TalonSoft's recent PC action-adventure Martian Gothic: Unification is benefiting from a number of things, come this July. First and foremost, the game is being ported to the PlayStation. Second, the title is being shortened- for PlayStation gamers, the title will be simply Martian Gothic. Third, the game will be similar to Take2's Spec Ops and Grudge Warriors, in that it will sell for the very competitive price of $9.99.
Reviews of Martian Gothic: Unification have been lukewarm, for the most part. Though many praised the game's emphasis on puzzle-solving as opposed to combat, it was in the simple and uncreative nature of the puzzles that critics found reason to complain.
Martian Gothic takes place, as it happens, on Mars. You control three characters who are forced to explore an abandoned base located on the red planet, and each character will travel alone (as per the orders gleaned from the demolished base's last recorded transmission). Characters exchange items via vacuum tubes, which are dispersed throughout the complex. Such exchanges are essential to the solving of puzzles and the general flow of inventory. Expect to encounter your token survival-horror themes (slow, lumbering foes with a hunger for flesh, etc.) as well as some oddball humor scattered throughout.
Martian Gothic will take place from a third-person perspective, and it is said to feature typical survival-horror combat conventions: slow pivots, enemies en masse, and a real shortage of bullets. For adventure gamers on a budget, this $10.00 puzzle-heavy adventure might just hit the spot. Check out our review of the PC game, and check back here for more information as its July release approaches.