Black Squad is a free-to-play first-person shooter for Windows 7, 8, and 10, which combines a fast-paced action similar to the one we saw in Counter-Strike and classes and weapons like in Call of Duty. The game is based on a team fight between players in as many as ten game modes and with 85 different weapons. We can best describe it as a mixture of Counter-Strike and Call of Duty, with more emphasis on Counter-Strike.
Moving in Black Squad is like in Counter-Strike which means there is no sprint, and carrying a knife instead of a rifle in your hands makes you move faster. Holding down the Shift button, which is usually reserved for sprinting, is used for slow and silent movement, again, like in Counter-Strike.
When you shoot from a weapon, it will initially be very accurate, but the accuracy will decrease with each successive shot. This means that it is best to shoot in short bursts. This punishes those who simply hold down the trigger and pray to hit something and rewards players who have good precision and patience.
In games like this, sniper rifles that kill with one shot are often the most hated aspect of the game, and Black Squad has an interesting solution to this problem. Namely, snipers kill with one bullet, but they shoot very slowly and require phenomenal precision. This leads to players being discouraged from constantly using these weapons and we have to admit that we have not come across a situation where every player in the team carries a sniper, squats in a corner, and waits for the next victim, which often happens in other games.
The gameplay in Black Squad is phenomenal, and the feeling when moving and shooting is great. With the ten game modes it has, you will always find something that will be interesting to you.
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Map design in Black Squad
As we know gameplay is only half of the overall impression when it comes to shooters. The other half is the design of the maps on which the action takes place, and unfortunately, this is the weakest point of Black Squad.
The approach that the designers had was obviously to get the players to the action as soon as possible. The problem is that the maps are too small for the number of players playing on them. This leads to fights becoming chaotic and unpredictable.
This is especially evident in Team Deathmatch mode where you will respawn in front of an opposing player so often that we happen to be shot several times in a row before we manage to take more than a few steps.
Black Squad offers decent graphics, but can’t compare to the latest first-person shooter games. The good side of this is that the game will work without problems on older computers as well.
On the other hand, everything is very clear, which allows players to focus on the action. The animations are mostly good. The strangest one is when you move with a knife in your hands, where your hands move as if you are moving much faster than is the case. On the other hand, weapon animations are great and often interesting to watch.
Black Squad is a good game. The gameplay is great and the feel while playing is phenomenal. Poor map design is a big problem and we hope that developers will pay special attention to this and publish a couple of new and better maps.
Windows 7, 8 and 10
Minimum game configuration:
- Processor: CORE2 DUO 2.2GHZ / AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.66GHz
- RAM memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 OR GT630 / RADEON HD 6750
- Hard disk: 7 GB
Recommended game configuration:
- Processor: CORE i3-4170 / AMD FX-8300
- RAM memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
- Hard disk: 7 GB