Strike Down Your Enemies
There are a lot of first-person shooters on the mobile gaming marketplace. While each may appear the same on the surface, some may contain certain qualities that separate them from the others. Top Actions’ FPS Offline Strike: Encounter Strike Missions is a straightforward FPS action game. You take on the role of a counterterrorist soldier responsible with killing terrorists. There are four episodes, each containing 20 levels. You can unlock the second, third and fourth episodes by watching an ad. There are other tabs that let you buy weapons, upgrade enhancements or get daily rewards.
You start every level with a submachine gun and a USP pistol. These two weapons deal average damage and their accuracy isn’t good. The terrorists always have either an AK-47 assault rifle or an M4 Carbine. You can pick up their weapons after they die to save ammo on your main weapons. Unfortunately, you can’t collect ammo for the terrorists’ guns by picking up more. Keep an eye out for special weapons in the map, as they are always more powerful than the guns you have.
While the game rewards you for your time spent in battle, combat itself is unfortunately lacking. The terrorists have very poor accuracy and awareness. There have been many times when I would be in point-blank range of the terrorists and their bullets would zip by my head. Other times, I would run right in front of them or even do circles around them, and they simply couldn’t keep up. Also, the game automatically enables aim assist, so your reticle is almost always on the terrorists. I recommend turning this off to enhance gameplay.
I don’t want to completely bash the combat mechanics, however. The game isn’t always easy. True, the terrorists’ guns don’t deal much damage in the beginning. However, the further into the game you go, the more damage the terrorists inflict. Their accuracy also improves a bit. Luckily, the game scatters power-ups, like ammo or first aid kits, throughout the map. If you find your health dangerously low, as I did past episode one, look out for these first aid kits, which restore 50 health points.
Combat Upgrades and Bonuses
When you earn coins after beating each level, you can spend them on improving your current weapons, buying new ones, or upgrading your combat level. You can take a look under the Shop tab to see all the weapons that you can buy. I saved my coins and bought a Desert Eagle to replace my weaker USP pistol. I recommend also saving your coins to upgrade your combat level. I unlocked bonuses like getting more coins after every level, upgrading my reload speed or increasing my weapon damage. These enhancements became very useful later on, considering that the terrorists began to pack heavier punches.
Ads, Ads and More Ads
FPS Offline Strike is bombarded with ads, though you can purchase anything from the in-app store to remove them. While they don’t appear during gameplay, they pop up all the time in between menus, so it does get rather annoying. They can be useful, however. I’ve watched ads to unlock a powerful gun to use on some levels, like a minigun. Or you can watch ads to give yourself more boosters, like first aid kits and grenades. So, the ads can be useful when they give you something in return.
FPS Offline Strike: Encounter Strike Missions is an engaging game, but my feelings on it remain mixed. While it is entertaining to run around the map shooting enemies with various weapons, especially the powerful ones you unlocked, the game is quite repetitive and it may get boring after a while. The ability to unlock bonuses to make yourself stronger is empowering, though the poor terrorist AI makes that mechanic fall a bit flat.
Is It Hardcore?
While FPS Offline Strike does increase in difficulty, there’s no real challenge other than to avoid getting shot. The upgrades you can buy are a nice addition, but the fact that they only let you fare better against fairly weak AI is a bit of a letdown. What makes the game slightly hardcore is that enemies inflict more damage over time.