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  • Summary: Frozen Synapse 2 is the sequel to the original turn-based tactical game. Command your squads in a vast procedurally generated city: enter any building, perform any mission, execute any strategy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 13, 2018
    90
    Frozen Synapse 2 is the best possible sequel of a great indie masterpiece, which broadens it dramatically without distorting its formula.
  2. Sep 13, 2018
    85
    Frozen Synapse 2 has plenty to offer with its campaign, but again, this sequel is at its best when playing against other fallible humans.
  3. Oct 3, 2018
    80
    As the first work of Mode 7, it's an entirely satisfying tactics game.
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    75
    There might be some faults throughout but they don't stop Frozen Synapse 2 from being a solid sequel that is worth your time.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    73
    Frozen Synapse 2's tactical core remains solid and fascinating, but the lack of a sufficiently detailed tutorial makes learning the new depths of the game a frustrating experience.
  6. games(TM)
    Nov 1, 2018
    70
    Tactical and considered like chess, with violence. [Issue#206, p.78]
  7. Sep 28, 2018
    65
    Though Frozen Synapse 2 struggles to effectively convey its new ideas, especially in the ambitious but ultimately disappointing offline campaign, the multiplayer remains a unique and engaging challenge for aspiring tacticians.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    Buggy launch but a solid game. Retains the core gameplay and adds more depth to it.
  2. Oct 15, 2018
    9
    A very well designed strategy game which is especially fascinating for its creative approach to time-based simultaneous strategy. It is aA very well designed strategy game which is especially fascinating for its creative approach to time-based simultaneous strategy. It is a pioneer in its style of gameplay, with very few similar titles appearing ever since the release of Mode7's first entry in the series. Individual matches present very unique challenges which fully engage player attention and require lots of complex decision making. These matches are strengthened by their variety, as the game is designed in such a way as for the randomly generated scenarios to have a considerable impact on the sort of problem solving necessary for the scene. The way the strategies of the game are learned is also extremely individualized, allowing personal value systems in general strategic philosophy to be just as valid as others, such that many unique and creative approaches can be taken to the game.
    The game launched with a very strong multiplayer community, and the very robust asynchronous multiplayer system was my personal main attraction to the game. Frozen Synapse 2 can be played on very unconventional schedules due to this element, making it a perfect opportunity to have in depth and meaningful multiplayer experiences when time otherwise might not permit. Furthermore, the multiplayer queuing system and available gameplay modes provide a very solid entry mechanism to multiplayer matches, requiring little effort on the part of the user.

    In strict comparison to its predecessor, Frozen Synapse 2 has a considerably improved quality of life in terms of a streamlined UI and more meaningful controls. Additionally, greater unit variety and enhanced terrain generation allow for vastly more challenges in strategic thinking, as opposed to the original where matches tended to be more consistent and similar to each other. As Frozen Synapse often times comes down to very precise moments, a few basic mechanics such as the targeting diamond, move-while-fire, and simultaneous kills reduce a lot of the strain of trying to perfect minutia on a tiny scale.

    Overall, Frozen Synapse 2 is an incredibly fun experience which delivers a unique style of gameplay which is very successful at creating an engaging strategic experience.
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  3. Sep 22, 2018
    9
    So far what I'm seeing is that the strategic parts of the game are somewhat boring and feel like work, but the main part of the game which isSo far what I'm seeing is that the strategic parts of the game are somewhat boring and feel like work, but the main part of the game which is 85% of it, (the actual fighting) is very well designed and very fun.

    watching a turn execute perfectly after you predicted the enemy completely is one of the most satisfying things ever
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  4. Sep 13, 2018
    9
    Ambitious single player campaign running on an immense city/faction simulation. Tactical and multiplayer stay true to the original, but areAmbitious single player campaign running on an immense city/faction simulation. Tactical and multiplayer stay true to the original, but are improved by more diverse units and mechanical refinements. Beautiful. Excellent soundtrack.

    disclosure: was a beta tester; purchased game.
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