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Thunder Wolves (PC) Review

 
Thunder Wolves Title Screen
Thunder Wolves Title Screen
Thunder Wolves Title Screen

 
At a Glance...
 

Formats: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Captures the rediculously over the top 80's action movie vibe
  • Great arcade feel and fun
  • Powerful and explosive weaponry!

Not so much?


  • Over the top nature sometimes misses the mark
  • Very short Campaign mode
  • No real reason to return after first play through
  • Can get a little repetitive and shallow


Final Fiendish Findings?

Thunder Wolves is everything that a 80’s action movie homage should be – loud, brash, explosive, brainless and fun!

To steal a phrase from the games blurb that puts Thunder Wolves’s place in the world into focus “When this “wolf pack” strikes, you hear the thunder roll!” – you can just see the cheesy 80’s action movie poster with the tag line emblazoned on it now can’t you!

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Posted May 31, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Thunder Wolves is everything that an 80’s action movie homage should be – loud, brash, explosive, brainless and fun!

To steal a phrase from the games blurb that puts Thunder Wolves’s place in the world into focus “When this “wolf pack” strikes, you hear the thunder roll!” – you can just see the cheesy 80’s action movie poster with the tag line emblazoned on it now can’t you!

Thunder Wolves is a simple premise. At first it looks like it might be a nod to the Strike series of titles from EA. But this is no 90’s catalogue we’re copying here – this is no Desert Strike. This is something a little more akin to Thunder Blade or a slower moving After Burner – that classic Sega brand of arcade destruction.

The games wafer thin and woefully short campaign places you in the cockpit as a recruit in the much admired Thunder Wolves. The game consists of a series of over the to, explosion filled missions that sees you generally annihilating most things on a give map area. These stages each have several checkpoints along the way as you complete small milestones to progress the story. The general emphasis though is on huge amounts of carnage.

Graphically the game looks good. It manages to push around some solid effects and landscapes whilst maintaining a solid enough frame rate. Small issues with texture quality, clipping etc reveal the games indie origins and lack of polish. That said when the game is in full swing it looks impressive enough – after all what you really want to see is huge streams of screaming fiery death and a veritable cornucopia of explosions and rocket fire.

thunder wolves explosions

Sounds wise the game manages to capture the 80’s action vibe very well indeed. The voice work is just the right amount annoying machismo and the blaring soundtrack will have you rolling up your jacket sleeves in no time (as your parents… jeez I’m old!). The quality of voice acting is solid enough for the budget of the title it’s just a shame that the over the top nature begins to wear thin as time progresses.

As mentioned the game does have a very short campaign. Even the most flight-stick phobic will breeze through the game in around 4 hours – dedicated pilots could managed in 3 at a push. There are some local co-op settings and that at least adds a little to the mix but nothing competitive in nature so you don’t really feel compelled to pursue it further.

Thunder Wolves does do a good job in trying to mix up your objectives and how you progress through levels but things never progress much further than the surface. There is no real depth to the gameplay, it’s all about the arcade bombast and mowing down enemies to reach the next objective.

There are several helicopter types in Thunder Wolves that you unlock as you progress and there could be some call to go back and try a few levels again but overall once you’ve pushed through the campaign, taken in a few multiplayer matches in the co-op mode then you’ll be hard pressed to return to the game and that’s such a shame.

Thunder Wolves night mission

 

Final Thoughts

Thunder Wolves offers up a bombastic slice of 80’s action movie fodder. It’s loud, proud and beyond all that it’s great fun too.

The combat is fairly tight and manages to just stay on the fun side of repetitive. Unfortunately though the short campaign, occasional over the top tone and lack of any real compelling reason to return upon completion all hurt the game greatly.

Thunder Wolves offers up a neat slice of arcade pie. It’s shallow visceral fun that won’t take the brain or skills in any way. Yet it delivers exactly what it set out to do which is not only rare but gratifying as a player.

If you want a fun shooter to waste a few hours on, or fancy a nostalgic trip back to the good old days of 80’s action movies. Of playing Thunder Blade in the arcade. Then you could do a lot worse than pick up Thunder Wolves!


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.


  • Peter

    It does look like it could be some promising fun – something I’d be tempted to try (old-school Thunderblade fan here, so wondering how many memories I may or may not relive). However, I’m surprised that the co-op is local only – is this one player on keys for flight control and the other with the mouse to aim?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think more games should offer local co-op – something to emphasise the social side of them more. But equally, online co-op does have that convenience…