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Ghostship Aftermath - the game which takes SURVIVAL HORROR to a new level with some rogue-like elements. Ghostship Aftermath is a HUGE open world, sci-fi action-adventure with random events and multiple story-lines. No two games will ever be the same. Your survival skills will be put to the test! every time you board, the Ghostship!
Release Date: Jul 18, 2014
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Ghostship Aftermath - A new breed of survival horror - its no FPS!

August 19th, 2014

I would like to remind everyone that Ghostship aftermath is not an FPS, it has some FPS elements but it is a survival horror game with some rogue-like elements.

CDF Ghostship (The Prequel) is an FPS! Watch out for halloween!

We will be changing the description slightly to emphasise the fact that is not an FPS and not to expect Ghostship Aftermath to be your typical run and gun game.

As on wiki-pedia, Survival Horror is a very different style and type of game :

"Survival horror is a subgenre of video games inspired by horror fiction that focuses on survival of the character and trying to scare the player(s). Although combat can be a part of the gameplay, the player is made to feel less powerful than in typical action games, because of limited ammunition, health, speed, or other limitations. The player is also challenged to find items that unlock the path to new areas, and solve puzzles at certain locations. Games make use of strong horror themes, and the player is often challenged to navigate dark maze-like environments, and react to unexpected attacks from enemies."

Thanks to one of the community for pointing this out.

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Live stream of Update 1.2 now on twitch with the Dev

August 9th, 2014

Hi everyone, if you are around over the next hour or 2 of this announcement, pop on to the Spazz the Assie gamers live stream on twitch where I am giving some exclusive dev tips for playing the game and surviving :)

http://www.twitch.tv/spazztheaussiegamer#/spazztheaussiegamer

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The VR version is now available! If you have VR, be sure to check it out! Or when you get VR! You will already have one of the first sci-fi games made for VR!

Warning! *****THIS GAME CONTAINS FLASHING LIGHTS & LOTS OF BLOOD n` GUTS! ******

About the Game

Ghostship Aftermath - the game which takes SCI-FI SURVIVAL HORROR to a new level. Prepare for a new breed of survival horror with rogue-like elements!
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Ghostship aftermath is set 350 years into the future, mankind has embraced space travel and exploration. We have colonized many worlds and spread ourselves across the galaxy. The CDF (Colonial Defense Force) is responsible for security of Earth and her colonies, and our only line of defense against the unknown.

On March the 1st 2368, contact was lost with our most distant colony. The Icarus System.

On the 4th of March 2368, The CDF Goliath (Dreadnought Class) was sent to Investigate.

The CDF Goliath reached the Icarus system on the 12th of march, 2368.

We have never heard anything back from the CDF Goliath after she entered the Icarus system.

She is now presumed a Ghostship!


The Game

**Please note**
Ghostship aftermath includes both NoneVR and VR versions!

Ghostship Aftermath is a new breed of survival horror which has many rogue-like elements and offers you a challenge unlike most over survival horror games. Ghostship aftermath is not a FPS and not a run and gun game, the game has a focus on some FPS elements but observation, tactics, dealing with any situation and getting used the huge ship you have just boarded takes time.

Features

  • MADE FOR VR (Virtual reality) When VR becomes available in 2015, play the VR version, Its made for VR!
  • A huge free roaming, sci-fi Survival Horror with random events and multiple story-line branches - no two games will ever be the same.
  • Random enemies will appear anywhere, at any time! Awareness and you`re combat skills will be key to survival.
  • Signature Helmet View with a living in game hud.
  • Perma-death system mixed with multiple story-lines branches and random game elements and enemies! - Death is just a new beginning!
  • Real and Zero-g physics.
  • Explore an open world space craft to find weapons, uncover secrets and clues and find shields and medi-kits.
  • Oxygen is your lifeline! Oxygen management is essential if you are to survive! Sprinting uses up oxygen 4 times quicker.
  • For each game your helmet light will have 1 hour battery life! use it wisely!
  • First DLC FREE - Hassle Free) Free roam with no enemies objectives etc!
  • FREE CONTENT - As well as 2 paid DLC, we will be offering Free content, the first is on Halloween!
  • Huge focus on atmosphere and immersion on a huge functional military space craft.


Each new game is very different so its not simply trial and error like most games! Your survival skills will be put to the test in every way! Your actions throughout your game will decide your fate! Ghostship Aftermath is a free roaming adventure horror game where you can go anywhere at any time, exploring will uncover weapons, ammunition, new objectives, medi-kits and shields.

Oxygen is a big part of the game, you can not survive without it! You must find ways to gather more oxygen, sprinting uses up 4 times the amount of oxygen compared to walking. Light also plays a big factor in each game, you have 1 hour battery life for your helmet light. You must use your light wisely and save enough power for the areas of the ship which are in total darkness.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.3ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1gb Shader 3 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 3.3Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2gb Shader 3 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This is the recommended minimum for VR
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One last correction: No, do not buy this!

The developers now consider this glitchy, buggy mess of a game in its current state "a solid build" and do not plan any more immediate updates to address the multitude if bugs:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/280890/discussions/1/34094415787543676/#c34094415796867709

That's it, this game can't and clearly won't be salvaged. The developers are in denial and completely blind to this game's plethora of problems.

Stay far, far away from this and spend your money elsewhere!


Update v1.2 (outdated, see above):

Due to the developers' activity within this community and in order to acknoledge the hard work that is still going into this game I have revisited the game one more time after the last big update (v1.2).

To make it short: It's still not something I could give a thumbs up in good conscience, it's still very rough, very unpolished and occasionally very broken.

But it's no longer the complete and utter disaster that it was upon release, I actually had some fun exploring the ship for a little while - there is an enjoyable game hidden inside this mess and it may or may not be revealed in future updates.

But, even though the developers were too proud/stupid/inexperienced/misinformed to release this as an EARLY ACCESS title - that's what it is and that's how any potential customer should treat this. - it's a mess, but most early versions of a game are and at the time of writing it's still in active development.

This may or may not become an enjoyable game in the future.

These are my current grievences (they may or may not be fixed in future updates):

- Absolutely zero savegame management and no manual saves! That's still completely unforgivable:
Used up your sparse ammunition or too much of the (apparently) non-rechargeable flashlight? Prepare to die - it's like a ten hour long (at least the devs and more pain resistant players keep throwing that number around), ultra slow paced rogue-like without proper save feature, enjoy!
- No rebindable keys (the layout is more sane now than it was upon release, but there is no cusomization possible at all).
- There is no possibility to return to the main menu and adjust any settings without losing progress, "PAUSE" pauses the game (and does not bring up any menu), "ESC" ends it.
- The voice acting is pretty bad
- The writing is even worse than the delivery, bro!
- It's shockingly glitchy! The character keeps jumping on top of consoles, jerks violently near obstacles and occasionally gets stuck in the scenery.
- Lights flicker at an epilepsy inducing ultra-fast pace around every corner, my 60Hz monitor can't keep up. It's the most insanely obnoxious and migraine triggering flickering I have ever experienced in any game.
- The audio is tinny and unmastered and as glitchy as the rest of the game with lines triggering while others are still being delivered, playing over each other and leaving an uncomprehensible mess.
- Quite often the game leaves the player stranded, there is no mission log, no repeat function - didn't hear, understand or remember what to do next: well screw you, then!
- Crouching doesn't change the player's point of view! It's like nothing happens at all when pressing the crouch button, except than now, while "crouched", one may be able to get out of some scenery one got trapped in before.
- Aiming and shooting is clearly designed for VR and quite awkward without.
- The enemy AI is slightly improved, but still pretty bad.

The game is not unfixable, but it's no fun in its current state - it's simply far too unpleasant to play at the moment and it's at least doubtful that all the issues will be worked out eventually.



My original review:


Why on earth is this not an Early Access title?

Who in their right mind would think: Yes, this is finished, this is worth $20, let's release this on Steam so people can buy, play and review our masterpiece.

Let's get the positive out of the way: It's a solid idea and someone, at some point, sunk a lot of time and energy into making this an atmospheric space horror adventure (the combat feels like little more than an afterthought).

It's not original in any way, but there are, undoubtedly, elements this game does execute well - with some more work, actually, with a lot more work, this could have been an atmospheric and immersive Amnesia meets Dead Space.
The game showcases some really competent (visual) design, but even visually, a lot of things are still very rough.

Everything else, in its current forum, ranges from amateurish to incompetent to mindbogglingly stupid.

I didn't finish this game, I probably never will, but these are the highlights so far, in no particular order:

[...]cut for length, current list, see above[...]

Again: this isn't an Early Access title, someone clearly thinks this game is in a presentable, playable, enjoyable state and they couldn't be more wrong.


[...]cut for length[...]


Update v1.1 as requested by the developers (see reply below):

Look, if you are so worried about reviews not reflecting the current state of the game:

Why did you not release it as Early Access, it's clearly still a work in progress!?

Had you done so, my review would have been labeled as an Early Access review, which this game clearly still is.


And while v1.1 is a baby step in the right direction, most of my points still stand [...] cut for length [...]
Posted: July 18th, 2014
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<edit - I give up, I don't think Ghostship Aftermath can be fixed to a playable state. Avoid /edit>

<edit - response to developers comments:
I'm glad you're still taking the time to respond, not a lot of developers do. However you must remember I'm not a developer on Ghostship Aftermath and that I have no vested interest in seeing it succeed. I have no desire to see it fail either - I do like the idea and want to play it.

Pushing work out to the community is not going to garner the responses you'd like because you're going to be asked why - having paid for a product - must we now help fix it?

Consider your comment "confirm any Current issues in your review". That's a lot of work. I don't want to spend hours reproducing the issues in my review - having been a professional game tester I'm well aware that that can be an arduous process. The onus is on you - who sold me the product - to tell me exactly which issues have been fixed and the circumstances for which they've been fixed.

Unfortunately the 1.1 update broke mouse inversion and at this is the point I edited my review to "I give up". I hate playing with an un-inverted mouse. Nevertheless I still played for about an hour more but noticed nothing obviously resolved.

As it stands I believe my review is still current but that it's not my job to discover when it's not. /edit>



First off, I actually quite like Ghostship Aftermath but I'm giving it a thumbs down because it's been released too early.

Kenuty's review is pretty accurate and you should read it. However for those - like myself - with shorter attention spans I'm going to briefly summarise the issues I had <edit - this has since become a fairly sizeable list, I've removed the suggested fixes to the Bug Reports pages:
/edit>


* View clips outside of the ship when jumping.

* Couldn't go down a ramp in zero-gravity.

* Stuck in the Storage A door and had to restart.

* The screen jitters and jerks when I walk into objects.

* 'F' for sprint? And 'L' for light is hard to reach.

* Escape ends the game without warning.

* The players view 'sticks' when verically centered.

* Stuck in HQ Window and had restart the checkpoint.

* The lights stobe so fast I thought it was z-fighting.

* Climbing stairs happens in nausea inducing hops.

* I've never been able to change weapons.

* Crouching doesn't seem to affect the players viewpoint.

* Couldn't fire weapon after simulation stage.

* Helmet light illuminates objects erratically.

* Corpse shadows are cast where there are no corpses.

* There is no pause button.

* The map is too zomed in

* Motion blurs the HUD even though it's relatively not moving.

* It's not readily apparent what options are selected.

* Controls locked up after dying including 'esacpe'.

* Game crashes on exit.

* Simulation door only half-opened once.

* Reloading caused view to tilt right permanently once.

* Helment light is pushed 'though' surfaces.

* z-fighting in the intro movie.

* Cold storage airlock wouldn't activate though online.

* Resuming game after immiediately kills you again.

* Stuck in a corpses head and had to restart.

* Jumping forward causes the sprint bob animation.

* Enemies can get stuck in doors and on boxes

* Enemies sometimes attack when too far away.

* Gun fires at a downward angle no matter where I aim.

* Can no longer invert the mouse.

* Some aliens seem to take no damage.

* Intro cannot be skipped when starting a new game.

* Alien animation 'snaps' between frames.


I did think fairly hard about whether or not I should have posted this as a review or in the forums; but finally decided that the issues are big enough that someone considering buying Ghostship Aftermath should know about them.
Posted: July 19th, 2014
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The game could have been good for an indie release lots of potential but it was quickly hindered when encountering enemies :( they suck and the AI sucks both need MAJOR work maybe even would been better left out of the game completely. The game is riddled with bugs, glitches, poor audio, lack of options, and things that just plain dont make sense.

~Update on patch 1.2

This has been the most frustration biggest pile of ♥♥♥♥ game iv ever had the misfortune of wasting my time, money and hope on.

For real from the opening horrible audio dialog from your copilot to the non stop glitches getting stuck on everything. The textures are horrible the lighting is garbage, the menu and options are next to non existent. Seriously its as if the devs dont even play real games to have some real inspiration from and compare to the standered we as gamers expect in 2014.

Last time i was this let down and ticked off was WarZ we all remember that game and the road it went down. Iv been patient waiting for fixes and updates but its to little to late this game should be taken off Steam or lowered to a price of $1.99.

~Update

Got into it with the devs, they don't like criticism they lock, edit, delete comments and threads that go against there game. You have an issue with the bugs and glitches? Well that's your own fault not the game it self you need to read the manual according to the devs. They are actively trying to sway reviewers opinions and block people who tell the truth about the game.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/280890/discussions/1/34094415787543676/#c34094415796867709

My advice do not support this game or MAG studios!
Posted: July 18th, 2014
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Ghostship Aftermath is a sci-fi survival horror game which has been made to scare you but it also makes you think and use tactics, this game meets its criteria very well. I have been playing this for a while now and what i have played has been an awesome experience. Its made me think, its made me use stratagies and tactics i havent had to use in other games because you are not "pushed through it". You really have to switch on those survival instincts. It makes you feel vunerable. Its completly random and gives you a diffrent storyline each time you play and the amount of times i have almost jumped out off my skin is unbelievable. I can only imagine how god dam scary this game will be in VR.
I think its a shame that people are only seeing the bad reviews this game has had because with the updates and fixes that the devs have worked on, the game works fine, and in my opinion, definatly worth the price( both VR and Non VR versions, a free roaming DLC and free content coming for halloween). Bargin

overall i think the game has been well made, fits its criteria, is actually scary and has lots of play time. I really enjoy playing this game. I would give this game a 9 out of 10 because it has to be one of the best sci-fi horror games ive played. I would definatly recommend this game.

keep up the good work Devs
Posted: August 7th, 2014
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*NOTE NOT A FINAL REVIEW, Since patches are coming to fix up the game. This review is for what it is right now. Devs are patching up and refining the game and are taking notes at the complaints itself. The only reason I thumbed this game down was for those issues that are in the game currently, The reason I thumbed this game up now is because the dev is taking his work seriously, listening to the community and actually making these fixes to make his game better. Which is the best thing a game dev can do.

So after speaking/playing with the dev who is very active with the community and actually playing the game for a good amount of hours I got a better understanding where the devs are getting at in the game. This is a hardcore survival horror that isn't meant to be finished in a single night and also meant to be a really hard game since the devs goal is to give you the an immersive survival gameplay on a ship with changing enemies, a story that changes up a bit with random events . The game is actually a finished product but has bugs and issues that seriously needs to be ironed out which causes players to not want to progress too far. I am still playing the game as we speak overlooking the bug to see what the game has to offer deeper in. The only reason I didn't progress so far is because of the issues. Going in deeper I see this game has alot to offer.

The game itself is a ported off the rift version and and was released so that we will get a chance to play it without having to use the rift (devs explained this to me). The Vr version will be included in what you bought but due to this reason some bugs and problems does exist in this version.

So the game starts off with you entering a ship that was used as an experiment on prisoners when an alien lifeform overtook the ship and infected everyone on board. Your job is to get things operational again and to find out information about the lifeform to counter against it because it will be humanity's greatest threat. Many things are randomized in this game and it is never the same, the events, the branch of the story and the way the enemy are spawned at you.

The gameplay is a first person survival/ horror shooter which starts you off with 59 minutes of battery life, a full tank of oxygen and you'll probabaly be armed with a weapon if you get a certain branch. As you progress you'll find guns and supplies via the clues left by blood and writing on the wall along with hints about enemies attack. So it has to be found and it is in limited quantity. The laser for the guns recharges slowly and the other weapons is limited by clips so you'll have to be careful on use and also on reload also because you could potentially empty a clip full of bullets from your best gun which will cause you to rely in the laser guns. The guns themselves j

The controls are fixed and feels much better. You can also play this game with a joypad but you cannot change the keybinds in any way. There is also no save function except for checkpoints or where you leave off so be careful

The game main goal is immersion which is very important for these type of games and that is the star here, the enemies jumping out of places, the sound effects is unlike anything you ever heard, the creepy music at times and the environment itself along with the game's roguelike elements where things arent the same makes it immersive and scary because you don't know what will pop out during your second plays after restarting either from death most likely or finishing which will cause you to second guess and panic.

While the strength lies in immersion, its weakness lies in the rest of the places. some of the enemy's ai is fixed up a bit but can still get stuck in places, they are more effective now. The collision of you towards environments sometimes will cause you to jitter sometimes.

There are 8 guns in the game, each guns handle differently and each gun requires you to find, the guns starts off weaker than you think with the laser guns that are rechargable but takes some time to do so. They can be used to kill off weaker infected while the stronger guns found later will benefit you greatly against the stronger ones. You can shoot enemy in the head to kill them quicker and also the weak guns has uses such as using them to strategically light your way in dark areas so that you do not waste your batter power.

The graphics uses unreal engine, has some nice effects and shading at times but unfortunately does look a bit outdated and this is because it came from the rift version, it is supposed to look much better on the rift but looks decent on the non rift version.

Long story short I think this game was rushed just a bit and had some issues and problems that it came with that really needs to be ironed out, as the dev says he is fixing right now and also creating a manual for the community to help them a bit.

Overall I hope the game progress with updates as time goes on to polish it up, so far from just touching the game the game feels MUCH better than what is was previously. Hopefully when everything is done there will be a decent price sale that will gather more players into this great immersive game that is different everytime you play it.

+ Immersion is amazing even without occulus rift you can feel it, scary sounds, music and darkness will scare the crap out of you.
+ Limited supply of battery/oxygen will cause you to panic when things go wrong, thank god you can replenish oxygen but not light so be mindful and use your laser weapon to light your way strategically
+ Lightning and fog is done great well placed in places that will add to the immersion
+ The clues/writing lieing around to help you find what you need is well written to help give you hints
+ The objective is explained very well and its your goal to find the way. The ship is massive and offers places to explore. it is your job to learn how it works and find your way.
+Controls are much better after being fixed!

+- Map is hard to understand and will take time to get use to
+- Decent Ai

- Voice acting is just ok, its corny but fits the game perfectly (lol shaun)
- Needs ability to rebind your own key.
- Some clipping issues at places.
- Graphics looks good but are said to look even better on rift because of the way they are designed
- We can't get a rift yet.

* I really want the rift version to fully enjoy this game immersion, as for the version it is now hopefully the patches will fix up the problems players find unenjoyable at the moment.
Posted: July 19th, 2014
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