Signal Ops is a multi-perspective stealth FPS, out now

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Signal Ops

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If I knew supervising a squad of somewhat inept operatives during espionage missions would look so cool, I would've entered the spy management field a long time ago. Signal Ops (opens in new tab) demands the same level of cunning as other stealth shooters such as Syndicate or Deus Ex, but it also upends convention by feeding you the first-person views of all your teammates simultaneously . It's like playing a co-op game by yourself (or with buddies, don't worry), and it challenges your skills at multitasking and awareness.

Presented with a heavily stylized look of the dawning years of computerized surveillance, Signal Ops lets you control your entire squad directly from each member's eyeballs. Missions the avoid stack-shoot-kill sequence of tactical games like Rainbow Six, instead drawing upon your subtlety for positioning each operative without detection and giving the go-code for actions such as sniping, sabotage, document pilfering, or zapping a poor janitor. You can never trust janitors.

Here's how developer Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation describes it: "You work for a secretive government agency and lead your field agents from the relative safety of the control room on various espionage missions. Stealing secrets, sabotage, assassination, and all that sort of thing. This is no corridor shooter. The levels are open and you are free to tackle the objectives in the manner you see fit.”

Signal Ops is out now on GOG (opens in new tab) for $12.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?