Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:07 AM
The problem was that the version you could download from the Humble Bundle was broken, and they took apparently at least three attempts to get it right – each requiring a complete redownload of the almost 12 GB big archive. I managed to install the game with the second version of the installer, but that required some manual tweaking and a couple of extra hoops to jump through…
Anyway, I hadn't had too much opportunity to play until now, so I can only give you some early impressions: the full game runs a bit worse than the Kickstarter backer beta I could play a while ago, possibly because the maps are a bit more complex than the skirmish map in the beta.
The gameplay and the pacing is comparable to XCOM, so it's a fairly slow and deliberate game, maybe a bit too slow here and there as the action camera sometimes lingers a couple of seconds too long on the aftermath of the recent move. (As this was apparently an intentional choice by the developers, which can easily be changed in a configuration file, I would expect this be subject to change in upcoming patches.)
The biggest issue I see so far is that the game is terrible at explaining itself. There is a short tutorial, which shows you little more than how to move and attack, and introduces the heat mechanics, but many core elements are never properly explained. If I hadn't prior knowledge from the beta and backer updates, in which the gameplay design was elaborated, I often would have been at a loss.
If you want to waste two hours of your life watching me fumble through the character creation, the tutorial, and the first few missions, you can:
"We do what we must, because we can."
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:24 PM
Iridium (MacBook Pro Mid-2012) – 2.7 GHz i7 3820QM / 16GB RAM / 2TB Samsung 850 Pro / GeForce GT 650M 1GB
Antimony (PowerBook G4 2001) – 1.0 GHz PPC 7455 / 1GB RAM / 512GB Micron M600 / Radeon 9000 64MB
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.