Satellite Reign is still in Alpha Build and is in Early Access but right now it’s already a pretty fantastic Indie Cyberpunk Strategy RPG.
Take XCOM Enemy Unknown, splice it together with Shadowrun Returns, a little dash of Deus Ex, and give it real time combat in an open, living city, and you have Satellite Reigns. With Real Time Strategy controls, you command a squad of individually controllable and customisable characters, each with a talent: hacking, healing, scouting etc The open world means not only tackling missions from a range of methods, but then travelling between missions while avoiding police contact, keeping your weapons holstered, and discovering new things along the way.
It actually plays pretty similar to Men of War, which may be a WW2 RTS, but it allows individual control of each soldier, including equipped weapons and movement. This micromanagement really adds depth to the game.
I even accidentally discovered the fact that you can hack and hijack police hovercars!
The City itself is beautiful, and I’m only currently running the game on a medium setting, as it appears to be quite a hefty game to play on full-whack thanks to the lighting systems. But this game was built in Unity, and it’s all the more impressive for it.
The more I explored the more I was impressed, as the city is built not just out but up, too. There are height levels without exploring becoming too complicated and unruly. Bridges and stairways dot the city, along with some nifty little power cables you can zipline down to reach alternative routes.
I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this brilliant little gem of a game, it’s actually exactly the kind of game I’ve been wanting for a long time, and had settled on the idea that it simply didn’t exist. I love isometric RPGs, and I love sci-fi and cyberpunk, and so far games which combine the two are always turn-based which is always a compromise to me, I prefer the intensity of real time action.
If you like Blade Runner, and RTS gameplay, and have a relatively decent PC, go try this game now.
So I was on my merry little way, escorting four civilians through the city, when three players join my game. Each one killing one or more of the civilians I’m protecting, and even another player in one circustance… automatically failing the mission they just joined, through no fault of their own.
Not that I’m really complaining, it’s actually funny. This game is brilliant.
It’s such a fun Co-op game, anyone with a PS4, PS3 or PS Vita should buy it now while it’s discounted (and on cross-buy) with PS+ membership.