Review: Frontline Commando | D-Day – A Cover-Based Shooter With Kick

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Glu Mobile puts out some of the slickest looking Android games around and Frontline Commando D-Day is definitely a sharp looking 3rd person shooter. It’s the follow-up to the popular cover-based shooter Frontline Commando, and it’s set against the backdrop of World War II.

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Frontline Commando D-Day puts you in the boots of a soldier on D-day where you’ll get to storm beaches and clear bunkers as you try to take back France from the evil Axis powers. The game uses an interesting mix of cover-based shooting and running as you’ll often have to run to cover points after you take down a group of bad guys. During the running portions of a level you’ll be able to “steer” your guy left or right a bit, and you’ll want to run around or jump over any obstacles in your way.

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As for the actual shooting part of the game, I’m happy to say that Glu has done a great job with the control setup. It’s not hard to zero in on an enemy when you pop out of cover, and you can even destroy their cover and flush them out if they’re playing hard to get. The same goes for you though; if you stay put too long they’ll take out your cover so you’ll want to be quick and accurate or move between cover points.

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By the numbers Frontline Commando D-Day offers up around 145 missions spread across 5 different campaigns with Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. The missions use the standard 3-star setup, and you’ll have to earn a certain amount of stars to unlock the next campaign. Needless to say, there’s plenty to do so it’s a game that’s going to keep you busy even for quite some time. Unless the IAP setup grinds you out that is.

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Speaking of IAP’s… The “Shop” has all sorts of cool WWII weaponry from grease guns to old-school bazookas. The Premium split is about 50/50 with the weapons which means half of them require the dreaded Glu Credits. Yeah, you can earn them, but you probably won’t earn enough to max out your arsenal. The Tapjoy offers for free credits are very weak as well so you’ll probably want to skip those altogether unless you’re looking for 5-6 creds. It’s not the worst IAP setup in the world, but the poor Tapjoy offers certainly don’t help things.

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Verdict

Frontline Commando D-Day is a sexy looking cover-based shooter that people will enjoy, but it does have some issues. The gameplay may get stale for some after a while due to the IAP setup, and the lack of variety in the missions doesn’t help much either when you’re doing well over 100 of them.

That being said, I still think it’s a shooter a lot of gamers will like due to the WWII theme and overall atmosphere of the game. It’s definitely a cool game with plenty of action, but I (along with a lot of other folks) wish they would tweak their in-app purchasing setup.

If you’re ready to gear up and take down the Nazis you can head on over to the Play Store and pick up Glu Mobile’s Frontline Commando: D-Day.

Rating: 7/10 taps
Cost: FREE
Available from: Google Play