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. This was certainly a quiet release and did not exactly catch the attention of the gaming public. The game opens with the character, Innocence, narrating the intro. With his wide, glassy eyes and meager frame, he certainly than lives up to his name.
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. With the improved dialogue, the overall score has been raised by half a point, which is reflected in the new score.
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 big-budget production. Mars: War Logs is that pleasant surprise.
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. The real success of the game is in its setting. It feels authentic and kept me coming back for more, even when the poor writing begged me not to. Recommending the game is a challenge.
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. Players will become Roy, a combatant in the Guild wars on Mars who got captured and now seeks to escape prison and all authority, but only succeeds in getting embroidered in a larger scenario that involves Technomancers, the political leaders of the world that can also channel...
Pros: + Interesting world, + Combat options, + Character progression
Cons: - Difficulty spikes, - Low production values
Excerpt: Those of us who love RPGs are always looking for something new. There are only so many hours we can put into Skyrim after all. Mars: War Logs offers an action RPG with a sci-fi backdrop. And while the game has a few problems, overall it's an enjoyable experience that's unique enough to hold your interest, and cheap enough to make the investment worth it. Created by Spiders Studios, the game takes place on Mars.