PS4 Review: Othercide

Could horror put a new spin on turn-based games?

Othercide is a horror-themed turn-based strategy game where the lore and game mechanics are tightly intertwined to deliver a twisted, dark and challenging experience. Enter a brutal world under assault from terrifying creatures from another dimension, hold back the tide with limited resources and endure brutal conditions in this visually stunning world.

I’ve always been better at turn-based strategy games than those that run in real-time, it has its own challenges but you’ve got less chance of making a huge mistake. Othercide is very typical of the genre, but it does have a standout feature where you can actually sacrifice your own units to power up your others, which soon becomes a must-have feature as the game can be quite challenging.

As far as a turn-based strategy game goes, Othercide ticks all the boxes and like I said, the sacrifice option is a great addition. Comparisons with games like XCOM are obvious, but Othercide looks and feels different in contrast. XCOM will always be the better game, but Othercide comes a close second.

The visual style of Othercide is interesting, although I would have really liked bigger fonts for everything which are miniscule and require a lot of either getting closer to the TV or squinting and giving yourself a headache, it’s a shame since there are a lot of good elements to be found in this game, but you have to either have 20/20 vision or get closer to appreciate it.

The Verdict

Othercide has some great ideas and works well as a turn-based strategy game. However, the tiny text size is very offputting, which I hope gets a patch. That aside, Othercide ticks all the boxes of the genre and adds a few new ones which is always nice. Definitely one to look out for.

Score: 7.5