Excerpt: Mars: War Logs is an action RPG published Focus Home Interactive and lesser known developer, Spiders. The game released for Windows on April 26 th 2013 and is due to be released for PSN and XBLA sometime this year.
Excerpt: Mars: War Logs has been lingering around the office for nearly four months now. When I first started playing back in May, just after the game released, there were so many issues, glitches, and unbearably bad voice acting that I just had to set it aside.
Conclusion: It has some nice ideas, and the overall vibe evokes some nostalgia, but it rapidly becomes a tedious exercise. If you're looking for an enthralling story with fun mechanics, you should look somewhere else. My Rating: 2/10 - terrible.
Excerpt: Smaller publishers remind me of the days when new publishers that eventually turned big…had the gumption to push the envelope a bit. Working out things with limited resources or funds they often put forth games that struck a chord with gamers.
Excerpt: Editor's Note: This game was played using the original localization and not the recently released new localization. The reviewer examined the new localization for about an hour to determine the difference, but this review may not reflect the extent of those changes on the story as a whole.
Review: Mars: War Logs almost emulates a big budget RPG set on the red planet
13 June 2013
Excerpt: Games on a budget tend to sacrifice features in order to focus on one particular element. That can lead to shoddy graphics, lame combat, or an uninteresting storyline. Sometimes, though, a budget title can be a pleasant surprise, balancing all these elements, and almost successfully emulating a...
Conclusion: Mars: War Logs aims high but ultimately falls short. Ironically, aiming so high highlights how short the game really falls. Ideas are introduced but not seen through. Combat is a mixed bag that slides from too difficult to too easy and character development only initially seems interesting.
Excerpt: The title largely succeeds it its attempt and the development team at Spiders and publisher Focus Home Interactive deserve some praise for this Xbox 360 (later during the year) and PC experience.
Pros: + Interesting world, + Combat options, + Character progression
Cons: - Difficulty spikes, - Low production values