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Spirits of Xanadu is a creepy mix of exploration and adventure that was just released, and I decided to take an early look to see if it's worth your time.

About the game (Official)
At the farthest edge of the explored universe, the research ship Xanadu slumbers in orbit around a mysterious planet. Her systems remain active but there has been no message from her crew for months. Now a lone operative has been sent to wake the Xanadu and bring her home to Earth.

Spirits of Xanadu is an atmospheric exploration game set aboard a deserted starship in an alternate 1980s. It draws inspiration from classic sci-fi films, novels, and games to create an immersive and highly interactive environment, featuring puzzles and FPS elements in the service of a unique and layered plot.

My thoughts
Never judge a book by its cover, and that saying is quite true here. While it may not look like much graphically, it has some good ideas, interesting gameplay and the awesome creepy factor going for it.

I've played it for a little while now, and there are parts to it that are really interesting. Take saving for example, you need to find a computer, and manually use the save function on it. It's an interesting way to do it, and I haven't seen too many games do something like this.

It has a little bit of combat with your single laser weapon, and it is quite basic as it seems that it's not a combat focused game. It took me half an hour to realise I could hold down the fire button to charge up the gun shots too. That was a nice little extra touch they put in. There's also a peaceful mode to the game, so you can play it without any combat if you wish, so that's another nice little extra.

I do like games that make me think a bit, and this game is all about discovery and keeping you guessing. It's quite well done as you find audio logs that help you piece together what happened, and I've figured out most of it now. The speech for the audio logs is clear and well done as well, so that's a bonus point right there.

I haven't finished it yet, and it has three different endings, so I look forward to seeing what I can make happen!

Performance has been great, with VSYNC on I've been getting a solid 60FPS and ultra smooth gameplay with all the highest settings, so that's fantastic. I didn't expect it to make my system crawl though, as there aren't too many effects going on.

Visuals wise, it's not going to win awards, and it would have been nice to see a little more variation in the rather bland textures, but for a two man team I think I can forgive them.

Final Verdict: I found it interesting, and if you like exploring and trying to figure things out for yourself, then you might like it.

Check out Spirits of Xanadu on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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stan 29 Mar, 2015
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The game has only positive reviews on Steam for now, and they say it’s inspired by System Shock 2. So I’m interested, but I’m wondering about the length of the game. If it’s done in 2 hours I’ll wait for a big sale.
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