Ashes of the Singularity Review
Ashes of the Singularity are one of those few online games that come along after every couple of years and slaps directly on the face to remind me and you the meaning of the word ‘strategy.’ The likes of Grey Goo, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, and StarCraft 2 are rendered little more than tactical skirmished healthy disdain and grand scope for fast-fingered micromanagement as well as strong emphasis on high-level thinking. In simple terms, Ashes of the Singularity comes with a refreshing approach, bearing in mind the fact that this type of RTS game has not been attempted with a tremendous success since the Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance.
At some point, I cannot help but marvel at Ashes of the Singularity. There is nothing more exciting than watching a battlefield that is packed to the brim with hundreds and thousands of hover-tanks and carriers acting as supply lines groaning and stretching to support massive war efforts. I tell you, it an intoxicating game! All the aspects of the above RTS game are impressive, peeling away the glossy exterior reveals the fact that Ashes is a surprisingly hollow game, with many novel ideas to support its scale.
Ashes of the Singularity gameplay
Just like many other online fighting peers, at Ashes of the Singularity gameplay, a player is required to build out a base, collect vital resources, and of course, engage in combat. Indeed, it is an essential framework that underpins everything right from Rise of Nations to Starcraft.
The only challenge I have noted in the Ashes of the Singularity is that there is little to appreciate beyond how busy the game battles become. Nevertheless, as far as forming strategies are concerned, there are bunches of opportunities to develop nuanced tactics in the Ashes.
When playing the Ashes, you have at least three resources to manage; you have radioactive, metal, and turinium. Apparently, the first two are resources used for constructing ships, but you need to collect many turinium as possible to win the game (In this game, victory goes hand in hand with a win).
Ashes of the Singularity encourage aggressive and hapless rushing. Unlike other strategy games, the starting area in the above RTS game will only have a couple of resource nodes, and you cannot stockpile resources. In other words, cautiously playing is not the last option, rather expanding your territory and being is fast is key to victory.
When playing the above game, I noted some few flaws. Its maps lack characters and consistently dry. Except for modest changes in elevation, there are not many features lending themselves to strategic use. Besides that, there are no towering points or mountains to hide your troops during an ambush. In other words, there are no unique/rare resources to exploit or obstacles to slow down foes.
Ashes of the Singularity is a cerebral exercise in strategy
Total - 9.2/10
Once you break off from the tactics-focused mindset of online real-time strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity is an engrossing, challenging, and cerebral exercise in strategy. Indeed, it requires players to have a mental calculation in broad game areas such as army compositions, board deployment schemes and build timings. In general, this is war zone where the smart General looking at the bigger picture will triumph over the fast-thinking champion with lighting hotkeys.