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Game News Steam Next Fest, October 2021: Demos of upcoming RPGs available from October 1st to 7th

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Blacktorch Games; Disciples: Liberation; Frima Studio; Mechajammer; Skullstone; Steam Next Fest; Urban Strife; Whalenought Studios; White Pond Games

    Compared to summer, there aren't nearly as many noteworthy demos for upcoming RPGs in this autumn's edition of Steam Next Fest. Since titles that participated in the event back then are ineligible now, that does mean we have an all new batch of demos to check out. The most notable of these is zombie survival tactical RPG Urban Strife, which is available to play publicly for the first time. Its final release has however been postponed to 2022. Anyway, here's the list:

    These and the hundreds of other demos released during Steam Next Fest will be available until October 7th, along with the usual schedule of developer livestreams and Q&A sessions. Have fun, Codex.
     
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  2. JDR13 Arcane

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    The Urban Strife demo is definitely worth playing.
     
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  3. Thonius Arcane

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    Grabin US maybe Mechajammer just to see what they did before they change style again!
     
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  4. ropetight Novice

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    Mechajammer demo is combat demo as seen from Age of Decadence or Colony Ship when they test engine at the beginning of development.
    So nothing to see here for at least two years.

    Everything looks like heavy laboured, overthinked and unneeded suffering - inventory is in some sort of isometric, all is handdrawn, engine is 3d, but sprites are pixelated sprites (ok, this actually gives game that retro look ala Doom).
    Sure, it has spirit, but after all this time... It reminds me of things FEZ developer did to make his life miserable and development harder.

    But, they implemented every cRPG buzzword from last couple of years: cover system, physics, stealth mechanics, visible rolls.
    If they add crafting and survival, we just might have a hit here.
     
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  5. 50726f73706572 Arcane Patron Developer

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    Probably too late for my game to be part of whatever this is.

    Even If I wanted to join the CIA would probably hunt me down if I appeared on stream.
    In fact I had a creature named "Cia" appear in my game very recently. That's no coincidence.

    Ofcourse it's not coincidence it's randomness! Ofcourse it's not coincidence it's randomness!
    Ofcourse it's not coincidence it's randomness! Ofcourse it's not coincidence it's randomness!
     
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  6. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    AHHHHHH! The feds run!!!
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. lukaszek the determinator Patron

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    suplice - one of those games that pick screen from 1st port, rather than what is being chosen as main. To make it worse its not something you can change in options, no thanks Im too lazy to disconnect cables

    forgive me father - based on music I think they wanted to emulate doom experience, but it doesnt really work with those tight spaces

    blood west - this one I like. Sneaking is hard up to the point you cant rely on it honestly. Wild west setting with zombies do work for me.

    fallen aces - charming but quite boring with curent state of ai. Enemies seem only capable of running towards you. You can lure them around while running in circle, while picking up random objects and keep throwing at them. Got potential

    mechajammer - feels like game I should enjoy but there is quite a feature bloat. You go through demo getting tired by prompts showing you yet another mechanic. Then suddenly its over and what you are left with is this overwhelmed feeling. I believ eit would be better without vehicles, companions and breaking boxes(that one is the worst). There seem to be character sheet but for all those random prompts, never really interacted with it

    skullstone - meh, yet another grimrock. Except I hate controlls in this one. To interact with objects you need to first pick them up. To read a letter you must place it in inventory first. To open random box, you must place it in your bag too.

    EDIT: disciples I already did in another thread

     
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  8. AndrewCC Novice

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    Spooky Milk Life seems like the Codex's kinda game.
     
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  9. Ivan Arcane

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    SpiderHeck is glorious. played w/nephew, had a blast
     
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  10. Fenix Arcane Vatnik

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    Trailer with music makes me smile. :D
    Seems liek little fun game.

    Downloading Urban Strife now.
     
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  11. lukaszek the determinator Patron

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  12. lukaszek the determinator Patron

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    urban strife - basically seem to be isometric new vegas. Casually interested and optimistic. Dialogs seem to zoom in weirdly in ultrawide

    madness: project nexus - seem like fine game to play in coop. Demo was easy up to the point where I got stuck and follower wouldnt do teh hacking. Would be even mroe fun if firearms had less ammo, thus forcing you to change more often

    unexplored2 - seem fun, exploration(as in map traversal) and survival mechanics got added. That being said I liked previous combat style more and not a big fan of running around with a staff when I wish to larp a thief
     
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  13. Ontopoly Hater of Larian

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    Skullstone has so many games they can take inspiration from in terms of UI and yet they still decided to put 4 people really small in one corner. If it didn't ruin Grimrock I guess it could work here but I feel like there are a bunch of better ways to do it.

    Don't forget drying
     
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  14. JDR13 Arcane

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    What I've tried so far...

    Urban Strife
    - Squad-based tactics games in a post-apocalyptic setting. Excellent demo. I think this game is going to be really good. Wishlisted.

    Skullstone - A Grimrock style dungeon crawler. Nice old-school RPG feel and atmosphere. Wishlisted.

    The Bookwalker - An adventure game where you have the ability to enter books and explore their worlds. You're contracted by an employer to enter different books and obtain certain items that clients are paying for. The demo features one of the books and part of another. I found it pretty interesting. Wishlisted.

    Starship Troopers - Terran Command - An RTS game in the Starship Troopers universe where you command various squads of the Mobile Infantry and carry out missions against the bugs. The demo has 3 levels. It seems competent enough, but I'm not much into the genre anymore. RTS fans will probably dig it if they like the IP.

    Dread Delusion - An open world RPG with retro graphics. I think it's supposed to be an homage to games like Morrowind and King's Field. Bizarre setting. Nice music. The demo is a little rough, and it didn't really grab me.
     
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  15. Iluvcheezcake Liturgist

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    Really looking forward to Urban strife
     
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  16. AndrewCC Novice

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    That's the movie Starship Troopers universe. Vastly less interesting than fighting bugs with power-armor elite soldiers. There was a true ST game around 2000, iirc.
     
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  17. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Damn pity no demo of skullstone on gog.
     
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  18. lukaszek the determinator Patron

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    I think I found my demo festival winner
     
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  19. Taka-Haradin puolipeikko Prestigious Gentleman Filthy Kalinite Patron

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    The Troop is quite promising WW2 platoon level turn based tactics.
     
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  20. karnak Arcane Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy Strap Yourselves In
    Brings me some Witchaven vibes.
    And also makes me wish a proper open-world RPG with these type of retro graphics was made?

    Is there any Daggerfall-type of game around? I know that stuff like Call of Saregnar are being made but I can't remember any other retro open-world games around (and not grid-based like The Quest).
     
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  21. Tyranicon A Memory of Eternity Developer

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    From Urban Strife's info blurb

    Nice.

    I really, really wish this didn't have zombies in it. A post-apoc world more along the lines of The Road would be straight :incline:.
     
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  22. ropetight Novice

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    Urban Strife looks good, could be worth playing.
    But I'm really sick of zombies.

    Zombie apocalypse always looked like lazy writing to me - I never could suspend the disbelief that they are sole reason for civilization collapse.
    Especially anything resembling to modern civilization.
    Like symptom of collapse - sure, but modern civilization brought to knees by frankly stupid, slow moving undead who are not resistant to napalm and nukes?
    Having zombie cities or pockets of territory where infection rages is perfectly fine, though.
    Portrayal of zombie infection like some kind of invincible supernatural force is silly - that is why Shaun of the Dead works that good.

    The Road, on the other hand, is frightening as it is disheartening - breaking of human spirit and devolving into cannibals because of lack of resources looks more plausible.
    I had to drink more than couple of drinks after watching movie, never got to read the book because of that.
    Adrian Smith's comic and board game Chronicles of Hate is similar in atmosphere.
    https://aiptcomics.com/2014/09/23/is-it-good-chronicles-of-hate-hc-review/
     
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