Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 - Gold Edition
Unearthed is an episodic third person Action Adventure game set in modern day Middle East. The game is available in full Arabic and English voice over and features 21 Languages for Menu and Subtitles.
User reviews: Mixed (623 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 3, 2014
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Introduction:

Unearthed is an episodic third person Action Adventure game set in modern day Middle East. The game is available in full Arabic and English voice over and features 21 Languages for Menu and Subtitles.

The game features the voiceover talents of Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite), Jeff Rosick (Friday Night Lights, Metro), Tara Platt (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Naruto, Halo 2, Charmed) and David Lodge (COD:MW2, World of Worldcraft, Fallout 3)

Story Synopsis:

When fortune hunter Faris Jawad and his sister Dania receive a call to visit Morocco they embark on an exotic adventure throughout the middle east on the trail of the famous Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta.

The trail won't be clear however as Faris will have to overcome an unholy alliance of a militia army leader, a weapons dealer and a wealthy antiquities smuggler who are after the same goal.

Key Features:

  • Travel across the Middle East from the wild life of Moroccan Atlas mountains to the alleys of old Damascus through the port of Alexandria and the metropolitan city of Dubai.
  • Unique mix of platforming, melee fighting, shooting and stealth gameplay.
  • Presented in a TV style episodic format along with recaps of previous episodes and teaser cliff hangers of what lies ahead.
  • Unlockable Survival Mode: Battle against endless waves of enemies (Mummies, Zombies, Ghouls) across 8 varied maps featuring three exclusive maps designed for PC and Mac.
  • Unlockable Extras: Concept Art, Renders, Animatics, Cutscenes, Character Gallery, Treasures
  • Available in 21 languages for menus\subtitles. Voice-over in Arabic and English.

Gold Edition Features:

This Gold Edition contains over 120 fixes to the console version based on the reviews and player feedback, they are summarized as below:
  • General: A restructured tutorial level to better introduce the game mechanics, No more colliding with ragdolls and small objects such as broken pot pieces which allows for easier movement, invisible walls to prevent falling from high surfaces, clear font size for hints and facts in the loading screens, re-recorded all the Arabic voiceover to remove the extra echo.
  • Hand to Hand Combat: Fully revamped hand to hand fighting system with brand new animations, full camera orbit control, more fluid response and streamlined special moves .
  • Shooting System: Re-balanced all the weapons to allow for weapon specific range, accuracy, reverb zones, recoil, auto, semi-auto and manual targeting, and brand new weapon SFX.
  • Driving System: Improved car handling, no more flipping when turning at very high speeds, orbit camera, Better driving enemy AI, Tire tracks, Full Physical Damage Model for the player car with smoke, sparks on colliding with other cars, props and buildings.

PC/Mac Exclusive Features:

  • Supports Full HD 1920X1080 at 60 FPS
  • 4X the texture resolution of the console version
  • High Quality Anti Aliasing
  • Very High Resolution Shadows
  • Motion Blur
  • Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Ambient Obscurance
  • Screen Space Reflections
  • Vignetting
  • Chromatic Abberation
  • Lens Dirt Layer
  • Fog effect
  • Anaglyph 3D Glasses Support
  • Exclusive "Tangier Night" survival level
  • Damage effect shown on the player car when hit by other cars or objects

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850, 1 GB VRAM, Shader Model 3 Support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac Lion 10.7, Mac Snow Leopard 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac Lion 10.7, Mac Snow Leopard 10.6
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850, 1 GB VRAM, Shader Model 3 Support
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
71 of 90 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
This game took me 52 minutes to complete the story mode and a total of 60 (extra 8) minutes to get 100% achievements. That kinda sums it up .-.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Oh man, I sure do love the Uncharted Rip Off, it's truly a masterpiece!
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32 of 50 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
"Oh look guys, it's Timothy writing a review for that one game everyone on youtube makes fun of! I can't wait until he tears it a new ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, because he's a cynical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and that's what cynical people do!"
If this was your reaction when you noticed this review, then I'm sorry to tell you that I will not write a funny 9/11 Allahu Akbar type of review. I respect the dev team, who put a lot of work and effort in this game, too much for that. Well yeah, this game is inspired by Uncharted, Tomb Raider, what not, they won't deny that. But at least they are enthusiastic about it. What's the last time you saw people this happy about making a game? Even if the game is buggy (and oh, trust me, it is, I'll elaborate) I still had fun playing it simply because I know the devs had fun making it. They really want to make an amazing adventure series where you explore the arabic world and its many fascinating places (which it truly has, no doubt about that). The dev team knows that they're not making GOTYAY material and doesn't say they are. They try to stay positive while everyone on the internet's too busy making fun of them and their "worst game ever" (a title that many other games I've played deserve more). They respond nicely to often assholish or 'funny' behaviour and criticism, which I think is something most developers can learn from. So yeah, kuddos for that, guys.
Now for the game itself. I'll give you a quick rundown of what I enjoyed and what I thought could use improvement.
Good:
The world: as mentioned earlier, the arabic world and culture and its interesting treasures is often overlooked because 'muh terrorism'. A shame, really, since some of the world's most amazing buildings and sculptures were made by arabians..
The characters: I appreciate the duo being brother and sister instead of a shoe-horned love interest. While it felt a little awkward sometimes, there's still some awws and ohs to be had when Faris and Dania talk about Dania's obesity problem and how her choice of tea could help her.
Music and sound: music was pretty solid, I like the "old man singing" that's often found in arabic music and this game had plenty of it. Voice acting was decent and so was the sound design, although some guns sound a little weak.
Story: the campaign has an interesting premise and it's nice to know that the main character and his female sidekick won't end up banging each other by the end of the game (right Semaphore? RIGHT?)
Survival: I really liked the survival mode. I didn't expect there to be zombies or mummies, but I sure enjoyed killing them, although it's a little buggy, sometimes, and it'd be nice if weapons/power ups would disappear after a while so the floor doesn't look like the surface of a giant disco ball.
Bad:
Controls: while they are much better than on the console version, there's still much left to be desired. It's also a bit of a shame that you can't map any buttons yourself for the keyboard controls.
Bugs: there are still a lot of bugs in this game. Both in graphic (the background in the desert chase level would have really weird chancing colours and stuff, weird shadows or character models that stretch out to disturbing levels) and sound (the MP5's firing sound would sometimes disappear in long burst fire, lines of dialogue that aren't heard, random bits of sound that disappear, etc).
Combat in general: the boxing/CQC feels kind of awkward and stiff and gunfights are way too easy thanks to dumb AI and insanely accurate weapons with little recoil (AK2stronk). The 'stealth' in the tomb wasn't anything special either, but it did the job, I suppose. My major complaint is that all guns kind of feel the same. Sure, you have your pistols (which kind of feel the same) and the shotgun, but besides that, the three rifles (G36C, M16 variant and AK) and submachineguns (MAC 1, Mini Uzi and MP5) all kind of feel the same. Try to give them more damage, accuracy or recoil in order to give them "their own feel" so each rifle suits a different kind of player.
Length: I completed the campaign on hard in one hour and a few minutes. Besides finding the few collectibles and the survival mode, there isn't a lot of gameplay left. Still, I only paid 70 cents for this game and I think that to be a more than fair price.
And of course, the fact that the game still doesn't have its own face yet and feels like the arabic attempt at Uncharted. I'm sure the dev team will have a better idea of what direction to persue as time passes by, though.
So yeah, in the end, I can't really recommend this game for its quality alone. If you can get it for 2 EUR or cheaper, though, then give it a try and have some fun with the campaign, silly bugs and survival mode. I wish Semaphore all the best and hope that they can make Unearthed a solid and fun gaming series.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I don't know what I expected. There are a number of things that are wrong in this game. First of all, I had FPS issues so it took me a little longer to get through all the crap. Second, the characters look lifeless and seem to almost creepy. Third, the protagonist is so stiff and slow that it takes more than five times to get through even the easiest trap. And finally, it's really short. You can almost tell that this game was made for the sake of getting profit.

Though I have to say, this game does make me want to play Uncharted again. And at least I completed Alex's challenge.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Is the worst jumple of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game mechanics I have ever played in my entire life of playing videogames
-10/10

I feel i should mention that i played through and completed this game twice from start to finish. Once just running through it and the second hunting the collectables just to 100% the achievements. So it even lacks actual playtime.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I appreciate what this small dev team is trying to do but it feels like a game from 2001.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I knew it would be bad the moment I saw the first cutscene. The character models have zero expression, their VA's have zero emotion, the subtitles are almost entirely unpunctuated, the animation is frankly hilarious in its ineptitude, the difficulty is nonexistent on Normal mode, the "hints" directly tell you what you're supposed to do (effectively turning it into a hand-holding "you suck" button), and the game threw a fit when I tried to return to the menu.

Sure, it's good for a laugh, but there's no actual redeeming quality to be found other than unintentional hilarity. Don't go into this unless you're actively trying to find a bad game to play. In the meantime, I'll need to have a chat with the friend who gifted this to me.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.


Time to add one more. This game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
this game is utter ♥♥♥♥
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I don't know if Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta is only cheap tribute to Uncharted 2 or just it's parasite. Maybe it's my first game from Saudi Arabia, but it looks like a first game this country ever created. Well...

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● all missions are different
● streets of Morocco are surprisingly very nice
● one good joke about green tea
● now I know something about Ibn Battuta
● almost forgot about 'Survival mode', it's mummy-hell!

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● stupid decisions of main characters (story could end in 1. mission)
● short (completed in hour)
● price; 5€ for ~ 1 hour? o rly?!
● linear
● easy
● moving bugs, shooting bugs, bugs, bugs....
● Farid is an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ & his walk is too fabulous

Rating: 30 %

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
About as fun as masturbating with sandpaper
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
slag, which has not seen the light.
Do not buy this garbage.
In the throes knocked out all achivments
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28 of 53 people (53%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Best Unity Engine based horror game to date.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Uncharted for PC. -10/10 =)
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24 of 46 people (52%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Ride to Uncharted: Retribution
"A game that's like one of those oversized dog breeds: a big heart, a short lifespan and a talent for generating crazy ♥♥♥♥."

If you can get it on sale it's actually probably worth it for the laughs. Trucks jump off sand dunes and fly into the sky. Your character can't walk faster during a stroll-with-exposition scene and it's possible to fall behind the other characters by half a mile and still hear them perfectly because the audio is localize on the player (I like to believe the protagonist just temporarily became schizophrenic). At one point two cars crashed together, neither my own, and the game just told me I won.

The game smacks of good intentions crippled by amateur execution: there's set up for an interesting story and clearly a lot of love put in but the whole end product feels a lot more like someone's over-ambitious Unity hobby project than a finished work. I don't particularly regret buying it (again, on sale) because I feel like this developer has potential to do bigger and better things.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Crash at the end of the first chapter. I found no way to go resolve the bug and the suggestion of the developers (repeat again the last fight) do nothing to resolve the problem. Uninstalled...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
There’s no way this could ever be a good game. There’s nothing about it that will impress unless you’ve never seen a game before. Useless, horrible, horrendous, unintentionally comical.

Game: 1.5/10
Graphic: 1.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I'm racist toward arabs now
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
THIS GAME just made the top list of my worst games I have ever played!

It's not just the graphics that look bad, but there's also the god damn controls that suck ♥♥♥... I even lost count on how many times I managed to glitch through a wall or how many times I just got killed for some reason. The best part, I suppose, is the part where you can drive the bloody car! There aren't even any physics! The car can get stuck, and even if it doesn't, you don't have any idea where you are supposed to go. I even think that the game decides when you have driven enough and just ends the level occasionally.

It's even unbelieveable, that they tried to make a puzzle game, but then turned it into a thirdperson shooting game, and then into a brawling game??? What the ♥♥♥♥ is this game? I know... It's the trail of Batulan Ibn!

The brawling sections in this game are the worst. They just kept on coming! There isn't even any strategy in it, you just mash one button until the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ falls down and then do the same thing once more, to ensure that the guy will get knocked out. What?? Is it even necessary to put these every now and then here? It's not like they are exciting or anything... just mash the button!!

I do like the story however. But I do believe that the story isn't enough to block the other holes in the great wall of batula!

Overall, this game was a horrbile experience, and I wouldn't go recommending this game to anyone :D. But I guess I had the best 1,6 hours of my life. The only reason why I would pick this ♥♥♥♥ up, would be the fact If you are curious what ♥♥♥♥ this will hold inside (like I did). Everything in this game apart from story is straight up ♥♥♥, the models (especially those gun models -._-.), the animations, graphics, music, cutscenes, and pointless tips, that don't come to help you when you need them THE MOST.

So what will I give this game?

Two ♥♥♥♥♥/10

ARE YUUS BEINGS SERIOUS OR ARE YUUS KIDDERINGS ME?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Fell through the floor and wall on several occasions, and had to restart the game after it caused the first puzzle to break. Also the camera is godlike in its ability to shift around in the most unhelpful ways to suddenly send you to your death.

10/10 would phase through solid objects without wanting to again.
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