Squad is a tactical First Person Shooter that provides authentic combat experiences through teamwork, constant communication, and realistic gameplay. It bridges the gap between arcade shooter and military simulation with 100 player battles, combined arms combat, base building, and an integrated VoIP system.
If that description does not make much sense, then you are not going to get along with this game. Squad takes military combat to the next level, so be prepared to put in the time or you won’t even get to the battle.
Squad has been around since September 2020, but with many PC games these days, it is in constant evolution through updates and changes from developer Offworld Industries.
It is certainly not an arcade shooter, such as Battlefield or Call Of Duty. It tries to be as realistic as possible, which is great if you are looking for realism. The downside is that the learning curve is steeper and as with real world battles, you probably will not see the enemy or who shot you!
I have hours in this game, and I still have no idea who am I shooting at
If you are a solo player who does not like interaction with others, this is not the game for you. The basic premise is that when you join a game, you need to be part of a squad. There are numerous squads within a single game, with each squad comprising of 9 players.
Although a headset is not mandatory, you will find that if you do not participate, or talk, with your squad members, there is a good chance that you will be ‘kicked’ from the game. If you are happy to join in and take instruction from your squad leader, then you should get along just fine – as long as you don’t mind the ‘adult’ language that is frequently shared.
Your gaming experience can be influenced by those around you, so one game session can be different to the next, both positively and negatively. After enjoying a close fought battle in one game, you may find the next one rather less focussed and a bit dull as a result.
The graphics are what you would expect from a game of this type, with random buildings and open areas to create different environments to fight over. Each soldier has 3 main positions, standing , crouching and lying down, which sometimes means that when you want to peak over a wall, you can expose too much and end up getting shot.
Getting shot is something you will need to get used to if you are new to the game, as the seasoned experts will show no mercy in picking amateurs off. When you first join a Squad, you can pick a role, although you will find that all the ‘fun’ roles will be taken and you will end up playing as a basic rifleman. This means that you will only have a standard gun, which will feel underpowered.
The other frustration of ‘roles’ is that there will be areas of the game that are not open to you. For example, if you are a rifleman, you cannot drive a vehicle or fly an aircraft. Which can be very frustrating if you die and end up at base camp, with no means to return to the battle apart from running – a long way!
This all sounds quite negative, but as long as you understand the ‘rules’ of Squad in advance, then you have a better chance of enjoying the experience. If you are looking for a life-like co-operative battlefield simulator, then you do not need to look any further.
Squad can provide a hugely immersive game, with you working with your squad-mates to directly influence the progress of the fight. The game is based on the modern military, so as long as you fancy using currently weaponry in dusty, middle-eastern based environments , then you are in for hours of enjoyment.
One aspect of the game that we cannot ignore is when you want to join a game. There is a server browser that lists the game sessions, but most of them will have a queue or people waiting to join. This can lead to a considerable wait before you can join the game of choice.
Overall, Squad can provide many hours of gaming fun, with plenty more free updates to come as the game evolves. It certainly is not a game for children, but if you are a gamer over 18, then you can definitely get your military fix here. There is no better feeling than sitting in a helicopter with a load of ‘buddies’ as the pilot flies you directly into battle together. One other point is that the game does go on sale on the Steam platform quite often, so you can get a few extra quid off the price, not bad at all.