Greetings programs. Welcome to the first Adam versus Green Steamlight of 2014. For the uninitiated, Adam versus Steam Greenlight is a mostly monthly feature where I pull three random games out of my Steam Greenlight queue and answer the fundamental question of Steam Greenlight, “Would I buy this game if it appeared on Steam?”

Keep in mind that the only thing I’m evaluating is the developers’ ability to produce an impressive trailer, write some decent marketing copy, and sell me on the concept of their game.

These are not reviews, so please keep that in mind before you send me angry emails about how I’m proffering unfair reviews, and how I am the worst thing since Stalin. On that note, let’s bring on the first contender.

Ancients of Fasaria: Battle Tactics

The Description

Ancients of Fasaria: Battle Tactics is a massive multiplayer strategy, rpg based upon the online mmorpg Ancients of Fasaria: Lords of the Forgotten Moons.

Features:

* Build your colony

* Research new technologies

* Build and level up your main character by engaging in combat

* Purchase and equip weapons and armor for your character

* Build up to 3 massive armies

* Compete against other members in PVP combat

* Build or join a clan

* Earn medals and ranking

The Trailer

 

My Thoughts

This is a joke, right? Is it just me, or does this look and sound a lot like Evony, or one of its ill-begotten clones. Its nature as a “Free to Play” game fills me with no shortage of reservations about the quality and type of game play Ancients of Fasaria will offer.

Verdict

Thumbs down. Somebody would have to pay me to play this game. Even then, I suspect I would hate it.

PeriAreion

The Description

Prepare for the ultimate test of survival in a strategy game with no enemies except the hostile environment of mars. Do you have the skill necessary to build and manage the first sustainable extraterrestrial colony, or will your colonists become mere footnotes in the history of human space exploration? Their lives and legacies are in your hands!

PeriAreion, a term meaning “closest approach to Mars”, is a single-player realistic space sim/strategy game. The goal is to establish a sustainable colony on Mars by mining minerals, constructing and populating a base, and dealing with the hazards of such a harsh environment. Like Oregon Trail in space, PeriAreion is about exploring a new and unforgiving frontier. All the science, modules, and environments found in the game are based upon current mars research and mission concepts.

The Trailer

 

My Thoughts

Setting aside the fact that I’m almost certain Periareion doesn’t translate to “closest approach to Mars,” the game has caught my attention. I like the idea of a Martian colony simulator if, and only if, the developers focus on making it a science fiction game with an emphasis on the science. That is to say, the first thing the colonists should be mining is water. The second is a building material that will keep out radiation.

Though the trailer touts the ability to explore the natural wonders of Mars, the graphics seem a little lack lustre and murky. I suppose we can chalk that up to a game still in pre-release condition. Though if the game is focusing on colony management, I’m not really sure why there would be a need to explore Martian vistas.

Verdict

Thumbs up. My hope is that this game will be smart and follow in the footsteps of Kim Stanely Robinson’s Red Mars.

Hover: Revolt of Gamers

The Description

Created and developed by 3 young independant developers, “Hover : Revolt of Gamers” is a free runner in a futuristic 3D open world.

Between the crazy Jet Set Radio, the interactivity of Mirror’s Edge and inspired by films like “The Fifth Element” or “Star Wars”, Hover let you play as a Gamer Team from another world, appalled at the dictatorship in their city.

Totally free in a large futuristic open world city and wearing a special high-tech suit offering you the ability to move around unlike anyone, you will have to impress all the Gamers of the City doing crazy Triks and “Parkours” in order to recruit an impressive team and enrole in more serious missions to overthrow the tyranny.

You will have to locate and infiltrate in the control centers of the anti-video games propaganda, free the citizens confined by the authorities, get back the consoles confiscated from the population, andfinally dethrone the new Mayor at the origin of this whole mess. Many security drones are patrolling city so be alert to the risk of being chased, and be prepared to shake off them.

Each Gamer you recruit in your team is playable and the experience gained can be used to upgrade their stats.

The Trailer

 

My Thoughts

I have said it before and apparently I need to say it again, this time in all-caps and bold face; IF YOU WANT TO SUCCESSFULLY MARKET A GAME, HIRE A COPY EDITOR SO PEOPLE DON’T JUDGE THE GAME BY YOUR TERRIBLE WRITING.

Multiple spelling and grammar mistakes in marketing copy makes me wonder about the quality of the game as a whole. Perhaps the developers are fantastic coders but only mediocre writers, which is fair. Yet there’s more to quality control than squashing game breaking bugs. No effort, or at best a poor effort, to proof read the promotional copy gives me no reason to believe the game will offer any more polish than what’s seen in the Greenlight profile. Combine that with the fact that Hover looks to borrow both story and concept from Mirror’s Edge without offering anything of its own, and I would have considerable reservations about buying this game.

Verdict

Thumbs down. While this might prove to be a good game, the lack of polish in the copy and a wholly derivative concept do not make me want to part coin from hand for this title.

And that, dear readers, is another episode of Adam versus Steam Greenlight. One out of three might not be the best outcome, but at least I found a single title worthy of an up vote.