An Intense Cyberpunk Rpg On the Red Planet! Mars War Logs takes you to Mars, nearly a century after the cataclysm that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid red planet, with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control.
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Release Date: Apr 26, 2013

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An Intense Cyberpunk Rpg On the Red Planet!

Mars War Logs takes you to Mars, nearly a century after the cataclysm that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid red planet, with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control.

In the middle of this struggle, play as Roy, a renegade with multiple talents who finds himself dragged in an epic story where every choice counts. Develop your character and your combat style by choosing among many skills and perks: melee, ranged combat, stealth, or the devastating Technomants powers.

Craft armors and weapons, recruit companions to help you in your quest, and plunge in a thrilling adventure offering a huge variety of quests. In dynamic, real-time combat, face formidable opponents and the most fearsome creatures of Mars. The fate of all colonies of Mars now lies in your hands…

System Requirements

    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Bought it on sale 75% off and for the price a nice value .I enjoyed both the storyline and game play.Found the crafting and side quests to be somewhat like 'Lord of the Rings:War in the North' and many other RPG's.Also the ability to pick and choose your path and the storyline thru dialogue. Played 2 1/2 playthoughs as I lost my main weapon by recycling it due to a wrong mouse click on my part which left me weak and unable to progress on Extreme.I could only load from 2 saves at a time? dont know why?! I had over 50 save slots and I was unable to load back and recover it.That was the only con I could think of not being able to go back and load a save when needed. So had to start all over once.Enjoyed the many women characters in the game along with the main character Roy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I think I got this in a bundle for $1 along with 3 other games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Mediocre and boring. Terrible voice acting, uninteresting characters, bare bones plot. Combat is nothing special, pretty much just spam "A" button and dodge here and there. SUCH tedious mini cut scenes to do EVERYTHING like opening a door or jumping down a ledge. Thumbs down.
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253 of 300 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Mars: War Logs is a game of potential. The universe created by Spiders is certainly curious but is often let down by the badly written dialogue and pacing of the story, or the sometimes horrendous voice overs.

Graphically it is an appealing game and the environments and music is all there in a solid fashion. The combat is largely enjoyable and has a nice punch behind it, the skill system and crafting mechanics are nice but the lack of variety within loot is a letdown. In the end, Mars: War Logs is an above average game that will certainly be an enjoyable experience for those looking for a nice little third person RPG, and are willing to forgive it for its diamond in the rough state.

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139 of 156 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
This is not the best RPG out there, but I would be lying if I said it is not fun as hell. Combat is smooth, landscapes are gorgeous, and the story isn't too bad either. I'm aware when this game came out it was pretty bad, but they did an excellent job at fixing what needed to be fixed. So many of the negative comments don't apply anymore. However, many have said the combat and crafting system is a rip off from The Witcher 2. I will have to say false. Similar? Without a doubt, but not a rip off. This game takes it much more slow, and the option to use the techromancer abilities makes it its own. And a crafting system is a crafting system. Not much you can do there. Now, my impressions: I love this game. I was constantly entertained from start to finish. I love action RPGs and this game delivered. But not only that, the landscapes were amazing. The towns and such were nice, but you got tired of looking at them after a bit, but when you stare off into the distance, beyond the towns, you saw beauty. They made a boring red planet into something else. If you enjoy a not so hardcore RPG then by all means pick this game up. But maybe wait until a sale. I love the game, but $15 is still a tad high in my opinion, but nonetheless I think this game should be on any RPG lovers game library.
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100 of 109 people (92%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
This game reminds me of several titles: Dragon Age 2 (how the maps are confined), Witcher 2 (combat), and Mass Effect series (story/quest branching). For a traditional RPG it's got some things right, but it has its share of problems.

1. Tactical combat. Combat gets even more challenging and fun at Extreme difficulty, but at a price...
2. Nice setting and atmosphere. Mars here is like a remnant of some former colony; a fresh change from those high-tech ones. Everything is rusty, red, and make-shift. Put it another way, it's more like an apocalyptic Mars.
3. Your choices matter. People may die/live, quests may be locked/opened, etc... If you like replaying for different endings then this is for you.

1. At Extreme difficulty, a bad selection of skills will make the game almost impossible. There seems to be some skills that must be unlocked first, such as Evade, Sneak, etc.
2. No crowd AI. At hubs you may get invovled in battle, but civilians do not react at all, even when the fight is happening right under their noses. This hurts the sense of immersion.
3. Some quest are hidden inside branching conversations and are easily missed if you choose the wrong reply (but you have no idea of the difference). Choose between "just say it!" or "ok ok i got it"?
4. Characters and lore are rather under-developed. For an RPG of this length (30hr for me), you only get to know a few of the characters. Some just pop up with little background info. The romance here is merely a filler.
5. In combat you only have limited control on your companion (only 4 "states"), which sometimes is not that helpful.

Despite the cons, I still enjoy this game a lot, primarilly for its combat and story. If you aren't that picky about graphics and AI and just expect a down-to-earth action RPG, this shouldn't disappoint you.
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415 of 560 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
An imaginative role-playing game, the various pieces never quite come together into a satisfying whole. Its settings is poorly described, even after I read through the in-game journal and the documents on the game's web site. The characters feel shallow and - not helped by poor voice-acting and writing - I never empathized with their plight. Mars is gorgeously rendered, but the detail is only skin-deep; too-few NPCs, quests and maps results in an world that is artificial and empty. The combat and crafting are moderately entertaining but, again, the lack of content hobbles even this; a mere handful of weapons and spells did not give me much to play with. Mars War Log plays very much like a game where the developers had a great idea, but neither the talent nor the ability to bring that idea to fruition.
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77 of 87 people (89%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Mars: War Logs , I wrote this review after finishing the game most likely because I was so emotional and had to talk about it. Mars is an amazing game despite what the Meta score says. People complained saying it falls short of a great RPG because it's to simple , but that's the wonderful thing about this game - It's simple. Its gameplay and combat is like Witcher 2 with Slow-mo chosen abilities , blocking and rolling.

For someone that likes the idea of an RPG but doesn't have the time or doesn't like the complexity of RPG's ,this is the perfect game for you! You don't have 20+ type of stuff you can get items from , only enemies , crates and piles ( No max items slots or weight too) There are side quest but not so much that you will leave them later on , but instead you will most likely do them all.

An amazing SIMPLE wonderful RPG that deserves your attention. Buy it if your a fan of RPG's or when ever it's on special.
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67 of 77 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2014
Spiders made a cyberpunk RPG borrowing the best elements of the Mass Effect franchise. Too bad the game offers only a short adventure. Although a complete walkthrough can be done under a dozen hours with all sidequests accounted for, War Logs offers replayability thanks to the variety of specialisation it offers along with the choices the player can make during dialogues.

-- An interesting story that puts our protagonist, Roy, in the centre of a guild war. Two guilds are battling for the power on Mars where the most valuable source is water. Roy is a prisoner of war who desperately tries to escape the camp he's sent to by joining forces with others to plan the great escape.
-- Techromancy: The manipulation of electricity. Technomancers are the mages of this RPG. Roy later on obtains this ability and along with combat and stealth the door is open to the 3rd gameplay style.

-- Horrid voice acting: Some of the voice acting is just awful. One particular example was when I needed to get rid of someone bothering a farmer. Intimidation was a good way to do that instead of a fight but the actor was so awful that I really felt like loading the last checkpoint and going for a fight. Also, sometimes the texts do not correspond to the sentences uttered. An example of why War Logs feels a rushed development.
-- Shortness: See the first section. The game is quite short considering it's an RPG. They could have included a couple of more missions and one or two extra chapters. The ending also felt rushed and while the epilogue was satisfying I thought the game could have offered a better antagonist.
-- Companions: Just like in Mass Effect you have companions. Sometimes one and sometimes two. The problem with them is that they die. All the time. I played the game on normal difficulty and a couple of hours into the game the enemies were so strong that they immediately took out my companion.
-- Taking sides: Again, a similarity with Mass Effect. You can take the good or the bad path. But what exactly is the result of this? I could not really find out as I became good but did something at one point that immediately rendered me neutral. This could have been more refined.

Well, I have more negative bulletpoints but make no mistake War Logs is an entertaining RPG. Coming from an indie developer it is a plus. Do give it a try if it has a discounted price.
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192 of 270 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
A French RPG that combines 3rd-person action with questing and crafting. It is really an indie game and tries to depict its large ambitions with quite limited means, leading to an uncanny feeling of discrepancy.

* Fun combat system once you get enough tools in your arsenal, a bit frustrating otherwise
* A good art direction for characters and enemies, but the decors are too linear and empty
* A cheap price for a reasonable amount of content

* The lack of polish is frustrating considering Mars: War Logs looks and play like an AA product rather than your standard indie game
* The story is blandly-executed; it tells too much and don’t show enough, which is disappointing considering the setting itself is interesting and bring back some memories of Fallout and Dune

The game falls short of its expectations, it is not bad but it feels cheap and the player may not be expecting that feeling. If you’re looking for a flawed but enjoyable 3rd-person action RPG, I’d rather recommend Alpha Protocol.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: October 19
Mars War Logs is a game that tries very hard to be appealing and pleasing. At the outset the story plot seems interesting and the introduction to the characters are equally intriguing. Even with the bad voice acting the premise of the game shows a lot of promise.

That is about the extent of what is good about this game for Spiders' efforts. The biggest flaw with this game is in the combat itself. The method of combat is clunky and oftentimes buggy. Add to that sudden spikes in difficulty curves makes this bad style of gameplay nearly unbearable to deal with. Drops in Framerate giving the game lag, and leading to repeat deaths in the most random of areas makes this an unpleasant and unenjoyable adventure.

At even 14.99 for the price point the game is not worth the cost. Wait for it to go on sale and be prepared for an uphill climb towards enjoyment.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 14
A surprisingly good game. Dynamic story with choices and consequences. If you have an itch left over from Mass Effect ten take a gander here. It is well wort your time.
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20.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
This game is really not what i hoped for. I'm really into playing RPGs a whole lot of time in my life. I's really not worth 15€. If you want it, buy it at mayby 5€ in sale, not more.

- It works fine, i did not encounter many Bugs. I fell through a wall one or two times, thats all.
- Game mechanics are easy to see through. You get a short, but good tutorial.

- It's pretty straight forward. Except maybe three quests you get a point on your map, get there and quest solved. If you like that - ok. I didn't. Well, you can end this game pretty quick through this, but thats not the point of playing I guess.
- You don't have many NPCs to talk to. Some kind of the same point as the one before, but keep everything pretty simple.
- Graphics are ok. Its not so much a main point, but you have to consider for yourself if it matters.
- It's short. I'm a really slow player, looking in every corner an speaking 50 times to everyone (which did not turn to some new experiances) and i needed 20 hours. Thats really not fullfilling.

- The Environment. Its all the same. Everywhere. Everything. I mean, would it be so bad to build in something not Desert-scrap-metal-city like?
- you need to go every way like 50 times to get and solve the main and side quests. This is boring. If you "explore" (and thats really not the right way to discribe that activity) a new map, for a main quest for example, you need to go back to the entrance by foot. all the way. Nothing new...
- If you plunder anything you get the same, about 7, items. If you have a good stock, there is no way in plundering at al anymore. you cant get any special equipment or anything. Just trash to "enhance" your already maxed out stuff. Which is, by the way, one of the around 6 suits or 7 weapons you can get. If you exspect to get nice armor oder weapons - don't.
- Talking to your companions is not worth the time. Their design is not really deep, nothing to really feel empathy for. (No spoilers here.)
- Camera movement sucks. It's pretty slow moving an in my opinion really close to the character. If you don't look in the right direction, you're unable to for example pick up trash. or open doors. Plus in tunnels or any narrow place, camera stucks around on the back of Roys head. So nothing to see here- literally.
- Quests have two types: "go kill" and "go get". Maybe with a "go talk" in between but yeah...that's it.

I guess you have to play it yourself to see if the story touches you, but I'm a bit dissatisfied with what I got.
This is not my mothertongue, but I hope you understand sufficient.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 11
I just want to warn everyone, if you can't stand awful voice acting, than do not buy this game! I would rather have no voice acting than this. Maybe it's a personal thing, or personal preference, but I couldn't bear it, it's just so horrendous.
Nevertheless it was already boring in the beginning, and what's up with the opening door animation?? It annoyed the hell out of me!
So yeah, refund, never playing it again, it's just not my game.
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13.1 hrs
Posted: October 9
I took a chance on this, given the mixed reviews, and I thoroughly enjoyed the game. Graphics were good, gameplay and story original. Quite a few people complained about the repetitious fighting, but I thought it all made sense. There was no fast travel going back and forth between one place and another, but except for maybe twice in the whole game, I didn't think it was anything really annoying. I thought the whole thing made sense.
I enjoyed the character development, and the story had some twists that really kicked. Overall, GREAT job, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
The plot itself is great, but the execution is of it is just not there. The game can be fun in the begining but after playing it for a few hours one can see how it is bad. Terrible voice acting, narration, and a forced plot to hold it together. I enjoyed the upgrading system and a few other mechanics, but you can't hold a car together with glue. This game was an accident after the first cutscene.

If this game got a complete face lift using the plot I may try it out, but until then I'm gonna have some "Fun" with Dwarf Fortress.
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9.1 hrs
Posted: October 6
This game is terrible in every measurable way.
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15.3 hrs
Posted: October 6
Control sucks. No remap for controller, camera view all wrong with controller, moving right on the Z stick the camera moves up. Support page mentions nothing on fixing the bugs and offer no solution to the problem. Totally unplayable with controller. Keyboards keys are awkardly placed and again offers no remapping. Have to browse through the config file and manually change the game config in order to make it playable.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: October 5
Mars: War Logs is one of the games which you wish were made a bit better so you could love them. While this game delivered great story and a few interesting characters, the game's environment is very empty. Not only the envorinment, but the combat system is not fun. While the developers tried to implent epic storyline, maybe they should have tried adding some entertaining things into the game. Perhaps add some fun sidequests, secrets, or a better RPG loot system so you can get stronger weapons by grinding.

However the developers did make a nice game. It runs very well on low end machines while still looks astonishing. A positive review for their efforts isn't too much.
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12.9 hrs
Posted: October 4
What's to say? The game and the story feel a little bit unpolished, but offer a quite "different" experience to "mainstream" RPGS.

The story starts strong, with the protagonists escaping a POW camp, but feels a bit thin a parts. Still very interesting, It has a quite different/outstanding bittersweet atmosphere and is pretty strong on world building. Would love to see the world developed further.

Gameplay is OK, Combat is action oriented and could feel a bit smoother, but doesn't feel burdensome. If you get stuck at a fight, you can usually look in you character menu and notice that you have some points left to distribute. Usually you can win the fight after this.

All in all, perhaps a bit short, but offers multiple endings and thus some replay value. If you don't like that, get it in a sale at least.
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