Anomaly is truly… an anomaly. It’s a strategy game perfectly suited for console gaming. How does that work? Well, let me explain. In the near future, an alien spaceship crashes onto Earth and splits into two separate parts. One falls on Baghdad, while the other lands in Tokyo. A huge dome emerges above each site, separating the cities from the outside world. No one knows what’s going on inside, so the domes become known as Anomalies.
You play as the commander who’s sent on a mission to investigate what’s happened under the dome in Baghdad. Once inside, you discover alien war machines are on the war path destroying everything that gets in their way.
Essentially, Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a ‘tower offense’ game, tipping the tower defense genre on its head. Rather than managing units to see off invading forces, here you take control of the attackers, creating and controlling your armour troops. The game utilises several ideas from the top-down RTS genre, while also adding its own unique features, such as a Tactical View where you actually plan tactics for an upcoming assault.
And to make a strategy game work well on console, we’ve put you – the Commander – straight into the thick of the conflict to up the action element. You control him directly, supporting the squad in battle with a variety of abilities at your disposal. For example, Repair lets you heal units, while Smoke Screen lays down cover for them.
And, what’s really cool is that the PS3 version includes an exclusive local co-op mode which allows two Commanders to support each other in battle. One is responsible for controlling the armor units while the other plans the strategy. Both get into the action and are able to boost their abilities in the battle. This new feature should increase the pace of the game, making it even more frantic. Take a look at the screenshots here for a glimpse of the new mode in action.