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Dark Matter 2.5D Survival Horror Now On Steam For Linux

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Dark Matter (Steam Link) is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely...

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  • 14 levels in a gritty tale of deep space survival
  • 4 weapons, each with 4 ammo types. Elemental ammo effects that allow you to freeze, dissolve, electrocute or set fire to your enemies.
  • Four craftable upgrades to customize your weapons.
  • Collect scrap and alien resources to craft your own tools and health packs.
  • Invest in the weapons and upgrades you prefer, develop your own combat techniques.
  • Non-linear exploration and storytelling with complex enemy AI that reacts to the player’s actions and tactics.
  • Light and darkness are integral parts of gameplay, not just visual touches.
  • Uncompromisingly real-time lights and shadow casting for spine-tingling moments of pure, darkness-fuelled terror.
  • Clean, hand-painted textures and custom shading techniques are combined in a unique visual style.
  • Dynamic soundtrack that adapts to gameplay circumstances.

Do absolutely love the look of this it's a must have for me, reminds me quite a bit of the "Aliens" film series.

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s_d Oct 17, 2013
Wow, that's a chilling trailer!!  I love the painterly look of the watercolor background... really a cool way to invoke an atmosphere of side-scrolling action-adventure, very cinematic.

The alpha gameplay trailer reminds me a lot of Abuse from the late 90's, but with some differences, mainly modern graphics and a slower pace to allow for puzzles and story elements.

It does seem that Steam is the only way to buy the Linux version (apparently they distribute exclusively on Steam and GOG).
scaine Oct 17, 2013
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That was some of the best voice acting I've heard in ages. That trailer gave me the chills. Dublin beckons this weekend, but I think I'm buying this for my return. Superb.
manny Oct 17, 2013
glad they made it, awesome game.
Bumadar Oct 20, 2013
Seems to be a 4 hour game with a crap ending, steam forums are pretty upset about this, more info at
s_d Oct 21, 2013
Wow, another take on it from Game Informer:

Really looks to me like they should have marked it as an episodic adventure platformer, and put this version up on Early Access, with the caveat that they're working on it.  As it stands, they've already changed the "ending" once, and are going to do so again (i.e., give it a proper cinematic).  That marks it "unfinished", to me, regardless of the length and polish of the content.

They should have hired their trailer video team to create an ending cinematic in precisely that art style, and with similar voiced narration, and probably priced it below $15.
Lord Avallon Oct 22, 2013
I was waiting very much for this game, but I am a little disapointed because of what I read here, it looked very promising to me.
abelthorne Oct 23, 2013
I've heard about the "ending issue" on several websites (BTW, you can update the article: the game has been pulled off from Steam due to being unfinished) and while I've read that most of the staff of Interwave have been laid off in august, I didn't realize that they were behind Nuclear Dawn too. I've just come across an article from NoFrag (french website, article in french too: that says that given the situation, it's unlikely we see new updates for Nuclear Dawn.

Given the fact that Linux support was planned for the next update, do you have information about this? Is ND's development stopped too?
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