In the future, fungi will be evil.
That is the lesson taught by The Final of Us and now Failed State is doubling down on the warning.
Rose, survivor of a zombie plague that has decimated humanity, is biking her way across the nation to prevent becoming turned into drooling, mushroom-wearing monster. At least, that is the game’s premise in practice Failed State is in early access so you just get a chunk of monster-bashing, resource-scavenging action.
Failed State shares the retro stylings of Lone Survivor and other 2D survival horror games, even though the game does take you beyond your personal apartment this time. Barring the odd flashback, the early access version of the game has you selecting by means of a supermarket and, irrespective of whether you want to or not, meeting up with a couple of fellow survivors.
Mercifully, the chunk of the game I played took location at evening, which means I didn’t have to resort to waving a flashlight about, even though that didn’t make enemy encounters any much less difficult.
Regardless of becoming thrown into the apocalypse, a lot of survival horror protagonists are surprisingly adept at employing guns. Not so Rose she’s much less adept at toting guns than your typical lone survivor, and it shows. Shooting a shambling mushroom-man in Failed State is a difficult affair and bullets are scarce, which is why I discovered myself defaulting to melee weapons.
The a single issue I did have with Failed State’s combat is that the game tended to spawn enemies exactly where there had been none prior to. Considering the fact that the game is 2D, you can obtain your self penned in by a scripted enemy, even if you inched your way by means of the level, searching for encounters. I’m hoping the final game will be a small fairer when it comes to possessing infected, shambling humans get the drop on you.
The game’s shop description is a small unwieldy – “You get the motorcycle and now you are attempting to outrun the death” – but there are somewhat couple of translation oddities in the game itself. Speaking of Failed State‘s motorcycle, it appears to be a lot more of a place-linking item than an actual car so I doubt the game’s going to step on Days Gone’s toes.
As a taste of issues to come, Failed State has piqued my interest. Its Russian stylings lend it a faintly alien atmosphere (for non-Russians, at least) which might properly assistance it to stand out. And I’m searching forward to finding out how this setting ties into the plot which, throughout my playthrough, threw up the odd intriguing moral dilemma.
There’s no definite release date for Failed State but if you want to assistance it on Steam, it is accessible for much less than the value of a pint.