Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops - PS3

Release Date:

29 October 2014

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Also on USA.


Tiny Troopers Joint Ops Legacy on the PS3 will see players blast through over 50 action-packed mini-maps of mayhem including Zombie Survival Mode with online leaderboards. mRecruit specialist mercenaries such as Medics, Machine Gunners and the Elite Delta Force to subdue enemy insurgents. Take control of your tiny troopers as you battle evil adversaries from around the world with a multitude of weapons and specialist soldiers. Collect medals, dog tags and intel during the course of each mission to ensure victory.

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Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops was developed by Plunge Interactive and released through Wired Productions. Joint Ops was released back in 2014 on the PS Vita, PS3, and the PS4 (reviewed). Tiny Troopers is a twin stick shooting game that puts you into the action featuring toy sized soldiers on a massive scale. You’ll go through countless levels as you traverse the globe, destroying everything in your path. Promising nonstop action and many different collectibles in order to increase depth of gameplay, Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops was one of our more anticipated console ports over from the Vita. We picked up a copy knowing full well that it’d be tough to stand out in the twin stick genre and we leapt into the fray.

Twin stick shooters have made a triumphant return into the new generation of video games thanks to the surplus of mobile games hitting the market. As it turns out, twin stick games are perfect for small handheld devices thanks to the natural positioning of thumbs over the screen when held horizontally. So we’ve seen all sorts of twin stick games rise up over the past few years and most of them have been at the very least entertaining, if not good in their own way. Tiny Troopers was so good that it bucked the trend of console games going to mobile consoles and instead reversed the flow. Succeeding on mobile devices it wasn’t long until Tiny Troopers got a widescale release on many bigger home consoles, including the PS4 which we downloaded the game on. This isn’t wholly new as Angry Birds and Deux Ex have also gotten in on the action, but it is still unique enough to make us quirk an eyebrow.

The set up to Joint Ops is so bare that it is bald. That is to say, there is no set up in the game. You drop into combat as a soldier in the middle of a war and you are charged with making sure that bad guys don’t do bad things. The war isn’t fleshed out, rarely are names mentioned, and the story is left as bare bones as most mobile games tend to leave them. All this isn’t to say that the game suffers from a lack of story, it just simply doesn’t prosper because of this dearth. While it would be nice to get some character motivations and story set up it is on the whole unnecessary in the greater scheme of things.

The primary gameplay element here has been played ad nauseum in just about any twins tick shooting game that you’ve ever picked up. Commando 3, Total Carnage and others like those have been here and done it before. You can play alone in this game or with up to three partners. Substitute real life allies for AI ones to help you move along from mission to mission. You’ll have to clear out objectives as you go, kill enemies, hit rendezvous points and eventually make it back to your evacuation chopper.

Similar to most twin stick shooters you start out with a simple gun that shoots in every direction and has unlimited ammo. This base gun services as your starting point into weaponry that rapidly becomes more and more complicated. The starter gun has limited range so you have to get right up close to your enemies to do damage, but this also puts you right into their line of fire. Keep your eyes peeled for bonus weapons like grenade and rocket launchers. You’ll need these massive weapon upgrades in order to deal with the increasingly difficult opponents that cross your path.

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is all about racking up the kills and scoring points. In the mobile version you could spend real life cash in order to get extra points to spend in the game shop but that feature has been removed. Instead you’ll earn points by beating levels, completing challenges, grabbing collectibles, and killing enemies. These points can then be redeemed on new weapons, items, air drops, or upgrades. Upgrades let you beef up the core gun with better FPS, more damage, and better range. You can upgrade your soldier himself by adding speed, dexterity, and rank increases. Finally you can upgrade your outfit in order to give you special perks that include an extended buffer zone that prevents enemies from immediately attacking you. You can also rent allies to help you in the game, such as medics or heavy gunners.

Collecting medals is one of the core mini components in Joint Ops. Medals help you rent out soldiers and revive allies. Revival is an integral aspect of Joint Ops as the game has its own wrinkle on the perma-death system in play. If you can’t revive a soldier lost during the round then he is dead forever and gone with him are all of his stats and items. Keeping enough medals on hand to revive your favourite soldiers becomes a mini game in and of itself. You’ll only need to lose a high leveled character once in order to make sure that you never let it happen again.

Most twin stick shooters leave the strategy in the game focused on combat and dealing damage. Joint Ops changes that paradigm up a bit by making so much of your focus on point collection and allocation. But point management isn’t everything the game has going for it. The controls in Joint Ops are tight and your ability to deal out death is pretty well greased. Even though you can

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