The Fire Rises is a free-to-play, browser-based real-time strategy game developed by Warner Bros. Games as a tie in to The Dark Knight Rises. The game has a June 19th, 2012 release date.
The Fire Rises casts players as henchmen, out to get their own piece of Gotham’s pie. With lackeys of their own, players secure territory, spawn various crew members to take out a relentless stream of deadly security officers, and loot valuable gear from nearby buildings, all before Gotham PD shows up in full force and puts an end to your crime spree.
WB takes a surprisingly core-gamer approach to the browser game. Maximizing your looting sprees takes not just a good strategy, but a quick mind. Various crew members, from loot-happy Thugs to demolition-packing Saboteurs, offer different benefits and drawbacks.
In The Fire Rises, players take on the role of one of Bane’s henchmen, tasked with looting and pillaging Gotham City on his behalf. The game’s objective is to loot as many valuables from several targets on the map while fending off waves of Gotham security officers. As you steal more loot, new locations and crew members will become available. Each stage ends when the Gotham Police Department shows up in full force. Players lose loot for each crew members apprehended by the police. Bane gives players countdown before they arrive, giving players the chance to make a last ditch effort to grab more goods or simply turn tail and run.
Players loot resources by first spawning crew members from sewer covers. Friendly sewer covers appear white while enemy controlled sewer covers appear red. Crew members can capture enemy sewer covers to create new spawn locations, increasing the speed by which players can call up reinforcements. These sewer covers also mark each stage’s exit. Friendly units must return to one of these sewer covers to drop off loot and escape from the Gotham Police Department.
The game features eight crew members, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. These crew members eliminate enemy forces with a variety of melee, mid-range, and far-range attacks, or support allies with healing capabilities, demolitions knowledge, or quick capture speeds.
Honestly, the game looks like crap on a stick, but I will probably give it a go…