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A nice looking and fun update, though AI could be better
on 5 June 2014
Having been a big fan of the original Carrier Command (back in ye specturm/amiga/st days)
I was quite keen to try this modern update.
It is in many ways quite faithful to the original, with a major makeover graphics wise.
I didn't care much for the initial "on foot" first person part of the story, but once you get into the Carrier section (ie the main game) things improve a lot.
One of the earlier resource games in the 80's Carrier command is a game of strategy and building up resources and planning attacks. It is very close to the first version, in terms of capturing islands, building bases and ensuring you have enough supplies of ammo, fuel and weapons.
The team have expanded the scope of weapons, you are still using your Walrus land/sea vehicles and Manta's as your aircraft.
Islands are bigger with more variety on defences and scenery, though the basics are the same (disable the defences, capture the HQ or destroy it)
Initial release was quite buggy, things have improved with updates. AI was very iffy in terms of path finding (Manta's frequently hitting objects and mountains) over time quite a good improvement here, though it's not perfect. The enemy can be quite aggressive, but like the original can at times be caught off guard; the enemy Carrier can be a bit of a sitting duck at times (not always but AI flaws are still here)
In many ways it's a game you get stuck into for a while, then might lose interest for a bit..but come back again now and then. Carrier command is quite a repetitive game by design, I would have liked to have seen a bit more variety bar just capturing islands (maybe a naval fleet to contend with?) If you liked the first game, you will like this. If you've never tried it before it's an acquired taste. There is a Gaea Mission campaign, which does add a story to things (specific objectives), I suspect most will play it like the original version though.
Lack of multiplayer exposes the weaker AI elements more, it's just you v the computer. But overall it's worth a look, but have a play before to see if you like this kind of game.