TASTEE: Lethal Tactics (Review)

TASTEE: Lethal Tactics is a phenomenal tactical turn-based shooter developed and published by Skybox Labs. The game follows the player in the role of the Mastermind in their quest for revenge against the mysterious leader of the Cartel and it’s mysterious leader known only as The Cowboy. You start the game with 4 mercenaries but as the story progresses you unlock 8 more, each with their own abilities that fit into one of the 4 classes: the heavy hitting Bombers have explosive related abilities, like bigger explosions or grenades that detonate on impact, the long range Snipers can track enemies or vanish in a cloud of smoke, the gargantuan Shotgunners can simply pound their way through some cover or detect when an enemy is nearby and the slippery Gunmen can Flashbangs or fire a disarming shot at the enemies.

Your Merc Roster will grow over time with more successful missions.
Your Merc Roster will grow over time with more successful missions.

Each mission and multiplayer match is made up of turns of 5 seconds in which you and your opponent plan your mercenaries’ moves. TASTEE also has a useful feature called Preview. Once your plan has been made, you can preview the results to see if your mercenaries will live through the turn and if there is anything you would like to change. You can also move your opponents units in order to see how various scenarios and battle plans will pan out. When all of your planning is done and you’ve previewed, you select Commit Orders and your mercenaries will execute your strategy. There’s a strangely long delay for the computer to work out it’s own plan but that is one of very few flaws in this game. Bare in mind that your mercenaries cannot die permanently but there is also no save option in the game, so if you are a perfectionist and want to achieve every bonus objective in every mission, I have bad news for you.

Sight lines are an important part of T:LT.
Sight lines are an important part of T:LT.

The game is very pleasing visually and audibly, it doesn’t try to force next generation graphics into the game but it also wants to show off some of its own details, like Hindenburg’s Chemical Grenade causing greenish smoke or the smoke trails from bullets. There was the occasional light and texture hiccup on some car windows in the game but other than that, T:LT performs spectacularly. I honestly cannot think of any game-breaking or even major flaws in this game apart from the delay that was mentioned earlier (and that’s hardly a game breaker). TASTEE: Lethal Tactics is a great game that performs and plays well and I look forward to hours and hours of fun with this in the future.

[ 85/100 ]

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