Enlisted is a squad based shooter MMO by Gaijin Entertainment and much like Gaijin’s previous games – War Thunder and Crossout – it is set in the middle of a war. In this case, it’s World War II. If you are thinking of playing the game, then stay tuned to find out all the things to know before playing Enlisted.
When I first played the game, the moment I joined a match, I felt like I wasn’t in a game, but in an actual battle. There is shouting all over, crossfire everywhere, bombs exploding all over the place, planes destroying entire buildings… It’s a complete mess, in a good way. The game perfectly recreates what I imagine the chaos of war is like.
The game is in beta, but to be honest, I feel like it has a lot of potential. With some dedication, it can become one of the best, if not the actual best title in the genre.
Going into the game, be prepared to play with 19 other players, with your team’s objective being to either capture or defend certain areas.
When playing Enlisted, you won’t play as a simple foot soldier. In fact, you’ll be the commander of an entire squad. You’ll choose a squad to begin with and then you’ll get to control one soldier directly, whilst controlling the other squad members through orders.
Once the soldier you control dies, you’ll move on to controlling another member of that same squad and when your entire squad dies, you get to select a different squad to play as.
Squads and specialization
When playing Enlisted, you get to control 12 different squad specialization units:
- Radio Operator
Unlike many other first-person shooter games, Enlisted allows for your troops to level up. Whenever you play a match, at the end, your troops will receive experience points that can be used to improve them. You’ll have Squad Upgrades, Personal Upgrades, and Workshop Upgrades.
- Squad upgrades allow you to increase the squad size.
- Personal Upgrades increase the slots for individual soldiers’ abilities, and allow them to access new weapons.
- Workshop upgrades allow you to upgrade weapons.
So far, there are four different campaigns, a.k.a. maps to play in Enlisted:
- Battle for Moscow
- Invasion of Normandy
- Battle of Tunis
- Battle of Berlin
Each campaign is unique: the battlefield environments are different, as are the weapons and vehicles in them. Everything is different, down to the soldiers’ uniforms which correspond to the historic backgrounds of the battles they’re inspired by.
The game looks very promising, and its depiction of real life warfare is very interesting. I especially enjoyed the realistic view soldiers would get when using vehicles like tanks and airplanes. It makes it harder to play, but the realism is very thrilling.
The weapon variety is somewhat limited, but Gaijin can’t stray from the real weapons used in WW2, so I can’t complain. I do wish they would add new missions and maps, and they have already promised to do so, so kudos to them.
On a final note, the gameplay can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t give up – you’ll get a grip on how it all works very quickly.
Stay tuned to SQUAD, as I’ll be posting more articles on Enlisted soon!