Layering on top of the customization are the squads, which comprise of ten characters you design yourself. Sense of ownership multiples when you take them out to the field as AI controlled teammates, pitted against your friend and his squad.

Squads seem to encourage diversity of weapons and skills, but I also feel the compulsion to experiment and see how a team of ten snipers can hold their own. One of the more intriguing aspects of Squads is an asynchronous mode where you can play against your friend's squad without your friend being present.