Mechs, a strange and exotic planet and equally exotic but dangerous living beings. No, it’s not about Avatar, although there are some similarities between the film and The Riftbreaker. Luminous plants, for example, or mechanical and heavily armed combat suits. And just like in the James Cameron film, we as humans are only here to rob the planet of its precious resources.
The developers at EXOR Studios rely on a wild mix. Different genres are combined here: Tower Defense, Action RPG and Hack & Slash share the title among themselves and the result is a really good game that provides a few hours of fun. But what is it actually about?
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Story isn’t necessarily The Riftbreaker’s greatest strength (buy now € 25.99). However, it is also not important and does not take up much space. Only a few conversations in English can be heard from time to time. Players who expect a rousing SciFi story should be warned.
But who needs a good reason to break into strange worlds and blast or chop up everything that is not with three on the fluorescent alien trees?
Humanity is on the brink of extinction after the Yellowstone super volcano erupted. So you will be sent as Ashley S. Nowak, a unit of an elite science command, through the Rift to Galatea 37 in the Sycorax Belt in the Milky Way. There you should build a base from which you can travel to earth and back with the help of the rifts, i.e. something like portals.
Quite important for colonization. There is enough space and the new home is also beautiful. Which brings us to one of the game’s great strengths: technology. Galatea 37 looks amazing whether you’re struggling through the jungle or trudging through the desert. The in-house butterfly engine conjures up beautiful nature on the monitor with razor-sharp textures.
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Space palm leaves blow in the wind, firefights stir up dust. The right mood arises immediately with the exposure of the flora and fauna. A weather and day-night system is also implemented.
At the same time, the game world is very much alive. Peaceful animals flee from your face, while a huge horde of angry space dogs (?) Waits around the corner. And compared to other creatures, they are still harmless.
About alien rhinos and flamethrowers
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The inhabitants of this hitherto untouched idyll are anything but friendly towards you. Fortunately, you don’t have to face the monsters unarmed. Because there’s Mr. Riggs.
This is not an eccentric scientist, but a mech suit armed to the teeth. And that brings us to the next highlight: the fights.
This suit can be spiced up with massive guns such as a minigun or a flamethrower. Or you equip yourself with a shield. You have different options per arm. So you can decide how you want to tackle battles. Flamethrower on one arm and minigun on the other? Clear. Shield and power sword? May I help you.
You first have to research new weapons in the arsenal. You also have to find out which monsters are sensitive to which guns. Because a flamethrower can only tickle one of the great enemies of fire a little. This adds a little tactic to the combat system.
From a bird’s eye view, you then shoot individual monsters over the heap or turn off entire herds. Up to a thousand opponents can (and will) oppose you. In the PC version, the mouse control sometimes gets in the way and the frame rate comes to a standstill when there are large numbers of opponents.
However, this is never really annoying, so that there is never any frustration. The firefights are just too spectacular for that. Just how fire looks and behaves in the game is really impressive.
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