Toy Soldiers: War Chest – PS4 Hands on

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Toy Soldiers: War Chest – PS4 Hands on

If I’m frank, I wasn’t really sure I was the right fit for this game. Mostly because I’d never played the earlier entries in the (well-respected) Toy Soldiers series, but also because toy collector culture doesn’t much tickle my fancy.

So imagine my surprise when I went hands-on with Toy Soldiers: War Chest on PS4 and discovered not just a clever fusion of tower defense and third-person action, but a fiendishly addictive vortex that quickly reduced me to shrieking “kablammo! kablammo! boooosh!” while I bombarded hordes of rainbow ponies with mortars. Watch our new video above for the full story.

At its core, Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a classic tower defense game set in three-dimensional environments, a nice upgrade from the static 2D backdrops of most TD titles. You’ll set up turrets in between waves of approaching enemies, feverishly upgrading and repairing them to prevent being overrun. You earn gold by slaying incoming enemy hordes, then spend the proceeds on new specialized turrets (anti-armor, anti-infantry, anti-air) and fancy upgrades that increase your attack range, damage and so forth. So far, so good — it’s all standard fare.

Toy Soldiers War Chest on PS4

Here’s the twist. The tower defense gameplay is mashed up with elements of third-person shooters. This means you can hop into a turret and operate it manually from an intense third-person shooter perspective — and you’ll want to, because it boosts your killing power and gold rewards. You can also call on your uber-powerful hero (more on that in a second) to enter the fray, while you hose down the incoming armies using standard third-person shooter inputs.

Before a match, your choice of faction determines which army and hero you control. Series mainstay Kaiser Wilhelm fights with tanks, turrets and other war machine; when called on the battlefield, his minigun mows through incoming enemy formations. Star Bright’s army comes as a parade of pixies, fairies, and laser-blasting teddy bears; in action, she opts for a glitter gun and heart bombs (“devastating,” our presenter deadpanned).

Toy Soldiers War Chest on PS4

The final game will include four different playable factions, all of which are radically different in look and feel. In the new Campaign mode, your goal is to defend your toy box from enemy forces.

A few more features also caught my eye: the game’s deformable terrain means you can redirect incoming forces by knocking out vital roads and bridges; you can also pause the game and adjust the camera perspective to line up perfect screenshots using PS4’s Share button.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest comes to PS4 in 2015. Have questions? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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  • I put that battery in his back
    I’m the reason why he move like that
    That’s my m*****n toy soldier
    I tell him pop that gat, he gon’ pop that gat
    You don’t wanna play with my toy soldier
    I say it’s on then it’s on until your life is over
    F*ing with my toy soldier
    If youse a casualty of war, trust me I got more
    You don’t want it with my toy soldiers

  • I’m really happy this is coming to PS4, especially because I switched from primarily 360 to primarily PS4 this gen (thanks to the Vita.) For those of you who only had a PS3 last gen, this series is definitely in the top five Tower Defense games ever, and it fights for the top spot along with Defense Grid on my personal list. Just calling it Tower Defense doesn’t do it justice, because that might call to mind the 1,000 cheap iPhone games, but it’s really a top quality arcade title.

    To the devs, I hope you can get this game to have a platinum. I got 100% in the last two games too quickly. It will help your sales a lot too.

  • All the usual questions:

    1) Price?
    2) Will there be a demo?
    3) Is there a Vita version?
    4) Is it cross buy/cross save?

    This game looks awesome by the way and I expect to pick it up on day one :D

  • @3, no vita version, probably will be a demo. I would say probably the usual 14.99-19.99.

    I want to know if split screen will be in,would love to have some friends over playing this one.

    • Good question! Will ask. I don’t think they’ve confirmed much beyond the first two armies, basic game features, and some hands-on play.

  • According to the video trailer. “Toy Soldiers: War Chest comes to PS4 in Early 2015”

    Thought I’d help someone that didn’t watch the video yet.

  • Online play?

  • I figured I’d post this here, in the hopes that it this issue might get the attention it requires.

    I’ve been a PS+ subscriber for years. Lately, a lot of sales come up for excellent games that I would like to purchase, but cannot, since I already received them ‘free’ with my paid subscription. It seems to me that the easiest solution would be to give us the ability to have items deleted at our request from our Download List, by contacting Sony directly. Then, we could take advantage of the sales when they occur.

    When I contacted customer service, I was told to create a brand-new PSN account. I do not want to have to have two accounts, when I only use one. Sony is making it impossible for me to give you my money.

    Can anyone address this issue?

  • Sweet I can’t wait ?

  • After watching the trailer I must say this has my attention I hope there will be a demo for this.

    • The game is shockingly fun, honest. I can’t stop thinking about it. Of course, I’m obsessed with tower defense games…

  • I played the hell out of the Xbox arcade games (although cold war was a bit easy) so it’s great to see it here. Hopefully there will be a vita version at some point.

    Will there still be couch co-op? I consider that it’s strongest selling point.

  • This LOOKS great!! Must buy for me!

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