Tidal Shock

by Aethyna
May 30, 2020 | 2 Votes | 76 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
Tidal Shock 9 rate Featuring a unique underwater theme, Tidal Shock is an MMO third-person shooter that merges the usual objective-based gameplay of the typical competitive shooter genre with the scavenging aspect popularized by battle royales. Be the one to collect and deposit the most energy capsule into the reactor to win the match! Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Featuring a unique underwater theme, Tidal Shock is an MMO third-person shooter that merges the usual objective-based gameplay of the typical competitive shooter genre with the scavenging aspect popularized by battle royales. In this game, the goal is to be the one to collect and deposit the most energy capsule into the reactor to win the match. Of course, having the highest kill/death ratio wouldn’t hurt either!

Gameplay


Tidal Shock is currently in early access and as such, the game doesn’t exactly have a lot of content. At the moment, the game only has a single battle royale-like game mode and that mode is only available in Free-for-All (FFA) mode. The developers plan on adding in two more team-based game modes, namely Duo (2-player teams) and Squad (4-player teams).

That being said, Tidal Shock is a truly unique game to play. For starters, it merges the objective-style gameplay that is typical in MMO shooters with the scavenging aspect that is prominent in battle royales. This means that you’ll start the game with only the basic pistol and it’s entirely up to you to find better weapons by scouring the map and picking them up. There are plenty of spawn points for these items but since weapons come in different grades/qualities, you’ll naturally want to grab the best weapon around. There are also boosts like shields and heals that you can pick up.

Scavenging aside, the objective here is fairly straightforward. The goal here is to collect as many energy capsules – they look like the shield and heal boosts, except that they are orange in color – and deposit them in the reactor without getting killed in the process. How you get the energy capsules to the reactor is completely up to you. You could try to risk it by trying to dump a larger bunch of energy or you could do more trips by deposit smaller amounts of energy instead.

Energy deposits are accumulative and once the threshold is reached, the game will end (or if the timer counted down to zero, whichever comes first). The player/s who deposited the most energy would win the match. I’m not sure if a draw is possible but I reckon your player score, which will measure your in-game performance like taking your K/D ratio into account, will then be considered and the winner would be determined.

There’s also a catch here. The reactor is mobile, meaning that it’ll move after a few minutes. This is to prevent players from simply camping the reactor for the entire duration of the match and ambushing any other players that came close enough to steal their energy. The respawn points for players are well-randomized as well so there’s no way for a team or a player to camp at the respawn point and get easy kills – bear in mind that every player who respawned will only have the starter pistol to defend themselves with.

Not to mention, the map here is simply fantastic! The game features a single, but a massive underwater map that is segmented into several easily-identifiable sections, much like how different towns and areas are clearly indicated on the map in Fortnite. This allows for easy coordination with your teammates if you do get separated. Since the game is set underwater, this also means that you’ll have a lot more freedom when moving, allowing you to break free from the constraints of playing on a 2D plane.

Due to the big map, the game even has a “torpedo” vehicle that you can summon to make it much easier to traverse larger distances and chase after the reactor as it moves. For shorter bursts of speed, you have a nice little “dash” that also doubles as a dodge whenever you need to throw your opponent’s aim off. It’s all very nifty.

Unfortunately, Tidal Shock seems to fall into the same black hole that afflicted many indie buy-to-play MMOs – a very small player base. Unless you are willing to hit up the game’s Discord to ask its players to play with you, you might be hard-pressed to find enough players to fill a match. Note that although the match will start even if there are only 3 players, it’s not exactly as entertaining as it would be if there are more players around.

In terms of monetization, I’m not very sure what they are trying to do would work. Currently, the game costs little to buy, but you’ll still have to buy the game to play. It then sells additional packs of 6 cosmetic skins as DLCs. Players could still earn new skins by playing matches.

Community


Despite being an MMO, Tidal Shock’s player base is sorely lacking at the moment. Yes, you could always head over to the game’s Discord page to find players to play the game with but it’s honestly a hassle. Hopefully, with more marketing and promoting, the game will have the player base it so deserves! It might also be a good idea to have a bot match mode so at least the game wouldn’t feel so empty or that the queue times won’t be too long.

Graphics/ Sound


Tidal Shock has amazing graphics for an MMO, a gorgeous underwater arena for you to do battle in, and cool animations and sound effects to boot. Couple that with its unique gameplay, you’ll have a complete package!

Conclusion


All in all, Tidal Shock is a solid addition to the competitive MMO genre. However, like the many buy-to-play indie MMOs before it, it is currently plagued with a major issue – the lack of players. Hopefully, in time, as the game moves from early access to full release, the developers would focus heavily on marketing and attracting players to play Tidal Shock.

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