Vortex: The Gateway is an open world survival horror game with two game modes. If you want to survive then be alert, sneak, build and fight. Meanwhile life back on Earth changes dramatically. What changes? You will get bits of information through your adventure. Prepare for the worst!
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Release Date: Mar 22, 2016

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June 13

Update #25 - v1.1522

This update includes the following changes:

  • you can sneak closer to predators
  • increased arrow damage
  • drone slider handling balanced
  • battery pack lasts much longer

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April 14

Update #24 - v1.1520

This update includes the following changes among others:

  • machete, lighter and stone axe items can't be thrown away and they won't take any backpack space
  • stamina decrease with weapon use is less intense
  • blood effect intensity decreased
  • mind control alien spawn fix
  • some crafting related fixes
  • smoother pickup handling for regrowing items
  • full controller support
  • drone piece needed for blaster trap fixed (you have to start a new game for this to work)
  • drone slider lights turned off in blueprint mode
  • default controller triggers for attack and defend swapped
  • English localization fixes
  • Russian localization fixes
  • Hungarian localization fixes

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About This Game

Vortex: The Gateway is an open world survival horror game with two game modes.

Due to a mysterious dimension vortex you will find yourself on an alien planet. Explore, adapt, build and fight to survive. You will have to face the dangers of the planet at different times of day, at changing temperature, hungry or thirsty. You can explore spectacular and dangerous places where you always remain a prey for the local species. If you want to survive then be alert, sneak, build and fight. Meanwhile life back on Earth changes dramatically. What changes? You will get bits of information through your adventure in the story mode. Maybe you can even get back home...

In survival mode you have to take care of your friend Mike, who has a severe leg injury. You have to keep him alive and protect him from the dangers of the island. The dangerous aliens feels the weakness and will try to hunt him down. Don't let them succeed. Build and collect resources at day, plan your strategy to keep the attackers out at night. More and more might come as the days passes.

Features

  • story mode: escape from the island
  • survival mode: protect yourself and your injured friend
  • a huge, diverse and fully explorable alien island with a unique atmosphere, visuals and emblematic sceneries
  • non-generated environment, every location was designed by hand
  • dynamic day-night cycle
  • crafting system: harvest resources to create equipment by combining them together
  • building system: build shelters, fences, storage, fire, etc.
  • survival aspects: hunger, thirst, stamina, health, different temperatures, hiding
  • living fauna: more than 30 types of harmless and dangerous animals
  • collect food, water and hunt
  • some of the story elements are available already
  • atmospheric music and sounds
  • Steam achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 7790
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics cards, such as Intel HD, are not supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 8
    • Processor: Core i5 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 / AMD Radeon HD 8990
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics cards, such as Intel HD, are not supported.
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EarthlySabre
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
This can potentially be a really amazing game, it's not bad for what i've paid but i am looking forward to future updates and i hope they do more soon. The crafting system isn't to bad even though there is a limited choice at the moment, however i do like The Forest style system they have but i wouldn't mind an easier way of removing the placed blueprints, apart from that i am enjoing running away from strange noises and hunting down aliens.
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Cult of Mr.Whiskers
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
if you want horror then play the forest basically the same except some cool alien stuff in the vortex but bad graphics
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Cromley Bloatington
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME. There is a reason the price dropped.

PROS: Very nice graphics. Cool Idea.

CONS: The game consists of poor creature AI. No aiming system at all. Little to no graphics controls. You just choose low, med, high or highest. No controller settings whether its keyboard or controller, it has not settings. The DEVs stopped responding to the forums. MEMORY LEAK and RESOURCE HOG on a 16 Gig Ram system. Reviews reflecting the incorrect popular opinion.

Computer Used
Processor: 6th Generation i7
Ram: 16 Gig
Video: Dual 8 Gig - 16 Gig total
you get the idea.
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The_Black_Knight
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Currently the game has potential, especially regarding its integrated features.
"Futuristic survival game" that has a good basic GUI.
Game engine is not well optimized even with latest patch.
Creature AI needs improvement.
If the game is not properly advanced , it will not really stand out in comparison to games like Ark - Survival Evolved.
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My name is not important
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game has been in development for long enough for me to forget that I had it on my wishlist. Why does it still feel so incomplete?
The character models need some serious work, and crafting is rather awkward.

It's like they took The Forest and cross-bred it with a cheap korean F2P MMO. I'm not a fan.

As of right now, it's not worth the half price. The visuals need to be replaced and it's not obvious where you get most of the materials.
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Binomial Nomenclature
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Hey guys! How you doin' today?!
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Ersteman
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
When you look at this.. Think The Forest** without crazed, mutant tree jumping cannibals.

Think instead.. somewhat crazed, strange aliens, some who live here anyway.. and some sucked here like you and your companions via a vortex.
Dont get used to the companions.. they dont hang around long.. as in just long enough to get you started.. then.. well things happen.

Unless your playing in Survival Mode, which is you tending to a wounded comrade and trying to survive.. the only difference between the two is that instead of looking out for yourself.. your looking out for him also. I advise you dont start in that mode. I did and it does not include the helpful advice that Story Mode does.

Graphics wise.. Not bad at all.. I have seen better.. but I ve seen worse.. and its not system taxing.
It is a survival game. You save via your base house ( like a lot of them do these days )

Crafting is easy, minus the part that you have no idea where or how to get a few things you need.. but that makes it better. You are on an alien planet, you have no idea what is what. Of course you can just look it up via the information on forum etc.. But my advice.. Dont. Enjoy the not knowing at first. It is not hard to figure any of it out. Normally in the form of pick something up and then you know.

The control setup seemed confusing at first.. as the listed controls are for controler and PC both.. and I could not get them to change. But it didnt really matter because they are all standard setup anyway for KB / M

One thing I have not made up my mind about yet.. you cant sleep time. IE.. I built my house. Trust me.. night is scary right now.. like the Forest when your getting started.. but no way to fast time it. So I spent my first two nights hunkering in fear at the sounds around me, hiding behind my fire.. which thankfully seems to scare off a few critters that came running full tilt at me.. keeping my back to my hut wall.

Its not a bad play at all so far. I am even scared that my next day will be my last.. again.

BTW. Happy Birthday.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=687727843

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=687727910

** I refer to the Forest, which could be considered a competitor to this game, or vice versa simply to get the idea accross. When I say its like the Forest.. I mean it. If you recall the Forest about midway of it's EA life.. This is that, only the things that want to eat you are different. It is also a bit slower paced here, yes.. easy to die early if you have no clue.. but the enemies are not so unforgiving.

Consider this a bit more low stress. My daughter is scared to death of the cannibals. Aliens she enjoys.
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GeHirne81
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I have started playing the game during early access and just returned today and I must say I am still having a lot of fun playing Vortex. I am still far from finishing the game, basically because I am too scared to run around during night - and if you do you end up hiding in some bushes far away of your camp waiting for the daylight *G*

Anyhow I can definitely recommend this game to all the survival game fans - eventhough the story starts a bit slow it keeps getting better.
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Cyborg
( 59.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
From the few hours I've played this game, I have throughly enjoyed it. Although, I hope in the future you guys decide for a multiplayer section. I think it'd be quite nice to play with friends as well as a survial mode and story mode.
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ForgeDrake
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
First impression
The forest meets the movie predators - seems interesting
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME. There is a reason the price dropped.

PROS: Very nice graphics. Cool Idea.

CONS: The game consists of poor creature AI. No aiming system at all. Little to no graphics controls. You just choose low, med, high or highest. No controller settings whether its keyboard or controller, it has not settings. The DEVs stopped responding to the forums. MEMORY LEAK and RESOURCE HOG on a 16 Gig Ram system. Reviews reflecting the incorrect popular opinion.

Computer Used
Processor: 6th Generation i7
Ram: 16 Gig
Video: Dual 8 Gig - 16 Gig total
you get the idea.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game has been in development for long enough for me to forget that I had it on my wishlist. Why does it still feel so incomplete?
The character models need some serious work, and crafting is rather awkward.

It's like they took The Forest and cross-bred it with a cheap korean F2P MMO. I'm not a fan.

As of right now, it's not worth the half price. The visuals need to be replaced and it's not obvious where you get most of the materials.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This can potentially be a really amazing game, it's not bad for what i've paid but i am looking forward to future updates and i hope they do more soon. The crafting system isn't to bad even though there is a limited choice at the moment, however i do like The Forest style system they have but i wouldn't mind an easier way of removing the placed blueprints, apart from that i am enjoing running away from strange noises and hunting down aliens.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Currently the game has potential, especially regarding its integrated features.
"Futuristic survival game" that has a good basic GUI.
Game engine is not well optimized even with latest patch.
Creature AI needs improvement.
If the game is not properly advanced , it will not really stand out in comparison to games like Ark - Survival Evolved.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
The Island:
-- The island really is very well done. I'm running a 780Ti and have absolutely no problem pulling 60 frames per second. Its well designed and gives a lot of attention to lighting. There are numerous locations on the map to explore and discover, each with its own set of challenges, creatures, and resources to tackle. In fact, if you're going to build out everything in the game, you're going to have to do some exploring.

Survival:
-- To me, survival isn't vastly different than most games in this genre. There is hunger and thirst. Hunt for food (at least five different types discovered so far) and collect water. Yes, the game advertises other survival metrics, but they don't seem to play a huge role. Stamina is really only about how fast you can cut things down or throw a spear. You're able to sprint indefinitely. Hot vs Cold (at least in story mode) only seems to apply when walking in fire or in a couple of "cold" locations that you can quickly dip into, get what you need and get out.

Audio:
-- Aside from the voice acting (which could use some work) the audio is really solid. The island makes so many different noises from regular ambient noise to the various creatures on the island. In fact, early on, until you've learned the noises each critter makes, the audio can really keep you on the seat of your pants.

Weapons:
-- So far, I've found six weapons, I believe, which really helps in survival. So far, I haven't felt the need to build many traps.

Story:
-- The story is pretty basic, so far, but it has provided a really nice motivation to the game. Everytime I think I'm about to escape the island, I find I need to solve one more "puzzle". How do i get in here? How do I get one of those? Etc. Its given me reason to explore the island without making things seem easy.

Overall:
-- If they keep developing the game it will really shine but, as it is, its a good spend for $15ish. I think I'm about 10 hours in and can see myself spending a few more (I really want to figure out how to get off the island). Multiplayer would be a nice touch, but maybe just for survival mode, not the story.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
When you look at this.. Think The Forest** without crazed, mutant tree jumping cannibals.

Think instead.. somewhat crazed, strange aliens, some who live here anyway.. and some sucked here like you and your companions via a vortex.
Dont get used to the companions.. they dont hang around long.. as in just long enough to get you started.. then.. well things happen.

Unless your playing in Survival Mode, which is you tending to a wounded comrade and trying to survive.. the only difference between the two is that instead of looking out for yourself.. your looking out for him also. I advise you dont start in that mode. I did and it does not include the helpful advice that Story Mode does.

Graphics wise.. Not bad at all.. I have seen better.. but I ve seen worse.. and its not system taxing.
It is a survival game. You save via your base house ( like a lot of them do these days )

Crafting is easy, minus the part that you have no idea where or how to get a few things you need.. but that makes it better. You are on an alien planet, you have no idea what is what. Of course you can just look it up via the information on forum etc.. But my advice.. Dont. Enjoy the not knowing at first. It is not hard to figure any of it out. Normally in the form of pick something up and then you know.

The control setup seemed confusing at first.. as the listed controls are for controler and PC both.. and I could not get them to change. But it didnt really matter because they are all standard setup anyway for KB / M

One thing I have not made up my mind about yet.. you cant sleep time. IE.. I built my house. Trust me.. night is scary right now.. like the Forest when your getting started.. but no way to fast time it. So I spent my first two nights hunkering in fear at the sounds around me, hiding behind my fire.. which thankfully seems to scare off a few critters that came running full tilt at me.. keeping my back to my hut wall.

Its not a bad play at all so far. I am even scared that my next day will be my last.. again.

BTW. Happy Birthday.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=687727843

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=687727910

** I refer to the Forest, which could be considered a competitor to this game, or vice versa simply to get the idea accross. When I say its like the Forest.. I mean it. If you recall the Forest about midway of it's EA life.. This is that, only the things that want to eat you are different. It is also a bit slower paced here, yes.. easy to die early if you have no clue.. but the enemies are not so unforgiving.

Consider this a bit more low stress. My daughter is scared to death of the cannibals. Aliens she enjoys.
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38 of 57 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 13, 2015
--Update for v0.1019--3 JAN 16

Current build is fairly the same with an added alien speeder you can make out of twigs and alien tech.

Here are some newer points of interest:
*Over time the alien sniffing is more annoying than it is scary.
*Storage bins are not classical bags/boxes but rather bins used to throw the items in, which end up being the same as throwing them on the ground and more difficult to pick up.
*Spawn rate of the monsters has gone way up which is contradictory to what, at least I, wanted. By night 3 you are being completely over run.

--Previous Review; All points are valid--13 DEC 15
I fully recommend this game—conditionally for v0.987. My only other survival game experience is ARK and Forsaken Fortress. Thus, my survival game experience is limited to those games, so please keep that in mind.

PROS/Subjective (My Opinion)
-Scary as hell--monsters can freak the living crap out of you. I spent one of my nights on top of a rock surrounded by zombies and other aliens. Sniff* Sniff* Shriek*; is all I heard for the entire night…while trying to figure out what I was going to do in the morning.
-Great Sound Effects
-Good Graphics
-Good storyline
-Well thought out overall game design/foundation
-Structure plotting
-Entertaining resource hunting
-Fairly easy to get the hang of
-Finding Water is not as hard as people think it is, but not being able to drink or even collect beach water and filter it later is wierd to me

CON/Objective (Fact)
-Still fairly buggy because it is early access, just something buyers should to consider and be aware of.
--I have only experienced three to four blaring bugs that need fixed, sooner rather than later.

CON/Subjective (My opinion)
-No player customization
-No player skills/talents/progression of any sort
-No structure customization, just base design (*all structures are pre-designed and only require X amount of resources to build. Player made structure/plotting designs would be awesome and fix this CON for me)
-Very limited weapons choices
-Limited resource selection/variety
-Only one save file
-Currently no multiplayer
-Alien spawn rate needs to be adjustable on "new game" or within an options menu. Possibly an ability to disable it completely for those who want to just “build a base” and get to know the game for a few hours.
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73 of 122 people (60%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
If you enjoyed The Forest from early development days, can expect a similar experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isFh_IHjmP0
Game starts off with an office party, news is being broadcast on tv about worm holes appearing around the planet. As the warning about the latest location is announced one happens to appear locally. Moments later you blackout, followed by waking in what seems to be another dimension, dreamworld or perhaps limbo. Might sound a little same old but it's quite well presented some of what separates Vortex from other survival sims imo.

After waking you find belongings scattered about, collecting these helps to guide you further. Each item picked up automatically shows available blueprints, giving ideas for crafting and your next objective. Like most survival sims, the objective is to survive. Surprise! In daylight most animals encountered were seemingly passive, setting up the initial camp wasn't too challenging. When things get dark however, the game changes, things go bump in the night. While minding your own business and harvesting resources, don't be too surprised when a giant vortex appears over head dropping headhunting aliens into the world. Other then watching enemies, will need to satify your hunger, thirst along with keeping warm. Nothing too complex, personally I like that. Saving could be done using a tent or house once it was setup, did not run into any problems with loading or corruption.

Performance could be improved but quite respectable given the amount of detail on screen. If using a low-end system the game should still be playable. Runs on unity, screen resolutions of 4k+ were supported along with the standard quality settings, no options available in-game at this time. Another pretty solid survival sim, which makes two in a week, almost gives me some faith in steam again (almost!). Copy was provided by developer, doesn't change my thoughts. Cheers.

BRIEF LAUNCH EDIT:
Uploaded fresh gameplay if anyone is interested
Performance is a bit hit/miss, otherwise I'd still recommend it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuyvI09u3O4
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115 of 199 people (58%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
This game is aiming for a catostrophic crash! It will be "Negative" before the weeks out. It had alot of potential to be a great game but it has been released officially way too soon.

My only thought on why they would do this is to get as much money from the game as they can and move onto other projects. Which is sad. As well as the laughable story "Acting" the game runs terribly, I have a great specs
GPU: GeForce GTX 980
CPU: AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor
Memory: 16 GB RAM

And I didn't get above 30 FPS on max settings. haven't tried lower but I shouldn't really have to. (Not meaning to sound pretencious)

I'm sorry to see this game seemingly "given up on" but I can't reccomend it now, I just can't. Don't waste your money
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51 of 84 people (61%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 7, 2015
Alright at first thought this may be just another survival game with lizards but this one totally caught me by suprise. Here is what I am loving about this game so far:

Performance- Running maxed out and getting about an average of 40 fps (gtx780, 16 gigs ram, i7, etc.). No crashes or bugs as of this posting. While good probably will continue to need optimization as it develops.

Visuals- Game looks fantastic and very atmospheric (great work on the skybox as well).

Sound- This is where the game is a 10/10 already! The sounds in this game will have you on the seat of your pants especially at night. Not to much and not too little just enough to get your imagination running wild.

Environment- Plenty of area to explore, great foliage, various animals to hunt, creatures that hunt you (very scary at night), Resources are available but you do have to venture out and explore. Hope to see island/landmass increase over time as indicated.

Crafting- Works well but UI could use some fine tuning and current carrying capacity should/could be either increased or allow for additional containers to be crafted. You can craft a storage container out of bamboo but doesn't seem to currently offer option to store extra items (bug?).

Resource (water/food)- Food seems to be plentiful but the water is currently hard to find and limited. I do think the water consumption rate needs to be looked at as it depleates too fast in my opinion. Will be nice to see more animals added that you can hunt (really fun).

Story- Yes there is actually a story/plot! While limited now I hope to see this expanded upon...where are we? Why are we here? Can we escape back to Earth? etc. etc.

Here are two videos from my livestreams that will give you a good sense of how the game is as of this posting:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_clRwKGyXY4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgG_HCkJ9_U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pyMR-G7XVU
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