'Arduous West' is getting some Frankenstein-esque DLC subsequent week
The flip-based mostly tactical shooter Exhausting West is getting a reasonably sizeable enlargement quickly referred to as Scars of Freedom. If you have not already performed it you possibly can learn our preview, however the easiest rationalization of Exhausting West is that it is lots like XCOM, however with a really wealthy narrative, a Bizarre West (assume Wild West with demons) setting and a ton of further gameplay parts.
Scars of Freedom does not relate to the primary recreation’s story in any respect. It is set in the identical world, however with new characters and a brand new time interval. Slightly than, as in the primary recreation, having Demise narrate the journey, the 2 playable characters are their very own narrators. And the story they inform borrows liberally from the likes of Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau, and different reanimation / physique modding lore.
The primary character is Libertee, a slave who’s mortally wounded whereas escaping imprisonment and enhanced with out her consent by a loopy physician sort. By “enhanced,” developer CreativeForge means “stitched collectively from a number of physique elements.” And the second is — you guessed it — that loopy physician, Physician Gorman. His actual motivations are unclear, however he is not an archetypal villain, and he finally ends up working along with LIbertee towards a nefarious group generally known as the “Masked Docs.”
A lot of the recreation’s core mechanics are intact. You will nonetheless have a map view, and though this time it isn’t centered on prospecting, you will nonetheless be accumulating assets and making selections that may influence the trail you’re taking by means of the sport. Primary fight stays the identical as nicely, however maybe probably the most memorable factor about Arduous West — the poker-based mostly perks system — has been changed. Befitting the narrative shift, as an alternative of choosing playing cards to decide on perks, you will be discovering and shopping for organs or physique elements which may show helpful. Examples of elements you possibly can throw in are an “iron abdomen” of a federal marshal that gives additional braveness, or a bull’s coronary heart that will increase your vitality. Primarily, you will be turning Libertee right into a monster within the identify of enhancing her fight stats.
There are seven new missions within the Scars of Freedom state of affairs, and the diploma of problem has been elevated over the primary recreation. It’s going to launch on March third for $2.ninety nine on PC, Mac and Linux, though unique backers of the sport on Kickstarter are entitled to a free DLC key. That is a low worth for a substantial quantity of content material, however in fact that you must personal the unique recreation to play the DLC. Speaking of the unique recreation, it’s going to get an enormous replace of its personal on March third, which can repair some excellent points and in addition supply some new play modes.