Ultimately Commanding

by on 16th Sep 2013

You need to toughen up, ladies! Get with the program ASAP or the aliens are going to carve you up real good. You need not take my word for it, of course, as, if you man up, you can sample the niceties of Creatio 49's debut title, Ultimate Space Commando, for your sorry selves in short order.

Ultimate Space Commando (USC) is an old-school turn-based strategy game that focuses on actual field tactics as a small group of elite commandos become engaged in a deadly conflict with a yet unknown, but rather ravenous species of aliens. Make relevant strategic choices, develop tactics and equip your soldiers as you see fit, try to survive and give the aliens hell in the single-player Campaign. Build and customize 4-man squads to play various 'Single Missions', Scenarios and 'Defend the Base!' actions alone or in a hot-seat or TCP/IP multiplayer session with up to four players, either man vs. aliens, man vs. man or even mixed, with various objectives, official scoring system, and much more.

Listen up, here are the principal features:

• Fully randomized maps (even in the Campaign to some extent) in three different environments (base, mines, outdoors). Still, you can use seed numbers to share your experience with your friends or to replay the best actions!
• Fully destructible and manipulable combat environment with interactive, strategically important objects (such as safety doors or different types of crates).
• Customizable Single Missions, plus Scenarios and a base building-defending game mode, all available in single-player, hot-seat or TCP/IP multiplayer mode!
• Strong, story-driven Campaign mode with difficult choices and really tough battles.
• Plausible combat system with 4 major properties (Health, Morale, Armor, Action Points) and 9 attributes, and a detailed weapon system (impact force, armor penetration, etc.)
• RPG-style unit management (skill points, specializations, inventory, statistics).
• Squads can be customized, saved and improved with every mission by finding crafting materials and blueprints.
• Five different aliens all with their special attributes, plus champion and alpha bosses with unique abilities!
• 18 different weapons and various ammo types, each with preferrable combat attributes and also disadvantages, some with unique properties; it's completely up to you how you build up your tactics!
• A lot of useful gadgets and equipment to support your squad with, including first-aid kits, stimulants, grenades, weapon mods, and even a placeable turret! And the model RD-1 Rubber Ducky, of course!
• Crafting system: materials can be salvaged from various map elements, and be used to make even more special items available via crafting only.
• Weapon prototypes: higher difficulty levels may surprise you with blueprints that can be used to craft special versions of your favorite weapons--at a price.
• A semi-optional circuit-cracking logical mini-game embedded into the main action.

A Public Alpha is now underway, so if you've really got what it takes step right up and register. And, while you're at it, if you see fit, cast your Greenlighting vote to get this chugging along to the Steam platform.

 

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Thorondor\
5 Feb 2014 - 4:51pm
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Creatio 49's Ultimate Space Commando Lead Developer Aliza Wenders is interviewed about the game at The Wargamer. Here's a little excerpt:

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What inspirations have you drawn on in creating Ultimate Space Commando?

There are a few games that had a great impact on my life with the computer J. Including really old ones. Laser Squad, for example, which I had the pleasure to play on C64 (and later on PC). Space Crusade, which I first played on Amiga. X-Com (UFO) is ominous. Then there is Incubation, which I think to be one of the best turn-based tactics games ever made, despite being not that popular in its era. You had a close connection with your squad, there were important equipment choices--but not TOO much - and every decision mattered during the fights. Jagged Alliance and Fallout make the list complete.

One other inspiration was obviously the Alien franchise. I mean the movies, fore mostly James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’. A handful of marines have to fight for their lives against an unknown, inhuman, deadly enemy in the forsaken corridors of a once human colony. Simply epic. And of course as a girl I always wanted to be Ellen Ripley J.
Thorondor\
20 Dec 2013 - 3:18pm
Thorondor
Update: Ultimate Space Commando is to be released December 24th.

 

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