Geekly Review #138

As I’m sure most of you know the Steam summer sale has started – we’ve got some recommendations for what to buy. I’ve been browsing it quite a bit looking for some good bargains. So far, most of the games I’ve thought would be worth it, I already own. But I have picked up two games. One being 35mm – A post-apocalyptic story about two travellers who set out on a long journey in the wasteland, I’m yet to play it though, but I really like the sound of it.

Duskers

The second game I bought I have played and that’s Duskers. This actually came to my attention a few weeks back and I’ve been waiting to buy it.

In Duskers you pilot drones into derelict spaceships to find the means to survive and piece together how the universe became a giant graveyard. So far I really like it. It’s got rouge like elements to it, it’s got survival horror elements, it’s tense in a way I wasn’t expecting, it’s just plain cool!

Dusker 1

As you travel across space searching derelict ships for scrap, fuel and anything else you can find, you can upgrade your ship and upgrade your drones for use whilst searching.

The game itself is mostly controlled with text commands – think DOS style, so when you land on a ship you can control all of your drones from a basic overview by typing things like ‘navigate 1 r1’ which means move drone 1 to room 1, and you’ll see your drones move on the map. It may sound a bit boring or a bit odd, but it actually works really well and is surprisingly immersive.  You can also directly control each drone in a different view. Visually – even though there might not be much to look at, I still think it looks really good, it has a really good retro Sci-Fi film feel to it.

Dusker 2

A lot of the ships have some kind of infection which has turned other drones hostile towards you, but there are also some other threats on board, although I’m not entirely sure what they are, but I know they move incredibly fast and scare the crap out of you.

I can’t wait to play some more!

DayZ

DayZ has undergone a makeover, no it hasn’t changed visually, but behind the scenes has changed dramatically with the new 0.60 update, and since it hit DayZ has been a joy to play again. Me and Ross had a good session across the weekend that probably totaled close to 15 hours of play. We found multiple helicopter crash sites, a truck, an insane amount of really good gear – to the point where we had our truck stocked with 2 AUG’s whilst we carried M4’s and SKS’s, we were too geared!

But still we wanted more, so we went to tent city – a well known military area where there is usually a high amount of loot. After searching through the tents I suddenly hear “I’m dead” from Ross. No gun shot, he just hit the deck. I start to panic a little, do I sit in the tent and wait out, or do I run? I decide to run, I break out in to a field and not long after shots start to rain on me. I’m hit, I turn back to the tents for cover, but it’s too late, my legs get broken and I quickly fall unconscious, then dead…. All that glorious loot, lost.

But that’s what the game is all about. We just got on with it again and quickly looted up and now are just as geared as we were before and ready to take people on. We also played on a first person server and are totally decked out in gear on that after finding the mother load of loot on one server – but I’m not telling you which, just in case it happens again!

DayZ 2

Our 3rd crash site and our loot truck.

One thing that I really love from the new patch is the weather, the rain has been greatly improved, it looks great and really helps with immersion.

DayZ 4

Tent city, where we met our demise!

DayZ 5

We found a car, it didn’t work properly.

DayZ 1

Rain looks awesome now

-Will

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