Our opinion on S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2 and its gameplay
Online FPS that follow a free to play business model are not legion. In this sense, S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2 is a case in point. Published by Gameforge and developed by Dragonfly, this first-person shooter now has a large community. Here’s the deal: you are an elite soldier fighting in a war that is supposed to take place in the near future. It’s up to you to dive into the heart of the battle!
The first thing to note is that the game launches quickly. The free download is done in a few seconds, and the menu doesn’t bother with frills. S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2 offers quality graphics, running under Unreal Engine 3. The rendering is honourable, without being exceptional. The big strength is that the game can run on most PCs. There are many playable maps, but not all of them are available with each game mode. One can still complain about the frequent invisible walls, which affect the shooting. The servers are stable and loading times are minimal.
Despite all these good intentions, Dragonfly’s title suffers from a major problem: its lack of identity. On the border between the big FPS (Call of Duty, Counter Strike) it never manages to stand out from the competition. A lesser evil, however, given its economic model.
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S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2: weapons and gameplay
The gameplay of S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2 is very accessible. In fact, it is nervous enough to keep the player on his toes, but it is also very (too?) simple. It doesn’t show any subtlety and doesn’t bring any new idea to the FPS field.
The starting arsenal consists of only 2 weapons; the others are unlocked with the game’s currency, via the online shop. Each weapon (there are more than fifty) has its own characteristics. In the available models, you can find a bit of everything, but mostly the classic, from the AK47 to the FAMAS and the crossbow.
S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2 has many game modes. Of course, there are the classic Death Match alone or in teams, Plant the Bomb or Capture the Flag. But some original modes are also included. Escape mode consists of escaping from a map, pursued by another team. The Glass mode has two teams competing on a glass floor; you have to shoot at the feet of your opponents to make them fall. Finally, the Heroic mode has you taking aliens into the heart of the enemy base. But here again, there is a problem. Indeed, most players are content with the classic Death Match, and you may have to wait 10 to 30 minutes to enjoy a more atypical mode between players.
Via the shop, you can buy a weapon or a skin temporarily or permanently; the latter option obviously costs much more. And if you can afford everything with the in-game currency, the more impatient will have to reach into their pockets. This is still the best way to reach the top of the online leaderboard.
Our conclusion on S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2
S.K.I.L.L. Special Force 2’s numerous game modes make it a great online FPS. Free to play, quick to launch, it has everything you need to have fun in a few minutes. But the regular visits to the shop and the lack of originality of the software could also put some people off.