Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: MercurySteam
- Developer: MercurySteam
- Release Date: Sept 22, 2017
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Third Person Shooter
- Players: 1 (Online 2-5)
- Official Website: http://www.raidersofthebrokenplanet.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue is first and foremost a third person action/shooting title. Players choose from one of several raiders who each have their own perks, weapon loadouts and various skills and then enter one of the two available missions. It’s very important to read what each character can do prior to beginning a mission as some missions will even tell you a character will make the battle harder for you and that’s due to the objectives in that mission or maybe the foes you will face.
The prologue of Raiders of the Broken Planet may only contain the first two missions to play but don’t believe you’re going to not have much to do as these missions aren’t short by any means. It’s already clear to us here at Honey’s Anime that Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue is the literal tip of the iceberg and that should entice most gamers into purchasing the first slew of missions as soon as they can for $9.99. However, since we’re only preview reviewing the prologue, we can say that two missions available are a good way of judging the main game as they offer up a nice amount of challenge and different objectives.
Now while all of this sounds good, the question on most minds out there is how does Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue play? If we could answer that question in two words we would say: incredibly well. Controls are responsive, movements feel good and even the sticky wall cover system—as there is no stick to wall button to utilize—works well and isn’t intrusive as some other titles that mirror that design. Alright now, we know you’re going to ask the following question, what can you do in Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue? Don’t worry we’re now going to talk about that.
In terms of actual combat, Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue offers up an interesting gameplay style. As we mentioned, each character has a different means of gameplay such as Harec—one of the raiders mind you—who is nimble, can melee quickly and uses a sniper rifle for maximum damage. Seeing as how melee is an important element towards gaining back used ammo and doing some of the objectives, Harec relies more on stealthy approach then in your face combat. Meanwhile, the tank like raider named Konstantin uses a Gatling Gun and can melee with strength but lacks speed and versatility. We tried out these and other characters and can honestly say they all play quite differently which means no one will ever feel repetition creeping in if they should choose to do the same mission repeatedly.
In terms of aesthetics, Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue looks incredible. The movie-like camera shots and bobs during cutscenes makes every moment feel Hollywood-like. This also is enhanced by impressive—and unique if we might add—character designs as well awesome voice acting. The music as well really fits the mood and makes every encounter feel action packed. Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue almost seems like a perfect game, but as we always do, we must mention the bad.
Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue does have some issues and while most are minor, there is one we’re incredibly worried about. The minor issues come in the form of the extremely chaotic gameplay which can at times be frustrating. Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue is a tough game but we also feel that difficulty comes because at times enemies will just be behind you without warning and or an enemy one hits kills you. While luckily, each team gets a numerous amount of restack-able respawns—which do replenish if lost but that equally makes you vulnerable and death then means having to restart the entire mission—often we died just because of random chaos and that can kill a fun time. Though our biggest concern comes in the form of the lack of people playing Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue. We tried multiple times of day and ways to play online with others and found no games to join. Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue has been out now for nearly a week as of doing this review and if it’s this hard to find a game, we wonder if later, there will be anyone playing at all, which is a scary thing. However, solo play still works fine and that for us was enough to enjoy the most of what Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue has to offer.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Awesome sci-fi themed art
- Hilarious cutscenes and dialogue
- Great sci-fi story
- Impressive music and voice acting
- Solid controls
- Numerous different characters to choose from
- The ability to play as both good guys and bad guys
- Free to try out
- Playing solo will challenge most
- Missions can be too chaotic at times
- Matchmaking doesn’t seem too populated
- Not enough enemy variety at least in the prologue