The FPS genre has grown to be a fickle one, as the range of games that claim they are FPS are far and wide. Often we look at this genre with disdain and for good reason because it often involves fast-paced action with often surprising deaths. Today, we took an early access game called Black Squad for a spin as it takes players back to the classic age of FPS.
Black Squad, in general, is literally Counter-Strike Global Offensive lite. From the maps to the guns, there is nothing much that sets it apart. The first thing one notices in this game is that it has a polished feel when it comes to the depictions of its rifles and guns giving those models a detailed HD look, while at the same time creating a sense of artifice that comes with the portrayal.
Gameplay-wise, the game has a lobby system which brings you into the game mode of choice which is Team Deathmatch, Demolition, VIP Escort and Base Destruction. The latter two modes would probably remind you of the Overwatch Escort modes and Base Destruction is literally what it is, whereby players have to completely demolish your enemies base in order to gain a victory. The game mechanics themselves are similar to CS: GO, shoot well, run hard and curse your teammates. Skill is definitely part and parcel of this game, whereby twitch like reactions are key to getting kills, while like everything else, it's all practice.
While the game boasts that it has fair balance for its free to play players, there are premium items that can be bought using the in-game premium currency which gives certain players an edge over the competition. Usually, the newer players won't see the difference until later through the game whereby small stats differences from the weapons such as lower recoil or stable aim can impact the way the game is played in overall.
All in all, if you are bored and are looking for a free to play FPS game, then Black Squad may be your thing. If you ignore the small advantages that the premium players get, then you are pretty much getting Counter-Strike: GO on a discount price of free. You can check it out on Steam if you are interested in giving this game a go.