Review: Greed Corp
What I liked:
- 4 campaigns to play through.
- Not overwhelming like a lot of strategy games.
What I disliked:
- Not a robust online community
- Wasting my carriers because I’m an idiot.
I’m usually pretty iffy about picking up a new strategy game. Many can be pretty hard to pick up (I’m looking at you Military Madness: Nectaris). Greed Corp on the other hand, does a little bit of helpful hand-holding in the first level of the campaign so you can pick up the basic strategy, and then throws you into the fray. You’re introduced to four different factions all fighting over territory: The Freemen, The Pirates, The Cartel, and The Empire. Each has their own story and animation scheme, but all have the exact same weapons and units at their disposal: Harvesters, Walkers, Armories, Cannons, and Carriers.
While on the surface, this seems too simple, what you do with these units on your turn is your call (got to act quick though, you only have 60 seconds a turn, making things get a bit frantic sometimes). Some levels I’ve fought by constructing a cannon and blowing the crap out of my adversaries, while other levels require a lot of planning and hording, resulting in an air invasion via your carriers (Just make sure you select enough units for transport when using the carrier…).
The economy system in Greed Corp is what really makes this game a wonderful strategy filled experience. In order to gain resources, you must build harvesters. These harvesters are a double edged sword though. While earning you resources, they also gradually destroy the tiles of land surrounded by it. This means the territory you control (and sometimes your enemies’) can shrink almost in an instant if you don’t plan out which land you want to sacrifice. A fun strategy I’ve employed is landing units deep in enemy territory and building a harvester. While the enemy is quick to take the land back, that harvester is going to sit there destroying their land until it destroys its own tile, or until the enemy makes it self destruct, always ending in some type of damage to surrounding tiles anyway. Watch the Little Look for this game (a match between Chris K. and myself) and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The soundtrack for this game is great. I think a buddy of mine put it best, that it reminds you of sitting on a porch down south somewhere smoking a fine cigar. Yeah, weird but this old timey kind of sound just seems to fit the game so well. Once again, check out the Little Look and you’re hear what I’m talking about. Graphics are all pretty crisp and honestly I’m not gonna ask for much more. Multiplayer works flawlessly, you can play locally and online… but as mentioned, you’re gonna have a hard time finding someone to play against randomly.
Some say strategy games aren’t for everyone, but Greed Corp would like to have a word with you. This is some fun turn based strategy. If you and your chums wanna move off the tabletop for something different, by all means, I suggest giving this one a shot.