D-Day is one of the most important events in American history, and Glu has recreated bits of it allowing you to storm the beaches at Normandy. Frontline Commando: D-Day is a follow up to their original 3rd person shooter, but now with the WWII theme. Glu has designed the game around making it as accessible as possible by giving you an on rails shooter where your character moves automatically, and you blast away German enemies. There are some running sequences you can control as you move between cover locations to make the relatively “hardcore” shooter experience more casual.
The 3D level design is the most noteworthy aspect with a great level of detail to transport your to the actual beach landings, and further into the countryside. There’s constant action on screen with so much surrounding gun fire, and explosions as you focus on taking down the given enemies. Since movement is taken out of the equation, you can control all of the action with two thumbs like a dual sticker shooter. It makes it effortless to focus on the action at hand as you keep battling through such an intricately designed war zone.
The gameplay is a bit rudimentary and repetitive since the experience has been simplified. You can only do the same thing so many times as you face three to four enemies in different scenes ducking behind cover. There are some tanks, and aircrafts to deal with to change it up. Frontline Commando: D-Day is definitely packed with content as there are five separate campaigns, and 125 different missions to take part in with a forking level set-up. It’s just so easy to keep making your way through the events of D-Day battling on Juno, Sword, Utah, Gold and Omaha beaches.
The game does feature a freemium style as you would expect from Glu, and in this case it revolves around the weaponry. There are all kinds of different rifles, machine guns, and other weapons to boost your arsenal, but you can still play through the game without the boosts. The one biggest hindrance is the consumable grenades, and bazookas which are essential to take down tanks, and they can restrict your advancement if you run out on a tank level. Luckily, there’s a three star scoring system, and each star you earn gets you a grenade, so you can earn your way through all of the deluxe content included.
Frontline Commando: D-Day (Free, Universal) delivers an action packed assault that has a great 3D design, and a nice infusion of history to keep you blasting away enemies. You can really be immersed in the battle making it worth picking up.