Verfasst: 18. Januar
So what is Ghostship Aftermath?
It is basically somekind of a mix between the good old System Shock 2 and Dead Space. You play as some "dude" that has to board a ship where something "good"? has happened. Oh I meant bad! Its always something bad happening! So once you do board, you gotta follow some directives from you partner and not long after, you get cutoff from him and some A.I. takes over the coms and directs you to a list of objectives. It all seems cool doesn't?
I'll sum up the pros and cons so you can get a better overview and decide for yourself whether or not to get this game.
+Solid Atmosphere (ships noise reminiscent of System Shock 2)
+Cool Design concept (This is where the game shines the most: Every playthrough is different. At one pt, the A.I. can be helpful, the next pt it hinders your progress and on another pt, it can even be dead so you're all alone trying to figure out what to do).
+Infinity ammo for weapons but takes time to recharge
+Story is predictable but serviceable nonetheless. Some elements do change between each playthrough which keeps things interesting.
+Price drop of the game. Kudos to the devs 'cause when I got this game, it was very overpriced.
-Technical glitches (it says on the game page that this game release many patches concerning the pletora of bugs and glitches but it is still infested by them. On instances, I kept getting stucked on items and couldn't move. I saw enemies going through walls also.
-Truly bad controls and aiming mecanism is very flawed (THIS IS MY MAIN GRIPE OVER THIS GAME: The aiming is very pathetic. Even when an enemy is right in front of you and aim at the head, you're missing the target anyway).
-False controller support (It's mentioned that the is controller compatible, but they kind of lie. The controller works, sure, but sometimes it won't sprint on controller anymore after certain scripted event).
-Weak graphical settings (Little to no graphical options. Only two resolutions available. No eye candy as you are used to in any modern games. Can't even change game settings when in-game. Also the visuals are quite bad, even on their aleged graphical patch. I know this is an indie game and its easy to pick negatively at the graphics. But honestly, the graphics could have really been more improved. At least, the game was playable on my end, compared to other gamers that seemed to have difficulty running the game).
-Auto save only. Can't save the game manually.
-Zombie sound glitch that can still be heard after you killed the zombie. Only way to make it stop was to quit and reload the game.
-Same enemies throughout the whole game. Same twitchy movements and even walk/crawl through walls.
-Mostly average and at times, terrible voice acting. (Granted this is an indie game but whoa, at times, it was really awful; especially the voice of your ally. The A.I. is quite fine by me though. It actually sounds like a computerized AI voice! Surely doesn't sound like SHODAN but it is decent!).
This game has a good concept and some very good ideas. Sadly, many things hold it back. It is still a commendable work the developers did on this project and hopefully you guys can only improve on a potential sequel. I truly wish you up your game next time, especially on the glitches, bugs, voice acting and my biggest irritant, the poor aiming mechanism. The graphics can always get better and hopefully on a potential sequel, they'll be more optimized and up-to-date to modern gaming standards.
I can't reccommend this game at this time. Cool concept but marred with inconsistencies, bugs and glitches. I did read on the reviews section of this game store page that Ghostship Aftermath did improved on the glitches and bugs so that is something to keep in mind. The devs are working on their project and that is noteworthy. Sadly, the game lost my attention with all the numerous cons I've mentioned earlier. The game did got a price drop recently but even so, I still wouldn't advise anyone to get this game. Wait up for a potential sequel when aspects of this game should (hopefully) be fixed by then.
5.0 / 10
PS. I do not own any VR equipment at the moment so I cannot comment on that matter here.