As a fan of turn-based strategy games, Codename STEAM is a niche title that deserves to be given a chance. Why does it deserve a chance? Why is it a niche title? Well that's because it's a brand new I.P. from a company notorious for sequels/spinoffs/remasters. Oh and did I mention Intelligent Systems, developers of the Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars series, are behind it?!?! Not only have Nintendo and IS granted our wishes with a new I.P., they've made a great one at that! This game is like a mix between Fire Emblem and Valkyria Chronicles (real time 3rd person shooting). It offers a story mode, some multiplayer modes, and streetpass as well if you're into that.
The story is witty and told in a comic book style, which is why the graphics look the way they look. Trust me, it definitely looks better in person and in 3D. It introduces you to famous American themed characters such as Henry Fleming, John Henry, the Lion from the Wizard of Oz, and many others that I don't want to spoil for you. They aren't exactly fleshed out, the dialogue is corny, and the story altogether isn't deep, but its one that you shouldn't take seriously and just have fun with. You can tell this game is all about the gameplay experience. To put it simply, it takes place in London and your team called S.T.E.A.M. (Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace) is trying to fend off aliens to save humanity. I'll let you find out for yourself who's the leader of your team. Before every battle, you assemble a team of 4 that can be customized with sub weapons. Each character also has a unique special ability so the replayability seems endless. If you're into collectibles, you can gather coins from killing enemies or destroying boxes, and you can find the 3 COGs spread across each map to upgrade your steam supply as well. The only gripe I have with this game is the "Enemy Turn" segments where it could take up to 20-30 seconds to finish. Apparently the enemies actually strategize in this game and don't make pre-programmed moves like in Fire Emblem. It's not that big of a deal to me.
I haven't touched online multiplayer yet, but from what i've seen on previews they look pretty solid. There's deathmatch where your team faces off against another human opponent team. There's a mode where you try to collect more coins than your opponent, in which you can steal from by shooting them. And finally there's a 1 on 1 mech showdown that sort of resembles a boxing match, but take the last mode with a grain of salt.
All in all, do yourself a favor and get this game. Support not only a new and rare I.P., but a great one from the minds that brought you Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars. If you're into turn-based strategy games, this is a no brainer.