Betrayer is a first person action adventure game that takes you to the New World at the turn of the 17th century. The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life?
User reviews: Very Positive (1,663 reviews) - 83% of the 1,663 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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“My 7 Favorite Shooters of 2014: Betrayer is a special game, one I believe everyone should play, given the chance.”
Kotaku

“this is absolutely a project worth supporting if you appreciate atmospheric first-person games.”
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“PAX Prime 2013 Awards: Up and Comer Award. Now for the Up and Comer award, our rising star, I'm going to have to give it to a game that dazzled me.”
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About This Game

Betrayer is a first person action adventure game that takes you to the New World at the turn of the 17th century.

The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life? Where are the settlers and tribes who lived here?

Clue by clue, you must piece together the story of what befell this doomed settlement and find a way to set things right. You will be hunted by corrupted Conquistadors and ravening shadows as you explore an expansive wilderness in order to trace the brief, tragic history of the colony and search for survivors.

Key Features

  • Explore large, open environments teeming with danger and discovery. Chart your own course in search of clues and treasures.
  • Switch between two distinct worlds featuring different enemies, obstacles, and threats.
  • Wield early 17th century weaponry including muskets, bows, crossbows, and tomahawks. Upgrade your arsenal by purchasing or finding faster, deadlier, longer-ranged weapons.
  • Charge headlong into battle with guns blazing or pick enemies off quietly. A novel, movement-based stealth system lets you hide in plain sight or use the wind to mask your footsteps.
  • Equip ability-enhancing Charms to complement your play style, granting anything from extra health to faster movement to improved stealth.
  • Play with the default visual style for maximum eeriness and tension or customize the color and contrast settings to suit your tastes.

About Blackpowder Games

Our ongoing mission is to create first person action experiences that are distinctive, compelling, and memorable regardless of scope or platform. Most of the founders began this quest together over 15 years ago at Monolith Productions and have continued to refine and improve our craft as a team ever since. We expect to continue on this righteous path for centuries to come now that the Singularity is just around the corner.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible with 1GB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460/AMD Radeon HD 6850)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit/ Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz quad core or better (enhanced for multi-core processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible with 2GB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti/AMD Radeon HD 6870)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Betrayer is a First Person Action game set in colonial Virginia. The gameplay feels very similar to Elder Scrolls, with the ability to fast travel from one location to another via the game map. Unlike other First Person games out there, Betrayer uses a monochrome art style, which is a little disorienting at first. It looks cool, and definitely stands out from other games of the same genre, but I think this particular game could have looked amazing with colored graphics, just my opinion. The tutorial area consists of a beach where you are trying to find out what is going on. You learn how to sprint, melee etc. In this game you also collect clues, loot treasure chests, bust open crates for loot, and of course fight conquistadors. One ofthe first weapons you can get is the bow, so using stealth you learn to take out enemies from a distance. When you die you can try to retrieve your belongings but if you don't get to them in time, you will lose them.

I am curious to see where the story takes me as it seems interesting, a deserted colony, Conquistadores and Natives who seem to have gone insane and a mysterous stranger who has amnesia and can't see the enemies you see. Worth a playthrough, for the story, as well as to check out a game that actually uses monochrome in 2015.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
I loved Betrayer from start to finish. It was a breath of fresh air from the usual mundane FPS games out there.

The atmosphere, gameplay, and narrative, were all spot on. You can tell this was made by a passionate group of developers who wanted to make a game different from the rest.

Mystery and suspense are the key areas of focus when it comes to the story. You're continuously driven to explore and uncover more about the events that unfolded in one of the first New World colonies. It's a very interesting time period/setting, and the feeling of isolation and terror are captured very well.

Gameplay evolves as you progress through the game. Stealth takes a bit of practice to master and becomes more necessary as the enemies become more difficult to fight. Each area has "crime scenes" that let you piece together what happened to figure out what to do next. It's deeply satisfying to find all the clues and work out where to go next. The game doesn't try to do too much too quickly, but rather presents itself gradually and expects you to keep up. Very nice stuff.

I couldn't recommend Betrayer more. It's everything I personally look for in a game, but still managed to surprise me. I can't wait for the next game from Blackpowder Games!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Betrayer
Atmosphere, Horror, Exploration, Stealth, Investigation, Open-World, Historical, FPS
a spoiler-free review

Rating: Highly Recommended


I have never been so scared of loons in my entire life. Crouched down in the tall grass, I listened for the cry of the water bird to come again for what seemed like whole minutes. I heard it suddenly, only a few yards behind me. I turned around slowly, but couldn’t see it against the pitch black shadow of the trees above. Holding my breath, my heart slamming against my ribcage, I took a step forward. Too late I realized I should have waited for the cover of the wind to muffle my footsteps. Four angered loon calls startled me from all directions as arrows flew towards me…

The above passage is an account of what could have happened in Betrayer. The initial starting scene of waking up on a beach next to a shipwreck seems a little bland at first, but the game soon after departs from stereotype.

- Visuals -
Betrayer starts in greyscale, making the woods and trees around you dark and mysterious. The color red is still visible, though. Enemies dressed in red are immediately visible even from a hundred yards away. Red markers over health, shops, and ammo drops help discern them from the grey background. Some enemies do not have red, making them near impossible to see against shadow and therefore much deadlier.

- Sound -
First and foremost this game forces you to listen. Some enemies cannot be seen easily and can only be detected through their special call. The most unique feature of this game by far is the fact that the human enemies use animal calls: bears, loons, etc. This serves to makes the player feel isolated – the only sounds one ever hears are the noises of the wild. Audial clues to the next objective in each area force players to use their ears over their eyes. Headphones are a must.

- Story - (no spoilers)
The player wakes up on a beach in 1604, Colonial America. As you travel, you discover deserted settlements, find weapons, and defend yourself from hostiles. You meet one person from the abandoned colony, a mysterious maiden in red who cannot remember her name. As you set out to discover her identity, you notice a bell has been removed from its post. You replace it and ring it out of curiosity. Strangely, you are transported into a shadow world with its own set of enemies and the spirits of deceased colonists. By collecting clues from the area around you and interviewing the spirits, you are able to piece together what happened to the settlements and discover who the maiden really is.

- My Thoughts -
I was immediately hooked when I started this game. I love atmospheric games that throw you into the world with set objectives but no set order to complete them in.
If you are an impatient sort, this might not be the best game for you. Especially at first when you have low quality weapons and low health, stealth and patience are essential to survival. There is nothing more satisfying, though, than stalking one enemy for ten minutes or so and successfully getting a stealth kill on them (not a typical case).
There are a few difficulty settings that you can change. I personally enjoyed the easiest difficulty level, but if you like punishment go ahead and try hard. There’s also a map system that shows you where just about everything is. If you enjoy a challenge, try turning the map waypoints off and using the audial clues to find stuff.

- Cons -
- Enemies’ pathfinding led to some interesting fights with lots of sudden 90° turns
- Some enemies are actually impossible to see against a shaded background. Try flanking them to get a better vantage point.
- Very little explanation of bullet/arrow drop leads to a high learning curve for trying to snipe far-off enemies
- UI graphics aren’t too impressive
- Last area is loaded with bugs – the devs really should release a patch or something
- Each area feels quite repetitive in terms of tasks – devs should have provided a little more variety of quests

- Wrap-up -
For all you TL;DR readers out there, I think this game was probably one of my all-time indie favorites. There are a lot of genre tags for this game because it takes influences from all of them. Bugs and annoyances are there but don’t really impact game satisfaction. I’d highly recommend this game to anyone who can wait five minutes for anything; you’ll be glad you did!

Not Recommended
Recommended With Caution
Recommended
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Recommended as Essential
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Hello dear Readers. Welcome to BETRAYER. The First time i saw BETRAYER on the Activity Feed from a Friend. The special Look of the Game was interesting but that what me got in to it was a Conquistador. So i went to the side of the game and it got an interesting plot.

The Year is 1604 and you were send to the new world to found out what happened to a british Colony. Soon you will be attacked by Conquistadors. The Spanish were not the only Danger in this Region. Finding the Fort of the Colony empty without any soul, except 2 Ash Corpses you have to ask yourself one Question: What happened to the Colonists?

Betrayer is a very interesting First Person Shooter Game. Your Weapons are Bows, Pistols, musketry and knives. No Rocket Launcher, no BFG, no Lasersword and no Kitty Bombs. This game got a special Graphicstyle that creats a unique atmosphere. And i mean in a haunting way. Do you remember a walk in a forrest? Remember the the Birds Singing, the Sun between the trees, the wind playing with leafs. How they rustle? Yes? Congratulations, now you are in BETRAYER. I think my Forrest Walks will never be the same. *sigh*
Anyway, on your search for the Colonists you have to fight. You can do it the direct way "HEY GUYS I`M HEEEEEERE!" or the Snake way. Sneaking. So if you`re sneaking you can do it with the help of the wind. No, really! This is a special point of this game. The wind covers your steps and the enemy can`t hear you coming, if you come from behind, hey who would sneak in front, eh? No, you don`t have Jedi Power forget it. This is 1604, not "far far away in a distant galaxy". Well you can decide on your own, how you survive and believe me ... the Conquistadors are not the badest Guys in this game.

So, follow the hints on a map, solve the mysterys and stay alive in a unique looking game. And don`t forget our real life. Take a walk in the forrest. Listen to the Birds and the rustling leafs in the sunlight. Enjoy.

Yours
Wyvern
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Like so many people, I wish Steam offered a "neutral" button for this game as I'm sort of 50/50 with it thus far. As so many other people have already mentioned, base gameplay is roaming around trying to find clues and/or pick things up. That's fine, not like other games require any less of its players.

My cons:

I guess my biggest gripe with the game (and bear in mind my play time - maybe this gets better) is that I found the combat difficult (I may be in the minority there). While some enemies can be done in with a single shot to the head, I found this to not really be an easy thing to do. Where I am having serious problems is in the "void/dark wold" (or whatever it's called) where the skeletons are roaming around. You are using period appropriate weapons, so your guns require a significant reload time between shots (since you are using black powder weapons). Even if I sprinted, I could not outrun the skeletons and the melee attack was near worthless since once they get that close to you, you're more or less dead.

This leads to my next gripe - you die way too easily in my opinion. Where there is one skeleon, there are usually three or four and they swarm you. Since you can't outrun them (unless I'm doing something wrong), I can't get away and keep getting killed. You can go back to your last spot to recover any lost gear, but the game regenerates any baddies you killed before and places them in different parts of the map. Usually I would be fine with something like that, but it just makes this difficult.

When you are killed, you respawn back at the fort (at least at the part I am currently at which is pretty much the beginning) meaning you have to back track to wherever you were last. The areas aren't that big, but since the bad guys are also respawned and placed in different locations after you die, it means you are stuck having to deal with the same bad guys over again. Only this time you don't have the benefit of any ammunition or other items you may have had prior to your death (including money). So even though you can buy weapons and supplies at the fort, you aren't going to have any money after respawning to actually buy anything with. If you are out of ammo, you're kind of hosed since all you will have is your melee knife which is useless in my opinion.

With regards to weapons - you can purchase upgraded weapons, but they seem to be priced way too high in my opinion. As much loot as I've picked up, I still don't have enough money to buy upgraded weapons and from what I've read on other reviews, they probably aren't much of a benefit anyway.

There is supposedly a stealth aspect to this game, but I have yet to be able to sneak up on anyone with success (even when the wind is blowing). You're better off trying to take enemies out from a distance if you can.

Pros:

Game runs smooth and I think it does offer a bit of a different premise when compared to the average FPS game. I'm usually a fan of this type of game in that it does blend some horror and investigation type elements into the game. They are limited, but at least they are there.

I got it on sale for a few bucks and that would be my suggestion to everyone else - get it while it's on sale and that should help offset the negatives.

I did not (and will not) get a refund on the game and I'll still keep tinkering with it, but nothing in the game really screams at me to come back and play it like others that I've played.
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