More and more games that make their debut on Kickstarter have Linux support, and FORCED is one of them.
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The avalanche of games that propose the Linux platforms as a goal in the Kickstater project only strengthens the fact that Linux is becoming a major player in the entertainment business.
FORCED is a cooperative arena combat game, but it has no rival when it comes to the gameplay. It’s a mix of several genres, but at its core it is an action role-playing game.
“You work together with your friends to succeed in ever more dangerous trials over a diverse set of arenas. As your team racks up victories, you’ll get to level up and customize your skills with the 4 different weapons. If you enjoy fast-paced combat, skill experimentation, and game systems that promote teamwork, then FORCED might be the game for you,” states BetaDwarf, the developing studio.
The game can be best described as a Diablo 3 meets Left 4 Dead. It focuses on teamwork and has a lot of features promoting this angle: the Spirit Mentor, the combat mark system, arenas balanced for 1-4 players, and the knockback system that rewards players for combining their attacks as it results in enemies being thrown to the ground.
One of the new mechanics introduced in FORCED is the Spirit Mentor/Orb. This is an extra party member with special powers and an ethereal form, which the players must control in unison.
The successful control of the Spirit Mentor/Orb will be key in ensuring the victory in a map.
FORCED also features boss battles, 30+ unique trials, four classes (Spirit Blades, Volcanic Hammer, Thunder Bow, and Frost Shield), a new a combat mechanic, and online, LAN & local co-op.
The Official word form the Kickstarter campaign:
FORCED is a fast-paced cooperative arena combat game. In it, you work together with your friends to succeed in ever more dangerous trials over a diverse set of arenas. As your team racks up victories, you’ll get to level up and customize your skills with the 4 different weapons. If you enjoy fast-paced combat, skill experimentation, and game systems that promote teamwork, then FORCED might be the game for you.
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FORCED has a heavy focus on teamwork. There are so many features promoting co-op; the Spirit Mentor, the combat mark system, arenas balanced for 1-4 players, and the knockback system that rewards players for combining their attacks as it results in enemies being thrown to the ground.
A completely new and innovative cooperative mechanic. The Spirit Mentor/Orb is essentially an extra party member with special powers and an ethereal form, which the players must control in unison. They do so by calling him over, and if he touches a shrine while traveling – it will unleash its power. Controlling the spirit mentor is key to success, and he makes every trial unique as his immaterial essence must be used to bypass obstacles and unlock the devious contraptions of the arenas.
FORCED is challenging; there are no difficulty levels or short cuts to victory. If you complete FORCED you can be proud! Success is totally up to you, as there are no random values or damage you have to endure. The game will feature many boss battles and 30+ unique trials, each designed to test the limits of your skills and creativity. Enemies make use of a special tactical AI system, which enables them to work together. They will make use of each other, either by enhancing the strength of their allies – or using them as fleshy shields.
With 4 classes: Spirit Blades, Volcanic Hammer, Thunder Bow and Frost Shield, each with 16 unlock-able skills, players have millions of team combinations to experiment with. Combine abilities and plan choices to create a unique killing-combo-style. No skill choice is permanent, but they must be unlocked, and players can freely change both weapon and skills to counter the ever-changing trials.
Marks are a combat mechanic and players have skills that add or spend marks. This allows for great creativity regarding co-op combat and responsibilities. For instance, let the bow mark a few targets and the hammer spend them with his powerful volcanic strike.
You have been marked as heroes for your entire life. When you come of age, ancient tradition dictates that you travel down a mysterious tunnel. The tunnel is the only exit out of your village, surrounded as it is by massive cliffs. No one has ever returned from the tunnel, and no one knows where it leads. However, you have realized that you won’t solve the mystery of your village’s fate unless you uncover where the tunnel leads.
DRM free version
Intended platforms: Pc, Mac, Linux, Xbox360, PS3 (see risks and challenges)
Online, LAN & local co-op
Controller support, works well with Steam Big Picture
Up to four players on the same computer/console.
Original Source: softpedia.com