First Strike Final Hour is a fun, fast paced, real time strategy game, where you have to nuke your enemies until you’re the last one to survive the nuclear apocalypse.
You choose a superpower (country/difficulty) and you try to defend yourself from an antagonistic world full of nukes, while creating your own nukes and expanding your territory. You do this until you eventually become ruler of a desolate radioactive world, but you won though.
As you start the game you check out your territory. From there you can assign each section of your territory to do one of a few things; expand (makes your territory bigger), build (rockets from which there are three different kinds), or research (find new technologies that let you expand your country’s power, capacity, or efficiency).
Now, I’m not really good at strategy games but what I do is assign each section a different task, expand, build my defenses, and research. Doing any of this takes time and that section of your land will not be able to defend itself while executing any of these actions. Also, during this you can use your Diplomacy to make friends with another country. They will not attack you for a while, but they will keep building their defenses and attacking power and they will keep attacking other enemy countries as well.
After expanding as much as I can, I keep building my defenses and research until all is maxed out and I can build my super weapon. There are different super weapons and each has a special ability, my favorite is Infiltrators which takes over any piece of enemy territory, even their capital. Which, if any country where to lose, they also lose their ability to use their super weapons. You get two super weapons when you unlock them. There are a ton of super weapons that are unlocked as you keep playing the game.
Since building super weapons takes a long time, what you want to do next is build attacking rockets so you can start to dish out the pain to your enemies. Keep building your defensive rockets because you’re going to need them as other countries will eventually start attacking you left and right. Do not forget to use Diplomacy so things don’t get so crazy. You can also de-build nukes, but that is for sissies who can’t stick to their decisions, or real good strategists that can adapt to any situation.
Once you have built up your arsenal you can use your First Strike, which uses all your attacking rockets to attack a big area of the enemy countries and can take out an enemy if you time it right. You can also attack a section individually if you want to take a more tactical approach to things.
You keep attacking and defending until all other countries either give up or you wipe it off the map completely, and that’s how you win the game. Each session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how good you are. You can also pause and save at any time during and leave the game and go back whenever.
Like I mentioned before, the more you play the more things you unlock. There are a bunch of super weapons, but you can also unlock other countries and play against up to ten countries (it starts with only six).
All these things to do can sometimes make the game a little bit overwhelming at times, specially towards the later half of the game where all countries are attacking you and each other. It can be difficult to figure out what to do when nukes are flying all over the place and you can’t tell who’s attacking who, or if you should defend, attack, or let those nukes flying so close to your territory go on their way.
Making decisions fast is part of the game, although I am glad that the game can be paused and saved at any time so you can give yourself some time to breathe.
All in all this is a very fun solid strategy game. It offers a wide variety of things that you can do at any given time, it really just depends how you decide to play this game. And isn’t that what video games are all about?
If you get a chance to pick this game up you should, as it offers hours of playtime even though the game sessions are not that long, but you will want to come back to the game again and again thinking up new strategies to beat the game and trying out all the different weapons and playing as the different superpowers.
First Strike: Final Hour is on Steam for PC and Mac.
Published & Developed by Blindflug Studios AG.
Release Date: May 31, 2017