Devise strategies and command your units in Total Front, and decimate your enemies in this RTS game.
Choose between six different countries in a great conflict, and make use of terrifying weapons of war.
Build your base, train your units, and launch powerful offensives against your enemies.
Total Front is a strategy game set in World War II, and as a commander, it is your duty to deploy and command your foot soldiers in a number of campaigns. You can pick allegiances: choose between Germany, Soviet Russia, United States, the Empire of Japan, Italy, and the Commonwealth of Britain. The game lets you do this from the start, and after you do so, your buildings’ and units’ designs and aesthetics change depending on your country of choice. Though the battles do not include deep strategic elements, the graphics and physics stand out. That being said, is it worth playing? Let’s find out:
The game starts off showing you a cinematic of the battles. Here, you will witness your army going head to head in an open field against two opposing armies. Although it has a historical setting, the game doesn’t really put a premium on historical accuracy. That being said, tactics are nonexistent: units just stand in an area, or charge straight ahead. Regardless though, the game appears promising, but the next part is a bit of a downer.
Unfortunately, instead of playing in campaigns, there is a base-building aspect where you train units and construct buildings. Here, you will form your army, may they be riflemen or WW2-era tanks. Though structures are immediately completed at the start of the game, you will have to wait for hours when you progress throughout the campaign, which is a bit of a bummer.
There are quite a few menus to open and tweak, as well as a number of tasks to accomplish. Thankfully, there’s an extremely long tutorial which orients and lets you go hands-on on the game’s many elements. You will be taught how to restore buildings, construct new ones, as well as train units. Thankfully, the game provides you with rewards like units and resources after each task is done, giving you a lot of leeway to deploy units and use power ups to pummel your enemies on the battlefield.
The meat of Total Front’s gameplay are the battles. These can be accessed on the campaign button on the bottom right corner of the user interface. Basically, you’re tasked to deploy units, although a certain number of them are about to charge into the battlefield. Moreover, you will then have to call on support for your ground units. These range from buffs such as a defense boost and first aid, to more offensive abilities like unleashing an artillery barrage or a carpet bombing raid. This is the part of the game you will highly enjoy: destroyed tanks explode, while downed infantry react realistically to the bullets shot by opposing units.
Overall, Total Front is a decent real-time strategy game. Although the base-building element poses a major downside, the battles and great visuals more than make up for it. The strategic element isn’t that deep, but it is still something you will fairly enjoy in the long run. The game gets relatively harder as you move through the levels, but it’s enough to provide you countless hours of fun and entertainment.