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Echoes: Act 1

rated 4.42 / 5 stars
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Strategy - Real-time (RTS)

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Nov 3, 2010 | 9:42 AM EDT
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Author Comments

Echoes is an action-strategy game. It's set in an extensive universe on a torn Earth almost three-hundred years in the future. It joins the famous real-time strategy genre with many elements from the third person shooter genre, in a side-scrolling environment.

Please note this game is loaded with action, and may load on your cpu. If you have any slow frame rates try to lower the graphic settings. Also note Echoes is a heavy story-teller, with scenes and dialogues. If you're in only for the action, there's always a skip button in the corner.

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Combat mode:
- Mouse - aim, shoot
- W,A,S,D - movement
- Shift - sprint
- Q - command, drag for select units
- E - action circle
- 1-6 - activate abilities
- Z,X,C,V,B - select weapon
- Space - switch to Strategy mode
P, ESC - Pause game
Strategy mode:
- W,A,S,D - camera movement
- Shift - faster camera movement
- Mouse drag - select units
- Mouse click - order units to move
- Ctrl + Mouse click - order units to attack-move
- Hold shift while selecting units to select additional units.
- Space - switch to Combat mode.
- Ctrl + 1-5 to group a few units together.
P, ESC - Pause game



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

it looked great...

Great graphics, decent gameplay, the presentation was good and a very interesting plot...
What I first noticed is that the controls were a bit slow/sloppy but it is something I can overlook...The idea of switching from combat to strategy is nice but it can be a pain. If you're are not used to it, switching would be rather confusing in the heat of battle...BUT what I would really want complain about is story mode level 4. It seems like there are actually more hybrids than you and your units can really handle. Every building I made except for the HQ was destroyed. I cleared that level only by chance and luck. The side who has the larger number of unit wins

The voice acting's good. Especially Dem's, you can sense the anger (and he actually sounds a bit like Arthas from Warcraft 3 frozen throne)...but there are times that the voice acting just feels out of place. I mean the plot is building up tension and seriousness but some of the voice acting just kills it off. Including the background music in those cutscenes. It doesn't really fit in.

Honestly it had momentum...
It's a good've put much effort on this...but it would've been a greater game

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

man, i wanna see how it ends!

really awesome game, really hoping for the 2nd chapter; and it not as hard as some people call maybe intead of switching to combat and strat modes there should be quick links so that you may drop some building while in combat, also some upgrades like energy regen, health regen, etc would be awesome for the continuation.

really liked this game :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice game but...

I truely am sorry for being the only bad comment but i dont no if its my computer but it was laggy for me even on low quality but otherwise nice game.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

best game EVER

The game has good graphics -10
good sound effects-10
good storyline-10
good boss fight-10
great method of killing -10
overall it is AWESOME 10/10

although it is kinda short cant wait for the sequel :D

is it me or does DEM sound like Arthas(arther or arthur) in frozen throne...


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Great overall, but could use some minor tweaks.

Great graphics and overall game play. The different modes really showcase the different aspects of the game, and I liked the feel of combat mode and the focus on skill and timing to help an overall push. To further emphasize that, I think you had just the right number of weapons and abilities: enough to have options, but not so much that you're swamped deciding what to use. There's definitely been a lot of effort and hard work put into this, and it's obvious; the decent voice-acting and stats screen are also appreciated.

On that note, I have to say that there were numerous flaws each on a small scale that kind of took away from the enjoyment of the game. The story was a bit short, so it leaves the game a bit lacking, especially since the only other mode you have is Survival, which after a few waves becomes pretty monotonous. Maybe I just didn't try enough keys, but for cut scenes and dialogue a skip for individual lines would be nice since it wouldn't continue until the subtitles finished - which tended be long after the actual character stopped speaking.

For variety, I'd consider some other modes such as Custom or even 'Challenge' missions of some sort. Suggestions for survival and any similar modes to follow in the sequel: a kill count and an elapsed time. I could be the only one who likes having that visible though, so perhaps make it an option you can turn on? While I thought it was just right, it's always nice to have choices so consider implementing a difficulty setting as well.

Again, I thought the game was great overall, just look at ways that you can expand upon what you already have going for you while working on the little things. 7/10. I need room to give a higher score for the sequel, right?