Once in a while, a game comes out of left field that both amazes me and keeps me wondering. Recently Mercury Stream a small game company offered up a review code for their newest episodic game Raiders of the Broken Planet. Right from the start of the game players will be thrown into an amazing gameplay experience.
Raiders of the Broken Planet as previously stated is a unique experience one unlike many others. The narrative will drive the story, each new piece will be unlocked in new episodes. As the developer has promised already newer episodes will be sold at an “extremely low and attractive point” which is a breath of fresh air.
Right from the first level, you will realize how different Raiders of the Broken Planet is. Don’t take this as a bad thing, but if you do not enjoy stealth games with some action you may find fault. Much of the first level is a kind of tutorial into how Raiders of the Broken Planet will play out. In this first level, the story also starts to unfold as players get a taste of what is to be expected. Raiders of the Broken Planet has a gameplay strategy unlike many other games. You play a 4 vs 1 style game with others if you so choose.
4 players become the protagonist or the “Heroes” if you can call them that while the other becomes the antagonist. What makes Raiders of the Broken Planet a bit more interesting is you do not know who the antagonist is right away. As the antagonist your mission is to defeat the protagonist progress, this feat can be done by killing them or foiling the mission at hand.
Players choose a class that can strengthen play style or change the battlefield in many different ways. Whether you are more a brawler style, straight shooter or a player that likes to stick to the skills of jumping in and out of battle.
Graphics in the game were bright and vibrant, each level felt like it was distinguished from previous levels. FPS stayed high, each play through the game ran smoothly with very little stutter. Sounds helped immerse you into the level, mixing both the music and the ambiance sounds.
As the action in the game ramps up graphics perk up and start to look even more beautiful. Ships shine in the light, explosions are bright looking great especially from a distance. Character models for the different classes is spot on, each having their unique look and feel.
My one and only issue that came with the game is trying to get into a solo game. At the time of the review, I tried to join a match online. My first experience was a 30-minute wait before I finally stopped and decided to look again. My second time only took about 17 minutes before I found other players.
Unfortunately, one didn’t ready up in time so the game kicked me back to the screen to join a team. After much annoyance, I was able to find how to switch into a solo game. I then was able to play as a few of the classes which each had unique ways to play.
As a final thought, Raiders Of the Broken Planet was a game that was not only unique but enjoyable. Though other games have come close to the feel this game does it in such a better way. Looking to check out the game for yourself?
If you want to play it and try out the prologue, Mercury Steam is offering that for free on PlayStation Network, Steam, and the Xbox Marketplace. Not to mention each episode will be cheap enough that you can enjoy it without breaking the bank. Though if you want to buy all the seasons upfront you can pay the 40 dollars for the founder’s pack.