- Summary: A 3D adventure thriller, set in an AI-driven future. Subvert the world, hack the systems and solve the conspiracy to uncover the devastating truths.
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23 Minutes Of Beyond A Steel Sky Gameplay
Jul 10, 2020I like how Robert Foster is an old-fashioned game hero with no inner demons to drown or who is operating in a trendy grey area where no one is neither good nor bad. In fact, Beyond a Steel Sky is in many ways respectful of genre traditions but with modern wisdom and presentation. The game can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of Beneath a Steel Sky but obviously, it has a lot of gentle nods to its predecessor. And unlike the original game that felt too short for me at the time, Beyond a Steel Sky has a good length to it with a well over dozen hours to see it through. During your stay in Union City, you will encounter some sensible and some crazy people, solve many tricky situations with a common sense and wit alike, bump into unexpected faces of the past, get your grumpy friend Joey back, visit the old cyberspace, uncover the truth beyond, erm, the steel sky, and leave some goodbyes along the way.
Jul 19, 2020With Beyond a Steel Sky, Revolution Software, the team around Charles Cecil and comic book legend Dave Gibbons, has successfully transported the fascination of classic adventure games into modern days. Clever ideas, charming characters and witty dialogues make the sequel to „Beneath a Steel Sky“, which was released 26 years earlier, a must-play for every adventure fan. Hopefully we don’t need to wait that long for our next visit to Union City. It would be a shame.
CD-ActionOct 15, 2020Do you know how it feels to experience a sequel to a game you played (and loved!) 26 years ago on your Amiga? Do you know how it feels to realize that it was worth the absurd wait? I do now. Beyond the Steel Sky is not perfect but it reminded me why I used to enjoy adventure games so much back in the day. [10/2020, p.66]
Jan 30, 2022Beyond a Steel Sky pays its particular tribute to the 1994 classic, while renewing and adapting its graphics and controls to the new times. Despite some minor flaws such as the conversational system, some somewhat crude facial animations or some occasional bug, the sequel does not disappoint. The return of Robert Foster is something that is appreciated and that suits the genre very well.
Aug 8, 2020It's like a Telltale game, if Telltale games had actual gameplay. You have a world to explore, you talk to characters, pick up items and useIt's like a Telltale game, if Telltale games had actual gameplay. You have a world to explore, you talk to characters, pick up items and use them to solve puzzles in order to progress in the game. It's a great fresh take on the point and click adventure genre.… Expand
Jul 22, 2020A lot of things said about that game and Inwould like to mention my own impression.
I am really a fan of TRON movies, and I can say thatA lot of things said about that game and Inwould like to mention my own impression.
I am really a fan of TRON movies, and I can say that TRON:Legacy changed my mind. Beyond a Steel Sky really look like TRON. That's why I changed my mind once more and decided to register here and tell you what I think
I think the game is really good. That raises some questions about AI, happiness and human nature. I think you should give it a try if you like cyberpunk, dystopias and so on Right now the game gas some bugs and some translations are missing, also my vcard gets hery high T in Gram's house, especially in his room. All of this is not too bad, but I think nothing can really get 10/10. That's why it's 9.… Expand
Aug 13, 2020I’ve no history with the original game from 1994, but this is a rich world with so much unexplored potential. The dialogue is kinda cheesy,I’ve no history with the original game from 1994, but this is a rich world with so much unexplored potential. The dialogue is kinda cheesy, but I was very impressed with the overall story. The way they implemented the scanner system to interact with holograms, droids, consoles, etc, was incredibly cool! I wished it were longer!… Expand
Dec 1, 2021Beyond A Steel Sky is the sequel to classic cyberpunk science fiction point-and-click adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky, released on theBeyond A Steel Sky is the sequel to classic cyberpunk science fiction point-and-click adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky, released on the Amiga in 1994.
It has only taken 27 years to be made! So, it better be good.
You play as Robert Foster, you live in a community in the desert wastelands, a child had been taken after a brutal attack, and it is your job to tracking them down and bring them home. You find yourself travelling to Union City, one of the last mega cities on the planet, a planet that has been ravaged from war and political strife.
Union City is a seemingly perfect utopia, controlled by AI, everyone seems happy, everything seems wonderful, but with anything that seems so perfect, when you scratch beneath the surface, you find out that things are not at all what they seem.
Instead of a 2-dimensional world, that the previous game lived in, the modern point and click adventures takes on a much more 3-dimensional appearance, and a feeling of more freedom with that. Beyond a Steel Sky is very much a cyberpunk thriller, but within the point and click genre, whereby you will have to solve puzzles, speak to people, find out what is really going on, and try to solve the abduction of a child. And while that is a very serious subject, the game does have a humorous side within its Cyberpunk world. One of the achievements you will want to get is to make a robotic butler fall over, to do this you need to hack into the laundry machine, and change some settings so that the water over flows. You then return to the butler, and ask him to do the laundry, follow him downstairs, stand back and enjoy the hilarity. Many of the puzzles will need you to hack machines, but often you will need to engage in a lot of dialog with people, to find out the information you need, sadly this can sometimes feel a bit tedious, when you just want to get on with the game, and not just listen to seemingly endless dialog.
Early puzzles include helping people, who in turn reward you with things that will help you to solve the next puzzle. Similar in game mechanics to the Telltale games like Batman: The Enemy Within and Tales from the Borderlands, if you have played those games, you will instantly feel comfortable playing Beyond A Steel Sky. Although Beyond A Steel Sky does feel much grander in scale than those games.
The graphics are superb, everything looks and sounds great, and despite a few dodgy voice acting, overall, the acting and graphics are top quality. The game is easy to play, the puzzles are logical, and never too difficult.
A relatively short game, and as mentioned earlier, some of the dialog can be a bit tedious.
If you are a fan of point and click adventures, or the Telltale series of games, then you will instantly fall in love with Beyond A Steel Sky, and feel right at home as you play, it is far from perfect, and a little short, but even so, it is a game you should consider adding to your collection.
I score Beyond A Steel Sky a very strong 8/10… Expand
Aug 4, 2021I often times don’t enjoy point and click games because they fall into certain stereotypes that I dislike. I figured that Beyond a Steel SkyI often times don’t enjoy point and click games because they fall into certain stereotypes that I dislike. I figured that Beyond a Steel Sky could avoid those because it is a third person puzzle game rather than a standard point and click puzzle game. In some ways it does do better but in others it falls into the same traps. The ways it fails are that, just like in point and click games, many of the puzzles revolve around trying to combine items regardless of whether they appear to go together. I prefer if they make logical sense. The game at least tries to justify it with their hacking game. Basically you can search for devices in the immediate area and swap parts of one with another in order to get a device to do what you want it to. It is at least unique in the genre although they got it to be annoying by making many hacks time based. For instance I need to swap different speech commands from a device to a robot so I need to wait for the robot to be near, swap the speech to him and then go to another device and wait for the robot to be near and swap the speech to the second device. Often times I understood what the game wanted from me but I felt annoyed at having to keep waiting on NPC navigation to line up in order to do what I knew needed to be done. Other times I didn’t know what the game wanted at first. For instance why would I have thought to use a toaster to interface with a satellite dish ? I figured it out by doing to age old combine everything trope. One thing I will give the game credit for is their hint system. It has possibly the best hint system I have ever seen. It doesn’t outright tell you at first but gives enough detail for you to figure things out. It also has a cool down so you have to try to work things out before asking for more hints. The only downside is some of the puzzles not following logic which makes it needed more often then I would like. I must sound like I disliked the game but overall I didn’t. Some puzzles I will give it praise for are the Linc Space puzzles which I enjoyed. The story was also great. I thought I had guessed where it would go, then thought I must be wrong and was confirmed right all along. There are a good set of characters and good progression although the beginning has a pretty slow pace. The voice acting was superb all around. The graphics were a nice art style with a good use of colour although the hair detail could have been better.
I played Beyond a Steel Sky on Linux. It crashed on me once and froze once. There were 4 AA settings; a V-Sync toggle; an FOV slider that went from 80-110; and 9 other graphics options. You can skip cut scenes but not pause them. Alt-Tab worked. You could manually save although not during certain moments and there are 12 save slots to use. The game does auto save at various points as well. While the graphics have a nice style they don’t justify the performance of the game which often felt laggy. I don’t have exact frame rates to quantify it, just my feeling and the eye test. I did note that for the most part the game only used one CPU core and would often times peg my GPU at 100% usage. The graphical detail didn’t justify the GPU usage and the single CPU core being used was sloppy optimization. There were also several small technical blemishes such as characters chins going through their cloaks; droids walking through people during cut scenes; and certain textures being very dark during the reflections spa level.
Game Engine: Unreal
Game Version Played: 1.4.28330
Graphics API: Vulkan
Game Settings Used: All Highest at 1920x1080
GPU Usage: 39-100 %
VRAM Usage: 1506-4488 MB
CPU Usage: 1-21 %
RAM Usage: 2.4-3.8 GB
Overall the game is worth playing and has enough positives going for it that I enjoyed myself more than I was annoyed. The story is great and makes me forget about the various technical blemishes. I paid $23.99 CAD for it and would say $15-20 would be a better price point for it, certainly not worth the $40 CAD it currently goes for.
My Score: 7/10
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