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: 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: Though steeped in ambition, this latest role-playing game from French developer, Spiders, is a step back from last year’s Of Orcs & Men. For the asking price you may be getting a fair bit of content to chew on in Mars: War Logs, yet the incentive to do so is in short supply to say the very least.
Pros: Not your everyday “save the universe” sci-fi narrative., At least tries to implement a few original ideas., Art direction is refreshing at times.
Cons: Flat story and characters., Clunky, sometimes infuriating combat., Dull visuals and poor voice acting., Quickly loses momentum.
Summary: Mars: War Logs has big ambitions, but it feels like it was rushed out the door – perhaps due to budgetary constraints. The makings of an impressive game are here, unfortunately it just doesn't hold together particularly well.
Pros: Excellent graphics, sound, and score. Meaningful decisions and dialogue lead to distinct endings.
Cons: There are camera issues, glitches, and a general lack of polish. The voice acting is terrible and the story predictable. Combat becomes frustrating quickly.