This game is great.... so much so, that the featured a quote from my review on the store page.
That review can be found at the link or below. http://www.gamersdailynews.com/article-3039-Wasteland-Angel-Review-PC.html
Stop lopping off heads on Dead Island Review. Quit hacking terminals in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Don’t pass out waiting on Half Life 2 episode 3. Yes these games are amazing, but if you only play Triple A titles, then you are sure to miss out on what I am calling the most fun game that I have played this year, Wasteland Angel.Wasteland Angel - weaponized cars? Alright!
Wasteland Angel is the first release for game developer Octane Games, and what a heck of a way to come out of the gate. This game has everything that it you need to make an awesome game: guns, cars, apocalypse, huge bosses, power ups, and most importantly…..FUN.
Now some of you may remember reading the preview for this game a couple months ago. To be perfectly honest, after writing that, I stopped playing this game. The slew of big name games coming out this year grabbed my attention and I was sucked in. But upon the full release of Wasteland Angel, I went back to see what had changed. Immediately, my memory was jogged and I have been playing this game non-stop.Wasteland Angel Story
After World War 3, the world fell into chaos. Most everyone had died in the war, but those who lived had to fight for survival. Some survivors formed gangs, some joined an evil militia, and were mutated into grotesque creatures by the excess radiation in the world. All of these people had one goal. To kidnap, kill, and steal supplies from the innocent people who huddled together in small towns and villages in the post-war wasteland.This is where you come into play. You take the role of Angel; a butt kicking heroine who is in search of a lost friend. She is driving across the country in heavily armored and weaponized vehicle that she lovingly calls Gypsy. As she makes her way across the country and stops at these towns to search for her friend, Angel takes a moment to help the townspeople out and fight off the never ending swarm of villainous thieves that try to steal what they have both day and night.Wasteland Angel Gameplay
This game is the best driving shooter since Twisted Metal 2. The top down view lets you see what is coming from every direction. At the beginning of every level, waves of enemies will set out to destroy you and the city. As you fight, you can earn weapon power ups and armor upgrades to help you in your fight.
Your trusty ride Gypsy starts out with twin mounted machine guns. As you earn upgrades you increase your rate of fire, shoot incendiary ammo, and even go as far as to mount an additional machine gun and rocket launcher to the car. All of these upgrades will make the game total carnage on the easiest setting, but on harder difficulties they are absolutely necessary to survive.
The enemies will have different vehicles as you make your way across the country. On the West Coast, the baddies drive dune buggies and vans. But as you make your way to Middle America you will start to see rednecks driving tractors and school buses. Even though the vehicles look different, you have 3 basic classes of enemies.
Killers have only one purpose; to shoot and kill you. These enemies are fast and have mounted guns of their own. Slavers are bigger vehicles (large vans and school buses) that have no weapons with which to harm you. But don’t take them for granted. These guys will pull up to the city walls and start to load up the innocent towns folk. If you don’t kill these guys quick they will drive off with all of your people. One type of enemy the game refers to a “Duals”. I prefer to call them sneaky buggers. Duals can perform either of the tasks of the first two types of enemies. They are mounted with heavier weapons than the killers, but they also can kidnap the people. These vehicles should be watched closely.
Every section of America that you stop at consists of 4 levels. The first two levels are basically the same. In both, you must defend the town. The only real difference I can see is that the first level is in the daylight and the second takes place at night. The third level is always the boss fight. Bosses are massive vehicles with a ridiculous amount of health and hugely overpowered weapons. To beat these guys will take more than just your guns. It will take super weapons.
Super weapons are limited in number, and there is a huge variety of these to pick up. From land mines to napalm, from EMPs to Atom bombs, these weapons will be your best defence against the never ending hoard of enemies and powerful bosses.
The fourth and final level of every section takes a different course. Instead of being from a top down view point like the other levels, the “Bonus level” puts you in the driver seat of Gypsy. This is probably my favorite type of level on the game. And with the constantly changing enemies, and gameplay types, this game never gets old.Wasteland Angel Improvements
When I played the preview copy of Wasteland Angel, I thought I was playing the final version of the game. This left me with a little disappointment because of a couple bugs in the initial release. But coming back and playing the full release of the game, it seems that Octane Games has stepped it up.
There used to be several glitches in the game; including one that prevented you from firing your weapons on some of the later levels of the game. The new release seems to have all of these glitches fixed. It is so nice to see a game be released in good form these days with all of the kinks ironed out before you play.
There also seems to be some graphical improvement. I played both the Preview and the full game on the exact same PC. The full game looks so much smoother and the lighting effects look 10 times better. The only setting that the developer added was a shader setting. But I am sure that they must have done something behind the scenes to make this game look so much better.Final Thoughts
I feel sorry for people who look down on indie games. I have played a lot of big name titles this year from big developers, and a lot of independent releases from small companies. Nine times out of ten, the big companies are motivated by profits and will release games that are full of bugs and glitches knowing full well that you will buy them because of their name. But indie developers don’t get a second chance from people, so when they put out a game, most of the time it is high quality. Of all the games I have played this year, some have been intense, some have been thrilling, and some have been down right crap. But of all of them, Wasteland Angel is pure unadulterated fun. I guess we forget sometimes that fun is what gaming is all about.
Reasonably priced at $9.99, and 20% off for a limited time, you can’t go wrong with this purchase. Hope you guys get to have the fun that I did with this game.