F2P of the Day: Global Resistance

F2P of the Day is a recurring feature in which we select and sample a game that you can play without spending a dime.

Global Resistance isn’t the first free-to-play game designed to promote another game, and it certainly won’t be the last. The PS3-exclusive Resistance series has been chugging along for some time now, weaving a tale of alien invasion and resistance, and the people who call the shots for it apparently decided that game would need that extra special something before beta.

Enter Global Resistance, a flash-based strategy game that enables players to earn special perks in Resistance 3, while also acting as a constant reminder of the game’s pending release. Announced last week during Comic-Con to little fanfare, the F2P title is currently open for business — all you need is a Facebook account.

Gameplay is derived mostly from Risk, with a number of twists. Upon starting, you select a faction — human or Chimeran — and join up with other like-minded users to try to dominate the globe, which is divided neatly into a number of provinces. The game is divided into Rounds, measured in hours, and “Wars” measured in days.

Provinces are captured by deploying soldiers to them. The number of human and Chimeran soldiers are tallied at the end of each round, determining the owner of that area of the map. You can also spend “Command Points” to undertake localized, off-camera “Territory Missions” that further your faction’s cause within a particular province.

The game also includes an RTS-style base-building view, which enables you to boost your available troops, command points, and stats. Progression through a building tree unlocks a variety of ordinance, which can then be deployed to affect the outcome of a territorial battle. For those with a more personal axe to grind, there are “Skirmishes,” an upgrade on Rock, Paper, Scissors which has commanders selecting a trio of unit cards with varying strengths and weakness and pitting them in order against their opponent’s three, hoping to counter his assaults and outfox his defensive strategy.

Global Resistance is clearly keen to keep its customers — the game hands out achievements like candy, for tasks as mundane as logging in more than once. This hospitable attitude, I’m happy to say, extends to the tutorial system, which is excellent, carefully walking you through most parts of the game.

Except when it totally bogs down. Global Resistance is clearly struggling to cope with the influx of new users, which often leads to the game timing out completely. Whether these server-paralyzing masses are fans of Resistance 3, or just free stuff, is anyone’s guess, but they certainly could do worse — they’re busy overwhelming a well-designed free-to-play global strategy game. Hopefully it smooths out enough soon for everyone to enjoy.

Check out our last F2P of the day, Prius Online!

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