Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. - Nintendo 3DS

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • SKU: 7502013
  • Release Date: 03/13/2015
ESRB Rating: Teen
Blood, Fantasy violence, Mild suggestive themes
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (271 out of 302)

Product Details


  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Real Time Strategy
  • Release Date: 03/13/2015

Synopsis


The aliens have invaded and something tells you that it's not peace that they're seeking. This extraterrestrial threat won't be deterred with amicable negotiations, and if a solution doesn't present itself soon, the entire world may be in peril, subjugated to the whims of this unworldly enemy. Even though you realize that by doing so the world will never be the same again, you decide to launch S.T.E.A.M. — which is composed of an elite team of steam-powered special-forces soldiers that may be the world's last hope of deliverance.

Jump into a steampunk-inspired, turn-based action-strategy game from Intelligent Systems — the company behind well-loved classics, such as Advance Wars and Fire Emblem. Move into position and then fire your arsenal of distinct weapons by using the power of steam, which is stored in special backpacks and plays a vital role in keeping the world operational. Pick which team members you'd like to accompany you and then load out, working together to decide the best way to approach each battlefield. Outflank and outshoot the aliens in eye-popping 3D combat zones, where you can choose to take cover under attacks, set up ambushes and lie in wait or go on the offensive by unleashing a host of crossfires and counter-attacks. Work your way through alien-infested maps with the help of your four-member team, which is made up of unique characters that each offer a distinct set of abilities and weapons. Meet an interesting cast of characters that come to life thanks to the stylized 3D graphics and comic-book-style cinematics. Do you have what it takes to save the world from utter destruction using only the power of steam in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.?

Features


S.T.E.A.M.

Launch — an elite team of steam-powered special-forces soldiers — whose main mission is to save the world from an alien threat

Harness the power of steam, which is stored in special backpacks, allowing you to move into position and fire an arsenal of weapons — but be careful to manage your steam reserves, or you could find yourself defenseless

Select team members and then roll out, using strategy to approach alien-infested, steampunk-inspired battlefields, where you can take cover, set up ambushes and unleash crossfires and counter-attacks against your otherworldly foes

Battle through alien-plagued maps using a four-member team made up of diverse characters that each contribute a set of unique abilities and weapons

Enjoy the visually stunning array of stylized 3D graphics and comic-book-style cinematics that leap to life on your Nintendo 3DS



Customer rating

4.2
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great niche title

    Posted
    DJCypress35
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quirky and fun with a few annoying design choices

    Posted
    Waatulakula
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    Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a very enjoyable turn-based strategy game that, when it's good, is every bit as fun as 2012's XCOM; Enemy Unknown. The over the top characters and lighthearted story fit wonderfully in the Steampunk world the game takes place in. Having President Lincoln give you orders on saving the world from alien invaders before you take your squad made up of famous figures from American folklore into battle keeps the game from being too serious. The basic loop of the game is pretty standard for the genre. Get a mission, choose your team of four and the equipment they will use, fight the bad guys and repeat. There isn't much to do outside of combat that I've seen in the dozen or so hours I've spent in the game so far. The weapon and gear upgrades unlock based on collectibles and story progression. Which is not a bad thing, but does make the game seem fairly basic when compared to games like Fire Emblem and XCOM. During missions you and the computer computer take turns moving and attacking each other. Most of the time the objective is to move your squad safely from one part of the map to another. Occasionally you are given additional tasks such as "kill the boss alien" or "save x number of people" and completing them gains you a bonus at the end of the mission. On your turn you move your squad into offensive or defensive positions and attack using "steam" which powers your equipment and weapons. Each member has a different amount of steam and different tasks required different amounts to accomplish. Deciding which actions to take and weather to attack now or to try and get in a better position to attack next turn is often times a difficult choice. After you end your turn the alien's take theirs. A process that often leaves you staring at the screen for several minutes waiting. There is no way to skip watching this or speed along at all. And often times you don't even see anything happen. Once this is done it's your turn again and the process repeats until one of you wins. Outside of the wasted time and the lack of depth to the game outside of combat the game is very enjoyable. I haven't had a chance to try any of the multiplayer modes or amibiio functionality so I can not say if they add anything to the game or not. Even without seeing them I think the game is worth the $40.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Fun, Tactical Challenge

    Posted
    PKThunder
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    If you like turn-based strategy games, and the "Lincoln vs. Aliens" premise appeals to you, give this a try. The demo is excellent and available for free on the 3DS eShop. Pros: --Very tactical turn-based gameplay in which every movement counts and very little is left to chance --Diverse cast of characters with varied abilities. --Witty script with lots of Easter eggs for curious players to find --Excellent music and voice acting --Great replay value, with additional difficulty settings and unlockable rewards for high scores Cons --Story is very by-the-numbers, with few surprises to be had. --Enemies' weak points can be too difficult to hit, even at the best of times. A lot of reviewers bemoan the fact that enemy turns take too long. I almost never found this to be the case. This game will play best on the New 3DS, as its C-stick makes controlling the camera somewhat easier. However, my experience on the regular 3DS XL was quite enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Surprise of a Game

    Posted
    TheDavidOfZ
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    I went into this game pretty much blind - no trying the demo beforehand, a lack of research, going on the minimal pre-release information from last year's E3. This feels like a strong IP that I hope Nintendo decides to use more in the future. The mechanics are fun, with a host of characters that all feel genuinely different with unique properties. You really have to take them into account when you build your 4-person team. The gameplay itself is surprisingly hard, but in that satisfying strategy game sense where you can only win by assessing the field and situation as a whole. Rushing in blindly can really screw you over. The game loses a star for the length of time that the enemy turns take - it might sound like a small thing, but considering there's no real option to skip or significantly speed it up, it adds to a lot of wasted time. But it's the only element that really bothers me in a rather well-constructed product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of a kind 3ds game.

    Posted
    ZaharaCat
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    Although kind of cheesy at times, STEAM offers a unique experience that is somewhat familiar w The turn based combat but beyond that I never felt the game was like Final fantasy even in combat. The combat does not fade away into a battle mode after a randomly selected encounter. The Alien Force maY receive reinforcements w map route trigggers or if the level is taking long to complete. The main combat system is squad based. Each character has their own special attack/heal/Enchant. Each character has two guns; one being a "Set item" to a specific character. Most Often the set weapon is linked to the character's special ability. (A healers set weapon is an (AoE) long range mine lobber that heals teammates within its blast radius. With 12 unlockable character's all having diversity of style & weapons, one has many options to defeat the enemy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Steampunk Valkyria

    Posted
    SgtSagara
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    I was skeptical about buying this for full price on release despite enjoying the demo overall it felt rather slow. Since then it has been updated with a fast forward mode which makes enemy turns go much faster. It has tons of characters and using Amiibos to play with Lucina is great. Unfortunately the gameplay can still be somewhat painful and some of the enemies are brutal, namely hard to hit flying enemies and the ones that burrow underground. They can still be dealt with but it can make some of the longer battles more painful than fun. Overall I have enjoyed the game and allthough the style is strange, it is not enjoyable. Hopefully they bring another entry to the series that fixes some of the issues and it could become a great new IP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New game from IS

    Posted
    LeBlarvan
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    Intelligent Systems has made some of my favorite games for the Nintendo family of consoles such as Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, Paper Mario, Warioware, and more. I had very high hopes for this new STRATEGY game by IS as Fire Emblem and Advance Wars games are some of my most favorite of all time. Code Name STEAM is a great tactical game that includes humor, fun gameplay, impressive graphics, and inclusion of Fire Emblem characters as a bonus. There are some extreme slowdowns during the enemy turns which can be VERY annoying, but IS is pushing out a patch to alleviate this issue. This is a great game that is tiding me over for the hopes that they release more Advance Wars titles and the release of the upcoming Fire Emblem 3DS title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quirky, and welcome, new Nintendo IP

    Posted
    Kahlua417
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    This game hasn't recieved the amount of attention that I personally believe it deserves. Nintendo rarely produces a new IP, so I was very happy to see a fresh game added to their lineup. I typically don't like turn-based strategy games like this, a la Fire Emblem, so I was quite surprised how hooked I became to this game. The mechanics/gameplay isn't overly complicated, the characters (while lacking any true depth) are fun, and the world is a laregly interesting Steampunk adventure. For someone looking for a fresh experience, I would recommend this game. However, if you don't like thinking too much, lack patience, or bore easily from non-combative gameplay, this may not be the best investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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