A Total Review of the Newly Released Game Displaced
Displaced Game Review
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Strategy, Survival, Narrative
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Release Date: July 26, 2017
Story: Imagine living in a war-torn country where the only chance to survive is to leave. Introducing Displaced, a new survival PC game. The game starts off in an apocalyptic scene of a war between separatist and the government. The war has escalated to such a degree that everyone is force to fend for themselves. The streets of a once prosperous hometown, Clemont, are now filled with desolated scavengers and gangs.
Objective: Your mission in the game is to lead a group of civilians out of the country. The journey is time sensitive since the fight zone expands while in gameplay, you need to leave before it reaches you. Given the option of 3 ways to leave the country – an immigration center (land), the airport (air) and the port (water). Raging from easiest to hardest, your fate and that of the group, starts with this decision.
Gameplay: Moving on let me tell you a little bit about the gameplay. Once launched, the game starts off with the character selection menu. This is the where you choose 5 civilians from the 6 that are available at the beginning. Later on it prompts the main screen, which is a map. Implemented in this map there are a couple key features, one of them is clouds covering unexplored areas. You also have an energy bar, a stats box in upper left corner and several small icons that serve purpose to certain aspects of survival. I would like to point out this is similar to a point and click mechanics, so it’s very straightforward to new gamers.
While traveling throughout the terrain you have basic but critical decisions. Some of these include, staying ( in the area ), fighting (other groups usually, hiding (groups), and scavenging (for objects). As you choose your actions, the path that you pick might lead to death or survival. Not only does this involves the player’s strategies but it also draws on your critical thinking. Let me elaborate, while you decide what actions you take, you have to take in critical consideration your stats. Despite your forward moving, gameplay without proper food and rest means your civilians won’t be able to survive and some may die on this journey. My personal advice keep your stats up and keep a steady pace.
Visuals: First of all this is a strategy, survival, decision-making game with great visuals. The design of the water painting alone is a great attribute that would bring in those indie game inclined gamers, like myself.
In the image above you can see and example of the painting of a character in this case, Adel the layer.
Along with the smooth gameplay, the narrative is good and the appealing visuals enhance the experience.
Needs Improvement : Not everything is perfect and along with all the great things this game has here are a few pointers. The combat phases of the game can get easy and sometimes predictable, and in the traveling phases along the narrative it can get repetitive. Those two aspects of the game, in my opinion, need to be addressed along with maybe making the game more challenging.
Overall this game is good for its price point and good way to have some challenging fun. Let me tell y’all that is what it is all about folks– having fun!