[PlayStation Vita] Steam Tactics Review
Steam Tactics from Sometimes You is a turn-based steampunk tactical RPG on PS Vita. Learn more in our Steam Tactics review!
In Steam Tactics from Sometimes You, you will take on a turn-based steampunk tactical RPG with a cast of anthropomorphic animals. The King is very ill, and the Queen seeks to hire your services as one of the best mercenaries in the Kingdom to take care of the Princess. As the Captain of a squad of airship pilots, you will take to the skies to wage war against those who oppose the Queen’s wishes.
Each of the missions you will take on can be played in one of three difficulty settings, with higher difficulties locked until you beat a mission in a lower setting. Complete the mission, and you will be rewarded with gold coins, as well as resources you can use for upgrading your ships and weapons. The higher the difficulty setting for a battle, the better the potential rewards you can get, so I do suggest you go back yo replay each mission in all difficulty levels as you go so that you can upgrade your ships and level up your pilots more easily – more on this in a bit.
You can customize each of the ships in your squad, outfitting them with the different weapons you’ve gained access to. You need yo be careful when you equip weapons since each ship will have a load capacity you will need to keep an eye on. The heavier a ship ends up being, the shorter the overall distance it will be able to move when in battle. Each weapon will have a specific attack pattern you will need to take into consideration, as well as a damage output that will let you know how valuable it will be during a fight. Always upgrade your ships and weapons at the workshop so that you can stay on top of things and be strong enough to survive against deadlier opponents.
Battles will take place on a grid, and you will move your cursor around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, selecting your ships with the X button. Once you’ve picked one of your ships, you’ll be able to move it around the grid as far as the squares marked in blue. You can also select to attack without moving, or attack after you’ve moved, based on the attack pattern of each of the weapons you’ve equipped to a ship. You need to be careful
when you attack because enemies will get a chance to counterattack. The good news is that your units will also counterattack your opponents. Once you’re done with all of your squad’s actions, you can end your turn by pressing the Triangle button, and then it will be your enemies’ turn. Your turn will also automatically end if you have no actions left to take. You can also control everything by using the PlayStation Vita’s touchscreen if you feel like it.
As your crew members take on each of the different battles that Steam Tactics has to offer, they will gain experience points for their efforts. The more experience points they obtain, the easier it will be for them to level up. They can receive skill points as they level up, which can be used to boost each of their different stats: Piloting, Reflexes, Tech-savvy, and Wits. Piloting will increase a pilot’s hit points (HP) while increasing the other stats will boost their attack with the corresponding weapon types. Find a merchant, and you’ll be able to buy upgrade resources, an item to reset a pilot’s skill point distribution, and more. You can also use a merchant to sell some of the things in your inventory, but I’d suggest you don’t do this.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection. The list of objectives to complete includes things such as winning your first battle, leveling up a pilot for the first time, upgrading a ship for the first time, having a particular feline pirate join your group, obtaining a two-star and a three-star item, obtaining all ships, obtaining all guns, completing the game’s first chapter, obtaining an acid gun, and obtaining a tesla gun, to name some examples.
Steam Tactics is a fun turn-based tactical game with plenty of content to offer and a low price. You’re going to be playing this one for around 7-8 hours or so if you want to add a new Platinum to your collection. I do have to mention that the text is tiny, which makes it harder to read the information the game provides. Steam Tactics is out now on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 for a low $9.99 asking price.
This Steam Tactics review is based on a PlayStation Vita and PS4 copies provided by Sometimes You.