Tryst's memorable title is the only thing that stands out about this otherwise forgettable and buggy real-time strategy game.
- Fast-paced campaign missions offer exciting combat.
- Short single-player campaign and limited multiplayer options
- Incredibly long load times
- Good number of bugs cause crashes and affect core aspects of gameplay.
What stands out most about Tryst is its odd name. Otherwise, this real-time strategy game about a sci-war between humans and aliens is a generic clickfest based on the traditional Starcraft formula, and comes with a ton of problems. Speedy missions and a straightforward base-building-and-battling recipe pique your interest for a little while, but a fleeting campaign, inconsistent difficulty, a range of irritating bugs, and the absence of anything interesting in multiplayer gives the game a very short shelf life.
If you have ever played an RTS before, you won't have any problems figuring out what Tryst is all about. The campaign story is the same old claptrap about evil aliens waging war with humans, this time about 1,000 years from now on a colony world called Ishtonia. The aliens are sci-fi stereotypes, consisting solely of biomechanical monsters called the Zali, who turn on humanity at the start of play. They launch a surprise attack after years of peaceful coexistence and assassinate the current president, who represents the Rhyn Tech Corporation in some kind of corporate oligarchy. This leaves protagonist Ivan Petrovich in charge of the inevitable counterattack and making peace with a bunch of rebels consisting of an underclass apparently imported from Earth's prisons. The plot doesn't amount to a whole lot. Tensions between the two human factions are washed away with a quickie alliance in the second campaign mission, and the Zali are the traditional vile extraterrestrials who just want to kill all humans.
Gameplay covers the same old ground. You build bases, gather resources, crank out troops, and assault the enemy. There are two resources--ore and electricity--both of which are handled automatically with stations that accumulate these goodies. Some buildings can be upgraded. And a tech tree of advancements in the ARM, or Augmentation Research Mechanism system, lets you trick out troops and other units with various weapon and equipment buffs like shields, health regeneration, and so forth. The only aspect of the mission design that stands apart from RTS rivals is the speed. Missions fly by due to zippy building times, fast-walking units, and enemies that waste no time hammering your positions. It's like everyone involved has someplace better to be, so they sprint through objectives.
Missions play out in a straightforward fashion where you go through a building phase and head out to explore the map and take over enemy positions and resource points. The only variance is that sometimes you start at a base and sometimes you have to explore the map and go through a fair number of battles before you get to any building. Some diversions, such as being forced to choose between objectives and being pressed on multiple fronts simultaneously, keep scenarios from running on rails too much, at least, and add serious challenge, especially to the closing moments of an assignment.
Difficulty is a problem in spots, though. The campaign ranges from incredibly easy to insanely hard with no warnings about what you're going to run into around the next corner, and the closing missions see you reloading saves dozens of times. Some of the insta-fail conditions are overly demanding, too, as in the grueling fourth mission where you need to keep all four members of your tiny assault team alive against ridiculous odds. Only the simpleminded enemy AI lets you get through some of the tougher moments, as you can regularly draw one or two enemies away from larger packs of foes, kill them, and then go back for more.
Tryst's single-player campaign does not last long, though. Just like the gameplay itself, the campaign flies by. This leaves you with solo skirmish play and multiplayer to keep the game fresh. Neither are great options, however. Skirmish play is limited by a paltry number of maps, and because few people are currently playing the game online, multiplayer isn't much of a draw. Both offer the same speedy play of the campaign. Everything moves very quickly, especially in a skirmish against the computer, where enemy attacks on your base arrive early and often.
I looked at previews of this a while ago and it truly looked bad. Still, it's never fun to see a game fail.
even though its clear the reviewer doesnt like this type of games but based on what is said i think im going to quite like it. its been a while since there's a decent sci fi rts.
i had preferred the original total annhilation to the new supreme commander.
i dont see why you ppl feel this game is like sc. i've played sc for so long and the game do not feel the same in anyway.
why isnt people talking about so many UIs stolen from diablo?
are you guys been incredibly biased because its an indian game?
@AnimeFreaks You have the game or you don't have the game? The way your comment is written, you have it, then a paragraph later, you don't. Anyway, I don't think the reviewer dislikes RTS so much as he dislikes bland shallow RTS. Borrowing a UI from a game is one thing, but this is basicly just copy/paste. I'm actually surprised the UI doesn't tell me how much Vespene gas I have. That being said, this looks boring, why wouldn't I just buy SC? And I say this loving quite a few "Indian" games.
@---Cipher--- i have it but havent started it yet. just been following the videos. looks good. i get a more c&c and supreme commander feel.
what exactly do you find it looking boring? what do you look for in an RTS that does not make it bland and shallow? I dont think SC fits the bill either except it has a good multiplayer.
to say this is copy and paste is like saying so many games copy and paste diablo UI and all FPS are the same.
So is it "Good number of bugs cause crashes and affect core aspects of gameplay" or "Bugs are also prevalent, though not significant enough to ruin the game."
I'm a bit confused. Brett, did you used to go by the name of "Chris Chase", or did you come from IGN?
RTS are few and far between these days...
Maybe developpers are starting to forget how it should be done...
Still playing RTS games like Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and C&C 3 : Kane Wrath...
C&C 3 : Kane Wrath...much much better than what the majority says.
@3Minotaur3 ...Kane's Wrath? Ew.
That makes me feel a little old. I'm still playing SC1 and Tiberian sun, et al...
Don't worry... I played C&C since the 1st game... Both sides... A lot of times... Red Alert & General too...
Only C&C4 I couldn't finish... It was too much a perversion of what C&C was all about: Building a base, harvesting Tiberium and making an army (of more than half a dozen units!...)...
Thanks YouTube for making me see the story (weak but acceptable) on both sides...
The name is just wrong....
Tryst, isn't that how they describe a hot and heavy relationship with the office secretary?
@MJ12-Conspiracy ...With the office secretary? No, A tryst is any matter of timed and located meeting, though often used to describe such a meeting between lovers - of any variety.