To push the Kickstarter project CONSORTIUM: The Tower, the collaborative effort of GOG and Interdimensional Games offers users of the DRM-free platform its predecessor CONSORTIUM: The Master Edition as a giveaway.
I have to say that this game passed me by unnoticed, probably because the sci-fi setting didn’t appeal to me so much and from the looks of it, it seemed like another rogue-like. But now that it’s available for free (at least if one gets a copy in the 48 hours since the announcement), this looks quite intriguing, especially since I’ve been watching the new Battlestar Galactica for quite a while and having been completely wrong about the genre.
It’s a first-person action-adventure/RPG hybrid taking place on a spaceship with the main character investigating a murder. Visually it might not have a chance against bigger AAA titles, but it’s all about the choices one makes. These influence the way characters react and how the story plays out, something that has been said by many PR people, but which could actually work here. With a setting and characters which could be from a sci-fi TV show it can end up to be a memorable experience, one that is even sweeter now that it’s possible to play it for free. So make sure you create an account (if you haven’t done already) and get CONSORTIUM: The Master Edition for free before February 13, 1:59 PM GMT.
And while you’re at it, it might be a good idea to head over to the Kickstarter website for CONSORTIUM: The Tower that looks quite fantastic and will hopefully hit its target financing. It’s interesting to watch the developer talk about the narrative possibilities in gaming and this project in particular, although I’m not sure about how Die Hard and Deus Ex fit together.
It has lots of action, but this will also depend on how one approaches the game, hopefully making it less than an FPS and more of an adventure game like the first title. This looks more open and less claustrophobic in the game trailer, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t neglect good character writing and instead delivers on the promise that gameplay and storytelling can’t be distinguished anymore, something one has heard so many times before but seldom seen come to fruition.
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