You ever hear of games that fly completely under your radar? Gunfire Games may have the most under the radar game that there ever was, as this month will see the release of Remnant: From the Ashes. A game that so far has been met with the following response from gamers:
I know right? It looks superb, has been in development for a good chunk of time and it deserves more love when it launches in a week. So if you’re keen to try something different but you want the lowdown on what to expect, here’s a quick primer on everything that you need to know about this post-apocalypse shooter that blends a little of the ol’ Dark Souls influence with the addictive grind of an RPG where numbers do matter.
What’s it about?
So Earth is kind of buggered thanks to a recent apocalypse that unleashed hordes of nightmare fuel monsters upon the surface of the planet. The years went by, most of humanity was wiped out like a selection of booze at a wedding with an open bar and only a handful of survivors remain. As one of these Remnants, it’s up to you to continue not being dead as you scavenge the land for parts while fending off the hordes of creatures who have emerged as the most alpha of predators on the planet.
Who can I play as?
You’ve got three choices friendo! Here’s a quick breakdown on each of the character archetypes
Scrapper – Your tanky option, the Scrapper goes in close for the kill and utilises close-quarters weapons to deal heavy damage. Scrappers also have the Hot Shot mod, which allows them a high chance of setting their foes on fire with incendiary ammo.
Hunter – For the marksman amongst you, Hunters keep the fight at a distance with their sniping skills. Hunter’s Mark is a mod that allows the class and allies to see enemies through walls so that they can finish them off before they get too close.
Ex-Cultist – Your mid-range support class specialist, the Ex-Cultist is a versatile survivor whose Mender’s Aura mod allows them to heal players within their vicinity.
What can I do?
SHOOT EVERYTHING. Primarily a third-person shooter, you’ll be doing a lot of killing and a whole lot of dying along the way. You’ll need to equip some solid gear along the way, upgrade it to make you more powerful and take on high-level bosses for the best loot. Your arsenal can also be upgraded, with crafted materials, weapon mods and passive Traits that will help you ding that level up meter along the way. Also, two other players can join you along the way so that you can all die horribly when demons overwhelm your measly offense.
What do Traits and Mods do?
Oh these items are nifty. Traits allow you to boost everything from your endurance to the rate at which you can accrue experience points, and are tied to Trait Ranks that you pump points into. Perform well, earn Trait points and invest them in a skill tree of your choice to make your character more powerful.
Mods on the other hand, allow you to alter the performance of your weapons. Every weapon has a mod slot, and the mods on offer range from radioactive volleys that pepper your enemies with ricocheting bullets to demon-seeking rounds from some of the more exotic options on offer. While there are plenty of Mods out there, the very best are hidden away by bosses inside the game, which means that you’ll have to engage in some high risk for high rewards.
What kind of weapons are available?
Lots! Every character starts with a primary trio of weapons: A handgun, a long gun and a melee weapon for scraps. While each character class specialises in a certain range of combat, the general idea is that all players will have an option available to them no matter where a monster is when they hunt them down and cycle through their arsenal to use the best tool for the job at hand.
Weapons are powerful to begin with, but the aforementioned mods will make them god-slayers by the time you’re done.
What’s the game world like?
BRUTAL. There’ll be four main zones to explore in total:
Each zone has its fair share of dangers and secrets, but the catch here is that no playthrough will ever be the same. Each zone is dynamically generated in every instance, which means that you’ll be dropped into a new zone of monsters, public events and environments to explore. Neat! There’s also your home away from the hellhole, Ward 13.
This public space will allow you to restock, chat to survivors and learn more about the world of Remnant: From the Ashes.
When, where and how I can play Remnant: From the Ashes?
August 20 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and probably badly when you YOLO your first mission and get maimed.
Last Updated: August 13, 2019