A Paladin’s Browsing: Feb 27, 2015: I Think You’d Be Mad To Join This Republique.

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End of February brings a slew of Unity powered games. Here’s a few featured for better or worse.

This post is part of a series where I take a look at the most interesting games on the new releases list for Steam. You can find out more about it here.

Early Access Game: Ascent - The Space Game for Windows only

Early Access Game: Ascent – The Space Game for Windows only

 Ascent – The Space Game

A game where you may not be able to judge it on the graphics alone. A PVE sandbox MMO with a claimed 270 billion starsystems to explore. With graphics that look…well…dodgy and an unproven Indie dev team, I don’t really like focusing on these games so much. They tend to promise the stars and give you a tiny asteroid. But the game has been out for a few years and the devs seem to proving their worth. So far. My main concern is how much the 270 billion systems is quantity over quality. Having a giant pool that’s three inches deep isn’t that impressive. It does help that there does seem to be a lot of different things you can do. But, how long until it’s just the same system over and over again. Be interesting to take another look at this one when it’s fully released.

Side Note: how do you Do it?

Uhhhhhhhhhhh…….erm………………..I uhhhhhhhhhhhhh………………….am….I……this is…..awkward…..that’s….all I can say about this game. It’s a game that puts you into the role of an 11 year old girl who is trying to figure out how sex works with dolls. It got nominated for awards. That’s….all I’m going to say about this because anything else could make this weird.

Republique Remastered for Windows and Mac

Republique Remastered for Windows and Mac

Republique Remastered

A stealth cyberpunk game where you’re trying to help out a woman trapped inside a mysterious totalitarian state. It’s a port over from iOS and it should probably be concerning on that note. Even more noted is that it’s an episodic game. It seems to be a quasi point-and-click game probably due to its mobile origins. Features the acting talents of David Hayter and Jennifer Hale to boot. I’m certainly intrigued by it. The price point isn’t too bad. And I’m curious to see how they handle a government society that controls the society through Internet surveillance.

PCGamingWiki doesn’t note any port problems which is a good sign. But, it was released yesterday so it probably hasn’t been fully assessed yet. We don’t get too many games like this so I’m intrigued. But I’m going to wait until the full release. Episodic gaming just isn’t my interest.

Side Note: Dark Matter

Here’s some things to fix:

  • Get a better trailer that isn’t so heavily compressed. It looked like 240/360p and that is simply unacceptable. It must be better than 720p or you’re going to lose a lot of interest.
  • Said trailer needs to show more than a single level of your game. It needs to show off more or you’ll fail to impress.
  • Your “About This Game” description is way too short and vague to give me any idea what this game is about.


Need for Madness? - Windows, Mac & Linux.

Need for Madness? – Windows, Mac & Linux.

Need for Madness? Oh yeah, you’ll go mad after you play this one by the looks of it. I guess my theme today is to create lists on what devs need to fix:

  • Trailer is really bizarre, way too long and way too repetitive with its use of the title. I’m not sure if you’re trying to make a catchphrase but it’s not impressive.
  • Your “about this game” section is way too short. You need to put in more features that this game has and what the business model is. You’re a small studio, you can’t hide what the game is about at this level.

There’s…a lot that’s off about this Steam page I’d change. I wish them the best of luck because they’ll need it.

Thanks for reading!


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