Hot on the heels of the news about a certain special forces unit and their now-infamous raid comes a cute little platformer/turn-based shoot-em-up action thriller that allows the average gaming Joe (or Jill) to attempt to emulate Seal Team 6, or, at least, some other Seal or Green Beret team in a mission of utmost importance that doesn't actually involve known, wanted terrorists. Created by thePodge Games, City Siege2: Resort Siege lets you create your own fabulous team of warriors and sends them on exciting missions in an unnamed (and rather fragile) resort city to rescue the good guys, wipe out the bad guys, and create as much havoc and destruction as possible while doing so.
Gameplay begins with a handy tutorial and one single soldier, a private with a rifle. Control your soldier's movement with the [WASD] keys and control the shooting with the mouse and a simple point and click. Your objective, should you choose to accept it, is to clear the screen of all of the bad guys while rescuing any VIPs, picking up as many stars as possible, and trying not to kill too many civilians along the way. Each time you complete a mission you gain both money and stars which can be used to buy new types of soldiers or equipment such as bazookas, tanks, helicopters, and even a lady spy who can sneak up on the enemy and plant bombs. Use the stars to upgrade your soldiers and watch them progress through the ranks and gain speed and killing power. Eventually you will have enough soldiers to form a team of five to assault a level, and switching between soldiers is as simple as clicking on them individually or using the number keys from 1 to 5 to switch it up depending on the situation.
Along with convenient scenery which you can jump over or around or even conceal enemies, are buildings, garages, beaches, and the like which can have both somewhat expendable civilian hostages, certainly not expendable VIPs, and hostile soldiers who at first are conveniently looking the other way, allowing at least the first shot if you can manage that to hit them in the back. Perhaps not Marquess of Queensbury rules to be sure, but war is...heck after all, and it's get the bad guys before they can get you. Also concealed in the scenery are sandbags, some wrapped in barbed wire, and other items such as fuel drums and nuclear material that, if shot, can cause some spectacular explosions and damage to the surrounding structures. But be warned about going all Rambo on the explodables; while some civilian casualties are considered acceptable despite costing you money in "reparations", VIPs can be lurking nearby and if they die you cannot clear the scene and must start over from scratch. You can also kill your own soldier if they are too close to the explosions or collapses. Later as you gain more money you can buy add ons such as an air strike which wipes out everything in a given area, extra medical supplies to heal your little soldiers on the go, and mechanics who can repair your armored items such as tanks and helicopters.
With 30 levels of screens to clear and three slots in which to save games City Siege 2: Resort Siege offers a lot of replay value. Go back to replay levels to get that elusive perfect gold medal score or to rack up enough money to build up a very impressive force with which to take the later, tougher scenes. You will get a mission briefing at the beginning that includes a handy small map showing the general terrain and the locations of both VIPs and bad guys, allowing you to make decisions about which five soldiers/pieces of equipment are best for that level as well as a general idea of what you will run into enemy-wise.
With its cute, cartoony visuals, throbbing music track, fast-paced action, and Super Mario-like platforming City Siege 2: Resort Siege is a wild ride through the world of special ops and hostage rescue. So while you can't be a member of Seal Team 6, which doesn't actually exist, anyway, try City Siege 2: Resort Siege and live out your wildest commando team fantasies of saving the day, killing the bad guys, and reducing some random unnamed resort to complete rubble.