Mars is not an unfamiliar setting for games. Way back in 1988, games such as Mars Saga
and Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
were the first to take gamers to the Red Planet. Familiar franchises like DOOM
kept us away from Earth through the 90's, while Red Faction
and Zone of the Enders
colonised the planet through the last decade. The trend continues with Spiders' latest XBLA offering, Mars: War Logs
An unspecified catastrophe has befallen Mars. A century after this event, water has become a prized resource with several companies fighting over the important commodity. Roy Temperance, the game's protagonist, is a renegade caught up in the midst of the perpetual war.
In this action-RPG, Roy's multiple talents and combat style can be developed by choosing among "dozens of skills and perks". The real-time combat will see players face many Martian creatures. Equipment can be crafted and modified. The destiny of the Mars colonists will be influenced by dialogue player choices, actions and decisions.
The game will be making an appearance at this week's Gamescom event -- we'll bring you more information as we find it.Mars: War Logs
is due to be released in 2013.