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The Technomancer review

After sitting down to watch the trailer for The Technomancer my excitement levels were high. Although I was about to settle into yet another RPG the premise of the Technomancers had me hoping for some unique, apart from the combat, it doesn’t seem to be the case. The Technomancer is developed by Spiders, who are famed for the title Bound by Flame – This is their first Xbox One title and their second attempt at a game based on Mars.

Mars has recent be colonised, you play as Zach, a rookie who is about to face his initiation test in order to become a true Technomancer. The Technomancers are soldiers with cybernetic implants that allow them harness destructive electrical powers, they have learnt to fight from an early age and are very much a formidable opponent.

The Initiation is a great introduction to the game, but just before that get a brief tutorial into the games combat system. There are three disciplines you can use, staff, blade/gun, and blade/shield. Each of the 3 styles has its own skill tree where you can improve your existing skills or gain new ones by allocating XP you earn during your adventure.

You won’t realise it at first, but believe me the combat is tough, even on normal difficulty. Before taking on a set of opponents it’s worth trying to work out numbers & weapon types before attacking. There are some excellent attacks that you can unlock as you level up. I found a lot of my battle involved a fair bit of trial and error. The staff is a great weapon that can cause some devastating attacks, but sometimes you are better of using a shield or gun to cause long range damage. Timing is everything to, dodging or parrying an attack at the right time gives you a perfect opportunity to cause some real damage to your enemies, it takes some practice but it’s well worth making time for it. Enemies range from other humans, to mutants and various other creatures. You’ll often find groups of enemies are supported by one larger opponent who can heal the smaller enemies and also produce devastating attacks if you get too close.

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I was impressed with the control system, everything feels very intuitive despite the complexity of the menus, whether you are managing your inventory, navigating a map or assigning skills and attributes you are only a few button presses away from completing tasks. Whilst moving around the city holding RT brings up an overlay of your local map, which is useful for finding out where to go. Through your journal you can manage which quests to follow which makes things a lot easier.

You’ll eventually be assigned some companions to take along with during quests but they only seem to serve as a distraction, they aren’t the smartest partners to have, often taking on the strongest enemy early on and getting knocked out pretty quickly. Nobody dies in the Technomancer, unless you want them to that is. All emeries get knocked out, leaving you to search them or kill them earning extra Serum, but losing Karma points.

The better Karma you have the easier it is to sway people decisions in conversation trees, a lot of the dialogue is fairly forgettable, as are most of the characters but some of the quest in the game can be quite good. Alongside the main quests exploring the city will see you interact with various NPC’s and helping them with tasks. You’ll spend your time within different cities in Mars, the first city feels like the Citadel from Mass Effect, it’s very corporate with a dull colour palette. It’s interesting to city how the atmosphere changes when you visit the slums and even more so when you visit other cities later on in the game. I really liked how the game looked, some of the set pieces were excellent, although the game is slightly let down by the character models. There aren’t many customisation options when creating your character and it shows as you begin to see NPC’s that look just like you!

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Generally the quests involve going to one area, then another, fighting someone or something then returning to base to claim your pay. It’s very much a tried and tested system that works well, but the lack of fast travel within the city begins to grate on you very early on, as the other cities become available you can fast travel between those, but it would make a big difference if you could move around quickly in the local areas. I quite enjoyed the timed quests, which added an extra layer of excitement to the game. The day/night cycle also affected when certain people were available to move quests along.

As you explore, you’ll find plenty of materials that can be used to craft weapons, as you earn more Serum you’ll be able to buy plans from the various merchants that allow you to enhance damage, critical hit cancel and more, making you even tougher in combat. Although the crafting system is fairly simple it isn’t explained very well, so one again you are left to trial and error.

thetechnomancer-05I’m quite enjoying the overall story in the game, it’s a bit predictable but some of the few key characters keep you entertained. This isn’t the greatest game in the world, but it has been fairly enjoyable, indeed, if you are a fan of Mass Effect this could certainly be a stop gap until Andromda comes out. It clearly lends a lot from the series even down to the music.

Thanks to Bastion & Xbox for supporting TiX

The Technomancer gets a new trailer

The Technomancer, the sci-fi RPG set on Mars, is due for release on June 28th on Xbox One. the other day a gameplay trailer unveiled some of the features of this upcoming RPG – character evolution, dynamic combat, crafting, equipment customization, multiple ways to solve quests – as well as a at the story, where all your choices will have a direct impact on the destiny of Mars.

Today, the Companions Trailer unveils how all these mechanics are enriched by the interactions and relationships you will create with the companions who will follow you in your journey through the Red Planet.

Each companion has his own story. Get to know them because some will join out of loyalty, others out of mere opportunity… or as a result of a chain of unfortunate events. When you are out there, exploring or fighting, you may select up to two companions in your party to come with you. Choose carefully, as they all have their own unique fighting styles that should complement your own, including special talents useful for utility, such as crafting, knowledge in science, or lock picking. Picking one companion over another thus has a significant impact on the way you play The Technomancer, as well as impacting the story.

Your companions all have their own agenda or preoccupations. They regularly ask you for help or for favours. Should you decide to accept their requests, you will trigger a special series of missions that let you learn more about their past. These quests follow their unique scenario that enriches the main story. Completing these side quests will add numerous hours of gameplay, and will improve your relationship with your companions…

Your companions level up alongside you. Each one gets his own inventory from where you can modify their gear at any time. Equip them with new weapons and armour that you can upgrade with your crafting talents. Make sure to provide them with the best equipment, you will drastically increase their survivability and lethality. And, you can also make sure they look appropriately badass.

Each of your companions has his/her own behaviour, opinions, and moral code. If you act too much against their beliefs, they might get so upset that they leave your group. On the contrary, shine and prove worthy of their trust, and you’ll nurture friendships… or even romances. All your decisions will have irreversible consequences on Mars and its inhabitants!

The Technomancer unleashes new gameplay trailer

The Technomancer, the sci-fi roleplaying game being developed by Spider Games, has just released a new gameplay trailer. This trailer grants you further insight into the game set on Mars.

The gameplay trailer shows the true RPG nature of the game starting with the character creation screen. From here you can customise your appearance and make your first decisions about your characters development. Like any RPG, playing through the 40 odd hours of quests will earn experience points. These points can be traded to develop your character further in one of the 4 skill trees tied to 3 different combat stances. Recruit companions, craft new gear and armour and learn more talents as you progress through the story as the apprentice Technomancer, Zachariah.

You are a Technomancer, one of the most formidable warriors, harnessing destructive electrical powers through your implants. Your adventure will take you on a journey, you’ll create a unique hero (or anti-hero) and every decision you make bears consequences.

The Technomancer will be available June 21 for Xbox One.

Experience life and death on Mars in The Technomancer

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Step into the world of the Technomancer. A dystopian Mars world, colonised by humans hundreds of years earlier. Focus Home Interactive have showcased the unique environments offered by Spider’s epic RPG. Face the dangers on the red planet as a corrupt police force attempts to hunt you down.

The Technomancer takes place after a cataclysmic event decimates the population of Mars and isolates the survivors from Earth. Chase a secret across deadly environments, into shanty towns and broken cities ruled by shadowy officials. Avoid the lethal radiation from the Sun and survive in a brutal face-off against desperate criminals and mutated creatures that are the stuff of nightmares.

The Technomancer is currently lined up for hostile survival from this summer on Xbox One.

The Technomancer: First Contact trailer

Upcoming RPG, The Technomancer, has its first official trailer, showing off protagonist, Zachariah, and his three style of combat.

Due for release in early 2016, The Technomancer plans to offer three dynamic combat styles:

• Staff: Highly mobile long-ranged melee to hit multiple targets.
• Rogue with knife and gun: Agile, mobile, with dodges, rolls, and effective CC with the gun.
• Protection with mace and shield: Parry, block, and beat them to death with powerful attacks!

Additionally The Technmancer will feature a deep, modular crafting system changing the visible and active qualities of clothing and weapons forged from scrap you find. A vast and interesting game-world to explore with Mars as the setting, cut off from Earth for 120 years. And a focus on choice, where missions can be completed multiple different ways: avoiding combat, romancing companions, crafting items and more.

Roll on 2016.

Focus Home Interactive E3 line-up

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With E3 just around the corner our good friends at Focus Home Interactive have revealed their line-up including presentations of the games by the developers + hands-on sessions. In addition to this they’ll be some exciting new announcements, which will be showcased behind closed doors. If you are heading to E3 this year below you’ll find the list of the games you will be able to take a look at, or even try at the Focus Home Interactive booth (West Hall 5312), next month.

  • Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC), the multi-award winning RPG developed by Larian Studios arrives on consoles, with a load of new features and enhanced graphics.

  • Blood Bowl 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), developed by Cyanide Studio, smashes Games Workshop’s Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality.

  • The Technomancer (PS4, Xbox One and PC), a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world from studio Spiders, that will bring you to the hazardous red planet.

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  • Mordheim: City of the Damned (Consoles (but which ones?), PC) is the videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s cult classic tabletop game. This is a turn-based strategy game that blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry.

  • Space Hulk Deathwing (PS4, Xbox One, PC) by Streum On Studio is a First-Person Shooter experience of Games Workshop’s classic boardgame Space Hulk, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (PC), developed by Tindalos Interactive, is the real-time strategy adaptation of Games Workshop’s tabletop game, that stages the dark, deadly and intense space battles from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
  • Farming Simulator 2015 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox360, PC, Mac, Vita) joins E3 after its recent release on consoles. Developer Giants Software will tell you more about the future edition, and will unveil the first official Farming Simulator wheel controller, created by Saitek. You can read our review of Farming Simulator 2015 here.

  • Act of Aggression (PC), the new real-time strategy game on PC from Wargame creator Eugen Systems. Act of Aggression draws inspiration from the Golden Era of RTS titles, with a unique near-future techno thriller ambiance. Watch the teaser
  • Vampyr, the RPG from DontNod, will unveil its first teaser trailer at E3!

New screenshots released for The Technomancer

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Spiders, developer of The Technomancer the new post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world, today released more stunning screenshots from its game. Todays pictures show the Technomancer and his companions, arriving at Noctis, one of the last strongholds of civilization on Mars. Noctis is one of the many locations you will get to explore during your adventure. A “free city” that isolated itself from the War of Water which opposes the grand Companies such as Aurora and Abundance, Noctis still holds great dangers: bandits, pillagers, and some dangerous creatures who will put your warrior skills to the test.

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For those who don’t know, The Technomancer is an RPG/Action that puts you on the run from the Secret Police and confronted by the harsh realities of the Red Planet, you must undertake a quest that takes you through tribal communities, cities lost under the ice, and dystopian shanties sprawled across Mars’ dusty embrace.

Faced with the cruelty of Mars’ iron-fist enforcers and wild-life, can you survive long enough to uncover the truth behind The Technomancer?

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So if that hasn’t given you enough, Spiders Games and Focus Home Interactive have also announced that The Technomancer will be presented in more detail at E3 Los Angeles this June.

The Technomancer is staring at a 2016 release and we’ll endeavour to bring you more news on this exciting new RPG as it comes in.

Prepare yourself for The Technomancer

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Spiders Games and Focus Home Interactive have today announced a new post-apocalyptic RPG, set in a cyberpunk world for Xbox One.

The Technomancer will be set on Mars during the War of Water, building on Spiders’ efforts with Mars: War Logs, and pits an aspiring Technomancer against the demons of his past, as he tries to forge himself a future.  The game will offer players action-oriented combat gameplay along four different skill trees, with three fighting styles and the destructive electric-focused Technomancer powers. The Technomancer will also feature some dynamic dialogue-based situations too, so you don’t need to rely on your brute strength to get through all of the game.

Facing the harsh realities of Mars, on the run from the Secret Police, you are taken on a journey through the tribal communities, lost cities under ice and dystopian shanty towns spread far and wide across the Red Planet’s surface.

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The Technomancer will allow you to form bonds with companions and find out details about their past, to manage their inventory and level your companions up. It promises to offer you up to five different endings, depending on your in-game choices, and a dynamic crafting system that evolves the abilities and look of your weapons and armour.

The Technomancer is staring at a 2016 release and we’ll endeavour to bring you more news on this exciting new RPG as it comes in.

Focus Home Interactive at GDC15

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This years Game Developer Conference is from March 4th to 6th in San Francisco and with less than a month before it all kicks off, Focus Home Interactive; an independent French publisher, have today revealed a line-up of titles and new announcements which will be showcased (behind closed doors!) during the show.

Blood Bowl 2 developed by Cyanide Studio, combines Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality. Blood Bowl 2 is set for a Spring release this year.

From developer Spiders comes The Technomancer. Set on Mars and in the same universe as Mars: War Logs, this dark sci-fi RPG is currently in development for Xbox One and other platforms. You can read our review of Mars: War Logs the surprise Xbox Live Arcade RPG hit title of 2013 here.

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Farming Simulator 15 is coming to Xbox One. Developer Giants Software will be meeting press to discuss this surprise hit series and reveal its plans for console release later this year. Read our review of Farming Simulator when it was released for Xbox 360 back in 2013 here.

Maybe not everything in the above list is your cup of tea, but is there something you are keen to see more off? After the success of Mars: War Logs I am really excited to see The Technomancer released.