June 17, 2016 3:53 PM | Thomas Faust
It may not look like much, but Ground Breakers is one deep game about robot fighting and oh so satisfying mechanized destruction. It has cool customization options galore, and the turn-based combat looks deceptively simple yet allows for some neat tactics with your pimped out tin cans. Two opposing teams of robots meet on procedurally generated battlefields which can change during play. There are a bunch of different game modes, from death match to capturing certain points to defending your fortress. Now the cool thing is that you're not sending out dozens of units - this is no battle of atrition. Instead, it feels like a proper brawl, where just a few units slug it out, dented metal, whirring buzzsaws and all.
Defeated units don't leave the battlefield for good, but are instead repaired and sent back into battle after a short while. That's pretty cool, as losing an important unit doesn't put you at a major disadvantage. And whenever you think you've got the game figured out, it lets you unlock some new stuff or throws something else at you. This has you coming back for more - despite its technical flaws. You see, even though Ground Breakers is out of Early Access, there are a few remaining bugs that can spoil the fun a little. But don't let that deter you; if turn-based mechanized mayhem is the first thing you think about when you wake up every morning, you ought to give Ground Breakers a shot. Or whirr. Or stomp. You know.