Posted: March 29
This game tries to be The Witcher in space, and while I can't say it succeeds, it's definitely very enjoyable.
The graphics aren't very impressive, and Mars is very monotonous and boring to look at.
The combat is fun and sometimes challenging, though since there are only a few different enemy types it gets repetitive fast.
The voice acting on most characters is pretty bad, and the dialogues aren't very well written for the most part, but they do the job in telling the story. There is a companion romance option, but it's so badly written it feels like they put it in last minute just to make sure the game has a sex scene. "Hey I like you" - "Oh I like you too, and now that we're finally alone with the entire crew watching, wanna f**k?" TRUE LOVE.
The story and the world are interesting and well crafted. A lot of thought was clearly put into the backstory, and I did feel intrigued to know what happens next at every point in the game.
The RPG elements are all there, some better than others. There's also a morality system but it's effect on the game is so tiny that it really doesn't matter if you're "good" or "bad" (i.e. if you're bad you get more money, but if you're good shops sell to you for less. Ends up exactly the same... and doesn't matter either way since there is no reason to buy anything in the shops anyway). There is a significant choice to make at the end of the 2nd act which does alter the story, and isn't as obvious as good/bad, so I did enjoy that one.
I really like the weapon customising system. It was new and innovative - You start with a pipe or iron bar or something like that, and you craft it according to your will. Add a sharp piece at the top and you have an axe, put a brick there and it's a club. Put iron on the bottom if you want a hilt, or leather if you want a better grip.
Overall this game reaches far and doesn't quite get there, but it's definitely worth the ride. Hell, if they ever make Mars: War Logs 2, I'll probably buy it as well.