SAS: Secure Tomorrow review

  • Fun door-breaching
  • Enemies knock over objects for cover
  • Certainly not too hard
  • Invincible, yet stupid squad AI
  • Linear and bland environments
  • Just way too easy

For those not familiar with the SAS, it’s the Brits’ equivalent of the U.S. Marine Corps. Or, if you believe SAS: Secure Tomorrow’s interpretation, it’s an army of unkillable yet dim-witted super-soldiers that mow down international terrorists by the dozen.

You personally are a counter-terrorist of flesh and blood, but having a team of unstoppable Terminators makes that largely irrelevant. As soon as you take the first step into a room, your two partners will charge in, easily absorbing their weight in lead, and clumsily shoot everything that moves. You’d be able to run through the entire game without firing a shot if your partners weren’t prone to getting caught on level geometry or obliviously running right through an enemy camp. Unintentional as they may be, these bugs are the only “features” that make SAS even remotely challenging.

Your squad utilizes a well-worn but still-enjoyable mechanic of stacking up on a door and throwing in a flashbang, or rather a flash-slow-down-time-bang that lets you shred those freedom-haters in slow-mo. The shotgun and sniper rifle provide worthwhile alternatives to the standard-issue assault rifle; pistols, submachine guns, and dropped enemy weapons are unnecessary. The same drab office facility environments are repeated across most missions, and even the snowy mountain setting quickly grows tiresome as paths are arbitrarily blocked to force you along a tightly linear route.

The SAS’s god-like force feels wasted on the lackluster antagonists in the game, whose entire diabolical scheme is foiled in a few measly hours of gameplay. Enemies knock over objects for cover, but otherwise, the AI is rudimentary. This combination of powerful allies and weak foes makes the player feel completely superfluous, so why not play a game that needs us instead?

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PCG Final Verdict: 37% (don’t bother)

Dec 16, 2008

More Info

Release date: Oct 16 2008 - PC (US)
Oct 16 2008 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Shooter
Published by: City Interactive
Developed by: City Interactive
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Strong Language, Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • devinejoh - December 17, 2008 3:47 a.m.

    more like navy seals then marines
  • Fionn1 - December 17, 2008 1:03 p.m.

    The SAS are beyond Marine Corps there special ops double hard bstrds, more elite and more difficult to get into, plus no one knows who the hell is in it, I could go on but whoever interpreted this to be as an SAS game with unkillable but dimwitted soldiers has got it slightly wrong to say the least....
  • XSgtShootemupX - December 17, 2008 8:48 p.m.

    Considering you have to have a really high IQ, been in the British Army for X amount of years the Royal Marines for X amount of years and the Royal Marines commandos for X amount of years before you can even get put forward for the TRIALS in the SAS. Your damn wrong. The Marines Corp faced with the SAS would run off shitting themselves.
  • BlackKraken - December 17, 2008 2:54 a.m.

    The SAS are the equivalent of the US marine corps? Try again.
  • pimlicosound - December 17, 2008 8:41 p.m.

    Yes, that intro remark seems way off. The British equivalent of the US Marine Corps is, well, the Royal Marine Corps! The US doesn't have anything directly comparable to the SAS. Delta Squad and the Navy SEALS are in the same zone, though.
  • pimlicosound - December 17, 2008 8:42 p.m.

    Yes, that intro remark seems way off. The British equivalent of the US Marine Corps is, well, the Royal Marine Corps! The US doesn't have anything directly comparable to the SAS. Delta Force and the Navy SEALS are in the same zone, though.
  • quadmembers - December 17, 2008 8:47 p.m.

    uh oh..... i just got this for someone for Christmas.......i really hope your not right about this.
  • jonfitt - December 19, 2008 3:10 a.m.

    As others have pointed out the US Marines are not Special Forces. The equivalent to the SAS is the Delta Force which was in fact modelled after the SAS. ...and they are unstoppable Terminators, so it sounds about right.
  • MoJo - December 19, 2008 8:04 a.m.

    Well, I have to say that I am a great fan of Chuck Norris, and he was in the Delta Force, and the delta was a triangle. You know, all this talk about Chuck is making me want to get married all over again. Because at the Beta Barn, you get 20% off for each marriage.
  • Namorita - December 21, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    SAS stands for "Special Air Service" and are equilant to US special forces/Airborne. The Brittish equilant to the Navy SEAL's is called SBS "Special Boat Service". Im not sure about the equliant to Delta Force if there is one.
  • wfb0531 - January 20, 2009 midnight

    Let this dumb reviewer be. He is obviously unfamiliar with both the USMC and the SAS. Delta Force was directly modeled on the SAS. Therefore, it is the U.S. equivalent. Period. Navy SEALs are the Navy's special warfare group. They are maritime surgical strike teams. They are very comparable to the UK's Special Boat Service. USMC and Royal Marines are also pretty comparable, though Royal Marines is a smaller service, as is everything else of Britain. Royal Marine Commando's may be considered Special Operations (I'm not sure about this), and if they are, they are somewhat comparable to USMC Force Recon. However, Force Recon is NOT a primary DIRECT ACTION force. Meaning, they're primary mission is NOT combat, it is long range reconnaissance. Finally, about requirements in joining the SAS, it is a British Army organization, though they accept recruits from the Royal Marines. There is a prior service tenure requirement, but I am unsure of it.
  • Gammix - May 18, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    I think that familiarity with the proper use of the English language really ought to be a prerequisite for calling someone "dumb"... =P

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