There have been a few attempts at mashing up the RTS and FPS genres, and it's not hard to see why. It's a great way to convey both the lethality of the battlefield in one hand, as well as its overarching scale in another.
Eximius: Seize The Frontline might just be the best game to do it so far, though, perfectly interlinking small combat stories into one, huge battle narrative.
Players can act as both Commander and Officer, and winning will take cunning in both positions in its 5v5 matches.
As a Commander, you'll need to build your army using limited resources, plot routes through urban maps, and keep an eye out for enemies that may flank your units.
As an Officer, you'll be able to get your hands dirty, unleash your firepower, and use a series of abilities like a Reinhardt-inspired shield to keep your non-playable comrades in the fight.
Despite essentially rendering a pair of games simultaneously, Eximius is impressively realised. Sure, some buildings start to look familiar after a skirmish or two, but dropping from a birds-eye view down to the inside of a character's head always feels novel.
Gunplay isn't as responsive as a more dedicated FPS, but there are some touches to make it feel more than passable. For one, hit detection is solid, movement is pretty fluid, and weapons feel responsive – whether that's an assault rifle, a sniper rifle, or a heavy weapon.
Matches revolve around holding control points, and making a note of an enemy officer's position is key. See them rushing an objective? Time to attempt to take them out, maybe with a purchased sniper rifle, or send your units careening their way.
Once you've accrued the resources, one of the most powerful units that can be constructed are the armoured BattleSuits. These drop into battle with a selection of weaponry, and are capable of taking on entire platoons.
There's not really anything else available right now that scratches the hybrid itch as Eximius does. Looking to take charge or be a war hero? Check out Eximius: Seize The Frontline on Steam now.