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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wbmayorga
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I was looking for a cyberpunk game to play and this rolled across my lap. There is a karma system but I didn’t see it come into play too much. The crafting system was a bit strange, useful but not exactly a game changer. The only real annoying part I can say was that combat took a while to get used to and the camera, even when locked on to an enemy, didn’t cooperate in a useful way. The world building was done well though and I finished the game twice wanting even more plot.
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Eternal
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
I recommend this game if it's on sale only.

This is a short story of a game with an interesting world that the game itself doesn't do much justice. Uniteresting set pieces and a general everything is rust or mud color scheme take away from it, the morality system is broken but at least adds something to it to desperately try to make work. The combat is fun when it works but as soon as their are more than 3 enemies or it's a large horde of those damned mole rats it tends to just go to ♥♥♥♥ until you throw a grenade. The voice acting is tolerable but has it's atrocious moments and they don't have much in terms of awesome cosmetics. You also get stuck with basically 1 crappy ranged weapon and pipes of sorts as the end game goal weapon to upgrade. The side quests are easily missable in a few cases and don't clearly lay out when you can totally miss one, despite all this however I didn't completely hate my time in this game, it had a lot of potential and I enjoy the core concepts(more or less)

If you don't mind looking up quest info from time to time and the tedious loot and craft system that is manditory for success the game does satisfy for some reason and is worth picking this title up on sale.

My friend owns this and Library shared it with me, I wasn't given a free copy by the developer or anything like that.
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FreedomGent
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
ARPG with a heavy RPG element, it's too bad the game kinda short. This could be better if polished.
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standaloneworld
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Well... it's better than Bound by Flame...
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TheMarc3
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's a very short game but has a very interesting story. Finally finished the playthrough even though i bought the game yesterday would definitely recommend getting this game during a sale too short tbh. Though it is very fun and if you are looking for a game to play that could keep you occupied until the technomancer comes out then get it. one thing i didnt like about the game is that once you leave an area to go to another you can't go back.
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Pakkidis
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Rating 6.5/10
Overview: Third Person RPG

The Good:

+ 3 skill trees allowing you to specialize in combat, range, stealth, abilities etc. You also get character traits for further customization.

+ Find items scattered around the world or loot it off fallen enemies to craft stronger weapons and armor.

+ The game has plenty of side quests, many side quests have different ways of solving them. Depending on the dialogue options you choose, and how you resolve certain situations
more side quests could become available later on.

+ Similar to Witcher 2, the game forces you to make a choice in the main story which changes the story and how things play out.

+ Interesting story and setting

The Average:

The combat starts out really bad but gets better slowly as you level up and improve your skills. You have one button for attack, dodge, block and break enemy guard. Attacking enemies never really feels satisfying and most combat situations revolve around you hitting an enemy once or twice and then rolling out of the way over and over again until you get a clear shot to attack. The worst part however is the camera, as you are fighting one enemy, two or three other enemies will attack you off screen. Get in too close to a wall and it becomes even harder to locate enemies. You can also 'lock-on' to an enemy causing the camera to focus in on them which sometimes actually makes things worse. It isn't until you really start to invest a lot of skill points into your character that combat becomes more playable.

The game features a basic morality system that grants you some extra character abilities depending if you are good or bad. This is determined whether you let enemies live or die after a fight. It doesn't change a whole lot and other than a few character abilities, morality has very little impact on gameplay, dialogue or story.

The Bad:

- The voice acting and dialogue are bad. Every line is read without emotion or feeling. It feels like they handed the voice actors a script and said 'read this' and called it a day.

- The graphics are bland and boring. Red and brown seem to be the primary colors and the textures even set to high look terrible. The overall presentation and UI all feel substandard.

Conclusion:

A game that has everything you want in an RPG but lacks a lot of polish in almost all areas of gameplay. I certainly had fun with this game, enough to complete it twice and collect all the achievements but don't go into this game with high expectations.
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Tinky
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
The story is neat but the combat is painfully awful and there is too much backtracking, you have to scavange the same places so many times it is sickening!
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Delatore
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
For a 15 dollar game, this seems about right. It's not AAA material, but it tells its story. There are plenty of technical issues to take wih the game, but again, for a budget game, you get what you pay for.

The writing is heavily thematic and sometimes a little predictable. In a way, this game reminds me of a grittier, darker, knights of the old republic, but don't expect KotOR's polish. The main draw here is the world building and story. You have to look past the imperfections of the game to appreciate this, but it's definetly there.

For the money, I'd absolutely recommend it, and I am looking forward to The Technomancer.
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Toaster_Assassin
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
very neat, low end game. yeah its clunky, and doesnt look the best, look past that and youll see a "barn find" of a game.

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Traxadel
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
This game looks very average and linear, with poor voice acting and character actions, but it is made with care and love. That's what makes it playable and enjoyable.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
When I first started this game I said to myself "Blah, another mediocre game, this is boring", but strangely I found myself addicted after about an hour or two hours of playing it. To be completely honest I knew I'd end up liking it anyways simply because it's a sci-fi action-rpg, taking place on Mars in the future in some Cyberpunk-ish, Steampunk-like setting. The story is okay I guess, nothing special and super crazy like something you would expect from a game like Mass Effect, but it's... "okay". I liked it.

What REALLY drew me in was the fact I could invest skill points into my character, the ability to also not only wear different armor and weapons but also modify them to suit your playstyle, which you need to find parts to do so. You can also romance two women in the game, I won't spoil that though if you plan on playing it. The combat is kinda' hard at first since you seem to have to dodge and roll around a lot to avoid enemy attacks, you can't just go in there and start button mashing because you'll get owned in probably less than a minute. Should've called this Mars: Enemy Dodging Simulator 2013. Also your partner barely helps you, if anything he's only useful if you plan on using him as a way to distract the enemy (at least I think so). The game is also extremely short, yes.... I beat this game in 16 hours, that also includes most of the sidequests, if not all of them. Crazy right?

But anyways, there is a sequel (or prequel) coming out called "The Technomancer", and it looks pretty damn good. As for this game, if you plan on playing it just play it without any high expectations whatsoever, understand this is a.... I guess you could say "Budget" game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Rating 6.5/10
Overview: Third Person RPG

The Good:

+ 3 skill trees allowing you to specialize in combat, range, stealth, abilities etc. You also get character traits for further customization.

+ Find items scattered around the world or loot it off fallen enemies to craft stronger weapons and armor.

+ The game has plenty of side quests, many side quests have different ways of solving them. Depending on the dialogue options you choose, and how you resolve certain situations
more side quests could become available later on.

+ Similar to Witcher 2, the game forces you to make a choice in the main story which changes the story and how things play out.

+ Interesting story and setting

The Average:

The combat starts out really bad but gets better slowly as you level up and improve your skills. You have one button for attack, dodge, block and break enemy guard. Attacking enemies never really feels satisfying and most combat situations revolve around you hitting an enemy once or twice and then rolling out of the way over and over again until you get a clear shot to attack. The worst part however is the camera, as you are fighting one enemy, two or three other enemies will attack you off screen. Get in too close to a wall and it becomes even harder to locate enemies. You can also 'lock-on' to an enemy causing the camera to focus in on them which sometimes actually makes things worse. It isn't until you really start to invest a lot of skill points into your character that combat becomes more playable.

The game features a basic morality system that grants you some extra character abilities depending if you are good or bad. This is determined whether you let enemies live or die after a fight. It doesn't change a whole lot and other than a few character abilities, morality has very little impact on gameplay, dialogue or story.

The Bad:

- The voice acting and dialogue are bad. Every line is read without emotion or feeling. It feels like they handed the voice actors a script and said 'read this' and called it a day.

- The graphics are bland and boring. Red and brown seem to be the primary colors and the textures even set to high look terrible. The overall presentation and UI all feel substandard.

Conclusion:

A game that has everything you want in an RPG but lacks a lot of polish in almost all areas of gameplay. I certainly had fun with this game, enough to complete it twice and collect all the achievements but don't go into this game with high expectations.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Classic Spiders RPG:
nice story, the gameplay isn't really polished as always, but it's funny enough.
It isn't a AAA production, so it would be stupid to complain about poor graphics or level design, even if it's a low budget game, I'd say it's totally worth it if you like simple RPGs with a nice story

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I recomend this if you can get it on the cheap and are into rpgs/storys that are different.

The game looks and feels really low budget or dated now, has lots of empty space and most NPC's are just set dressing. That being said I played it all the way through to see what they wanted to do with the story and world they were creating.

I enjoyed it
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
A good scifi RPG for the (heavily discounted now) price and size.
Seen far worse games than this get better reviews from established gaming sites
Fair graphics, nice story, nice gameplay
I would have prefered it more open world but I guess this has to do with budget restrictions
I would give it a 7-7.5
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The story is neat but the combat is painfully awful and there is too much backtracking, you have to scavange the same places so many times it is sickening!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
246 of 292 people (84%) 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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134 of 149 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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410 of 550 people (75%) 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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92 of 101 people (91%) 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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