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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 5 / 5 stars

love it

this is wrth paying for cant wait till act 2


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

fairly good game you got there

Well I guess it was an ok rts-a like game so yea..
Best thing I like about this game are the funny voices the soldiers has expessially the australian accent hahahaha but there is really one thing I can't forget to mention and that is the controls.

Seriously so many buttons for stuff!! I really liked it if you could do more with your mouse instead of all those numbers 1-5 or the really weird choose to make z-x-c-v-b a change weapon option... I got really frustrated on that... not 2 mention that the enemies when they walk past your oil derrick?? that the capture it so I don't have any income anymore..

Suggestions are simple .. Do make controls more with mouse or just keep an option open for keyboard users or mouse users so they have their own desire for playing style and the damn oil derricks .. jesus just have an engineer unit or something please. Also your main character aka Dem got blown away everytime and your fellow comrades just stand there and keep shooting.. was mentioned before.

Not blamming you guys it's a good game though, but if you make a sequel please consider thinking of my suggestions I would really appriciate that! :D

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

An action/strategy hybrid not to be missed!

Echoes: Act 1 sets the groundwork for a sci-fi action/strategy epic that has a lot of promise. Aside from a few control hiccups and a wooden plank for a main character, Echoes: Act 1 is a prime example of brilliant gameplay and first class production design.

Story/Characters: 6/10
I'll start by saying that it's not a bad story. But it's by no means a good one either. Sure it's got loads of epic opportunity, but it just feels so... trite. The characters are awfully stereotypical of a sci-fi flick and General Dem feels like he's a hybrid of every sci-fi hero out there all stuffed into that manly suit of his. The story is highly predictable and the script can get irksome, especially when General Dem gets melodramatic.
With that said however, i am aware that the story is only at it's first act and there maybe a few good plot twists on the way with more room for character growth. Fingers crossed.

Gameplay: 9/10
I've always been a fan of strategy/action games like the Uprising series. The game has dual modes which work wonderfully in tandem, but can get a bit hectic at times as everything is in real time. Strategy mode allows you to build and manage a base of operations, as well as allowing you to issue commands to everyone but your main character. This works well in most cases, but having to run after your army after sending them away can get tiresome.
Combat mode has you running around as General Dem (a master chief replica on crack) who has special abilities and a habit of getting tossed around like a ragdoll when facing mortar teams. One of my favourite features here is the ability to select units and issue basic commands via the command wheel. Its quick, its easy, and a lot of fun.
Micromanagement is hugely impossible in combat mode, and switching to strategy mode in the middle of battle leaves General Dem as a sitting duck. Macromanagement then becomes key to keeping a fighting force at the fore. In other words, jumping back and forth between the modes to train and then send the new recruits to the frontlines.
Controls are generally tight, but sometimes General Dem's weaksauce rifle gets jammed and its hard to notice with all the chaos till minutes later when the smoke clears and you realise he isnt firing even when your finger is clearly on the mouse button. The mouse scroll issue where the page scrolls with your weapon change, can get hugely annoying so i recommend memorising the alternate keys for weapon selection.

Graphics/Design: 10/10
This game is pretty! The explosions are glorious and the salvos of photon hitting the ground is always a treat. Characters looked varied and identifiable (even the minor ones) and everything is well drawn. Animations are awesome. I love watching buildings pop from their pods after they hit the ground and combat gets hugely entertaining in bigger skirmishes. Cutscenes are a little draggy, but otherwise very well directed with some ticklish moments.
Production design is tiptop. Game menus and interface look good and sleek, but sometimes get in the way. Radio chatter clogs the screen and certain functions are a little out of the way like the repair and sell tools.

Audio/Music: 9/10
This game excels at providing a hollywood experience with great voice acting and crisp sound effects. The interface announcer, the sound of gunfire, explosions and even the hiss and crackle of radio chatter gave the game a fantastic atmosphere.
Music was suitable but forgettable with the possible exception of the credit roll.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's ok

Voice acting is great, graphics are ok, gameplay is great.

Some problems with it tho, the dialogue goes faster than the text. Might just be a problem with my computer. I dunno. Good thing for the skip button -.-.

Auto-run doesn't work, or if it does, it's really slow.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very well done.

how ever Dem's abilities are not good enough how he can be thrown around the place by missiles yet marines stand unscathed. Story was great i very much anticipate the next part. I think you should be able to control other units also from the strategy screen and finally Voice acting was great with actors like rina chan how could it not be. Just improve Dem a little in the next he seems somewhat... underpowered compared to the other officers.
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