PC - Harbinger

PC - Harbinger
Genre: Action/RPG
Players: multiple

The skies darken as Harbinger enters a solar system, dwarfing planets and leaving devastation in its wake. Entire civilizations are cleansed, planets eliminated. The majority of the survivors fill the ship's work camps. Those less fortunate are released to the laboratories where vicious experiments eventually rid them of their sanity. But a few have escaped and formed an underground society deep within the forgotten levels of the behemoth. Equipped only with what they can scavenge, the denizens of the wastelands must resist the relentless patrols sent for them. A ship this size has many places to hide and much technology to exploit.

That is where you come in. A member of a small raider community, these corridors are the only home you've known. You've been living on scraps with enemies on all sides. Death is always a misstep behind. Sometimes you do the Overlord's dirty work. Sometimes you do your own. We live by unspoken laws down here and the blood hungry are never far behind. This is your destiny. The choices you make now will affect everything from here on. Choose wisely.

- Unique science fiction setting.
- Three character classes - Each offering a unique play experience.
- Advanced artificial intelligence, which promotes unpredictable game play.

Harbinger is an RPG with a difference, normally this type of game has a fantasy setting, magic swords scary monsters etc, but the use of Sci-Fi settings makes a nice change.

Set on board a giant space ship the player basically starts off running a few errands for various people around a settlement in some part of the ship, this starts of nice and easy to allow the player to get a feel for the controls. After a while a storyline begins to develop and the player meets more inhabitants of the settlement and surrounding areas, and the bad guys get progressively more dangerous.

It becomes necessary for the player to develop strategies to keep their character alive; running head long into large groups of opponents isn't always the best plan.Travel to the various areas is done via the "Umbilical" system, the name says it all.The Interface allows you to pull up character information, inventory etc. it is very sci-fi gadget like, with little screens popping out all over the place making little electro-mechanical whirring sounds as they do so, small touches like this tie in the Sci-Fi feel.Overall a good game for RPG fans, worth a look.

Karl Andersson


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