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I didn't really like the graphics much, everything is just really grey, and everything has this "default" feel to it, and I just hate glowy things, it was a hard pass for me, I just couldn't force myself to play this otherwise.

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I enjoyed this one but eventually lost the will to continue, mostly due to more exciting games on my to-do list. The lore book released by the devs as a free PDF was a really great read for a sci-fi fan.

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This game was weird to me. It felt like there was deep lore, and THERE WAS -- in a included PDF. However, while playing the game I understood none of it; didn't understand my character, my motivations, the people, the factions, anything. I tried scouring the planet for these lore capsules, but couldn't find them all -- so guess I'll never understand why I'm playing the game (unless I read the big-ass included lore dump).

 

In the end I think I enjoyed my experience, but it sure was "Hazy" for me.

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It's clearly a hate/love game. It's kind of repetetive and bare bones, especially in the beginning. While the scenerey is nice, many assets are repeated over and over again. There are only four types of enemies (robots, drones, turrents and flying energy sparks ) and effetivly only four different weapons - of which one is your default pistol that is completely useless for anything and one is kind of useless, so you can make it two.

You task is to find data and signal fragments, collect scrap and take bunkers form enemy forces. You seem to play some kind of AI and can transfer yourself to a random robot chassis at checkpoints after you die or as a method of fast traveling. At first, that's kind of easy and you repeat your same tactics over and over again. Then, after about two thirds of the map are conquered, it suddenly gets all tough. Suddenly you can't go in solo, guns blazing, anymore. You have to use a recruitment tool, which takes one of your two weapon slots and take fellow robots along. As much in the game squad management is extremely basic. I haven't even found a command to kick a robot from your squad and the only command, rallying at a selected point, usually doesn't work. While the AI of your allies is braindead, they work as extra fire power and usually do the job. Except if there is a turrent, then they get killed every single time. So the best tactics is to go in solo, destroy all turrents, go back to base and come back with a squad. Tedious, but effective. Especially since the turrents are droppend from orbit and sometimes, very rarely, a second one will appear when you just have arrived with your mates.

Still, I think combat is pretty fun in this game. You have to manage raising and lowering your shield and your AOE, while trying not to get surrounded and looking for cover to recharge constantly. The guns have a feel for energy weapons and sound great, especially over long distances. 

The graphics are dated, but work very well with the gigantic ships and ruins strewn over the landscape. 

The exploration aspect is kind of so-so. While most objects you discover all look the same and just give you a piece of story you can read through (there are no voiceovers in the game), there are one or two small highlights among them. The story itself is interesting, but the presentation -again- is rather basic.

The music could be more present, in my opinion, it's generally hardly noticeable.

To sum it up: Very basic game with not much variety but interesting, tactical combat and a nice feel and atmosphere.

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On 6/29/2020 at 9:29 AM, Olaxan said:

This game was weird to me. It felt like there was deep lore, and THERE WAS -- in a included PDF. However, while playing the game I understood none of it; didn't understand my character, my motivations, the people, the factions, anything. I tried scouring the planet for these lore capsules, but couldn't find them all -- so guess I'll never understand why I'm playing the game (unless I read the big-ass included lore dump).

 

In the end I think I enjoyed my experience, but it sure was "Hazy" for me.

After finishing the game I would correct my rating to "pass".

Why? Because it clearly feels unfinished und lazy. The 50-page backstory document you mention is a big part of that. They claim you can enjoy the game without reading it and that's a lie. Like you said, you don't get the slightest bit of information about the backstory in the game. I think a two-minute intro could have changed that. I read the story, it's not really complicated. They just couldn't be bothered to tell it in any better way. 

 

There's also a fifth enemy type I forgot about: Some kind of four legged spider walker that eats a lot of bullets but is otherwise completely harmless. It's too immobile to flush you out of your cover. This thing pissed me off, since it's just copy-pasted as a "boss" enemy to a few areas that are supposed to be ominous, creepy and important. It's even used as kind of a final boss for the two different endings. And that makes me feel like the cut corners. They could not be bothered to create a final boss. The two endings are equally lackluster - they are sequences that are about ten seconds long, without text. Without having read the backstory, you don't get what they really mean either.

 

I get it, it's a small independet game studio. But 90% of all games I play are from creators like that. If you can't afford doing anything else, why not at least an into with a textcrawl. They also could just cut the crawler enemy from all other places and just used it as the final boss. It wouldn't have affected the gameplay.

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