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
8 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.
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.
Conclusion: Where it falls apart however is in the repetitiveness of the environment, the uselessness of Roy’s otherwise interesting companions, the regularly frustrating combat, and the mostly poor writing and acting. Mars is a fairly interesting action RPG with a cheap price on its side, but in all honesty it could do with being even cheaper. A nice attempt guys, some improvement is needed. And a bigger colour palette. And a better title.
Excerpt: Mars seems like an awful place to settle down. Time and time again, in movies, novels, or games, the red planet always seems to be at war with itself. Tales of rogue factions and leaders left unchecked have become the norm. Like so many resistance stories before it, Mars: War Logs paints a picture of a Mars divided by too many factions to name (and too ambiguously named to remember).
Excerpt: The Good : Surprisingly strong story. Innovative take on melee combat system. The Bad : That mostly turns out not to work all that well. The Ugly : Bland pallets, crappy sidekick AI, rotten keymapping. Mars: War Logs is a hard game to completely hate. How’s that for a quote to put on the back of the box?