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Release Date: June 28th, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016

The Technomancer

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French developer Spiders released 'Mars: War Logs' in 2013, an RPG with a lower budget that received modest reviews. 'The Technomancer' is a full-fledged follow-up with different characters, but with the same setting and lore. Spiders is also knowm for the 2014 fantasy RPG, 'Bound by Flame.'

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Release Date:
June 28th, 2016

Video Review

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'The Technomancer' is a pretty game on the Xbox One, at least in the vistas of Mars and some of the environments. That’s a very good thing, as the sidequests will keep Zachariah trucking back and forth through these same environments many times over the course of a playthrough. There is a disparity in the quality of character models. The bigger set piece bosses look amazing, like the crickety mantis creature in the prologue, while its little bug children and standard human enemies look kind of bland and scratchy. The controls can be sticky outside of combat, and things like trying to open a chest or jump down a ledge can be troublesome. Performance stays a decent level through with few framerate hiccups.

Audio Review

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French composer Olivier Derivière, a favorite of Spiders, (he has also done work for other games, like 'Assassin’s Creed' DLC 'Freedom Cry') provided the music for 'The Technomancer'. It is quite good and lends scope to the overall Martian cyberpunk theme without becoming too fantastical or epic. The voice acting is not quite as good, with rigid performances from many of the actors, main character and extras alike.

Final Thoughts

'The Technomancer' is not without its merits, but can’t quite find a place for itself in the RPG/action field. It is clear what Spiders was trying to do and I don’t fault them for it - their creation has the potential to be something special. In this current form that’s all it is though, just potential.