Cool game, but we were all let down after finding out we have to pay for a full version. Newgrounds isn't really a place for demos. I think that's pretty obvious as well. Most of us can't pay for online games yet. Disappointing. But anyway, as I said, the demo is pretty good. Taking off two points for the obvious.
First off, I perfectly understand the need to pay for this game. I loved Exmortis I and II, and I didn't mind whipping out my Visa to get the full version of Exmortis III. I know that independent Flash artists like yourself depend on this kind of income, and I know ads alone do very little. Considering you spent three years working on this, yes, I believe you should get something besides just a pat on the back for all the hard work you spent on creating this.
Now onto the real review.
The graphics and the setup truly feel like a professional game, though I know I won't be expecting a plethora of 3D models and Havoc physics in this (though a LOT of it does look three dimensional). Either way, the transition from Exmortis II to this is incredibly revolutionary. Everything in sight has a very photorealistic quality, and the insertion of powers, health, and even the whole mercy attribute already tell me there's way more to this game than ever before. Though I have a feeling I haven't even scratched 10% of the game's content yet even after going through the city ruins and completing the Exile Chapter, I can feel there's going to be much more to this and I'm excited to see what you've done in three years time. I feel the game runs a little smoother when its not full screened, but the frame-rate is still pretty good considering how much you've got going on in this.
The background storyline is also very impressive, and I'm a sucker for a good story. I like the direction you've gone in from the very first Exmortis to Exmortis II, and now this. I also love the surviving hope for humanity theme in a post apocalyptic world. This reminds me a lot of the I Am Legend movie and the game Fallout 3 with a more gothic feel, done in a similar style that the Myst series uses. But without a doubt, you've greatly raised the bar in ways I didn't think were possible with a Flash game.
How you managed to get the settings to look so realistic impresses and stumps me on how you did it. Usually when I watch a Flash animation, I can visually dissect how they were created. This... I can't. While I know photographs were used, that's probably only a minor catalyst as to how you created the final pictures. However you did it, I'm impressed. If you ever decide to work for a game development company, this would be one hell of a thing to have in your portfolio.
The 3.56 score this is running is neither a realistic nor a justified score estimate for this at all. I think most people are probably frustrated that they need to pay for the full version, but what I think they need to realize is that if they played and enjoyed the first and the second Exmortis games paired with the fact you spent three years making this masterpiece, they'll be getting their money's worth when they buy the full version. Plus honestly, I feel better supporting an outstanding independent artist and game designer as opposed to corporate game developers.
In conclusion, I look forward to the dark secrets you've packed into this game. What I've already seen has impressed me quite a lot. It's a shame there's no way to post a follow-up review, because I would love to add to this once I've played through the entire game and have seen everything.
In all, you've got remarkable talent. Good luck to you in your game designing career, you're definitely well prepared to go the distance.
Holy fuck you made a third
Jesus christ u made a third I bet this game is gonna scare the fuck out of me and everything about Exmortis 3 is just as scary as shit and pretty damn creepy aswell
I may not agree with it but it's still a fine game
I may not completely agree with paying for a flash game, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a fantastic game. The amount of work and detail put into this game is amazing. Even more so that this was all done by one man.
I still think giving this game a price tag was a bad move, but that still wont stop me from buying it. Great job Ben, you have out done your self.
This very good. I can see there was a lot of hard work put into it. Its a little saddening that we don't get the full story without paying, but three years worth of work is worth paying for. (and its only really an annoyance for those that 'can't' pay for it. like myself.)
Also, I get that the full walkthrough would only be for paying people, but do you think you could release a 'demo' walkthrough too? Having played your previous exmortis games, I was never able to do the whole game without looking at its walkthrough at least once, and this game is the same. Even for just this demo bit, its stumped me.
Overall though, awesome game, awesome graphics, awesome... well, everything. Definitly worth paying for, if i could.