Posts Tagged ‘Satellite Reign’

Wot I Think: Satellite Reign

When I consider Satellite Reign [official site] as a whole, a grand canvas spattered with raindrops, neon and bulletholes, I’m in love with it. Yes, it looks and feels a little like Syndicate, but 5 Lives’ Kickstarted RTS-RPG does not slavishly follow a model from the past. Its city is open, a series of district-hubs with opportunities and mission locations scattered across them, and there are many possible routes to victory.

Satellite Reign is, from the wide-scan satellite’s view, a thing of beauty and promise. But I’ve been down in the streets for the last few days to take a closer look at the city. Here’s wot I think.

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Satellite Reign’s Trailer Re-Signals August 28th Release

I haven’t played Satellite Reign’s [official site] yet. It’s been in Early Access since December last year but I’m excited enough for a spiritual successor to Syndicate that I decided to wait till its rain-slick streets and neon signs were at their moody best. That’s now due to happen in ten days when the game launches on August 28th, and there’s a new launch trailer below.

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Syndication Begins: Satellite Reign Out August 28th

Rain-soaked, neon-drenched and corporate-haunted, Satellite Reign’s [official site] urban setting is the kind of near-future city that feels like a convincing world of tomorrow. Through sleep-starved eyes, this morning’s launch video looks a bit like the ‘world of last Saturday night’, to be honest. It’s a gorgeous Syndicate-inspired team-based tactical shooter / ARPG hybrid and after a long stay in the augmentation chambers of Early Access, it’s almost ready for release.

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Won’t Take Much Persuading: Syndicate For Free

Don’t panic, I mean the original one, not the forgettable Starbreeze shooter (though it did have a decent multiplayer mode). Given Recent Events it’s a good time to look back at glory days Molyneux/Bullfrog, a time when that studio’s games were rewriting the rulebook. So, I heartily recommend grabbing Syndicate from Origin today, given it’s currently free.
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How Did They Do… Satellite Reign’s Rain?

Puddle Lane 2015 reboot.

In this irregular column, Marsh Davies stumbles across an impressive effect or neat bit of trickery and asks, “How did they do that?” his eyes brimming with tears of admiration and wonder. Then one of the developers tells him, hopefully using terms that don’t cause the soft mass of his brain to boil out of his ears.

Something about cityscapes at night triggers a very particular kind of excitement in me. I’m not sure exactly what it is – do the streets’ relative desertion imbue a sense of ownership over them which is not possible during the day? Do they feel forbidden or transgressive in some way? Is it about the contrast of light and dark; the possibility of both invisibility and of voyeurism? Whatever it is, some games evoke it with real potency – Deus Ex and Human Revolution, of course; Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is another; and the Splinter Cell games invariably offer some view of isolation and modernity from the blustery summit of a skyscraper. But perhaps the game which presses that button with the greatest insistence is a new one: Satellite Reign.

It’s an incredible aesthetic consummation: sound and vision conjuring a bustling cityscape of perpetual neon-studded night, simultaneously alive and lonely. And contributing to this in no small part is the rain. No game, I think, has done it this well – from the bleary streaks that flicker down in front of luminescent signs and sodium lights, to the shimmering, slick pavements with their pools and rivulets. I had to know how it was done.

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Satellite Reign: Early Access Impressions

Spritual Syndicate sequel/remake Satellite Reign arrived on Steam Early Access last week. Can it possibly live up to its hallowed Bullfrog cyberpunk squad shooter legacy? I jacked in to find out.

The bad news: we’re running out of things that we want spiritual sequels to! Everything we ever wanted is coming true! CRISIS IN VIDEOGAMELAND.

The good news: Syndicate remake (of a sort) Satellite Reign is hot.
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Syndicate This: Satellite Reign Launches On Early Access

Prepare to download jubilation and dispense judgement, agents: Satellite Reign has arrived on Steam Early Access.

The game’s been covered a-plenty on RPS since it was teased all the way back in May 2013, and that’s undeniably been helped by its promise to be the successor to long-forgotten series Syndicate. I said long-forgotten. What’s an FPS?

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