Holt Allaway is a skilled engineer, specialising in the construction and programming of robots. When the government approached him to sign up for a military programme to create battle machines, Holt declined, not wishing to create weapons of war. He expected this wouldn’t go down well, and he was right. Shortly after, the officials fabricated a story that he was conspiring with underground movements against the government and convicted him of a crime he did not commit.
Upon being arrested, Holt is taken to a temporary holding facility where all arrested criminals are brought for an interrogation, as well as a verdict that decides their fate. Some are executed, and their organs are harvested and sold. The others are taken to high-security prisons and used as labourers or test subjects.
Shortly after an interrogation, the holding facility is attacked by corrupted machines, and chaos ensues. A scout bot that’s remotely controlled by a mysterious individual calling himself Cai sets Holt free and instructs him to escape. Holt joins forces with a smart scientist Chloe and an assassin Lorelei, both of whom were also imprisoned. Following Cai’s lead, they flee the facility.
However, their ordeal has only started. With no allies, few resources, and government police on their heels, they must find any means to survive and escape this condemned city - a City of Chains.
A dark sci-fi set in a large, dystopian city.
4 leading protagonists, each with their own skillset.
No levelling up or experience points. Acquire skill points by making progress and use these to learn new skills and passive bonuses for each character.
Enemies can be approached with direct combat, taken out with a grenade, or bypassed altogether.
Non-linear and semi-linear locations. Use hacking, lockpicking, charisma, and wall smashing to find alternate routes to your goals.
Choice and consequence – your decisions will have impact on the world around you.
Grenade crafting and Medicine making. Use ingredients to create various grenades and medicinal pills.
Watch morale of your teammates! Morale makes your allies more efficient in battle and out of battle.
3 difficulty modes – Casual, Hardy, and Dystopia.
Most of us, when hearig the name "RPG-Maker game" immediatelly thinks about lazy no-effort free-assets titles that devs put no work into. It's because we're getting basically flooded by these titles nowadays. Luckilly there are some exceptions from this formula and City of Chains is one of them! The game is not long, but for it's length it's packed with high quality story, dialogues, lore and all important content. We get magnificent cyberpunk world that reminds me of original Deus Ex. Gameplay consist of simple quests where you go somewhere and do something or talk to someone, which rewards you in skill points you use to develop your character in different ways (hacking, lockpicking, charisma) allowing you to fullfill next quests. Thanks to this system game is not linear and you can approach problems from different angles. There are also differences to enemies encounters - you may decide to craft some tools like grenades, fight them face to face, use stealth etc. It's pretty big set of choices for an RPG-Maker game! All in all - don't expect AAA quality - visuals and audio shows that it's cheaply developed game. But it doesn't mean it's bad! If you're more intrested in content thank in shiny graphics - you will find good enough amount of fun here!
You're Holt. You're no soldier or warrior, you're an engineer and a fugitive. Why? Because you refused to help your government to make some secret military project. You were arrested, you escaped and now you're on the run with three other person, trying to survive while searching the meaning of all of this. City of Chains is an RPG inspired by games like Final Fantasy and Deus Ex. The Cyberpunk setting is interesting and the characters are quite compelling. Each one of them has his own set of skills and specialty. What is interesting here is that you have some freedom in how you approach each situation. You can fight or avoid combat completely. You can even find alternate routes to your objectives. The progression system is quite original too. However, as usual for RPG maker' games, City of Chains is short (About four hours) and that's a shame. The game's presentation is nothing to be impressed by but it's efficient and serves the Dystopian atmosphere very well.
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