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06-20-2018

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

“This game will not go easy on you.”

That was my warning moments before starting up the E3 demo for Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. When Brett booked this appointment for me, my mind read it as Mutant Football League so, going into E3, I was preparing myself for some football. I was going to kneel and everything. Turns out, these are a different set of mutants in a very different game.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, from developer The Bearded Ladies, is a single-player turn-based tactical role-playing game and the very first video game to based off the classic Swedish tabletop RPG Mutant. At E3, the developers actually brought with them the original rulebook, in all of its handwritten and typed glory, for the press to gawk at. They also brought the rulebook for Mutant Year Zero, which serves as the relaunch of the classic game. Unlike the original rule set, this one was written in English so I could actually understand it.

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