Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fallen Earth (game) - My thoughts

This is what I have been up to. Was hooked onto this muggle game for quite a while although it was released a while ago (okay, a really long while ago). Am still hooked to it actually.

What is it about? This game is set in an apocalyptic world in the future. We have progressed and regressed at the same time. Technology is advanced and yet it is primitive (to a certain extend at least). You go about your way as a clone. Once dead, the clone technology called LifeNet will reproduce another clone, downloading your memories from the collar into the new "body". The collar stores all your memories and is thereby the major indicator of clones.

The format of the game is similar to the Godfather or Grand thief auto. There is a main story line that happens but you do not have to follow it if you don't want to. There are many side quests and missions to complete for items, knowledge, money. The currency in the game uses chips (as in poker chips), and you'll get a certain amount when you are first introduced into the world. Sell items you've salvaged or harvested around the area to earn chips.

There is a crafting system in which you craft items like armor, clothes, weapons, food,  and more. The knowledge that you gain from some missions or purchase through merchants will "unlock" the ability to craft the items. Besides that, you'll need to improve your skills in order to be able to craft those items. So, it's not as simple as it sounds and yet it isn't that difficult. As you can see in the picture, these are the cooking recipes. The cooking skill determines the skill level for example 36 in this case, allows you to craft the Grilled Chicken (if you have the correct ingredients, shown at the bottom) and the Grilled Goat. You are unable to craft the Grilled Rabbit and the Kingman Kebab (both does sound delicious to a certain extend, or maybe that's because I'm hungry now).

Muddling around the world for a while, and you'll be able to get help from the "help" chat and if you're lucky enough, you might be able to find some helpful players willing to help out those who are struggling. It does take a while to be familiar with all the controls and the shortcuts to certain interfaces but once you are pass that, this game can be quite fun.

There are also fractions and clans for one to take part in. It is after all a multiplayer game (a game where multi players are playing at the same time. So you're not only interacting with the computer players, you're interacting with real life players from around the world).

The picture illustrates the different fractions available in the world. There are many subfractions but we shall not touch on that. The top half of the circle are fractions supposedly wanting the world back in order, the "good" people. The bottom half of the circle, wants the world free, the "bad" people. The words on the red lines show the main goal or ideal that the fraction. For example, the enforcers believe in order while the Chota believes in chaos. The red lines also tell you which fractions are archenemies. The surrounding fractions are allies. An example is, the enforcers' allies are the light bearers and the techs, they are also arch enemies with the Chotas and so on.

The open world concept of allowing a player to chose whatever they want to do and living with those choices, among the world of enemies is challenging and yet enjoyable for those who love such games. It is an engaging game that sucks you into a world of fantasy where your skills and sociability are tested.

I can see why this game might be so popular to muggles. As a wizard, I sometimes find myself wondering about what it's like in other worlds. I guess this is a good indicator of the type of games I find fun. Perhaps some of you might want to check it out. Let me know and I might share my username.

As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or just say hi!

Lord Severus

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