10/11/2017

☆ Review: Project Remedium - "Ever wondered what it would feel like to be an antibiotic?" ☆ #GameDev #IndieGame

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Project Remedium is a first-person video game shooter that is developed by Atomic Jelly and published by Movie Games.


Atomic Jelly is games development studio from Poland, which was founded in 2016. Movie Games SA is a Polish company founded in 2015 by Aleksy Uchanski



Project Remedium is a first-person shooter in which you enter the human body of an ill little girl as a Nano+, a specialized nanobot whose sole mission it is to discover the causes of a mysterious illness and how to cure it. 


You must fight an ever-growing threat as you face miniature medics and microbes. For the older sophisticates among you with a nerdy interest in pre-millennium science fiction or indeed for younger movie historians, this game immerses you into the illusion of feeling like a participant in the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage or the more recent incarnation, 1987’s Inner Space, where a group or individual are shrunk down and injected into someone’s bloodstream on the premise of scientific research. 


Just like those cinematic examples, in PROJECT REMEDIUM, problems arise as soon as you enter the bloodstream. Immediately you are armed with a weapon in each hand- one being a Remedium sprayer device that fights infection and the other an energy cannon that fights infectious orbs and microbes. 


These handy weapons can be upgraded as you progress through the game but in my humble opinion, the upgrades don’t add the punch I was expecting and this slight negative can be annoying. The handy grappling hook which makes it easier to navigate swiftly through the terrain is hugely enjoyable and when it comes to exploration there are very few limitations which are great, allowing the game to feel even more adventurous. 


You get handy hints and information about your surroundings and quests via on-screen text and a robot called Foreman. Irritatingly, you have to travel all the way back to Foreman to complete your quests which are time-consuming and sadly adds nothing to the game except time.



The first organ you arrive at is the liver and the Nanobots have certainly been busy and having built what seems like a miniature city within the liver itself.

The more I played the game and got to grips with it I easily and quite naturally immersed myself into it and at times- felt as if I was in a Halo game, particularly Halo 3 when you fight the flood swarm in the gushing and infested organic environment, aboard the covenant ship High Charity.

Being attacked in project Remedium is fast-paced and undoubtedly at times a struggle to stay alive.

The story that surrounds the game is a mixture of factual information and a figurative approach to combating illness and the recovery process. 


From time to time in my many daydreams, I have often sojourned imaginatively and pondered the future of modern medicine as technology continues to advance at increasingly breathtaking rates and this game definitely gives some fascinating insight into this.


Will modern medicine use your body as a battleground and fight viruses and infections like we do wars?


Only time will tell, but until then we can enjoy ourselves by filling our time, saving and curing the six 6 organs and the circulatory system. There are story quests, although they are quite linear and like most games these days there are various side quests- so there is enough to keep you busy for a while even if at times it seems like you’ve done it before. 


The environment is interactive and is very responsive to the player’s actions during the game which is a massive plus.





Summary
Project Remedium is a solid, atmospheric first person shooter where the human body is the battleground.


This game has the potential to expand into a series of games without any issues whatsoever. The idea of entering the body and fighting infections like a war in terms of gameplay is quite Avant-guard and the principles and ideas behind the adventure feel fresh and exciting. 


This could easily be expanded into the transferral of body parts from one human to another or fighting off bacteria via an organ that is being prepped for an emergency transplant. The potential is huge and I hope this is the route the developers travel down if Project Remedium is a success- which I am sure it will be. 


But for this gamer, in order to be as successful as I  believe such pioneering ideas should be, I think the gameplay needs to be every bit as good as the game visuals.  The game is awe-inspiring to look at and gives the player a real and undeniably authentic sense that you are indeed inside the human body. Although the game is fiction, as you make your way through it, you will learn some medical facts along the way which is another and very welcome area of interest.


If you love unique, innovative games then definitely give this a try as I found it compelling and addictive. But although it kept my interest throughout, I do feel that despite how solid and vastly enjoyable I found playing it to be, I personally found the game, despite its amazing graphics and ingenious ideas could be so much more than what it is.

RATING: MELTING
Ratings Explained
ICE COOL (Great Game Recommended)
MELTING (Just Falls Short Of Greatness)

MELTED (Not A Recommended Purchase)

Game Link: Steam
Dev Link: Atomic Jelly















Review By Ben