FPS games are often brutal and violent by nature, but Telepaths Tree‘s Inner Chains is something quite special when it comes to (mechanical) body horror.
Modern shooters live and die by their mechanics, but in an industry where graphics are as important as the setting, a game like Inner Chains still sticks out of the crowd. The idea of having a superior human race ruling others isn’t new, but presenting a world where nature and machines became one is quite unique (although there is obviously Horizon: Zero Dawn). Trying to break the circle of a higher caste, it’s the player’s goal to leave a dark, uninhabitable place and find refuge in a better world without religious fanatics.
Story-wise everything seems quite obscure and trailers as well as press info further complicate matters, but this is refreshing considering how much PR can spoil surprises. First looks can be deceiving, but the game’s graphics and especially sick art direction are outstanding. Not sure if it will run properly on my current setup, and there seem to be a lot of people with better PCs who have experienced performance issues. Add some game-breaking bugs, sound problems, and this doesn’t bode well. However, the developers are already working on patches and are open to customer’s/community’s complaints, so hopefully the game will be playable as it was intended. It would be a shame to miss this different, almost “walking simulator”-type of FPS exploration action approach.
The game is now available on PC with a launch discount of 10% that will last until May 25, 4 PM UTC. Console versions for PS4 and Xbox One are planned for the future as well.
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