Currently under development by Commotion Games, Recruits looks to zip-line onto Steam through Steam Greenlight, and take the community unaware. This squad-based, top-down shooter promises to deliver quite a bit. The only thing that is holding it back, is the lack of your vote.
In making Recruits, Commotion Games found inspiration in games such as Alien Swarm, Cannon Fodder, and Jagged Alliance. With some surprisingly solid looking Alpha gameplay, Recruits looks to honor it’s inspiration by making a legacy of its own. The team at Commotion Games regularly releases videos showcasing the latest changes and upgrades they have added into the Alpha-build. One of the latest videos shows off animal reactions to gunfire and being shot at. If you have a thing against chickens, you may want to give the video a look.
Commotion Games plans on having players trek through a variety of environments, including Jungles, the Arctic, urban environments, swamps, and more.
Recruits will feature a persistent death mechanic, where once a soldier dies, that’s it for them, and they are replaced by fresh recruits. This forces the player to keep their higher-ranking soldiers safe, and use the fresh recruits to do all the initially dangerous work. The game also features a moral system that affects the soldier’s abilities in combat. Saving civilians and generally doing well, boosts the squad’s moral, making them more efficient in combat. Taking heavy casualties will lower the moral and cause a severe degradation in soldier performance.
Currently, Commotion Games is selling the Alpha-build for $4.95 on Desura, heavily discounted from the $14.99 that the game is set to be released at. The pre-release build will continually be updated as more updates are released, and will eventually unlock to the full version upon release. If the game makes it through Steam Greenlight, Steam keys will be distributed to those who already own the game.
If pre-release builds are too sketchy for you to toss some money at, Commotion Games plans on having a free demo available sometime in the near future. So keep an eye out for that.
“This usually isn’t a genre I have a lot of interest [in] as it’s saturated with lazy, dull and samey efforts, but this game looks a class apart from the standard top down shooter and well worth my time/money.” – TertiaryCitadel
“So it’s Cannon Fodder, but substituting the cartoony, tongue in cheek humor of the original for ridiculous gore and violence? I’ll pass; someone missed the point of the original.” - dogsonofawolf
“This might be the Cannon Fodder remake I’ve always wanted. Looks great.” – James74
The Big Question:
While there is no doubt that Recruits is a step above its inspirations visually, will the game be able to differentiate itself from the its predecessors mechanically, or will Recruits simply be a coat of fresh paint on an old game?
Join in the discussion in the forums, you never know when the developer might drop in and answer your questions.