RTS games have always been my jam, and among the first games I ever played. Command & Conquer, specifically, is the franchise that kickstarted not only my love of RTS titles, but gaming in general. Moreso, I REALLY love playing them on consoles. I know, I know, for most RTS gamers, console versions are the worst and to be avoided at all costs.
Since my family didn’t have a home computer until I was done with high school, the only way I could play RTS games at home were via consoles (StarCraft and C&C on the N64 got a lot of love in my house). As such, I have a soft spot for RTS titles on consoles and that’s why I’m really excited to see 8-Bit Armies is coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this year.
The game comes from the developers at Petroglyph (who have made some of my favorite RTS games like Grey Goo and Star Wars: Empire at War) and wants to offer up an old-school RTS game with simple controls/graphics. Originally, the game launched on PCs back in 2016, but if you missed out, you’ll get the chance to play it (with revamped controls) on your console of choice on September 21, 2018. Check out the latest trailer:
Blast from the past
8-Bit Armies is a tribute to classic RTS games and is suitable for existing fans and new players of the genre seeking a friendly approach to strategy gaming. With a colorful, blocky voxel art style, the game is accessible to anyone regardless of experience.
The game is further enhanced with an all-original soundtrack from Command & Conquer™ music composer Frank Klepacki, reminiscent of some of his greatest hits from previous Westwood Studios RTS games.
Built for Console
8-Bit Armies uses a unique and simplified control scheme allowing future generals to quickly control hundreds of units on the brightly colored battlefield. Players can easily collect resources, build up and defend their bases, amass armies of easy to command military units, research devastating superweapons and ultimately crush their opponents!
● Play with easy to understand military units and structures
● Obliterate your enemies in a variety of colorful, destructible maps
● Complete 40 single-player missions and 12 co-op missions
● Compete in online multiplayer with up to five other players or AIs
● Enjoy easy controls that are perfectly adapted to consoles
One of these days I’ll get an RTS on the Switch, but for now, I’m still pretty excited to be able to play this on my PlayStation.