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Niche Spotlight – Broken Lines

Broken Lines

This is Niche Spotlight. In this column, we regularly introduce new games to our fans, so please leave feedback and let us know if there’s a game you want us to cover!

Today’s Spotlight is Broken Lines, a tactical RPG by PortaPlay and Super.com.

Set in an alternate history version of WWII, players must guide a ragtag band of Allied troops trapped deep behind enemy lines. Your squad of misfits will need to scavenge for resources, avoid or confront enemy patrols, and survive both the physical and mental horrors of war.

The choices you make when confronted with the game’s tough moral dilemmas can alter the path of the story, and its eventual outcome.

You can watch a launch trailer below.

Broken Lines is available on Windows PC, and Linux (both via GOG and Steam) for $24.99. It will also launch 2020 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

You can find a rundown of the game (via Steam) below:


Story

Your squad has crash-landed behind enemy lines, in the heart of an alternate history Eastern Europe. With no intel or leadership to support them, these soldiers must fight their way back home before the horrors of war break them. Teamwork and strategy are paramount…
Each soldier has their own personality and ideas on what needs to happen next. Some want to investigate what caused the crash that left them in hostile territory, while others want to lay low and wait for rescue. There are even whispers of desertion.
You are the “unseen hand” that guides this ragtag group of soldiers to safety and possible rescue. Whether it’s as simple a choice as to which way to go next, or something as serious as how to engage their mysterious foes, every decision you make is serious and significant.

Key Features

Broken Lines combines a tactical RPG with story-driven gameplay. As your soldiers battle the mental strain of war, you’ll need to command them in combat— will they avoid the enemy, or go head to head with their foes?

Combat is similar to that of a turn-based tactical RPG, but soldiers move only when action phase starts. However, when new enemies and hazards appear, the game pauses to allow you to plan your reaction to this new change. Will you continue to charge forward, or back off and seek cover?

Choices you make will shape the story to your liking leading to a different campaign endings. Choose wisely as your progression through the game will affect not only soldiers you command but also a whole region and everyone who happen to live here. But you should also keep in mind that your soldiers have their own opinion on what is good for the squad so you have to maintain a balance between what you want them to do and what is good for keeping the squad in high spirits.

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may
be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

― Winston Churchill


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Frank Streva

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