What bothered me at first was the insidiousness of Spankles.
First of all, this is a small matter. This is almost always the case. Even before you break through the walls of Union City, there is a kiosk offering free canned items-in fact, there are many vending machines that can give away these items. You think, “Wow!” is the first time that jars are provided for free. “Will the benevolent government provide free refreshments? I’m here!”
Then you will find another ad. Then another. Spankles mascot-Ronald McDonald (Ronald McDonald) and Poltergeist’s terrible clown nightmarish mixture, haunted my early years-from… everywhere. You start to think about why there are always free canned ads. Later, you may realize that the tagline-“Blow up your brain!”-is a bit sinister. You want to know why they work so hard. Health scanners will eventually recommend it when you can’t ignore the distant alarm bells from the back of your head.
Of course, dystopian urban scenery is not new. You will jog briskly, shuttle among the colorful hairstyles and futuristic fashion among people who are not busy, and tap the camera upward to capture the majesty of this fashionable metropolis and its neon lights, which is full of deja vu. Ryan’s ecstasy. Comstock’s Columbia. Nivalis of cyberpunk. Now, we are located outside the union city of “Steel Sky”.
The City Hall wants you to think Union City is a clean and pure place. Your comfort is always its top priority, but sometimes it feels like the building does not stretch toward you as heavily as you open your eyes, with a heavy momentum and vigilance.The monopod slides around you-everywhere Whoosh When they pass by, they will buzz and irritate your ears like digital mosquitoes-but you never know who is inside or where they are going. You start to wonder if the shiny finishes of this beautiful place are exactly like this? Veneer-The camouflaged front panel completely hides some darker things in the bushes.
However, this does not seem to bother the person we are playing. This is my first adventure with Robert Foster, because I didn’t play the predecessor, “Under the Steel Sky.” Although he was likable in a superficial and memorable way, He is not particularly enthusiastic about his noble mission. Find the missing child Milo.
The same goes for eclectic supporting actors. They are doing well. Even though their accents are occasionally unstable, there is nothing terrifying, but I don’t feel any emotional connection with anyone I meet. It’s like slow, weirdly animated NPCs wandering along the square, or occasionally wandering above your head when the collision mechanism is surprisingly wrong-they all seem a little superficial. It’s a bit irritating. Touch the top.
However, whether you like it or not, you will spend a lot of time in the company of these NPCs. The story of Beyond a Steel Sky is based on a point-and-click basis and is character-driven, and your progress is usually determined by one of two things: character interaction or hacking mini-games. For the latter, this means that you will spend a lot of game time flying from one character to another to gather intelligence or explore the environment for clues. From luring poultry out of the truck door to exploring the apartment to learn more about the people who live there, developers should believe that the tasks you undertake are varied and often (if not very often) will fail. Is anything. Laborious.
Foster is never in a hurry, and his sense of urgency won’t let you go halfway. At that time, I was walking around outside the city wall for a long time. Although there are many dialogue options to help you learn information from people nearby, the UI will not automatically gray it out. You already took it.This means that you may accidentally initiate a conversation that is already in progress-awful-missed or delayed an interaction, because even if you have said Pixel and want to know that you have asked all possible things, there is still a lot to do Same word hint But you can’t let you know without trial and error.
To make matters worse, your partner has a tendency to wander, so starting a conversation can be a long and frustrating thing. You will follow them behind, desperately waiting for the button to prompt you to talk to them again. I know that crime is definitely worse than this, but since the great progress you make here depends on the interaction of the characters, it is a pity that these interactions are not more perfect.
On the other hand, hacking games are a great idea and fit perfectly into a narrative, requiring you to take advantage of (or completely circumvent) Union City’s extreme obsession with automation and AI. You can use it to help the city’s AI make bids-for example, when your ID usually shuts you out, reverse the door opening authority, or change the path of the cleaning robot to assist in the rescue mission; and especially It is a museum that is no longer welcome with the help of this kind of craftsman, and I cannot deny that it is not a pleasant thing…at least, when I finally figure out what I should do, anyway.
Fortunately, “Sky Beyond Steel” has a Excellent Reminder mechanism, according to your request, new clues will be given every 30 seconds, starting with mild reminders and evidence, until it finally becomes a complete description of the attack. This is a great addition, and it should ensure that you never end your session early because you don’t know what to do next.
And, oh, it’s beautiful here. The Union City is bright and bold, with rich colors, and is a wonderful backdrop for Foster’s story, although you may visit fewer places than you want to explore-you will revisit many places instead of visiting new ones-you can’t help but stare at the decorations Artistic pattern. Of course, Cel Shadow is not as novel as it used to be, but Foster’s world is carefully crafted and realized, with its high scores and good sound projection.
In other words, it is not perfect. The NPC leaned slowly and idly. Gangs-a vicious wildlife that usually prevents you from performing simple tasks-slide across the ground and don’t care about the sky. Although interesting, it is still another indicator. Maybe another month or two of testing and improvement can make Foster’s story develop from good to good.
Sadly, this is not the only technical problem I have encountered. There are many quirks and glitches in my “Sky Beyond Steel” news report. The conversation often stagnates or is completely interrupted. In some cases, even though Waypoint and Foster himself told me that I had completed the necessary investigations, they still could not make rapid progress. If there is no convenient save, I end up losing hours of progress due to loading an older manual save-this is a lot considering the game can only last more than a dozen hours. At that time, I was able to proceed smoothly.
This leads me to the conclusion that “Sky Beyond Steel” is indeed a mixed race. Despite the ambitions, gorgeous visual effects and interesting premises, every positive factor also has a negative impact. I like Union City, but I can’t explore it as I want. I loved Foster’s lively companions, but found that most of the characters are slightly superficial, lacking nuance and personality. I like to study the board in depth, but found that the invasion of MINOS is a tedious, repetitive experience with little innovation.
In other words, this is an easy and fun adventure that is likely to attract new fans and satisfy existing fans. Regrettably, the pace is uneven, the user interface choices are dubious, and there are too many performance issues.
And I’m still fantasizing about the Spankles clown.