7 Games From E3 2016 You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
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Overland (Mike Mahardy)
Dysentery was the bane of my fourth grade existence. I would ford the right rivers, get enough sleep, and hunt every buffalo, but somehow, dysentery always brought me down, long before I reached the Willamette Valley in those fabled lands of the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon Trail, however iconic, was bareboned. It was more of a point-and-click educational adventure than a full-fledged strategy title. But Overland, the new strategy-survival game from developer Finji, is all about crucial decisions. It follows you across a post-apocalyptic America as you gather survivors, avoid radioactive monsters, and scrounge for supplies in the wilds of the new world. It plays like an XCOM game, with an overhead isometric perspective and maps composed of tiles. A constant tension hangs above everything as you decide whether searching for gasoline to fuel your vehicle, looking for medical supplies to heal your party, or, in some cases, saving someone is worth the subsequent problems they might cause. It's these choices, and the consequences you carry with you to the West Coast, that fuel Overland's intense momentum. It's available now in early access on PC.