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HROT - Quake-inspired shooter set in socialist Czechoslovakia

Riskbreaker

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Latest update added another new map, E2 is supposed to be 50% done content-wise.
  • added a new map "Factory farm" so the first half of Episode 2 is now available
  • music volume balanced
  • a lot of details improved
  • "World Peace" achievement replaced with "Not a scratch" (more fun and usable in all levels)
 

Curratum

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Riskbreaker beat me to the punch.

So um. In just over 12 months, the dev managed to release half of an episode. Which means, assuming the same pace is kept, the full game will be out in Q1 2024.

Thank goodness for early access boomer shooters...
 

toughasnails

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So um. In just over 12 months, the dev managed to release half of an episode. Which means, assuming the same pace is kept, the full game will be out in Q1 2024.
I assume he won't release the entire episode this way, maybe the rest of it will be released in one big update. And you shouldn't conclude that he is making these maps one by one, only starting the next once the previous one is released, rather than all or most of them being in some stage of completion by now.
In any case, this is developed by one guy, not even a small team, in his free time. So some slack ought be cut...
 

Riskbreaker

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New update plus ETA for the rest of E2.
  • melee kick (default key: LShift)
  • portable medikit (default key: 0) - bottle of wine Bušek
  • lightning gun improved (good for groups)
  • ball lightning launcher currently canceled
  • 4 new items added
  • grandma's sweeping machine (e2m4)
  • sickle double damage after collect Pioneer of socialism
  • motorcycle model improved
  • faster weapons change
  • bestiary
  • boss healthbar improved
  • persistent console command history (up/down)
  • various bugs fixed and optimizations
[*] maybe a new bugs

Episode 2 is still not done - planned date is 22 June....
 

Lemming42

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Loving this game a lot more than I thought I would, one of the most straightforwardly enjoyable of the throwback shooters. Just beat the level "Granny's Valley", here's my reaction:

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Bad Sector

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This has to be the first boomer shooter i follow that will get out of early access.

(no really, there are too many of them stuck in EA hell, i was looking for some game recently that had a Quake 1 sci-fi/base or Quake 2 vibe and the only game i could find that wasn't in Early Access was Perilous Warp - which i already finished months ago and was very short)
 

Fargus

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Yeah, it's always nice to see early access dev who isn't a lazy, worthless cocksucker that makes little progress but hundreds of excuses instead. It's out now, lads.

https://steamcommunity.com/games/824600/announcements/detail/6248225912170906086
HROT is finally out of Early Access!
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Dear attendees,

We have convened here to commemorate our latest, albeit modest, collective triumph.

Allow me to commence by expressing my profound gratitude to all of you who have, through your active participation and unwavering commitment, contributed to the advancement of this remarkable endeavor. Your unwavering support, unwavering trust, and invaluable feedback have not gone unnoticed.

Furthermore, I wish to extend my tremendous appreciation to the indefatigable Discord community. Without your tireless dedication and ceaseless efforts, our mutual objectives would have remained beyond our grasp. I extend my heartfelt gratitude for the arduous toil you undertake day in and day out.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the creators of online content, whose videos and streams on social media platforms serve as a beacon of inspiration for our younger generations. Your tireless endeavors constitute the very essence of our future and the development of our progeny.

Let us not overlook those who have generously shared their thoughts and experiences regarding this game through Steam reviews. Together, we forge a community founded upon the principles of collaboration and collective wisdom.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I wish to express my gratitude to the denizens of Twitter for their invaluable contributions. Your enthusiastic retweets and impassioned expressions of opinion contribute to the creation of a society wherein every voice is heard.

I extend my sincerest thanks for your unwavering loyalty, and I fervently hope that we shall continue our triumphant march forward, constructing brighter horizons for all who dwell in this noble pursuit.

Spytihněv

 

SharkClub

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Strap Yourselves In
I beat it today. It was pretty good, a solid 7/10. Definitely worth playing if you're into this kind of game. There's a lot of sewer level/underground/bunker action but it's pretty competent and I really liked the outdoor areas despite not understanding any of the czech commie lore plastered everywhere. Actually found the (episode 2 & 3 mainly) boss fights to be quite difficult on the Very Hard difficulty, which is something after Dusk (and most other throwback shooters) was so easy on its equivalent (the highest non-bullethell difficulty).
 

Kabas

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Tried it, it's good. Not the most amazing boomer/old-school/whatever shooter but pretty solid.
I appreciate that there is no bullet sponges so far and the lack of any issues concerning the optimization.

You can also hold a bottle of wine with you which acts as a portable medkit, neat.
 

Bad Sector

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Someone please explain to me how this got done by one guy yet Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is still in early access Hell.

Based on what i saw posted (mainly by skacky), my understanding is that Wrath lacked an engine and tools programmer to provide the designers and gameplay programmers with the functionality they'd need. Also Quake 1 was most likely not that great of an engine choice even for retro 3D purposes as QuakeC is very limited. Quake 2 or even better Quake 3 would have been a better "retro engine" - especially the Quake 3 engine since unlike id's other engines, it was actually designed to be used by 3rd party developers. Of course an engine programmer could also get rid of QuakeC from Quake 1 but Quake 2 already did that anyway.

In comparison Ion Fury had no such issue because the Voidpoint's main programmer is also EDuke32's main programmer who has worked with the Build engine for years. And the HROT developer made everything by himself, engine included, so he wouldn't have the issues the Wrath developers faced.
 

Lyric Suite

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i always found qauke 1 engine ugly af but this game is pretty fun and creepy.

This game looks substantially worse than Quake 1 ever did so engine has nothing to do with it.

That said, it's not so bad once you see the game in motion. At least it looks consistent in what it tries to do, and use of shadows in places also helps a bit.

If the gameplay is good and the level design isn't shit i wouldn't mind giving it a spin.
 

Kabas

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Just completed the game
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My opinion of the game actually improved as the levels went by with the third episode ending up being my favourite. A very good game.
What the fuck was that final level tho?
 

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