Mars: War Logs
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An intense cyberpunk RPG on the red planet!
Mars War Logs takes you to Mars, nearly a century after the cataclysm that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid red planet, with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control.
In the middle of this struggle, play as Roy, a renegade with multiple talents who finds himself dragged in an epic story where every choice counts. Develop your character and your combat style by choosing among many skills and perks: melee, ranged combat, stealth, or the devastating Technomants powers. Craft armors and weapons, recruit companions to help you in your quest, and plunge in a thrilling adventure offering a huge variety of quests. In dynamic, real-time combat, face formidable opponents and the most fearsome creatures of Mars. The fate of all colonies of Mars now lies in your hands…
Mars: War Logs - reviewNeapolis47 | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
This game has taken a little 'atmosphere of Red Faction, a little more' post-apocalyptic Rage, a little bit of Mass Effect. It is an action-RPG, the plot involves us in the shoes of a prisoner between conspiracies, political struggles and opposing factions. The game world is sadly aseptic, with whole neighborhoods full of people where it is impossible to interact with NPCs, the same speakers present to open from the beginning to the end of the game and the exact same materials as loot. The weapons are very few and in fact are all kind of blunt (clubs, bars of iron), also modifying them with pieces found around. The enemy intelligence is poor, to combat lack a sense of progression throughout the entire game, you fight in the same way and with very few variations. If you loved the atmosphere of the various Red Faction and do not disdain strongly oriented on fighting melee, the game may be of interest.
It's... differentDanJamesStone12 | Aug. 30, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »
I think that the game studio was a little too ambitious and rushed development of this game, some aspects of it are far too easy, and there are quite a few bugs... it's worth a play but certainly not amazing.
A very pleasant surprise!Lord_Jaxar | July 6, 2013 | See all Lord_Jaxar's reviews »
Mars: Wars Logs was a real surprise for me. Being only $20 on release and being from an unknown developer, I went in not expecting much, but I'm happy to say this game was worth it beyond expectation. Fans of good RPG's shouldn't be disappointing. You'll get an interesting story, great graphics, talent/skill upgrade paths and a really decent equipment upgrade/crafting system.
Also the combat in this game is really well done IMO. At first it looks like a bit of a button masher, but once you get the hang of evading attacked, using skills/weapons during the fight and even throwing sand in your opponents eyes, it gets really fun. IMO its similar to the combat in the Batman: Arkham games, but maybe not quite as fluid or seamless.
Oh and Technomancy is too much fun. Throwing chain lightning into a mob of guards never gets old!
Only downside is there wasn't much to spend Serum (money) on in the end, and I wish there were more outfit options discovered along the way, but those are only minor faults.
Fingers crossed we get a sequel before too long.
Ambitious But Avaragefeelingtheblank | July 3, 2013 | See all feelingtheblank's reviews »
Mars: War Logs is surprisingly ambitious game with some really good ideas but falls short in execution at the end of the day.
First of all, an idea of an RPG sets in Mars is really interesting since there isn't a lot of title takes us there. Overall atmosphere is cool and the "plot" is somewhat intriguing with all those conflicts, conspiracies and myths going around Mars. Almost makes you feel in the game. But the story is a bit flimsy, and even though there are some interesting and funny conversations the quality of voice acting is way below mediocre even for an indie title which destroys the immersion at very key moments.
On the other hand, character interactions are good and even amusing sometimes. Also you can clearly feel that the choices you made effect the game. Not only by conversations but also the way you choose to handle enemies.
Combat resembles Witcher 2. It's harsh and unforgiving at times. But lacks depth, polish and fluidness. On the other side the crafting system allows you to enhance the effects and appearance of the armors and weapons that you use with the materials that you can find around, which is a really good thing. But don't expect a deep system here. There are also some useful bunch of abilities to unlock while levelling. There's even a stealth approach that is viable every now and then. But overall; the combat get repetitive after a short while.
While animations are subpar the game looks good enough to convince you that you are in Mars. Environments aren't vast or full of rich details but they are well-crafted in general. Given the game's price the minor issues can be forgiven here. This is not a triple-A title after all. But overall it's satisfying.
Talking about content, the game offers around 9-10 hours of avarage gameplay including most of the side quests, which is not great for RPG-standards maybe but is good enough for today's gaming climate. On the other hand quality of this content is a mixed bag. While some of the quests are fun and straightforward, some of them are really tedious that include a lot of boring backtracking or searching through numerous piles of garbage hidden around. Lack of quality writing for majority of the side-quests makes you skip most of them after a while.
Like i said before, Mars: War Logs is an ambitious game that trying to gather all good elements from Action and RPG blockbusters but falls short in execution that lacks depth and optimization in many of its features, But its still not a bad game. There is still something worthwhile here. Like its convincing sci-fi atmosphere with slight cyberpunk sauce... If you are into this wait for a nice discount.
Buy Of Orcs And Men insteadMarkDeejay | June 19, 2013 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »
Mars War Logs is a budget action RPG that reminded me, because of its involvement in development, of Of Orcs And Men. Of Orcs And Men was a sleeper hit for me personally. It was a game with terrific graphics and fun and exciting gameplay. Yes, it was light on the RPG elements, but that didn't matter. It was truly fun. Mars War Logs has none of that fun and exciting gameplay, and comes across as dull. First of all, the graphics are decent. They're in no way similar to the graphics in other RPGs or even OOAM, but that's to be expected for a budget game. It's perfectly understandable and they're perfectly serviceable. Besides, it has lots of stuff that other RPGs have as well. Think of crafting and sidequests, for example. But it all feels so similar to a low quality version of OOAM, I just can't help it. The interface reminds me of it, the way the story is cut up in chapters, the quick-skill menu, you name it. It's all feels the same, but... cheaper. The voice acting for the main characters is decent, but for most of the other characters it's just terrible. The quests, however, are somewhat fun so it's not all bad. Mars War Logs should take about 7-8 hours to finish. And that's including all or most of the sidequests. So it's not that long, but still long enough to keep you entertained. If I had to make a decision I'd pick up Of Orcs And Men, but, then again... that's me.