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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.
Release Date: Jan 3, 2014
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About the Game

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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For more information and to receive exclusive updates about Unearthed:
  • Website: http://www.unearthedgame.com
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnearthedTheGame
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/UnearthedGame
  • Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/UnearthedGame
  • E-Mail: info@sema-phore.com

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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
48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
3,182 products in account
24 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
So where do I start? Being one of the very few games developed and (sorta) released from the Arab world, playing this game was akin to watching your one year old baby attempt to walk, but ends up falling down six flights of stairs. This sums up my experience with the game.

Semaphore apparently had the budget and drive to create this project, but their weakness shines in the flimsy storyline (which inexplicably ties itself to a documentary about the legendary scholar Ibn Battuta) while aping gameplay elements from far superior games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider. The entire thing feels like a hastily cobbled fan project that attempts to check all the familiar game mechanic tropes: chase sequence, fire fights, platforming, remote controlled gadget, fist fighting and NOT polishing or nailing any of them. The vocals are OK, although the Arabic version suffers from some badly recorded lines, while the music is fairly decent and serviceable. The most impressive aspect of the game is the wide selection of available languages, I wish more games triple A games do that.

Overall, I hope that Semaphore would use this offering as a learning experience and continue growing their skillset in the industry, as there are tons of interesting and ORIGINAL stories to tell from the Middle East (that does not necessarily involve stereotypical tropes), but for a $5 title, this is a low effort, short timed distraction and an easy +1 to your 100% game count. 2/5
Posted: March 23rd, 2014
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38 of 58 people (66%) found this review helpful
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25 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
To properly enumerate the many flaws present in Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 - Gold Edition would be a hideously superfulous task. It is better that one narrows their focus to only the game's most terrible aspects; additions that not only detract from this ambitious title's playability, but cement Trail's status as possibly the most consitently incompetent title currently available on steam. This is not to say that Trail of Ibn Battuta the WORST game one steam. (That honor still belongs to Adam's Venture or arguably Bad Rats) I would liken a playthrough of Trail to watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space" where-as an Adam playthrough is more akin to suffering through "Gigli" with a full bladder.

A convoluted awkward script limps blindly over messy physics and positively baffling game mechanic choices. Seriously what the f**k is that balance beam s**t? :rfacepalm: During cutscenes Faris' and Dania's character models stare lifelessly at locations off camera while vomiting up a veritable salamagundi of arabic historical twaddle. (*To be fair, the voice actors deliver the best performance possible given a positively asinine script. At times they even manage to charm)


The developers of Trail are not native speakers of the Queen's English and WOW does it show.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=259004716

"Are YOU afraid of the dark? Remember that show when we were kids? kekeke" is such an insultingly stupid line.

During my initial playthrough I was absolutely revolted by the misogymy. We hear the same tired old "women can't do what men can do" acquiescence to a male lead; but this time DIRECTLY after an opening sequence where Dania is introduced as yet another "damsel-in-distress" functionless set-piece. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=254343126

After reading these HILARIOUS developer notes: http://steamcommunity.com/app/263680/discussions/0/630800446543906222/ and completing a playthrough of the game my opinion softened slightly. The truth is, the devs really aren't trying to make Dania a feckless stereotypical dud. According to the dev notes they are "working on it." It is my opinion that the developers just don't know any better culturally.

To the throngs of ♥♥♥♥..ed off female gamers; the devs thought they gave you this: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=259004626

HOLY F**K! A beautiful, headstrong-yet-modest, female, riding an ATV in pants, brandishing a pistol? and not accompanied by a man? Heresey! Dania then proceeds to drive Faris through a battle where the player will kill more people than cancer. You can tell from the bodycount that this title was not produced by some p**sy Christian.

I think the developers have an opportuniuty to make this right. Dania is an intriguing character. Far more so than Faris. (Though I must admit my great admiration of his scarf!) I want to believe that the devs are trying. My suggestion?

LET THE USER PLAY AS F***ING DANIA. It is not an uncommon mechanic in adventure games to switch between characters. Some of problems with narrative and plot could be easily resolved by adding this mechanic. How does Faris end up in such a sh**ty situation? So many POSSIBILITIES to explore "on the way home" to the prologue.
Yes, we are now stuck with the predicatable canon of "Apeman rescue princess. make happy end" because of the opening sequence. However, with a little clever writing the devs stand a fair shot of exiting their sexist caves and give us a strong female lead who looks great wasting bit.ch-as.s marks in a ḥijāb. There's really nowhere to go but up for this franchise. I look forward to Episode 2.
F+

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=254395683
Posted: May 21st, 2014
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
At least an easy achievements... Now i need to have it turned on to get the card >.<
Posted: May 12th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,267 products in account
179 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
Why on earth people claim this to be anywhere close to the Uncharted series, it is beyond me. There didn't seem a whole lot of point to this game. The most challenging level of the whole game was the tutorial.

The story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, I found myself confused at the plot the majority of the time. There is actually an entire level of just following around two people listening to them talk, and even worse is you actually get an achievement for it.

The animation of the characters are the most awkward that I have seen in a game for a very long time as well. Going by the fact that the story, from what I worked out, was left as a cliff hanger, and the "Episode 1" in the title, means there are going to be more episodes to follow. I hope to god they can pull something a little bit better out of the bag otherwise it's just going to be another flop.

Stay clear campers!
Posted: June 17th, 2014
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!!!!?!
Posted: June 4th, 2014
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866 of 1,052 people (82%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
4.4 hrs on record
This is the worst game I've ever played and I highly recommend it. It's up there with Ride to Hell Retribution in terms of hilarious incompetence and misery. It's one of those unique experiences that are so bad that you just have to see it for yourself.

You owe it to yourself to suffer and laugh through this game.
Posted: January 3rd, 2014
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