Jan 7, 2017A very ambitious downloadable game. It's obvious things like budgetary restraints got in the way here and there, but it's also evident that developer Spiders poured their hearts and souls into this. The results are pretty impressive given the price tag and the limits downloadable games can come with.
Think of it like a budget made Bioware game. You get to explore an interesting world,A very ambitious downloadable game. It's obvious things like budgetary restraints got in the way here and there, but it's also evident that developer Spiders poured their hearts and souls into this. The results are pretty impressive given the price tag and the limits downloadable games can come with.
Think of it like a budget made Bioware game. You get to explore an interesting world, form relationships with your companions, and the story is affected by your actions. It's just that you aren't going to get the same polish in this RPG as you can find in it's triple-A counterparts. Yet, Spiders put enough good ideas into the game to make it a viable alternative. Especially given the price. They even did a good job of making it where there's no "good" or morally "right" and "wrong" conclusion to the game. The game's ending falls into morally grey territory.
While it does have some glitches, the biggest issues with the game lie in the combat department. You can tell Spiders was trying to go for a more realistic approach to fighting your enemies. Really trying to make it feel like a fight for survival. You have to carefully juggle your attackers. For the most part they succeeded, but it can be too rigid and awkward for it's own good at times. Particularly when fighting larger groups of enemies. With limited supplies and the useless companion AI you can be overwhelmed by groups larger than three in ways that feel unfair. Playing the game on it's higher difficulties can be an absolute nightmare that feels impossible.
Yet, there's still a feeling of success that comes from narrowly making it out of a fight alive. As you progress and level up, new options become available to make combat feel more flexible and easier to manage. The simple, but effective crafting system can also give you an edge. Some things still don't work like they should (you can sometimes still get hit even when using the dodge roll), but for all the combat system's frustrations it can also prove to be a satisfying challenge.
If you ever find yourself strapped for cash and therefore unable to get the latest big RPG to hit store shelves, but still need to get your genre fix, for the standard asking price of a downloadable game you can get Mars: War Logs. Yeah it's got it's issues, but it still does enough right to make it worth a look for RPG enthusiasts. Particularly if you have a taste for Bioware games. All things considered, I think Spiders made a great game.… Expand
Official Xbox Magazine UKOct 9, 2013Far from a masterpiece, nowhere near awful. [Nov 2013, p.95]
Official Xbox MagazineSep 13, 2013Though Mars: War Logs marks an achievement for its ambition, rough patches in presentation and gameplay make it a tough recommendation to anyone not willing to weather them. [Nov 2013, p.73]