Turn-based strategy games are common in World War II simulations, as players fight alongside allies to defeat the enemy, but RPG’s based on the same theme are few and far between. Nival’s Silent Storm, exclusive to PC, is one such title and should appeal to both RPG and RTS fans alike.
As the conflict rages on the frontlines, you'll be leading a small multinational squad behind enemy lines to gather information and wreak havoc on your enemies, whilst trying to thwart a mysterious rising power whose plans are even more horrific than anything the world has yet witnessed.
To the avid RPG gamer, Silent Storm will sound like a strategy game similar to Final Fantasy Tactics or Vandal Hearts, running on a grid-based environment, but this isn’t really what Silent Storm is all about. The rules, although turn-based, aren’t quite as strict with regard to combat and movement.
Silent Storm is rendered in full 3D, and comes complete with fully destructible scenery and realistic weaponry, not to mention superbly animated characters and spectacular explosions. It looks great, and the hostile gaming locales have been designed to offer virtually unlimited tactical possibilities.
Before commanding on the battlefield, players must first choose a squad from a selection of 40 operatives and 30 nationalities, each with a unique background and a variety of skills and special abilities. The difference here, obviously, is that there will be no elemental magic or summons - just traditional weapons-based and hand-to-hand combat. But the large variety and diversity of squad members also means players can tailor their playing style as they see fit.
There are two non-linear campaigns available to players, giving them the ability to command either Allied or Axis forces, and a near unlimited amount of random encounters allows players to build their character's skills and prepare for the main game’s tougher campaign missions.
Silent Storm is both a great strategy game and a solid role-playing game. Roll on Silent Storm 2.