Robo Crazy: Plain Sight 1.2 Patch & $2 Sale!

By Quintin Smith on August 24th, 2010 at 5:55 pm.

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Kieron and I got a bit worked up over indie robot-battler Plain Sight, and I’ve put a few of our choice quotes (as well as a video of the game) after the jump. What you need to know is that not only has the recent 1.2 patch added both persistent perks and hats (their words: “It worked for TF2, right?”), Plain Sight has just begun a three day Steam sale. It’s now available for $2.

$2. Two dollars. Or £1.60 for us UK types. Excuse me while I bang my forehead against the desk and start gurgling like a broken washing machine. That is no money for a hugely inventive, ice-cool and utterly beautiful multiplayer game (with bot support). You’d be some kind of robo-berk if you didn’t stop whatever you were doing to go and buy it right now.

So, Kieron said this:

In short: Top Gun with Samurai Robots.

And this:

The sensations which Plain Sight offered me aren’t mirrored significantly in any game I’ve ever played. It has grace. As mentioned earlier, it’s occasionally an awkward grace, but as I catapult around an impossible world, waiting for that targeting reticule to turn red it’s a grace that’s undeniable and irresistible.

Wheras I said this:

Understand that Plain Sight is a multiplayer indie game for PC, available on Steam, about murderous, explosive, acrobatic robots battling one another with katanas in a web of gravitational fields. It’s part flight sim, part Jedi Knight, part vertigo-inducing spectacle, part experiment and all risk-reward. What kind of a monster would go and break apart a game like that to say whether it’s worth buying? You might as well dissect a woman to determine that yes, she has healthy kidneys and firm, spongy lungs is therefore probably worth going out with.

And this:

There’s a CTF level in this game which is just two cassette tapes floating in space, their tape unreeled outwards in two twisting, winding footpaths. There’s another CTF level which is two opposing castles, and the flags are kept on tiny moons you can only reach by first climbing the castle and then leaping hard enough from the highest parapet that you make it more than 50% of the way and end up falling upwards towards the floating planetoid.

Oh, and I also said that it’s very important to play Plain Sight with your own music in the background. Not just because it’s a game that demands a score, but because it has a weird ability to suit any album.

Now, here’s that video.

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  1. Feet says:

    Well.

    Bought.

    Obviously.

  2. somnolentsurfer says:

    Oh my God. I won’t be playing it any time soon, but how on Earth am I supposed to resist that?

  3. pakoito says:

    Does it work on a coal-driven GMA 4500MHD attached to a wooden Celeron723?

  4. LewieP says:

    I’m pretty sure this will be a deservedly popular deal.

    I know that lots of people were interested in Plain Sight, but held out for the demo that never came.

    There’s easily £1.60 worth of fun to be had in loading up an empty server and jumping around, never mind the rest of the game.

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Yes, RE: empty server.

    • LewieP says:

      My biggest disappointment with plain sight was that it seemed like a perfect set up for a 3D platformer in the vein of N. If I’d had similar levels, and brightly coloured things to collect, and baddies to avoid, I think I would have enjoyed that more than the multiplayer.

      But I’m generally a single player gamer anyway, so don’t let that put you off.

      Also, thanks for the tip off on the deal.

    • BigJonno says:

      Yep, I’m with you, Lewie. I bought it in the last Steam sale and while I love just jumping around and playing with bots, I’d be over (and under and gliding round in laser-trailed arc) the moon if there was some kind of single-player game built around it.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      I’ve wanted this since it came out, on the strengths of its look and music alone, so I’m glad I can finally buy it. Hopefully loads of people will jump on the sale and solve the problem of it having no players. If not, at least I’ll have another interesting game I can not play. :(

    • Xercies says:

      Any plans for modding or is it a bit to indie for that?

  5. Javier-de-Ass says:

    it’s a bit cheaper from gamersgate aswell this week, http://www.gamersgate.com/summersale along with other indie things. like avernum V, geneforge 5, machinarium, flotilla, and yet it moves, braid, osmos and a couple of others

    • LewieP says:

      I think it depends on the region, in the UK Steam is the cheaper of the two. I’d advice checking both.

    • Javier-de-Ass says:

      read as, cheaper than normal price. it’s 60% off on gamersgate, 80% off on steam. I think it’s a better deal from gamersgate of course since I hate using steam, and wouldn’t bother using it even if the game was free on there.

    • ZamFear says:

      GamersGate just dropped it to $2 as well.

    • malkav11 says:

      While I, of course, had already paid $4. Oh well.

      I proceeded to go buy a Steam 4-pack for $6, thus totalling the regular price of the game, yet never would have considered buying it at that price. My brain clearly works in funny ways.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Javier-de-Ass: Once you’ve bought the game and registered an account through it, you can head to the developer’s website and, using your account, download a standalone version straight from them regardless of where you bought it.

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    Arathain says:

    Oo, will acquire this when I get home.

  7. BaronWR says:

    This will be mine. I hope lots of RPS are up for a game.

  8. Dyst says:

    I bought it at release. I loved it but activity soon died out.

  9. Simon Dufour says:

    Will be buying it tonight. Thanks.

  10. The Innocent says:

    Bought the four pack, because some of my friends are stingy and wouldn’t spring for even such an amazing deal without a demo. Four copies for six dollars? First time I’ve been fine with stingy friends.

  11. Down Rodeo says:

    Well that’s another Steam purchase. I mean, all the games have been like £2 but still!

    Also, good idea, The Innocent. I’ve bought the four pack and will pass it to my flatmates, most likely.

  12. TooNu says:

    I also bought the 4 copy deal. And gave the 3 extra copies to 3 friends who I know wouldn’t ever even think about playing this game, just as an experiment muuuhahahaha

    • LewieP says:

      Gosh, I forgot about the 4 pack, that’s just £1.20 each!

    • Warduke says:

      No doubt at that price everyone should be buying the 4pack and gift, gift, gift away! Heck of a deal and a great way to get friends into it without the fuss of a sales pitch.

  13. Trollface says:

    Too bad that there’s not a mac version :(

  14. Tacroy says:

    You should buy this right away. It was worth it at $10, it’s quintuply worth it at $2. The only reason why I don’t play is because I have ridiculous pings (like 200 ms! what is, this, y2k?).

  15. benjamin says:

    The game was fun but i was rubbish at it and servers were all US or empty meaning either I had lag problems or there was no one to play against.

  16. Xercies says:

    Even just looking at the achievements is entertaining with all the sci-fi refrences. i spot a red dwarf one in there.

  17. GreatUncleBaal says:

    Ooh, didn’t realise it had bot support too – saw this cheap in another sale this week, but read that the servers were a bit quiet – worth it at this price just to muck about in.

  18. TeeJay says:

    I bought this on release – the price was very reasonable, I want to support local (south london) indie developers, I liked the design, the graphics and the concept and launching a multiplayer of this quality and polish is an ambitious project that should be supported.

    I did wonder how much I would actually play because for multiplayer I am so used to switching on TF2 and playing non-twitch, team-versus-team … but this ‘TF2 issue’ equally applies to the biggest games like MW2 and BC2. The truth is I have only played a bit, I keep meaning to play more but…

    I think Plain Sight does have what it takes to become a big success but it needs to build up a “critical mass” of players – some clans, attention from steam user-groups, people talking about it and arranging to play it one night a week etc. Obviously Beatnik needed to put all their energy into the build-up and launch, but with a multiplayer game you need time for a community to grow and therefore need to constantly keep it in people’s minds. Maybe they could get some people playing it at the big UK LAN events – I’m sure that it could become a real favourite and the ‘go-to’ game for a certain kind of high-speed twitch gameplay, and they just need to break through into the gamer consciousness and cultivate that niche.

  19. Brumisator says:

    SIR YES SIR!

    Buying it now!

  20. Choca says:

    Plain Sight is fun, too bad no one’s playing it. I hope this sale will make the server a little more populated, I don’t like fighting bots.

  21. CMaster says:

    Just played for a while.
    Was fun, if a little confusing.
    One complaint would be that sometimes you can see another person lining up a shot at you, you aim at them and the game refuses to even target them. As a result, they charge and get you :(

    • Xercies says:

      The targeter is annoying and to horrible for a game like this…there should be a way to target your enemies yourself because frankly its annoying otherwise.

  22. Sobric says:

    Just played a few rounds of this, it’s good fun. The server browser is a bit annoying though, I found it hard to filter only to TDM.

  23. iainl says:

    Well, bought (despite having _still_ not having touched STALKER from the Christmas sale!) and played briefly. It’s incredibly pretty, but the deathmatch gameplay is a bit random, and dialling down the mouse sensitivity doesn’t seem to make the slighest different to how stupidly sensitive it is.

    What am I doing wrong?

  24. l1ddl3monkey says:

    I’ll famously buy anything if it’s heavily reduced. On a related note: does anyone want a 1979 Victor Book for Boys Christmas Annual? Chock full of white supremacism and killing Germans, probably make an ideal gift for any older relations who “think the BNP have a point”.

    Do the folks of RPS ever get together and play this? I have fond memories of the time we all got together to knife each other in BFBC2…

  25. Kits says:

    Can’t fault it at this price. Just grabbed it too. Played a few matches and the first word that comes to mind is ‘mad’. Could be brilliantly entertaining for a game or two here and there though.

  26. Sigma Draconis says:

    Plain Sight’s $2 Sale is easy bait for me (and many others). But I think I’d have bought the game before this sale, had I not missed any mention of it when it was released in April this year. I dig fast, movement-based combat, and I love the cel-shaded, Art Deco graphical style here. The fighting itself is fun, despite the sensitive mouselook (might just need more tuning down on my part).

    Good show, Beatnik.

  27. Popish Frenzy says:

    A loooong overdue move. A real shame they didn’t/couldn’t do it sooner as I fear the game might’ve been dead for to long now. Really hope i’m wrong. Huzzar! Off to play plain sight!

  28. necromental says:

    I trust you, (and steam now that I come to think of it) and bought this before I’d even noticed you’d posted a video. I mean, I spend more on vending machine fodder!

  29. Bump says:

    Who ever doesn’t want to buy a game about ninja robots, thats for only two bucks, is insane…

  30. DXN says:

    I bought a 4-pack and gave away three copies! Not only did I buy a sweet game, I bought generosity!

  31. InsidiousBoot says:

    I played it a while, Its not that exciting as everyone claims..

  32. Laneford says:

    Helpfully the steam sale appears to have broken the authentication server, thus I cannot play it!

    Joy.

  33. jeremypeel says:

    Bought it bought it bought it. Thanks for pointing this out guys, I’m sure I’ll get a lot of fun outta this when I get around to it. Yeah.

  34. tomwaitsfornoman says:

    “Problem connecting to account server.”

    I guess everyone else bought it at the same time.

  35. ulix says:

    Because it was only 5.40€ I just bought a “4 Pack”, gave one of the copies to my flatmate and the other two to other friends. I mean come on, 5.40€ for an awesome game, four times?

  36. Sigma Draconis says:

    Players should check out the Plain Sight Wiki:
    http://beatnikgames.co.uk/index.php/wiki/

    Has some general tips, perk builds, and advanced tricks.

  37. Quasar says:

    Bought. At around 50p less than a pint of beer, it’d be rude not to.

    Just waiting for the servers to catch up now.

    • Laneford says:

      Where can I get a pint for £2.10??!!

      I MUST KNOW

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      America.

      Course you have to use real money not your Monopoly money, but after dollar to NWO money yeah it can be about that sometimes.

  38. modjibe says:

    I boat it ! I boat it !

  39. Flargblarg says:

    Uh, how long does midweek madness last?

    • Shih Tzu says:

      I think usually through Thursday. The Account Server was back up and running this morning, by the way.

  40. Thiefsie says:

    I made a promise to myself to not buy any games until xmas as a way of saving money and forcing myself to get through my backlog. I think I will make that aopply to games over $5 only!

  41. Thiefsie says:

    Broke my own rule and bought the four pack.. haha well they aren’t all for me!

  42. Matt says:

    Er… the article says 3 day sale. I just had the 4-pack in my Steam cart for $6, went to checkout and now it says $29.99. I guess they decided to end the sale a day early?

  43. Matt says:

    Wait, never mind – it’s back. Looking at their forums it looks like Steam is really, really busy today and some of the stuff isn’t working right. If anyone happens upon this, just give it a few minutes and then check again.

  44. KillahMate says:

    I MISSED THIS AND WILL NOW GO BANG MY HEAD AGAINST SOMETHING.

    Crap!

  45. Maxnormal says:

    Well go and buy it from Gamersgate for the same price right now. I just did.

    Gamersgate is pretty good. Steam is not the only digital seller. I just add all my games to the steam launcher anyway ….