Hey, if I wanted to learn a bit about multi-unit tactics, what would be a good game to play?
Ideally either something up to two console generations old (so emulation is easy and solid), or PS4/Mac.
I'm not looking for an exhaustive simulation, just Baby's First Tactics. Ideally with some in-game hand-holding on basic tactical considerations because I know next to nothing...
Well, old XCom or its remake are both good.
If you don't mind extreme old, crescent hawk's inception, and mega mek will work for the battle tech thing.
Final fantasy tactics is also pretty good though I'm not sure what systems it is on now.
Wasteland and fallout 1&2 are also good tactics rpgs, though they tend to be all human on human/human on monster
@anthracite It's very good! Has a very nice combo of being fast to play, with short constrained stages, with the unlocking options mostly all being sidegrades/strategy changes as opposed to strict upgrades. As you play it/get better at it, it opens up new strategies and play styles to tinker with. Also the story itself is pretty neat for being told in a fairly constrained fashion (basically just a few pilot comments and mission briefs)
@anthracite I honestly would suggest X:Com Enemy Unknown/Within (the first of the current gen x-coms) its good for drilling in small fire-team tactics like cover, flanking maneuvering, situational awareness, and how important logistics and intel is to a fight. Since I've got most of the missions and variations locked in, I know what my force requirements are, and what roles are always important to have highest ranks in.
Ah, scrolled up and saw PS4 only, apologies
I'll cosign Invisible Inc, and Into the Breach - while on the hard side - has a reverse-time mechanic that helps you learn how things can go wrong with it. It's a roguelike, so plan to fail until you succeed if you try it out.
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone!
Right now I am gonna fool with Into the Breach, I also have a ROM of the first Fire Emblem in English. Mmmight fool with Xcom Enemy Unknown if Steam ever decides to let me get past the age verification page.
I recommend Particle Fleet: Emergence and Fre Emblem as a beginner entry, as you get a bit more secure I would highly recommend trying the OpenXcom project.
The large amount of mods and features in the base game allow for a lot of varied tactics compared to modern games.