Wasteland 2 (inXile Entertainment)

Wasteland 2 (inXile Entertainment)

Facebook
Like Wasteland 2 on Facebook

Twitter 
Follow Brian Fargo on Twitter

Website
Check out the official
Wasteland 2 Website

Discussion
Give the developers feedback on the Steam Discussion Page

Purchase
Buy your Early Access copy on the Steam Store page 

Ask anyone to mention a role-playing game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and chances are they will reply Fallout. In truth, the original Wasteland came out more than ten years before the first Fallout title, and set a new standard for the genre. The Fallout games were great in their own right, but when the series ventured into first/third person territory with the release of Fallout 3, it left many gamers hankering for the isometric games of old.

What better game to fill that void, than the true sequel to original Wasteland from 1988. The amount of money that Kickstarter backers threw at the game proved that the world was ready for a return to the wasteland. Needless to say, expectations are sky-high, but with Brian Fargo at the helm, we were confident that inXile would be able to deliver on their promises. The Early Access version hit Steam late last year, and after a few substantial updates is already shaping up to be the game that over 70 000 Kickstarter backers couldn’t wait to throw their money at.

The Early Access beta opens with your team of rookie “Desert Rangers” attending the funeral of a fallen comrade. You get to select your squad of four from a list of preset characters, or jump straight in and create your own. The character creation already showcases how in-depth the game is, with no less than three different specializations for speech checks alone. Not many other games allow you to choose between being a kiss ass, hard ass or smart ass when it comes to talking to people!

Your first quest is to recover some vital equipment that was stolen from the fallen ranger, and then continue his mission if possible. After some chit-chat, it’s out into the wasteland, where you get to explore a chunk of Arizona. As this is an Early Access beta, only about 30% of the levels are available, but it is already enough to see that things are moving in the right direction. The game is viewed from an isometric perspective, and you can rotate and zoom the camera to your liking. Combat is turn-based, once initiated, and you can take cover instead of just standing out in the open. Cover is destructible, so it takes careful maneuvering and teamwork to take down groups of enemies. Party members can get killed, so saving is recommended, unless you want to watch someone in your group bleed out before your eyes.

The game already has a lot of well written dialogue, and the voice acting so far is superb. Conversations are in-depth, and keyword based, so if you are feeling old-school you can even type specific keywords to get answers. A printout at the bottom of the screen keeps you updated at all times about what your characters are observing, and what is going on in the gameworld. The game also has quite a dark sense of humor, which fans of Wasteland and Fallout will enjoy.

There are still a lot of things I could praise about the game, such as the original music by Mark Morgan, and the crisp sound effects, but suffice to say the game is shaping up great. The storyline is already looking good, and the game isn’t afraid spring some moral choices on you. The most recent update alone included over 2000 fixes, including changes to the inventory, UI, animations and some optimization so the developers are definitely hard at work.

The final release of the game will be priced lower than the Early Access, but if you want to play right now there are some extras to sweeten the deal. You will receive the original Wasteland, which was recently re-released on Steam, two digital novellas, an original soundtrack and concept art book. Some of these are still being added, but they will all be Early Access exclusives as far as we know. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, 2014 is going to be a great year for role playing games, and Wasteland 2 is definitely not going to disappoint.

Related posts

Brigador (Stellar Jockeys)

Brigador (Stellar Jockeys)

Brigador, an Early Access title from Stellar Jockeys, challenges you with the task of liberating the city of Solo Nobre. At your disposal is a selection of tanks, mechs and antigrav vehicles, but standing in your way are the factions occupying the city. Whether you opt to go in all guns blazing or sneak in stealthily while picking off your targets, your mission remains the same, clear the city or die trying.

The Sandbox (Pixowl Inc.)

After already impressing players on iOS and Android, The Sandbox has made the leap to the PC and is available as an Early Access title interestingly enough. This shows that the developers are not just treating the PC version as a quick port and are willing to listen to player feedback in order to deliver a good game.

Press X to Not Die

Press X to Not Die

Combining quick time events with nothing more than full motion videos sound like a recipe for disaster and yet Press X Not To Die is way more fun than it has any right to be. Designed to be a throwback to the “interactive movie” titles of the early 90s, the game throws you headfirst into what seems to be a zombie apocalypse. The whole town is in chaos, people are viciously attacking each other and the only advice you got from a friend before he is murdered is to “press X not to die.”

Steam Bandits: Outpost (Iocaine Studios)

Steam Bandits: Outpost (Iocaine Studios)

Some Facebook games can actually be quite fun until you encounter the horrible, soul-grinding mechanics that have been implemented to part you with your money. Turn limits, harassing friends, purchasing crucial items with real money and more is enough to deter anyone from playing these games. Steam Bandits: Outpost is a game that aims to take the best elements of the Facebook-style games while stripping away all the annoyances.

Wrack (Final Boss Entertainment)

Wrack is an arcade style first person shooter that provides you with plenty of guns, aliens to use them on and then lets you get on with the fun. It is also a game that doesn't believe in weapon carry limits, hiding behind cover or regenerating health. The result is a lean and mean shooter that doesn't get bogged down in scripted sequences or boring quick time events.

Rising World (JIW-Games)

Rising World (JIW-Games)

After the success of Doom, every new game released with a first person perspective and guns were quickly labeled “Doom clones” despite whatever other merits they might have had. Thankfully people soon realized how stupid this practice was and instead recognized the first person shooter as a genre. However, here we are, many years later and every open world sandbox game with crafting involved is labeled as a “Minecraft clone.” Dismissing Rising World this way would be a mistake though, as despite the fact that the game is still in early access, it is already showing a lot of promise.

Leave a comment

5 × 3 =