Dark Future: Blood Red States hits the apocalyptic highway right now

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Another day, one other Games Workshop board game tailored to PC, however Dark Future: Blood Red States is a bit totally different from the Warhammer norm. Based on the 1988 (and clearly Mad Max-inspired) Dark Future for tabletop, it’s a tactical real-time automobile fight RPG. Rather than driving your automobile immediately, you’re successfully juggling its weapons methods, choosing lanes and speeds and prioritising targets in slow-motion whereas the automobile itself handles navigation. It’s developed by Auroch Digital (OGRE, Chainsaw Warrior, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics) and out now. See a trailer beneath.

As far as diversifications of board games go, this can be a fairly unfastened one. Dark Future was a turn-based game for a number of gamers, whereas this can be a solo pseudo-roguelike with real-time-ish fight. You take missions of various problem that put you on a strip of highway, and need to filter out waves of grunts till you possibly can face down a boss. Then you’re taking these earnings to purchase new automobile our bodies, weapons and inner methods and repeat till you make it huge or explode horribly.

The fight itself does look very entertaining. Slow all the way down to bullet time, goal that man along with your fundamental gun, then swerve to keep away from that bomb which he dropped, and hope it hits one of many two grunts driving up behind you. There’s some real-time physics components to the motion too, reasonably than simply tabletop-style cube rolls. Cars that hit explosives or different obstacles will be blown into the air or spun out and have to proper themselves earlier than getting again into the struggle.

My fundamental concern is how a lot depth there’s to the fight, and whether or not it holds up after a dozen or extra hours. It’s actually creative, however from the little footage I’ve seen, having you management a single automobile might be doubtlessly limiting in the long term. It’s one I’ll need to get my fingers on for any deeper ideas, but when nothing else, it’s an unique tackle an obscure ’80s property.

Dark Future: Blood Red States is out now for £14.99/€15.74/$18.74 on Steam.