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Betrayer is a first person action adventure game that takes you to the New World at the turn of the 17th century.
The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life? Where are the settlers and tribes who lived here? Where are the settlers and tribes who lived here?
Clue by clue, you must piece together the story of what befell this doomed settlement and find a way to set things right. You will be hunted by corrupted Conquistadors and ravening shadows as you explore an expansive wilderness in order to trace the brief, tragic history of the colony and search for survivors.
Explore large, open environments teeming with danger and discovery. Chart your own course in search of clues and treasures.
Switch between two distinct worlds featuring different enemies, obstacles, and threats.
Wield early 17th century weaponry including muskets, bows, crossbows, and tomahawks. Upgrade your arsenal by purchasing or finding faster, deadlier, longer-ranged weapons.
Charge headlong into battle with guns blazing or pick enemies off quietly. A novel, movement-based stealth system lets you hide in plain sight or use the wind to mask your footsteps.
Equip ability-enhancing Charms to complement your play style, granting anything from extra health to faster movement to improved stealth.
Play with the default visual style for maximum eeriness and tension or customize the color and contrast settings to suit your tastes.
Great gameVenhiem | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all Venhiem's reviews »
Well, first off thanks to GMG's '30 indie games you must play', you should already know this game in good, and worth it.
The graphics, are, awesome. THe black and white touch is the first of it's kind I've seen, and it really defines this game. The old age setting, the items of your interest in red, including the maiden in red, the enemies, it all just packs one big wow. Note that, if for some reason you want colour in the game, it can be turned, or rather tweaked on, as in, you can set as much colour you want. I recommend against it, since the game's atmosphere is enhanced by black-and-white, but if you do, set colours to low.
The gameplay, the weapons, inventory, well, nothing really new. You can equip multiple weapons, scrap items in your inventory for coins, loot chests, collect loot from enemies, lose your loot when you die to be recovered from the same place afterwards (can be turned off), and it's all good. There is also a merchant who'll trade your coins for items which he claims are better than those you'll find lying around. The story is also good, as far as I've played it. The area, it's tribes, the maiden and here sister, and of course you, have separate stories that might or might not interlock. You'll find out.
9/10 Very good game.
Wow! One of the most intense and hard to put down games ever!BlockAgent | Dec. 1, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
Betrayer is one of the most intense and scary games I have ever played. I have played Amnesia, Dead Space, etc and none of those compare to this at all. Betrayer generates suspense naturally and makes you nervous doing just about anything in the game (even if doing a thing has not caused anything bad to happen in the past). This game glues you to the screen in a way that is special. You are nervous and scared to progress, yet you can't help but desire to explore further into uncharted territory. Betrayer has an amazing visual style as you can see from the screenshots (the color levels can be adjusted if you don't like the black and white look) but what isn't mentioned in the game's description is the audio. It is fantastic.
The sound honestly is half of what made me nervous and scared while playing. The sound of the bells and their effect especially are truly frightening. Sound is a big part of this game so a good set of speakers or headphones will make this game even more bone-chilling.
The gameplay is great. The weapons feel clunky but they are supposed to. You are using bow and arrows, muskets and colonial-era pistols. Those were very clunky weapons. Betrayal is not a fragfest game, it is a solid survival horror game. You can choose to assault any enemies you come across or you can sneak past them, the choice is yours.
I absolutely love this game and it is hard for me to picture anyone not liking it. Well worth every penny.
Gorgeous and interesting but ultimately lackingLorddyran | Aug. 22, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »
This is, by far, some of the best art direction I've ever seen in a game. The black and white world, with touches of red, is simply stunning. Unfortunately, it's also lacking in variation a little, so you'll never really match that first vista ... but that's OK, even once is more than many games manage.
The story is interesting, too, with a wonderful atmosphere, but it suffers from the same problem. There just isn't enough there. It feels very bare-bones. It's an interesting skeleton, but it really needs to be fleshed out.
The gameplay is well-done, where you can definitely handle 1-2 enemies but you're quickly overwhelmed if you get surrounded. It does a great job of making you feel just the right amount of weak. Once again, though, there isn't a lot of variety - you have a few weapon types, but they all work pretty much the same.
Black and white world.Suppression555 | Aug. 14, 2014 | See all Suppression555's reviews »
... I woke up on the shore of the island to the sound of the ocean, the sound of wind and birds singing. Not far away were seen frigates, bright sun glare played in the waves. Unbeknownst to the island as it first seems quite deserted. What lies ahead? Forward, only forward, and let Providence leads me to the unknown! Followed by a sudden gust of wind that rocked the trunks of ancient fir trees and high thick grass, I went into the depths of the woods along the path as old as the universe itself. Not far flashed archer in red at the idol was a note ... started ... Ghost in the Shell with bows, some with muskets, notes, puzzles. Abandoned fort in the middle of the island, suddenly opened the gates and nobody inside, not a single soul, oppressive silence, heard only noise from waving over the fort the British flag ... bell, grave, chests ...
Highly recommend to fans of creativity G.F Lovecraft - the atmosphere of the game is very similar to his works. Minimalism and atmosphere bated danger.
Graphics and especially sound - gorgeous. Color is recommended to change from black and white to pale color. On the mechanics of shooting and gameplay are no comments. The game turned out beautiful and addictive. Advise.
A nice horror adventure gameSganotak | April 8, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
Betrayer is a nice horror adventure game made from former Monolith devs. It draws inspiration from The Elder Scrolls, Far Cry and even Dark Souls.
You begin the game stranded in the 17th century New World. However this land is inhabited by nightmarish creatures looking to make your life difficult. The UI is very limited and there's no handholding or missions to guide you. You just have to survive and progress through this twisted version of colonial Virginia. The game is very immersive and the black & white art style is something unique that adds to the atmosphere, of course, if you feel distracted or annoyed by it you can always add some color through the game's options. When you die, you're stripped off all of your equipment, which remains at the site of your death. Die again before reclaiming them and you lose them forever, thus the Dark Souls influence
Sadly Betrayer's weakness is what I expected to be it's strong point. Coming from people with a lot of experience in FPS games, I expected solid gunplay and good AI. This is not the case with Betrayer, since the shooting mechanics are very clunky and the AI is rather passive and follows linear patterns. The stealth in the game is also kinda random, as enemies will spot you from nowhere a lot of times or don't notice you at all when you sneak past them.
Betrayer may be rough around the edges but is certainly a rewarding game with unique ideas, I'd really like Blackpowder games to work on a sequel that builds up on what made the original great and sort out the gameplay issues this game has. If you're looking for an atmospheric first person horror game, you should definitely give Betrayer a chance.