon then slowly move cursor over enemy fire. Wait turn. This doesn't sound bad but after a half an hour and only killing 4 enemies this becomes very slow. The graphics horrible everything looks the same enemies, good guys you can never tell were you at times, the only way you find enemies are they highlight the area on the field for you, but even then the camera makes it wonderful to find them. You have no map limited items and whats really bad is once a main character is dead that type of character is gone. Medic, Sniper, gone all the leveling finding the right weapons on dead bodies, all of it gone. Then you have to start over with a level one character and move on. This hurts after a good 2 hours of leveling. The last bad part of the game is you watch stills, and a video of WWII then fight. If your game is over you have to go through all the stills, and vids to get back to the game you can not skip these. As a strategy RPG I was hoping for a fun game, something like AT-43, but this game falls hard. If you manage to make it 20 hours you've pushed further then me. Good Luck.
Rated 0 out of 10 by the best game reviewer ever me likey
I just played the demo, and I'm normally not a fan of turn based games, but this one is done very well. Very weird, but in a good way I suppose. I love how you can customize each character's equipment, skills, magic, and weapons. The only thing it's missing is a versus mode or even a split screen co-op would've been nice. But I guess all games have downsides. After I played it I kind of wanted to buy it, but now I see it doesn't come out until June.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Zayne Ozmande Good turn based tactical
When i played the demo on live i fell in love with the game, the gameplay is similar to front mission minus the mechs but it has solid gameplay for the genre. If your a returning fan of the turn-based tactics series, this is definitly the game for you. The only downside to the game is that the camera is a little weird. With a mix of fantasy and history the game is sure to give us many hours of gameplay ahead.
Rated 6 out of 10 by ILikeIt I Didn't Want to Rate this Game Poorly but...
This game is a mixed bag for me.
There are only a few turned based strategy/tactical games on the Xbox 360 and this game does provide that experience. I enjoy the game because of it's board game-like feel and it's slower pace. Overall, the game is fun as long as I'm willing to be persistant to overcome difficult gameplay. This game is very hard to complete and that is why I really can't recommend it to others.
The first difficult quirk the player notices is the awkward camera controls and angles. Once someone gets used to the camera, it's not too bad, but it may take a few hours of gameplay to get comfortable with it.
When the player gets into the gameplay, they will continue to be overwhelmed by superior enemy numbers and weapon power. And if it wasn't bad enough, after you manage to clear out all the enemies, another large group of reinforcements usually appear.
It gets worse. In later rounds, the enemies movement rates are double or more of your team mates and will take multiple turns during your round of attack. It feels cheap, as if the designer thought the game might be too easy or they were trying to bump up game play value but only end up frustrating the gamer. When I first encountered dragons, the creatures can get up to 6 attacks for every round of my squad.
And if that wasn't bad enough, enemies like to target one individual on my squad and constantly attack them. Usually, that targeted squadmate's death results in losing that mission.
So, if your looking for a turn-based game and don't mind a difficult, if not frustrating, gameplay experience, try this game. Otherwise, pass on it.