While it may not look like the best game on the block, Fallen Earth
from Icarus Studios takes up the banner for the world destroyed by
some holocaust. With a pretty high learning curve for some of the
controls it may take a bit for some players to really latch onto the
game. There is an almost mind numbing amount of information that the
player has at their fingertips about their character and the world
around them.... Those that enjoy so much control over their own
character will find Fallen Earth a fun romp. While it may come off
like Fall Out 3's little known younger brother, with reused concepts
and game play, the amount of things to discover and the vast gaming
map are truly impressive. So don't be tempted to dismiss this game.
In the Fallen Earth gaming world mankind has leveled everything and
is on the very edge of extinction, thanks to a virus called Shiva.
The virus caused mutations, the last remaining humans are stretched
out along the Grand Canyon. That's where the fun begins, like most
MMO's you create your character and enter the gaming world, and soon
find it's not a very friendly world at all.
Gamers start out in a tutorial, that for the most part get's you in
the swing of things. The learning curve goes up after the player is
out and on their own. There are so many options and windows for the
hud and so many things that you can do it can become confusing as to
what it is your required to do. Never fear though because players in
the game seem to be willing to offer tips to new players.
There are various choices for players to advance in the game. There
is crafting to be done of various items and is an important part of
the gaming world. So many things in the game can be crafted. It's a
very robust system.
I will say that there is not a lot of hand holding in the game, so
players really earn what they get which makes things feel so much
more... well ….rewarding.
In game battles are not as refined graphically as other games out
there, combat seems to rely more on stats and the types of
equipment. So that's a good thing... Movement and shooting can be
done, though while moving it throws aim off and your not as
accurate. Melee combat involved just going toe to toe and hitting
the mouse button for those attacks. Multiple targets are tougher and
you have to literally turn towards your next target. Mixing in some
of your abilities for good measure provides the best results. I did
do a lot of damage with a trusty axe I scavenged from a corpse, I
found it embedded in their skull.
Graphics and animations are not spectacular by any sense. Some how
this makes the game that much more endearing though. It does make a
very convincing look for the game. The wastelands are appropriately
marked with the reminders of the earlier civilization. Some sort of
highway or tram systems spires rise up like the rib bones of a great
industrial beast that met it's demise.
Some areas have ant hills and mutated ants about the size of small
dogs. A lot of what one would imagine in such a world. There are
some graphical glitches that rise up from time to time, but they are
more amusing than a game breaker really. They do pull you from the
moment, but none the less amusing. These included some clipping
where a horse and rider where at an odd angle because they fell
through a but of the graphics.
Thus far though the depth and breadth of the system makes it a game
to appreciate and play, for anyone that would enjoy creating almost
everything they need to survive in the gaming world, then this game
is just up your alley.
Adventures and story back ground and missions that take place as
well as the interactions are well done in regard to the role playing
base this game has to offer. There's story, there's role playing,
there's customizations,there's excitement and adventure. We expect
so much more interesting gaming content to enhance this already
interesting diamond in the rough. Especially when the designers are
working on creating more content to keep the gamers happy and to
offer more in this surprisingly rewarding game.
Getting around in the game , you will either be walking a lot, or
since gas is now very scarce, you may be riding a horse. Some form
of transportation or another may be a good idea since there are
factions out there and marauders, scavengers and various other of
the dregs last survivors. While your off and about and if your lucky
enough to get some form of transport, another nice feel in the game
is that horses must be fed, and vehicles need that precious gas. So
none of this riding forever and a day with no consequence. A nice
touch of reality in a science fiction kind of game.
Fallen Earth feels open and free as if the possibilities are only up
to the individual player. I like that. Some gamers may feel though
that this leaves much to be desired , and may require more direction
and pointing the way. Bare in mind other players can be interesting
sources of information and even a means for a bit more role play in
this Fallen Earth. This is a classic don't judge a book by it's
cover, Fallen Earth has a lot of good content going for it, so get
past the tutorial and don't make the choice just on that....things
open up after the tutorial levels.
Fallen Earth is full of adventure and promise of bigger and better
things to an already intriguing world. Do a search for Fallen Earth
and try your hand at something a little different.
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