After Verdun and Tannenberg, the small Dutch studio BlackMill Games already gives us its third title. Isonzo is part of his “WWI” series, which makes us relive the greatest battles of the 1st World War. Direction this time the Alps, for a bloody conflict between the Italian army and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After the excellent Tannenberg, BlackMill Games invites us to return to the front with Isonzo, a new multiplayer war game played exclusively in first person, which focuses this time on the battles waged between Italy and the Austro- Hungarian in the Alps.
Isonzo thus stands out from his ancestors. Verdun was more focused on a positional war. Tannenberg offered much more mobile battles on the eastern front. Isonzo mixes the two aspects with alpine fights which add a little verticality to the clashes. There are trench fights, more open play areas and above all environments that are generally much more vertical than in previous games. And it is undoubtedly at the level of its level-design that the game shines the most. Most of the levels offer to compete in idyllic alpine settings. Which may become your grave… Over the bombings, poison gas attacks and lethal charges. The front line moves throughout the game, with changes in environments that may surprise you since you go from trench warfare to urban confrontations, then in the middle of nature in some cases. The levels are also conducive to actions carried out on several fronts at the same time. The faction that takes control of the fixed machine guns and reinforcement points on its route will often be the one that wins the game. Be careful however, it is necessary to communicate well between teammates and to carry out actions on several fronts simultaneously, which is not always easy.
As in previous titles in the franchise, it is possible to take control of several classes with very different attributes from each other. From the assault unit to the engineers, who cut the barbed wire, to the snipers. Better, with the experience acquired, the player unlocks new weapons for his units, and more equipment. The player will not have to be content to rush on the battlefield since it will also be necessary to use particular attributes: to pose barbed wire, to order artillery barrages, to send mustard gas on the enemy lines. By its construction, the game is also intended to be strategic.
Conversely, at launch, we noticed some bugs and crashes and above all, an AI that turned out to be much less convincing than in previous installments. If in certain situations, the bots manage correctly, they tend to stay parked in one place and do not behave very realistically in all conditions… The diversity of the maps certainly has a lot to do with it, because we feel it, they do not always adapt to the terrain.
Technically too, the game disappoints (a little). Isonzo is certainly nice overall, but the evolution compared to the previous parts remains timid and the game did not seem to us to be particularly optimized for new-gen consoles. Be careful, however, not to compare the title to the latest COD or Battlefield. Isonzo is a game that is developed by a very small team. Considering the size of the levels and the display distance, the result remains very convincing. We do not play in this title to take full eyes…
So yes, Isonzo is not a monumental slap, everything was far from perfect at launch and yes, FPS enthusiasts will probably regret being limited to a single campaign, in the heart of the Alps. That being said, the title is a real success on many levels. Blackmill has now mastered its formula perfectly, the roadmap is attractive and several flaws in the game should quickly be corrected through updates.
After Tannenberg, the Blackmill studio strikes once again very hard with Isonzo, a first-person war game that invites us to relive the great battles of the First World War in Italy, between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire . An unknown conflict that takes place above all in majestic settings. We feel it, the studio masters its formula much better. The main game mode, called “Offensive” offers to take part in battles which confront an attacker and a defender. The fights are extremely intense: they feature several dozen soldiers on a battlefield that is constantly changing, with bombardments, mortar fire, mustard gas… Each game lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. And very quickly we realize the incredible replayability of the title. Very strategic, the title offers extremely engaging tactical confrontations, with totally different courses from one game to another. The concept is well established, the production is meticulous and the content quite generous. At €29.99, here is an excellent multiplayer FPS to keep busy this winter with friends.
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WE love :
An excellent level design
Still technical gameplay
The charm of alpine landscapes
We like less:
Some bugs, crashes
Only two factions
More expensive than its ancestors (29.99€)