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 comparable to 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 are simply as fascinating and addictive: top-down shooters. Common top-down shooter video games comparable to Nuclear Throne and Animal Royale have an honest 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 we have now 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 can 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 Nineteen Nineties and allows you to be part of an elite job drive 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’ll be able to create lobbies with your mates.

The marketing campaign isn’t like your traditional 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 areas and new enemy placements. Nonetheless, the ultimate objective is nearly the identical. You must both free a hostage, seize an enemy, or seek for intel.

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


The highest-down perspective could possibly be a bit arduous at first, particularly for these coming from first-person or third-person shooters like me. Nonetheless, 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 greatest at offering navigation instructions and pings, the AI isn’t that intelligent. There have been occasions when my teammates had been nonetheless within the mission space whereas I used to be on the extraction level. At one level, I used to be in a scenario the place I positioned an AI to cowl my again whereas I cleared the entrance space. However the AI was caught on some sort of furnishings and naturally, the enemy AI completed me off then and there. Nonetheless, these glitches are uncommon and do not occur in each sport. Thunder Tier One will likely be rather more enjoyable for those who play with your mates and plan out techniques and assault accordingly. Nonetheless, if you’re somebody who desires a problem, the sport does offer you some fascinating issue settings comparable to Lone Wolf, which because the title suggests can have you on the sphere alone, with none human or AI teammates. There are a few different such settings which make the sport extra fascinating and fascinating.

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

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The sport provides you a fast transient concerning the mission earlier than heading into the sphere


Earlier than beginning every mission in Thunder Tier One, you and your teammates are supplied with a short report concerning the place and your entire duties. After studying it, you’ll be able to then go forward and customise your loadout relying on the duties you might be allotted. You may allot particular designations to your teammates, so one may be the medic whereas the opposite is a techie. This manner, the crew capabilities higher. The sport additionally means that you can 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. Nonetheless, 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 alternative.

In contrast to PUBG, this isn’t a first-person shooter — which means you need to suppose earlier than you dive into something headfirst. Data and endurance together with some wit are key in Thunder Tier One. It doesn’t matter what weapons you’ve gotten, intel is king.

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Thunder Tier One provides you a variety of choices for customisation

You may meddle round with a number of devices within the stock comparable to 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 manner, you will not be caught off guard.

There’s an Digital Toolkit and a Lockpick too which might come in useful at any given time. These are a few of the nifty devices that give Thunder Tier One a fast turnaround in direction of a greater deliberate out technique. In fact, you’ve gotten a few of the usuals like hand grenades and smoke grenades that may be very useful at occasions.

Fight in Thunder Tier One is kind of respectable. There is no melee, so which means there is not any level in making an attempt to be a grasp of stealth. You will all the time see bullets whizzing previous. The sound design for footsteps and particularly the rains whereas wandering by means of 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. When you or certainly one of your teammates get shot a number of occasions, they don’t die. They’re simply “knocked down.” Whereas being knocked down, they’re nonetheless in a position to shoot on the enemy. This manner, a compatriot can heal them up and get them on their ft with out really having a person down. Even when all of your teammates are completed off — which is uncommon — you’ll be able to go on to complete the mission. It isn’t essential to have all of the squadmates alive so long as the duties are all accomplished. The sport can develop into a bit anxious if you’re dealing with a variety of enemies and when your seemingly foolproof techniques do not pan out the best way you supposed them to.

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

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


The foyer could be a bit intimidating for first-time gamers however when you get a dangle of it, you may end up fidgeting and customising issues right here and there. The AI teammates usually are not that intelligent. Nonetheless, 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 often: enter the realm, kill enemies, retrieve intel, get out. Nonetheless, it is the best way you execute these missions that preserve you tied to the sport.

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


  • Good graphics and sound design
  • The gameplay and fight feels easy
  • A number of modes to get pleasure from even if you’re solo queuing
  • An amazing sport to start out your top-down shooter profession 


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

Score (out of 10): 8

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

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