Reviews by JJMJ
Absolute ClassicJJMJ | Sept. 1, 2012 | Review of Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising [Playfire]
I've got this on Disc and have had it since release more or less.
I go back to it about one every two years to replay it and this is in a game with pretty much zero replay value.
The unique gameplay is absolutely fantastic and quite unlike anything else, a mixture of RTS and 3rd Person shooter. You can control one vehicle at a time while you have human personalities downloaded onto data chips (remnants of a great war) to pilot other vehicles. If they are destroyed the personality becomes available again. These personalities have unique abilities and skills, and also interact and chatter in a remarkably charming way, the dialogue on many newer games is less interesting.
The controls for the RTS element are outstanding, controlled from a top town screen from your command carrier. Waypoints etc are used to give vehicles complex movement orders - these are sometimes made necessary by the pathing issues. Tanks, for example, will not drive up hills unless piloted by the player. Hovercraft will prefer moving by sea, occasionally forcing them to take hugely long routes. Some structures that are player owned need to be airlifted into location and this can often be a dangerous process - non-hovercraft will be destroyed if submerged and a turret rolls very well down a hill.
The storyline is fantastic. Classic Sci Fi which is narrated by Tom Baker and has some first class voice acting. The mission transitions are moving and fit well with the overall story. Furthermore there are limited resources - typical of the world which is being painted by the story - which forces the player to aggressively salvage everything s/he can to keep your war effort rolling. Doing this also provides new vehicles and weapons to alter your existing arsenal or to provide entirely new tactical options
I would absolutely recommend this game to anyone. If you are an RTS fan or a shooter fan, or a helicopter simulator player or Sci-Fi. For £3.00 it's a steal. If you can see past the old graphics (mouths don't move when talking, sadly) and see the substance behind it you're in for a hell of a ride.
In the words of the helicopter ace personality : "Point me at the bad guys!"