Ghost in the Shell: First Assault is a multiplayer shooter that is set in the world of the popular anime, Ghost in the Shell. If you haven’t watched Ghost in the Shell yet, you have to. Even though the anime is already about twenty years old since it was originally released, you will be able to appreciate the immense level of detail the animators put into the film. With the upcoming release of First Assault Stand Alone Complex, every fan is waiting in high anticipation when they get the chance to play as the iconic Major Motoko Kusanagi. However, this PC exclusive looks like it will be sitting idly behind the shadow of a colossus.
The reason why Ghost in the Shell: First Assault limits a player’s enjoyment is because the world in which the anime is set in is so vast that the game falls short in this regard. For those who don’t know about the anime, it is set in a dystopian cyberpunk future wherein people have been combining humans with machinery like it is just any other everyday activity.
In the anime, hackers have been known to cause cerebral damage to add up to their already lengthy list of computer-based terrorism. Both the film and the game focus on Section 9, which is a group of cyber enhanced individuals that work as the government’s black ops operatives. Therefore, players will be able to enjoy taking control of Major Kusanagi, along with her anti-terrorism teammates, to rid corruption which spirals to the very core of the government.
Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online is a team-based tactical shooter. Those who are interested in the game can get it through Steam’s Early Access but will need to shell out a bit to play it. However, those who have enough patience will be greeted with a free-to-play game when it is officially launched.
Currently, the maps are tiny, and it features a run-and-gun style of gameplay. As of the moment, it feels and looks fairly standard, and does feel very limiting when you compare it to the original animation.
Playing Ghost in the Shell: First Assault depends on how hyped you are to get it. If you’re really a fan of the animation, then you may want to head onto Steam and download it for a price. However, if you don’t want to shell out anything at the moment, then just wait for the official release. By then, perhaps the developers may add a few extras to cover for the limiting style of gameplay.