DGA’s Early Access Corner (8/4/14)
Greetings, fellow gamers! As you may have probably guessed, it’s time for another edition of “DGA’s Early Access Corner”. Like the previous article in this series, I’ll be taking a brief look at some of the Early Access games that I’ve been gifted by their respective developers. It’s important to stress that these are NOT reviews…rather, an overview as to what they currently offer.
Darkwood – This is a top-down, free-roam RPG that aims to scare the pants off you. You’ll be able to craft, level up your character, and die in all sorts of horrific ways. I’ve been looking forward to this particular game ever since it got funded through Indiegogo about a year ago. You can find it on Steam’s Early Access program for $14.99, though there is a disclaimer under the description that the price will either remain the same or increase at launch. While there are some bugs and the game will be in development for about a year, it’s pretty playable and fun to boot.
Exodus of Sol – This space/combat sim is a little rough around the edges graphically (even at 1920×1080) and the controls take some getting used to (reminds me of Battlestar Galactica a bit), but I’m enjoying my experiences thus far. Skirmish mode, for example, introduces not only the ability to dogfight a bit but actually has some sort of resource mechanic that I don’t fully understand yet. In short, Exodus of Sol has a lot of potential. You can find it on Steam’s Early Access program for $19.99, though there is a disclaimer under the description that the price will be different at launch.
Unturned – Okay, so I didn’t exactly get a press copy for this one…though it is Free to Play. This means that you should probably go check it out regardless since there’s zero risk involved. It’s like a cross between “DayZ” and “Minecraft” in that it plays like the former but looks like the latter. It’s pretty tough, even on the easiest of difficulty modes. For being a Free to Play title, I was impressed with the amount of content the game had to offer. It still has the Early Access title on Steam, but it incredibly playable and fun as-is.