(Note: This review is my opinion only. All pictures were taken in game by my PS Vita and/or PlayStation TV.)
Breach & Clear is a tactical strategy game developed by Mighty Rabbit Studios and published by Gun Media. It is a digital only title available on the PlayStation Network. It is availavle for PC, Mac, Android and iOS as well. This is a review of the PS Vita version. It also works on the PlayStation TV micro console.
The game uses real world Special Operation Forces such as U,S, Navy Seals, British SAS, and Canada’s JTF2. You use real world tactics as your team goes from room to room, neutralizing threats. Missions take place around the world, from Afghanistan, Turkey, China, Germany and beyond. Game modes are Terrorist Hunt, Bomb Disposal (fight your way to the bomb and defuse it within the time limit.), and Escape Plan (fight your way to the extraction point) You chose your teams load out and weapons and unlock more equipment to buy with in-game currency as you level up.
Yes, your soldiers level up as you do missions. Each character has stats like health, accuracy and speed, There are classes as well like Team Leader, Medic, and Breacher and they have a special class-only stat, You gain 5 points per level to distribute between 6 stats. Each Special Ops group in the game have a bonus to certain stats.
Game play is broken down into phases. You plan you move out, starting at an entry point. into the room. You must take in account possible enemy location (they don’t appear unless one of your soldiers has line of sight) and cover from enemy fire. Each character can move only so far per phase but you can place points where their arcs of fire shifts to cover a door or hallway. Once your routes are planed you select “BREACH” and watch as it is carried out. You then plan out you next phase the same way until the mission is complete or all your team are down.
The graphic are good, but are similar to the mobile versions, The camera is a 3/4 top down perspective, with the ability to zoom in on the action. You can rotate the camera as you plan your next move, The camera zooms in automatically during your initial breach and when you complete the mission/ kill the last enemy
The game uses the touch controls, much like the iOS/Android version. You can use the touch screen to select your operator, plan your route, zoom in, out and rotate the camera. It works well. You can also use the face buttons and analog sticks, if you prefer or playing it on the PlayStation TV.
Overall this is a great game. Unlike the iOS versions, this is the full game with no micro transactions for additional levels, weapons or equipment and they are included. At $14.99 (CDN), it is worth the price and you get solid game with a fair bit of replay value. As it is a digital download title, it is available for the PS Vita on the PlayStation Store.