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  • Summary: They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans. Can humanity survive after the zombie apocalypse?
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 19, 2019
    82
    In the end there’s a reason They Are Billions has received a groundswell of support and appreciation over the past year, and that comes down to it excelling as a defensive RTS experience you’ll come back to time and again. That mission to build up a little town and hold a position on the back of incoming waves of attackers, where unpredictability plays a role and you’re somewhat in charge of the pacing. Because when the horde arrives – they’ll be running.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    82
    They are billions accomplishes to give us a changelling and addictive experience, finally mixing the RTS and Tower Defense genres.
  3. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    They Are Billions is a unique and relentlessly tense take on the Civ-Sim and one that will reward any failure with swift and sudden destruction.
  4. Jul 3, 2019
    70
    Strategy and simulation games can and do work on console. Titles like Surviving Mars and Halo Wars 1 and 2 have proven that you can make separate gamepad controls without fully necessitating keyboard and mouse support. But for whatever reason, They Are Billions for Xbox simply doesn't measure up. At the very least, the game is very affordable at $25, and the core gameplay is ace, but you'll want a mouse and keyboard hooked up to your console to get the best experience.
  5. Jul 23, 2019
    70
    They Are Billions is an interesting mashup of classic RTS, tower defense, and survival that successfully conjures up that “one more game” feel, assuming you can persevere through countless defeats.
  6. Jul 9, 2019
    70
    Due to They Are Billions’ difficulty, compounded by its permadeath feature, it’s easy to assume that only hardcore gamers will feel welcome in its hostile steampunk world. It’s true; players looking for strategy game that’s going to hold their hand likely will feel out of their depth here. But stick with it and take the time to learn the game’s intricacies, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with They Are Billions. It isn’t for everyone, but there’s not much else that compares to the rush of thousands upon thousands of zombies swarming your settlement all at once.
  7. Jul 3, 2019
    60
    They Are Billions is a fun enough game for those looking for a nice hybrid of the survival and base-building strategy games even if neither aspect feels as fleshed out as it could. While the steampunk setting and addition of zombies adds a fresh layer of paint to things, it's not nearly enough to sustain the game for too long, especially when the controls are often so frustrating that some players will find themselves pausing or turning the game off entirely to take a break because of it. Regardless, there's still a really fun game underneath all of the flaws, and a level of suspense that almost makes it worth ignoring them.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Jul 5, 2019
    9
    They Are Billions, is a high paced and unforgiving Real Time Strategy, Horror, Tower Defense Game, that keeps you on the edge of your seat.They Are Billions, is a high paced and unforgiving Real Time Strategy, Horror, Tower Defense Game, that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I've never played another RTS quite like this one! From the wonderful comic book feeling animation, and beautifully rendered worlds, to the ever looming feel of dread, They are Billions never lets you out of it's cold iron grasp. Once you've played (and likely died) a few times, you quickly realize that one mistake, or oversight could be your end. Game play itself is straight forward, You need people, and energy to run everything, while keeping everyone fed, and gathering the materials you need to build more, and researching better buildings, and keeping a stock of soldiers for your defensive lines. Just like any good RTS you can easily under-produce nearly anything, keeping you from making the next great structure, so be sure to try and keep everything just above "What you need" and you'll be a bit better off. The slim choices in units and proceduraly generated maps can make early game a bit harsh, especially for newer players. The feeling of dread produced the first time a real Horde attack trudges it's way from the Fog of War is real, they feel like Billions! But that doesn't even scratch the 'Final horde' that comes at the end of days, set by your difficulty. The game is HARD. There is no Tutorial. If you are NEW to RTS style games then this may not be the best choice for you to start on. If you are a fan of the genre, and you are looking for a great challenge, and a high paced system, then look no further! I Highly recommend this game be added to your RTS collection, because it can, and likely will, provide countless hours of intense strategy for those seeking a great challenge! Expand