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Overview trailer for Mars: War Logs is exactly that

2013-04-18 13:45:00·  2 minute read   ·  Joseph Leray
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If Paul Atreides could shoot lightning from his hands ...

Spiders released an appropriately titled "overview trailer" for its upcoming sci-fi action-RPG, Mars: War Logs, which is also appropriately titled: there’s a war, it takes place on Mars, and you’ll be shooting, electrifying, dodging, talking, flirting, and billy-clubbing your way through it later this summer.

Narrated by Spiders CEO Jehanne Rousseau, the above-embedded trailer gives you a pretty sweeping look at Mars: the premise, the characters, the outline of the plot. I like when developers do trailers like this because it means I don’t have to.

And, just because we haven’t posted it yet, you can also find a more traditional, story-based trailer below. It’s vibrant and colorful and shows the game’s visuals off at their best.


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Whether or not Spiders can cash the checks they’re writing with these trailers remains to be seen, of course, and a raising an eyebrow at the promise of difficult choices and moral ambiguity is a safe bet with the biggest of games. To see BioWare-style ideas distilled into a smaller, more compact downloadable game is quite the prospect.

The last time we covered Mars: War Logs, it was to post a gameplay trailer that focuses on combat. Hidden in that trailer was a short explanation of the sneaking and trap-setting skills which, according to the game’s official website, can be found in the Renegade tree.

Off all the things in the increasingly broad action-RPG genre, I like nothing more than setting up a good ambush. In Dragon Age: Origins, my first step was to always clog up chokepoints with glyphs of paralysis and caltrop traps, and I was pretty disappointed by the way Dragon Age II changed those mechanics. I even liked planting Cain Trip mines all over the place as a Talon Engineer in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer.

My point, I guess, is that if Mars: War Logs makes good on its promise of letting me trick a bunch jackbooted slavers into chasing me into a minefield, I’ll be a happy Martian camper. And, really, I’ll be doing the whole planet a favor: more dead enemies means fewer mouths gulping down the planet’s limited water resources.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though: the PC version of Mars: War Logs will be available sometime next month, with PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade ports following suit at an as-yet-undetermined time.

 

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Joseph Leray is a long-time features contributor, reviewer, and (self-styled) editor-at-large for Destructoid. He lives in Nashville with a menagerie of pets and a Final Fantasy IX obsession. more


 



On Destructoid: Mars: War Logs   (5)   From our game database:

  • Review: Mars: War Logs - Jim Sterling
  • Kick up a fuss in Mars: War Logs - Fraser Brown
  • Overview trailer for Mars: War Logs is exactly that - Joseph Leray
  • Mars: War Logs still progressing, new screenshots - Conrad Zimmerman
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