Posted: May 24
A pretty overlooked open world sandbox destruction game. The story is serviceable, for what it's doing (Earth government oppressing Mars people, and you lead a rebellion against them), but it really shines in how it melds the physics into the gameplay. It encourages you to have at it and go crazy blowing ♥♥♥♥ up. For god's sake, the money in this game is salvage, which you get by breaking and wrecking anything breakable and wreckable (everything). Sometimes to unlock new missions, the game wants you to cause some chaos and raise morale for the rebellion or do some stock missions or side quests, of which there are always plenty. These are nice little distractions you can do at any given time. And of course, the story missions are very satisfying and offer lots of unique and varied scenarios.
Anyway, the best thing about this game is the destruction you can create with your weapons, and how you can strategically bring buildings crumbling down piece by piece. Your best friend in this game is a simple sledgehammer, which you can mightily swing horizontally and vertically to decimate both buildings and enemies. The sound design and lower gravity make this especially satisfying. Your other best friend is detonated explosives, which you can plant up to a dozen at a time and detonate each one individually (in the order that you placed them). And the vehicles are really fun to control too, with rovor-like Mars cars and unstoppable mechs and tanks. You even get a mother♥♥♥♥ing jetpack eventually! Other cool things include what is essentially a lightning thrower, a rifle that dissolves things with each shot, and a thermobaric rocket launcher whose explosion is so huge, it takes an enormous visible chunk out of any building you fire it at.
Aside from that, Mars looks great and is a fun and unique experience to drive through, what with the rover cars and the lower gravity. It's very atmospheric in terms of the Mars landscapes and the human structures and techonology on it. Beautiful, beautiful Mars. And the game performs and controls very well. And it is still fun to play even after you beat the game. Lots of really hidden collectibles. And there's cheats and other game modes! Multiplayer, even! This should all sound very awesome to you. Sounds like all the makings of a good game to me.
Also, much respect for Volition for returning to this game years after release to -- rather majorly -- spruce up the Steam version.