Marauder, is a squad based and tactical 3D game with RPG elements. It was released in late 2009, in Russia, and was developed by Apeiron with Buka as publisher. You may know these names as the former made Brigade 7,62 and the later also published Pathologic.
User reviews: Mixed (151 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2009

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"A squad tactics game of dubious quality. On sale for 75% off for the next day or so -- for a couple of bucks, it might be worth a look."

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September 26

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We are glad to announce you that Marauder has a 75% discount!
Don't hesitate to join Ahmed on his quest through post-apocalyptic Russia!

Enjoy and have fun!

P.S. Don't trust babushkas!;)

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July 11

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About This Game

«Marauder» is a tactical strategy with RPG elements. The game is based on the book "Marauder" by Berkem al Atomi and brings you to an alternate history where anarchy and endless strife have become a rule. You will play as a marauder who is trying to survive and settle a comfortable life. At first you have nothing but a double-barreled gun and a handful of shells, but in time you will gather "a family", arm it, and learn to stay alive in this constant war of everything against everyone.

Key Game Features:

• Game script and character dialogues written by Berkem al Atomi himself.
• A full-blown RPG system to develop your squad members.
• A small Uralian town with various different locales for you to explore (ruins, forests, military bases, underground bunkers); flexible system of weapon customization and a great diversity of items for barter and survival equipment.
• possibilities for tactical play and rich selection of combat situations – you will have to use stationary weapons, assault fortified buildings, operate at night, battle enemies indoors and outdoors and much more.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 2 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 64 MB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 2.6 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A good game. It crashes sometimes for reason I can't tell you because the text box is gibberish for me. When it does work it's very fun to play! A linear story, but freedom within the game when you do get to where you're doing the missions for the story. You also have a wife who punches like Mike Tyson. Your characters kind of a ♥♥♥♥, but who wouldn't be if survival was on the line, right?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Truly a hard game to master as the constant translation glitches are a pain.
The game is excelent at pitched battles and planning.Enjoy and save many times.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I love scavenging. If you love scavenging and grumpy russians you will love this too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
If you like this kind of game you will enjoy Marauder!
The game itself is amazing, the story is good enough to keep you interested and the gameplay feels good.
It's not an easy game, you will die a lot, but it's all about tactics. Give it some time :)
Of Course there are minor bugs, It has some camera problems but you can fix it in 1 min. Other than that just a few fps drop in one mission or two and some unfair "position shoots". Ah, and the videos will reach almost 0 fps lol, just it esc and watch it on youtube/walkthrough sites, nothing to worry about really..
In conclusion, worth the money and you will have here at least 30 hours of entertainment ;)
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I wos lored in bi the ades so I thot it was good as it tars out it is not and in maleey the enemes tack fale advantech of bi heting ou over and over untel ou die and it inforeates me so if you an reding ves dont buy thes game. So I 0/10 F-
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51.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Quite a short game with many cool features but way to many bugs and slowdown issues to really be enjoyable. Especially the cutscenes where slow for me at least and just made you frustrated so I skipped them.
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33.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
i liked it but you should be careful in the beginning YOU WILL DIE QUACLY if you don't mind that a can remember to save before you take a gamble its a fun game
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
There is a lot I like about this game, except there are some huge flaws.

The speech is in Russia, although the English subtitles are not so good. But that I don't mind too much as it gives charm and can be funny at times.

The turn based combat system I like very much, although even on easy the game is rock hard difficult.

The characters are ok even if they are a bit flat.

So I would have given the game a solid 70% except for one thing. You know when you change viewing angles in a game from low down to high up, and that right in the middle of that range is a spot which is really annoying where you can't see anything properly?

Well that is the fixed camera angle for this game. Therefore my score is:

24%

~ Snowdog
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18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Game is fun but hard. Need to play and die a lot before you will learn to survive.

Also camera movement is turned off by default. Go into settings and yank them up to max so you can see how they work.

Bullets are considered money, but nothing in game tells you this.

I give a recomendation due to well done doomsday atmosphere.
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24.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I'm a big fan of both JA2 and 7.62 High Calibre. I'm really loving this game, it's very similar to 7.62, but with a great, dark novel as setting.

CAUTION: The Smart Pause System works more like a Turn Based Strategy game than like a Real Time Strategy. Only comparable to 7.62 and Brigade E5 (somewhat prequels to this game), or to Jagged Alliance (as far as micromanagment, guns and ammo go). If you buy this game expecting fast action and a slug fest, you are probably going to hate it.
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29.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
«No one wants to buy me for a handful of cereals! »
- Random woman in Bazaar

Marauder, also known as Man of Prey, is a title which has a very special place in my gamer heart. There are some nasty bugs, the story cutscenes are constantlly freezing on modern systems and some parts of the story indeed leave you behind with a raised eyebrow.

But if you've got a thing for turnbased strategy games like Jagged Alliance 2 or Marauder's spiritual predecessors Brigade E5 or 7,62 High Calibre, then this game is totally for you. Because of its appealing Eastern Bloc post-apocalyptic setting even fans of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or the Metro series may take a look on this one.

The story, based on the same-named novel by Russian writer Berkem al Atomi, keeps you hooked for about 30 hours and is pretty unique. You control Akhmet, a Russian muslim and former army sapper, through the outskirts of a deserted city south of the Ural mountains. After a Russian political approach to NATO and the west, the US Army invades Russia under the pretext of a Peacekeeper Mission. The huge country therefore falls into chaos and soon anarchy spreads out. Akhmet and his lovely wife must now try to survive through this indeed chaotic cluster♥♥♥♥. As the game title already suggests, Akhmet does so in looting and fighting off bandits, stray dogs, corrupt policemen and even foreign soldiers. Interestingly Akhmet is not a good guy in the proper sense. He doesn't really care for the wellbeing of other dwellers or to bring justice all over the city. He only takes care of his family and its survival - whatever the cost. Soon he begins to fortify his apartment block against enemy raids...

Like in 7,62 High Calibre you control Akhmet from above and you can pause the game at all times. While the game is paused you can plan your next moves and give Akhmet and later his companions combat commands. Rather than taking away Action Points like in Jagged Alliance 2, all your actions require a certain amount of seconds, which will be counted down as soon as you un-pause the game. This feature, called the Smart Pause System, may take a while to get used to it but works perfectly as soon as you progress. Once you also get your proper equipment the combat sequences are a blast - I've seldomly cheered so much while Vitek, our pro sniper in the team, scores another yet perfect headshot from hundreds of yards away. On top of that there is also a fancy skill system and upgradable character parameters. After levelling up you can invest points in better accuracy, stamina, barter skills or whatever comes in handy. The inventory, also similar to the one from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, is pretty simple and self-explanatory. In the Bazaar, the local city market, you can trade further equipment and even upgrade your weapons.

Even if all this suggests that Marauder is an open-world game, it sadly isn't. In fact the game is pretty linear and you move from one section to another while regularly returning to your house and the Bazaar. I wish the developers would had implemented more city sections back then, but even then it's an already quite immersive world.

What really ♥♥♥♥ed me off is that the fancy story cutscenes always freeze on modern systems. This is already a well-known problem and nobody really knows how to fix it. Once again, it's an absolute impudence that the current publisher didn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about fixing all these problems before releasing this game on Steam. Furthermore there are a couple of other bugs and poor gameplay features, but those are pretty minor from my point of view and can be fixed all the way.

Please make sure to do the following steps before playing the game:

#1 If you've got a fancy display, adjust your resolution according to this guide.
#2 Adjust the poor camera controls according to this guide.
#3 Fix the grenade launcher reloading bug according to this guide.
#4 Please read Tin Tim's fantastic Let's Play Guide. There you can watch all story cutscenes that don't work in the game itself! Furthermore it provides you with excellent tips and not too much spoilers.

The Good:
+ Quite detailed graphics
+ Immersive world and creepy Eastern Bloc atmosphere
+ Innovative story
+ Awesome combat
+ Lots of weapons (unfortunately not many NATO guns)
+ Good skill, trade and inventory management
+ Loot, loot and even more loot

The Bad:
- Pretty linear
- Some slowdowns during combat
- The final sections of the story are quite unpolished
- Those above mentioned bugs

The Ugly:
-- Story cutscenes not working on modern systems! Argh!

To put it in a nutshell, this game really grows on you if you love turnbased tactical games with lots of guns and a post-apocalyptical setting. It still has its minor flaws, but the rewarding combat system just does it for me. Period.

9/10

«The Democrats are to blame!»
- Random man in Bazaar, philosophizing about the cause of war
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This game reminded me of Planet Acatraz and Planet Alcatraz 2, which I enjoyed very much at the time they came out. And I hoped this would be something as good. Turns out it's not.

The idea and the story are great. The battle mechanics are a challenge and you can be killed by one shot from a Makarov to the head, which is the sort of realism I like, but the number of bugs in this game is just too damn high! Glitching camera, inaccessible buildings... It's like playing a beta-build. It's not quite smooth enough. Let's pray for amiracle and hope, the the devs will do something about them... Although, the game IS 5 years old. Who am I kidding?
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is simply too broken to be playable.
Controls stop working without any apparent reason and when they work are slow and cludgy. Even looking around the character can take forever. Graphics are pathetic and outdated, it doesn't even work in 16:9.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
127.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It's a highly recommended buy, though with many restrictions and prerequisites. Yeah, game-is-not-for-everyone's-tastes.

First, you should really like squad-tactics games like Jagged Alliance, Silent Storm or 7.62 and DON'T BE a graphics freak who wants everything in 16:9 with 60fps. Game's a bit dated, see? And still, it can be successfully compared by gameplay options even with latest tactics games. That slow-paced genre never was too hard about graphics. Physics, mechanics - that's a prime, but high resolutions... meh.
Second, be ready for glitches. Game and engine developers now either dead or missing, so there is no help in asking for patches. Although for the most part, game is running okay, except for cutscenes.
Third and last is about moral - it's a game where a desperate man doing everything to survive, so if you like playing knights in white armor, that's surely a wrong game. Try "The Shining Force", maybe?

Now, what's it all about? Well, it's a game based on the book "Marauder", bestselling in Russia, which were telling a story about a smooth and easy diplomatic victory of NATO forces. Russia is no more, sold to "West world" by some puppets and oligarchs, with "all included". Some cities like Moscow and Saint-Petersburg remains almost the same - just to decoy everything else that is going on in the once-a-great-country. And what is going there? Every big force in former state like paramilitary formations, or even some villages coalitions is methodically observed and negated by NATO "peacemakers". They called "mistresses" there, in sado-mazo sense, meaning they are masters and natives are slaves... Russkies are living in ruins of cities, without energy, fuel, water, food supplies. Anarchy and "homo homini lupus est" rule is prior for everyone. Our "hero" Ahmed, with the collapse of the state, is off to search for every piece of scrap he can use or sell, marauding and killing for own survival. Oh, grim apocalyptic future! Maybe it's close by already. I mean, look at eastern Ukraine...

Anyway, although this game is constructed pretty linear, right along with the book plot, there is a little twist in the end, for which I'm so fond to this game. While in the book a protagonist fled away when his city was about to be "purified", in game we have a chance to strike back. To kill a slave in yourself! That's grand, really. Like killing Hitler or defending Alamo on your own.
I'm spending all that much space revealing you the story, because it's the ♥♥♥♥tiest part in the game. Not a story itself, but the way of its telling. Cutscenes are bugged, I don't know anyone who could see it all without glitch. More to that, translation from russian to english were surely made by Promt software, or something like that. Those who answered for translation, should be burned alive, since they were lazy enough to bungle even with a tutorial!

Okay, if you were able to read that all and still thinking "why I should buy it?", like I said from start - it's a good tactical game, highest evolution of Apeiron engine, knowing by "Brigade E5" and "7.62" games. Buy it with 75% discount, sell cards - and maybe you will have upper hand at the end of a deal, gaining more than spend.

9/10 successful missions. The sapper makes only one mistake.

PS: to turn on camera rotation in game fix "camera sensitiveness" setting from zero to twenty, at least. And maybe it will be wise to turn on "windows xp" compatibility with "e8.exe". Peace, people.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
This game has many technical flaws and it's definitely not well-polished, but the tactical gameplay is excellent and the plot is quite engaging although it's hard to follow because the cutscenes are glitchy. The Russian voice actors are quite good although I don't understand much Russian, they have character and combined with the translated dialogue, it creates a good atmosphere. The gameplay is kind of like very limited Fallout 1/2 with 3D graphics. The RPG-system is mostly about combat and this game and it's predecessor from Apeiron are often compared to Jagged Alliance 2 and XCOM. I have played too much of those games so I find the real-time/pause-battle system very refreshing and it's breath-takingly brilliant at best. The progression in the game is very linear and I was hoping it would have sandbox-gameplay with random battles but I guess 7.62: High Calibre is for that as it's almost the same engine. The camera is annoying to control and the game will probably annoy many western gamers who are not used to challenging UI. But this game is all about the combat and it's great. If you've played too much JA2/XCOM-games, then this game could blow your mind for a while as the battle system is more realististic and satisfying. It crashed a couple of times but the quick save works well. My dream game would be a polished, sandbox-style game that would use this combat system with better graphics and western quality UI etc. The plot was too short (could have had more battles with the yankees) and I really hoped there had been some mods available to continue the experience but at least I couldn't find any in English.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
When one finds that you can't shift view no matter what you try to fix the thing, among the other bugs... sorry fans, this had a lot of potential but the game issues are driving me nuts. 2/10, and the 2 are for the storyline concept.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
When you buy this game there's somethign you should know, it's buggy and feels unfinished. I got the game on a sale, and it's totally worth the $2.49. $10 is on the verge of being to expensive for such an unpolished game. And the translation from Russian is plain horrible. That being said, and if you are able to overlook those facts, it's a really interesting game.

You play as Akhmet, this muslim crazy russian unabomber with balls as big as the great USSR, trying to survive as a marauder when the NATO invades Russia.

It's based on a book that I haven't read, so the story line is all new to me. So far, the game is challenging for many reasons. It's pretty easy to die, which makes it realistic and fun, and the translation is just horrible.

The biggest problem, as mentioned before, is the translation. Because of this, sometimes it's unclear what you are supposed to do. But it's also part of it's charm. You have no clue what are they saying, but the subtitles are ridiculous and laughable. Good Laughable.

You are called by many names by other characters, but by far my favorite is "beard".
"Hey, beard! Entrance ain't free. Gimme a five!"

Dealing with the traders is a constant source of laughter:

"Are you ill, my friend?"
"What the ♥♥♥♥ are you?"
"I'm a doctor. Was a surgeon in the hospital before, and doing the same here. Name's Gennady. So what bothers you?"
"I'm as strong as an ox. But pills could be useful. You have something for sale?"

Akhmet is cocky, but because he can. He's the soviet muslim Chuck Norris. It feels like the just added the language to make it more bad ♥♥♥, as there is NO REASON to be rude to this poor guy. Other characters use all kinds of profanities as well, just for the sake of it.

Afer the missions you go home back to your nagging wife. You are a lethal weapong with a heart of gold. All the killing you do, you do it to provide. That includes killing hobos and starving neighbours if they get on your way.

The game plays like many other tactical games, with a pause trigger that brings the game to a halt when an event requires your attention (No active task, enemy spotted, enemy heard, relevant object on your field of view, etc). Never played E5 or Brigade 7.62 but aparently they are similar (buggy as hell) but with more many guns.

It has RPG elements, specially in character leveling, where you can chose perks and specializations. There's some dialog options, but that's about it.

The AI seems pretty weak. So far I've been able to use doors and let them come to take care of most of them. As long as they don't come in mobs, it's pretty simple to get a slug through their chests. But it's always more fun to go on the hunt with your big iron balls and show them who's boss.

The levels are kinda small but they really immerse you in the game world.


Overall, worth trying it out...for the right price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Marauder/Man of Prey is not for everyone.

If you like hard strategy games like E6 Brigade and Silent Storm, if you like the idea of using ammo as currency (a la Metro) if you like gritty Soviet ruin and the pending end of the world, then get in here, Stalker, and enjoy this game.

The tactics are deep, the gameplay is challenging while still being beatable, and the story is interesting and amusing enough to make you want to stick with it.

In one mission you're getting back at someone who double-crosses you. Another you're fighting off an entire block's worth of neighbors, another you're doing work to trade for a machinegun to place in your house.

Also, check the forums to see how to set the camera to freelook. It will make your enjoyment much MUCH better.

And watch out for dogs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
The game does have some problems...it crashes, especially if you save and load a lot, translations have some issues and cutscenes will freeze up. But if you can overlook these issues and want to enjoy a great tactical game then you will have some fun. If you have played 7.62 and Jagged Alliance and liked it then you will enjoy this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Brilliant game and very underrated and unknown, yes there are a few bugs here and there but nothing major. I'm currently enjoying this game, there should be more squad turn based games like this.
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