Computer Role Playing Games (CRPG) have been a favourite of mine ever since I played Fallout and Fallout 2. Hearing that an CRPG hit Early Access on Steam naturally I was curious. The game is called Encased and from news that I have seen, it looks pretty good. I played this when the game was in Early Access on Steam, so now I am revisiting the game to see if the little niggles that was present have been fixed.
Developer: Dark Crystal
Release Date: September 7th 2021
CPU: Intel Core i5-7300U 3.5 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 960, AMD Radeon HD 7970
RAM: 8 GB
HHD: 20 GB
Encased is a CRPG that is based in an alternative 1970’s and is after the Cold War have ended. You are part of the Dome, an anomalous zone found on Earth and then a massive corporation called CRONUS formed and started research. This is where you enter, a regular employee who goes down a one-way path to find out what is going on. Encased is an isometric view with turn-based combat and has a very similar feel to Fallout 1 & 2 and Wastelands.
You put on power armour, go out in a radiation filled world with a lot quests to complete and get drawn into turn-based combat. Also, as you wander around the world, you meet a lot of NPC’s and you must make a choice of either helping them or don’t and rain down a whole lot of havoc on them. When you load the game you need to complete a opening section, which is a little bit of a pain but once you complete it you then get to the open world, which is where Encased begins to get very interesting and shows it’s true potential.
In the game it has a faction’s system and this means that you will end up disappointing someone from another faction. Companions are unique and they don’t like dying, so your combat needs to be on point. You have enough skills and abilities, which include stealth so you can hold your own in combat. The turn-based system works well but could have been polished a bit more than it is.
The only part of the combat that don’t seem to work well is the cover system. It tends to not take physics into account and you could end up firing over a wall, but not hitting the target just the wall even though you have line of sight. The enemies are fun to fight and the only other time combat becomes a bit tricky is when you have a NPC friend by your side and their combat tactics don’t bring nothing to the fight.
The visuals are stunning and look really good and the game has a real 70’s feel to it. While the game might have some flaws all of which can be fixed in future software updates, the game is very enjoyable and if you are a hardcore sci-fi fan then you definitely will want to give this game a try as I enjoyed it very much.