Game review Apex Construct: Archer vs Robots
We continue to acquaint our readers with gaming innovations for the increasingly popular head-mounted display PlayStation VR. Today we will speak about a very unusual game, which is a mixture of scientific and popular action movie and a simulator of archery. Apex Construct takes us into the future, when all is what we are accustomed to, will simply cease to exist. And humanity will take place soulless machines managed by a powerful artificial intelligence.
Game: Apex Construct
Platform PlayStation VR
Genre: Adventure, First Person Shooter
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Developer: Fast Travel Games
Publisher: Fast Travel Games
According to the story of the game, in the mid-2020s mankind has opened a new type of energy, called Radiance. For the right to become the main supplier of this energy have fought two major corporations: Cygnia and Sumitus. As a result, I won Cygnia, whose scientists have begun to study Radiance active in their scientific complexes. Of course, as is often the case in science fiction films and video games, something went wrong. One experiment went out of control and everything was covered with a copper basin. As a result, the so-called "shift" humanity was peeling off the face of the planet with, and the ruins of the settlements have become superficially resemble a scene from the movie "Inception" by Christopher Nolan, when the city literally turned inside out.
The player plays the role of a nameless protagonist, whose origin is shrouded in mystery. How he managed to survive the apocalypse? Why did one of his hands a human, and the second - a cybernetic prosthesis? Answers to questions nobody else just will not. Conductor of the main character in the world of the future performs artificial intelligence FATHR (short for "father" - Eng.). He briefly explains the main character, that everything that survived the not entirely successful experiment and follow him, "shift", can also come to an end. Now the planet threatens another deadly artificial intelligence called MOTHR ( "mother" - Eng.). And that's it, you must stop at all costs, before it's too late.
In the game development studio responsible Fast Travel Games, founded by immigrants from DICE, gave us Mirrors Edge and Battlefield. World Apex Construct divided into separate levels, which are interconnected special locations hub. In his asylum player can take a breath, heal, improve your gear, take from the box found in the course of travel the destroyed world access keys to new locations, or select the next mission on the interactive map, and then go on the job under the guidance of artificial intelligence FATHR.
Post-apocalyptic world of the future is deserted, but not devoid of life completely. That here and there heard the birds singing, and humanity was extinct replaced robots that looks like a metal dogs, cats and spiders. They diligently patrol the territory of the former settlements, but particularly high concentration of synthetic beings in those places where there are scientific bases Cygnia. After all, there lurk powerful servers that are running artificial intelligence MOTHR, which you have to destroy. But how honest with FATHR you and why he was so afraid of competing AI? The answers to these questions, you will get only at the end of the story.
The plot is revealed not only in the monologues of two artificial intelligences, but also through numerous documents scattered game locations. In addition, the game has a lot of computer terminals, gaining access to that player will be able to learn a lot about what really happened in the course of the experiment itself, which led to the apocalypse. Terminals running CygDOS operating system, which takes the familiar to many of us a command such as "DIR" or "OPEN filename". From time to time you have to solve small puzzles, for example, activate various mechanisms to select passwords or blocked terminals. Find out the most terrible secrets Apex Construct will manage only the most curious players, as it will have to collect all without exception, files and records.
The gameplay is a study locations with parallel robots shooting of a modified bow. Onion this is not only a key weapon in your crusade against the AI, but also a remedy. After all, it built an energy shield, cover you from enemy shots. In addition to standard booms over time you will be available and other munitions, such as electric darts, paralyzing robots powerful discharges. To improve the parameters of their weapons may be in a shelter with a special machine that takes as currency falls out of the dead robot Radiance-energy.
The main controller game using two PlayStation Move. To move forward, use "teleportation" system. You simply specify the virtual pointer point where you want to be, and press the button. To rotate your character left or right, you need to hold down the button and pull the controller in the desired direction. At first, not very usual, but just after 20 minutes to get used to moving this technology and cease to feel uncomfortable. Archery is carried out both in the game "Sports Festival", which is still on the PS3 and also used two controller Move. You take an arrow, pick up a bow and pull the string, as in the reality. Aim quite convenient, as you can tilt your head to the bow and see everything from the first person.
The graphics in Apex Construct pleasing to the eye and full of bright colors and unusual geometric design pleases solutions (above I have already written about the analogy to the "beginning" Nolan). 4 on the PlayStation Pro players will get a more detailed picture, but the owners of ordinary PS4 consoles will also remain quite pleased with the look of the game. Music and soundscape shooter also make a good impression. Particularly pleased that with the use of high-quality stereo headset will be easy to calculate the location of your opponents in the space and time to shoot them with a bow.
The game is not without some drawbacks. Most of them are connected with imperfect tracking and not the most comfortable (at least not used to) control. For example, if you drop something on the floor, raise the subject again is almost impossible. It is necessary to leave the coverage area of the chamber. Sometimes teleportation pushes you into a corner, then have long to unfold and maneuver in order to get to where you originally wanted. The game is clearly suffering from monotony, so even an interesting and intricate plot is not able to correct the picture. You're going somewhere, then fires back from the waves of attacking robots you, then listen to the monologues of two AI and go back to his hideout. And everything starts again repeated in a circle in the next mission.
- An interesting story, slowly immerses the player into the atmosphere of the gloomy future.
- Excellent implemented mechanics of archery with the help of Move-controllers.
- nice looking bright graphics and unusual design of gaming locations.
- The player will have to solve various puzzles and solve puzzles.
- Not the usual movement of the control circuit in the space.
- Present annoying problems with tracking.
- The game sometimes seems too monotonous.
On the passage of Apex Construct you will go about 5 hours. If you like shooters and have long dreamed of a virtual simulator of archery, then this game will be for you a real discovery and a welcome gift. However, if you scare the hell out of the prospect to move in space with the help of the notorious teleport and shoot from the monotonous waves similar to each other robots, you can spend the money on something else. For example, a fairy VR-game Moss, which I told you not so long ago. However, the first child of Fast Travel Games in any case can not be considered a complete failure. This game really interesting plot and good makings of a future in the event that the light will be a sequel. I put Apex Construct 7 out of 10.