Anatomy of a poor choice

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May 282013

Mars: War Logs is a confusing game on many levels. It’s set on another planet far in the future, but most of the fighting involves whacking dudes with a glorified stick. The player never sees the game’s only real “war”, and instead deals mainly with an internecine conflict concerning the main character Roy’s guild. Yet, in the end, even the internal power struggles turn out not to have been the driving force for the game’s violence. In a way, it’s the anti-Mass Effect: a story of a minor player in a low-tech future where war is motivated by petty selfishness. [Read more…]