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

    Minimum:
    • OS:WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • 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
    • Sound:DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional:INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
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masteratt
16.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
It is not the greatest RPG ever made, so if you're after only that, look past this game.

However, if you're a fan of the genre, this game does have its own personality and charm. Look past the sometimes horrendous VO and the dodgy dialogue flow and there are characters here that are very interesting and relatable. Most scenarios also leaves the player with a choice (check the brackets in the following paragraph).

An ex technomancer (one of the powers) who you play as, who has given up his past but is drawn back into it amidst this war escalating and for personal reasons (or you can not care about the kid).

A companion who doesn't trust technomancers but overtime someone you can win over (or not).

A general who is a great war strategist and is both honourable and dirty in the way he achieves his goals (or you can side with rebels instead).

A woman who was "rescued" by her -what she goes on to call him as- her master, who went on to use her as a sex slave (you can take advantage of this yourself, or try to set her on a better path).

So there's sprinkles of interesting stories and characters throughout that I've enjoyed. And all of that is put together by what I would describe as simple yet fun combat system along with conversation branching story and also gameplay mechanics feeding into your character (i.e: you can kill downed enemies for currency of the world, but it has negative impact on your reputation).

So if things like that draw you in, you will be taken in by the game and since it doesn't drag on and is not padded out, the story can finish probably under 20hours (and I've tried to find every side quest).

A lot of reviews have already touched on the crafting and what-not but I wanted to point out the above feeling of characters was what made it very fun and easy to make my way through this game. So for the £12 it asks for on Steam at the moment, it's to me well worth it.
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pierre_montaigne
15.8 hrs
Posted: August 15
I think it's a good game. I really like the graphics and the gameplay and the story is decent, too
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Shasta
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
BUY THIS GAME ON SALE.

This game reminds me of the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ games that I loved to play on the PS2: games like A Bard's Tale or Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Additionally, if you're just burning to play The Technomancer, I'd say this will scratch that itch until it drops in price. Is it mediocre? Sure. But sometimes you just want a beer instead of champagne.
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Sneaksie(RUS)
11.5 hrs
Posted: August 13
This is a so-so action RPG, gameplay is similar to Mass Effect (you go from one small level to another, battle groups of enemies, collect various garbage from blinking boxes or piles). Very very generic. The locations are so small and they are divided into even smaller compartments by doors or ledges. It feels like an epic story of navigating through an office building. Graphics are depressing, both in technology and in design. NPC quests fell generic (kill monsters, search garbage piles, talk to someone).

The things I liked:
- combat may look interesting (but all the fights are almost the same, especially near the end when you steamroll everything using local 'magic' called Technomancy)
- some talents in the skill tree are interesting

I won't recommend this game since there are way better action RPGs. If you want a Mars setting and don't mind even less RPG and more action, then play wonderful Red Faction: Guerilla and (to a less extent) Red Faction: Armageddon.
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wychma
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
Combat in this game feels very clumsy and flaky. You can't get any feel to your character, when they hit enemy or when enemy hit you. The player is basically the ball that overnumbered enemies kick all over the playing field. What I mean by this is that you MUST constantly roll away from enemy attacks, because the weapon blocking doesn't provide you with any chance to strike back safely (no guaranteed stagger, there is counter attack, but it doesn't function well enough). And because you are constantly rolling on your ♥♥♥♥, waiting for the rare chance to strike back, combat is also very slow paced and makes you bored. And because enemies outnumber the player in most scenes, also being stronger than player, the combat becomes a tedious grind. You repeat the same, boring and long combat scene many times until you get lucky or you get it right. Firing a gun is a separate action, same as your special abilities, which is kinda stupid. Combine this with extremely limited ammo and you can clearly see that firearms are totally useless in this game unless you know EXACTLY where they can be used and when, which requires you to play thru the game at least once.

Crafting is garbage, mostly "add +1 damage to weapon". Who gives a damn about passives in this day and age, since the devs could have even tried to make the different weapons interesting by giving them different mechanics? But no, "here's your +1 now shut and play".

Character leveling might have some potential, but I lost my patience before I could get into it. There was even a skill/ability tree for firearms, but who the hell cares since firearms are useless in this game anyways.

This game gave me bad first impressions and thus I could not care enough to get into the end game. But I blame this on the devs for making a mediocre game.

I heard these guys made a sequeal called Technomancer, but I expect it is at least as bad as this game.
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atmospheric
145.8 hrs
Posted: August 11
Mary offered me her body, but I was a gentleman and told her that I only wanted her if she wanted me. Then I killed her because I didn't feel like giving her one of my 50 health injections.

4/10 - wouldn't play again to see what happens if I let Mary live.

This game never really hits its stride and ends up being more of a chore than a joy to play to the end. The pieces that it does semi-well, like the melee combat, don't make up for the bland story, lifeless environments and bad dialog. Even the combat gets old quickly since you end up fighting the same types of enemies over and over. It's not a terrible game, everything seems to work as intended, the problem is that it isn't very fun.
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McCovican
12.5 hrs
Posted: August 10
This is just so stunningly... average, in every conceivable way. There's nothing worth playing after the prison complex; it's all the same. The fluid powers bring nothing but long power-up times & short effect durations. It's honestly just not worth it.
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FieryWombatRose
7.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
The best thing I can say is, it looks pretty.

It's got ♥♥♥♥ story, and ♥♥♥♥ writing. It's a poor man's Mass Effect, made by ♥♥♥♥ing thirteen year olds, who think edgy is cool.
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logan
15.4 hrs
Posted: July 30
This isn't a terrible game, and the premise is pretty cool. Mars: War Logs does some things very right, but does far more wrong.

The combat is clunky, with weird difficulty spikes. I didn't manage to pull off a single parry the entire game, though that was supposed to be a core combat mechanism. The voice acting is pretty good, but the dialogue is lough out loud terrible. There are times that I can't even follow conversations because they don't make sense. (And to make it worse, the captions are often wrong.) The dialogue is so poorly put together that it ruins what would be a really interesting (if not wildly inventive) plot.

All that being said, it was enough fun for me to play all the way through and there were only a couple points when the flaws made the experience actually unpleasant. If you can pick it up for a few bucks on sale, it's worth the 15 hours it takes to do a thorough playthrough.
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artofsin84
43.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
Well it might not be one of the greatest action rpg's out there BUT and thats a huge BUT for some reason it managed to crawl under my skin and made me come back for more and more, even completed it in the hardest difficulty!
Story was cliche, predictable but cool nontheless, graphics are OK, as for the combat system for some reason i really loved it, felt rewarding after eah mob i killed, smashing heads with exhaust pipes was fun so was the quests.
I definetally recommend it if you manage to find it on sale.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This is a so-so action RPG, gameplay is similar to Mass Effect (you go from one small level to another, battle groups of enemies, collect various garbage from blinking boxes or piles). Very very generic. The locations are so small and they are divided into even smaller compartments by doors or ledges. It feels like an epic story of navigating through an office building. Graphics are depressing, both in technology and in design. NPC quests fell generic (kill monsters, search garbage piles, talk to someone).

The things I liked:
- combat may look interesting (but all the fights are almost the same, especially near the end when you steamroll everything using local 'magic' called Technomancy)
- some talents in the skill tree are interesting

I won't recommend this game since there are way better action RPGs. If you want a Mars setting and don't mind even less RPG and more action, then play wonderful Red Faction: Guerilla and (to a less extent) Red Faction: Armageddon.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This is just so stunningly... average, in every conceivable way. There's nothing worth playing after the prison complex; it's all the same. The fluid powers bring nothing but long power-up times & short effect durations. It's honestly just not worth it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
It is not the greatest RPG ever made, so if you're after only that, look past this game.

However, if you're a fan of the genre, this game does have its own personality and charm. Look past the sometimes horrendous VO and the dodgy dialogue flow and there are characters here that are very interesting and relatable. Most scenarios also leaves the player with a choice (check the brackets in the following paragraph).

An ex technomancer (one of the powers) who you play as, who has given up his past but is drawn back into it amidst this war escalating and for personal reasons (or you can not care about the kid).

A companion who doesn't trust technomancers but overtime someone you can win over (or not).

A general who is a great war strategist and is both honourable and dirty in the way he achieves his goals (or you can side with rebels instead).

A woman who was "rescued" by her -what she goes on to call him as- her master, who went on to use her as a sex slave (you can take advantage of this yourself, or try to set her on a better path).

So there's sprinkles of interesting stories and characters throughout that I've enjoyed. And all of that is put together by what I would describe as simple yet fun combat system along with conversation branching story and also gameplay mechanics feeding into your character (i.e: you can kill downed enemies for currency of the world, but it has negative impact on your reputation).

So if things like that draw you in, you will be taken in by the game and since it doesn't drag on and is not padded out, the story can finish probably under 20hours (and I've tried to find every side quest).

A lot of reviews have already touched on the crafting and what-not but I wanted to point out the above feeling of characters was what made it very fun and easy to make my way through this game. So for the £12 it asks for on Steam at the moment, it's to me well worth it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This isn't a terrible game, and the premise is pretty cool. Mars: War Logs does some things very right, but does far more wrong.

The combat is clunky, with weird difficulty spikes. I didn't manage to pull off a single parry the entire game, though that was supposed to be a core combat mechanism. The voice acting is pretty good, but the dialogue is lough out loud terrible. There are times that I can't even follow conversations because they don't make sense. (And to make it worse, the captions are often wrong.) The dialogue is so poorly put together that it ruins what would be a really interesting (if not wildly inventive) plot.

All that being said, it was enough fun for me to play all the way through and there were only a couple points when the flaws made the experience actually unpleasant. If you can pick it up for a few bucks on sale, it's worth the 15 hours it takes to do a thorough playthrough.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Combat in this game feels very clumsy and flaky. You can't get any feel to your character, when they hit enemy or when enemy hit you. The player is basically the ball that overnumbered enemies kick all over the playing field. What I mean by this is that you MUST constantly roll away from enemy attacks, because the weapon blocking doesn't provide you with any chance to strike back safely (no guaranteed stagger, there is counter attack, but it doesn't function well enough). And because you are constantly rolling on your ♥♥♥♥, waiting for the rare chance to strike back, combat is also very slow paced and makes you bored. And because enemies outnumber the player in most scenes, also being stronger than player, the combat becomes a tedious grind. You repeat the same, boring and long combat scene many times until you get lucky or you get it right. Firing a gun is a separate action, same as your special abilities, which is kinda stupid. Combine this with extremely limited ammo and you can clearly see that firearms are totally useless in this game unless you know EXACTLY where they can be used and when, which requires you to play thru the game at least once.

Crafting is garbage, mostly "add +1 damage to weapon". Who gives a damn about passives in this day and age, since the devs could have even tried to make the different weapons interesting by giving them different mechanics? But no, "here's your +1 now shut and play".

Character leveling might have some potential, but I lost my patience before I could get into it. There was even a skill/ability tree for firearms, but who the hell cares since firearms are useless in this game anyways.

This game gave me bad first impressions and thus I could not care enough to get into the end game. But I blame this on the devs for making a mediocre game.

I heard these guys made a sequeal called Technomancer, but I expect it is at least as bad as this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
145.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Mary offered me her body, but I was a gentleman and told her that I only wanted her if she wanted me. Then I killed her because I didn't feel like giving her one of my 50 health injections.

4/10 - wouldn't play again to see what happens if I let Mary live.

This game never really hits its stride and ends up being more of a chore than a joy to play to the end. The pieces that it does semi-well, like the melee combat, don't make up for the bland story, lifeless environments and bad dialog. Even the combat gets old quickly since you end up fighting the same types of enemies over and over. It's not a terrible game, everything seems to work as intended, the problem is that it isn't very fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
252 of 298 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

Full review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emM-sxmOx9c
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138 of 153 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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98 of 107 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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412 of 555 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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