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  • Summary: A tactical eight-player co-op survival game set in the distant future on Mars. Join the fight and lead your customized squad as you roam freely over huge maps, completing random objectives and dealing with random events. The goal is to strategize, survive and conquer by any means necessary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 13, 2015
    85
    The story itself feels very much like filler content, but the missions in the single player and survival do have their hooks in me.
  2. Jul 24, 2015
    81
    The Red Solstice delivers tense action that relies mainly on its tactical variety. Its biggest flaw is lack of content and mission alternation.
  3. Jul 20, 2015
    80
    Ironward’s Kickstarter-funded efforts have certainly paid off, and even as someone who doesn’t dabble much in real-time strategy style games, I thoroughly recommend at least checking out the demo available through the game’s official website.
  4. Aug 11, 2015
    70
    Red Solstice may look unattractive and the story is shallow but playability is great and it has the power to entertain also individual even with its focus on cooperative multiplayer.
  5. Sep 29, 2015
    70
    The Red Solstice delivers. You get what’s advertised and that is perfectly fine. If you enjoyed titles like XCOM, Diablo and sometimes think back to 2004’s “Full Spectrum Warrior” with a warm nostalgic feeling, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this game and it’s tactical RPG-styled gameplay.
  6. Sep 28, 2015
    70
    The Red Solstice is a well-crafted game but unfortunately is aimed only at the most dedicated players. Old-school gamers are in for an extremely difficult but rewarding tactical challenge.
  7. Aug 5, 2015
    60
    The Red Solstice is a space RTS in Mars. The big problem is that The Red Solstice touches many topics that ends up being generic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jul 14, 2015
    10
    i've been playing this thing for a few months now. as a big fan of hardcore survival games, this one did not disappoint. i've had my share ofi've been playing this thing for a few months now. as a big fan of hardcore survival games, this one did not disappoint. i've had my share of deaths, everything and everyone can kill me and did kill me so far including my own suicidal mistakes. lol and that's the best part of this game. it's hardcore and it's unforgiving but that's the reason why success feels so much better. 11/10!!! Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2015
    10
    Great game, I'm playing it for the past few days and I'm hooked from the very beginning :D How I started, I'm scared that I'll be spending toGreat game, I'm playing it for the past few days and I'm hooked from the very beginning :D How I started, I'm scared that I'll be spending to much time playing it! Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Red Solstice is a serious game with a steep initial learning curve for new players. With strong guides to the game and an encouraging online community with high involvement by its developers, new players can benefit from the wealth of knowledge only if they are willing to learn. Once initiated and educated in the mechanics of the game, you will be sufficiently rewarded with a survival horror game that sells on the high replayability aspect of Multiplayer.

    If online co-op mulitplayer is your cup of tea, do yourself a favor. Give this game a look and buy it.

    I am a fan of survival horror and co-operative team-based games and will be explaining this review based on my experiences. The idea of The Red Solstice stems from the ficitonal future where humanity lost Earth to a deadly virus and now inhabits Mars.

    Gameplay

    A top down shooter where players control a single marine at any given time, using keyboard for navigate, camera, skill and inventory management and mouse for aiming and shoot. A simple setup but works really well given the game operates in real-time mostly and with fast fingers on a keyboard, you'll find yourself in better control of the flow of game.

    The game utilises a countdown timer and wave system to signal incoming waves of enemies that spawns at specific timings. From the start of a game, weak enemies such as zombies would spawn and time progresses, the subsequent waves would feature a variety of dangerous enemies that are capable of single-handedly wiped out a team if they are not prepared.

    Generic survival horror mechanics such as scavenging for items, ammo control are also important to survive beyond the first 10 minutes of a game.

    Single Player

    Follows the event that the virus outbreak occurs on a colony named Tharsis, with Tyler Hunt and his team being sent in to investigate. Here an exclusive game mechanic called Tactical Mode slows down time in game by 90% (aka 1 sec in reality = 10 secs in-game) allowing you to assume control your squad of marines. Since it is single player, you are the commander of the team and its individuals at all times where you can switch to otherwise ai controlled followers in Tactical Mode to access their inventories, skills, etc.

    The overall campaign is based on set events that are in place over the maps that you play but you will decide how to accomplish them. A simple description would be a sandbox style where player can employ multiple approaches to the objectives.

    Multiplayer

    This segment continues where single player campaign ends and a squad of generic marines controlled by players are sent in to follow Tyler Hunt's footsteps. In this segment, player gain experience and rank up to unlock additional classes, skills and equipment to carry into battle.

    Players are also treated with the sandbox style of freedom in approaching objectives and the type of objectives and their locations are randomly generated so every other game feels different. On top of that there are additional game settings such as increasing drop rate of waves, shortening time between waves that can be selected before the start of a game so players can test themselves in various ways.

    Here, communications between members and leaders are crucial to be effective in the game as you no longer have a say in what other players choose to do. (Eg. Fail to ask for healing, you're gonna have a bad time) While team leaders are able chart routes to take and issue simple commands, there is an unofficial team speak channel at present maintained by one of the veteran players so players can speak to one another instead of using the in game chat.
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  4. Jul 14, 2015
    9
    This thing is hard as hell but all the sweat and blood I spilled is worth it. Damn good job on The Red Solstice, Ironward, I'm eager to seeThis thing is hard as hell but all the sweat and blood I spilled is worth it. Damn good job on The Red Solstice, Ironward, I'm eager to see what will come next for TRS.

    I just wish that the multiplayer rooms stay filled as they are now and would love to see Team Deathmatch or some other PvP mode.
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  5. Jul 14, 2015
    9
    If you loved Warcraft 3, especially NOTD mod, you just found your game. Hard, tense, dynamic, yet very rewarding if you succeed, The RedIf you loved Warcraft 3, especially NOTD mod, you just found your game. Hard, tense, dynamic, yet very rewarding if you succeed, The Red Solstice is a breath of fresh air in the sea of non-challenging, everyday games. Community is cool and there are some very kind, helpful veterans that will explain everything you need to know about the game. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    I should've read some comments. Yes, this is a very hard game. I'm not blaming it on developers or the game, but myself. I'm having a hardI should've read some comments. Yes, this is a very hard game. I'm not blaming it on developers or the game, but myself. I'm having a hard time getting into this since I'm getting killed all the time. I'm a casual player and this is just too hardcore for me.

    Graphics are not top notch, but they are good. Soundtrack is atmospheric and creepy, sounds of screams are fantastic, controls are easy to grasp and gameplay is fluid. TRS is a really well done game, but my fault is that I'm not good enough for it.

    If you're a noob, casual gamer like me, try to watch some gameplay videos prior to buying. ;-)
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  7. May 5, 2019
    2
    Поначалу игра показалась не плохой тактической стратегией. Но уже на второй миссии становиться нудно и на поверхность всплывают все недостаткиПоначалу игра показалась не плохой тактической стратегией. Но уже на второй миссии становиться нудно и на поверхность всплывают все недостатки игры. (P.S: Я просто ненавижу стратегии) Expand

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