Thunder Tier One Review: Realistic Tactical Top-Down Shooter From PUBG Makers

We have all the time had first-person shooter video games to cross our time with. Video games resembling Counter-Strike, PUBG, Apex Legends, Name of Obligation, and Battlefield come to thoughts as I make that assertion. There is a completely different class of video games which can be simply as attention-grabbing and addictive: top-down shooters. In style top-down shooter video games resembling Nuclear Throne and Animal Royale have a good variety of lively gamers nonetheless having fun with each minute of it. Personally, I’ve by no means been keen on this class, partly due to the best way now we have to shoot the enemies. It simply would not really feel “conventional” to me.

However over the previous few weeks, I attempted my arms on a brand new sport from the builders of PUBG, Krafton. What does Thunder Tier One deliver to the desk? Is it a revolutionary sport or simply one other title that may chunk the mud? Let’s discover out. I’ve examined the sport on my PC which packs a Ryzen 3600, Nvidia GeForce 1660 Tremendous, and 16GB RAM.

Thunder Tier One is a tactical top-down co-op shooter that’s set within the Nineties and allows you to be part of an elite process pressure that’s assigned to cease a terrorist organisation from infiltrating the fictional nation of Salobia. The story follows a four-man military squad that may be AI-controlled or human teammates. Thunder Tier One has a single-player co-op marketing campaign and a multiplayer mode whereby you may create lobbies with your folks.

The marketing campaign will not be like your standard video games with correct story mode and dialogues. As a substitute, this one follows a nine-game mission. Every mission within the Thunder Tier One marketing campaign mode is completely different with new places and new enemy placements. Nevertheless, the ultimate objective is sort of the identical. You must both free a hostage, seize an enemy, or seek for intel.

Thunder Tier One offers you with a slew of throwables and nifty devices to meddle round with


The highest-down perspective may very well be a bit exhausting at first, particularly for these coming from first-person or third-person shooters like me. Nevertheless, the builders have included a fast however very helpful tutorial spherical, whereby they stroll you thru all of the controls a Thunder Tier One soldier must know. The purpose-of-view positive impacts your gameplay and it took me a while to adapt to the best way the character strikes.

Thunder Tier One is a sport that wants you to speak along with your teammates. Enjoying with AI is a hit and miss. Whereas the sport does its finest at offering navigation instructions and pings, the AI will not be that intelligent. There have been instances when my teammates have been nonetheless within the mission space whereas I used to be on the extraction level. At one level, I used to be in a state of affairs the place I positioned an AI to cowl my again whereas I cleared the entrance space. However the AI was caught on some type of furnishings and naturally, the enemy AI completed me off then and there. Nevertheless, these glitches are uncommon and do not occur in each sport. Thunder Tier One will probably be far more enjoyable if you happen to play with your folks and plan out ways and assault accordingly. Nevertheless, in case you are somebody who needs a problem, the sport does give you some attention-grabbing problem settings resembling Lone Wolf, which because the identify suggests can have you on the sector alone, with none human or AI teammates. There are a few different such settings which make the sport extra attention-grabbing and fascinating.

With Thunder Tier One being top-down, it is clearly tough to have a wider point-of-view. So, as you progress ahead in the direction of the mission, the enemies simply maintain coming out of the blue. I’ve been caught off-guard 1,000,000 instances and acquired knocked out for not being behind cowl. When the enemies are out of sight, they depart a sound wave at any time when they stroll round, and you may see these ripples on the nook of your display screen. This can be a good solution to spot them. A fast peek can lure them out of their cowl whereas your teammates are capable of pin them down.

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The sport offers you a fast temporary concerning the mission earlier than heading into the sector


Earlier than beginning every mission in Thunder Tier One, you and your teammates are supplied with a short report concerning the place and your whole duties. After studying it, you may then go forward and customise your loadout relying on the duties you might be allotted. You’ll be able to allot particular designations to your teammates, so one will be the medic whereas the opposite is a techie. This fashion, the workforce features higher. The sport additionally permits you to create presets for loadouts which is a pleasant contact.

There are a ton of weapons within the sport to select from just like the UMP45, AS VAL, CAR-15, AKS-74U, and lots of extra. Nevertheless, to me, it by no means felt just like the weapon I selected modified the result of the mission. It hardly takes greater than three bullets to kill an enemy, so switching to a different weapon did not change the gameplay a lot for me. This would possibly simply be a private selection.

Not like PUBG, this isn’t a first-person shooter — which means you must assume earlier than you dive into something headfirst. Info and endurance together with some wit are key in Thunder Tier One. It doesn’t matter what weapons you have got, intel is king.

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Thunder Tier One offers you a variety of choices for customisation

You’ll be able to meddle round with a number of devices within the stock resembling M18 Claymore which is a motion-triggered landmine, M112 Demo Cost which is ideal for breaching closed doorways, or Fiber Optics Digicam that can be utilized to survey the enemy space earlier than breaching in. This fashion, you will not be caught off guard.

There’s an Digital Toolkit and a Lockpick too which may turn out to be useful at any given time. These are a number of the nifty devices that give Thunder Tier One a fast turnaround in the direction of a greater deliberate out technique. In fact, you have got a number of the usuals like hand grenades and smoke grenades that may be very helpful at instances.

Fight in Thunder Tier One is sort of first rate. There is no melee, so which means there is not any level in attempting to be a grasp of stealth. You may all the time see bullets whizzing previous. The sound design for footsteps and particularly the rains whereas wandering by a forest is immaculate. To not point out the gunshots — every bullet shot has the proper quantity of bass and sounds actually good total.

Thunder Tier One follows the identical mechanics as PUBG. If you happen to or one in all your teammates get shot a number of instances, they don’t die. They’re simply “knocked down.” Whereas being knocked down, they’re nonetheless capable of shoot on the enemy. This fashion, a compatriot can heal them up and get them on their toes with out truly having a person down. Even when all of your teammates are completed off — which is uncommon — you may go on to complete the mission. It is not essential to have all of the squadmates alive so long as the duties are all accomplished. The sport can develop into a bit nerve-racking once you’re dealing with a variety of enemies and when your seemingly foolproof ways do not pan out the best way you supposed them to.

Thunder Tier One is an incredible sport in case you are somebody who appreciates the tactical aspect of capturing video games. The graphics and the mechanics are actually good for a top-down shooter sport and there is not any likelihood you may hate the fight. The sport goes for a retro look from its splash display screen to UI — and I used to be up for it.

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Thunder Tier One offers you a birds-eye view earlier than each mission


The foyer generally is a bit intimidating for first-time gamers however when you get a cling of it, you may end up fidgeting and customising issues right here and there. The AI teammates should not that intelligent. Nevertheless, they don’t hinder your expertise of the marketing campaign. The Thunder Tier One missions might sound a bit monotonous as a result of the duties are normally: enter the realm, kill enemies, retrieve intel, get out. Nevertheless, it is the best way you execute these missions that maintain you tied to the sport.

Total, Thunder Tier One is a enjoyable sport to spend a while with your folks and never rage give up, whereas additionally having some brainstorming periods over your subsequent plan of assault.


  • Good graphics and sound design
  • The gameplay and fight feels easy
  • A number of modes to take pleasure in even in case you are solo queuing
  • An ideal sport to start out your top-down shooter profession 


  • AI teammates aren’t too intelligent
  • Some glitches and bugs would possibly destroy the expertise
  • Many of the duties within the marketing campaign are comparable

Ranking (out of 10): 8

Thunder Tier One is offered on Steam for Rs. 529.

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