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Russian Fallout on the way? Encased preview: a Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG

We study the classic role-playing game from domestic developers
In our amazing time, gamers are trying to dazzle reytreysingom and hit a great set of cosmetics in the battle pass. Despite this, millions of players still want to click the path in “isometry” with the mouse, spend hours sorting useless stuff in a backpack, and read a wall of text that Tolstoy never dreamed of. This is strange to admit, but 2020 gives an extraordinary freedom of choice to fans of cRPG — including the real” spiritual heirs ” of Fallout. Encased is one of them.

In the 70s of the twentieth century, just like in the novel “picnic on the roadside”, humanity suddenly faces something unknown and unusual. No nuclear chess game against the superpowers and post-apocalyptic wastelands. On the contrary, the bright minds of different countries and peoples United to study the Dome. This is a huge territory where previously an unknown civilization, called the Forefathers, was engaged in something incomprehensible. To solve the mysteries of this place, people created the organization C. R. O. N. U. S.

Almost everyone can join it, once you decide on the right Wing of the company. They are waiting for everyone — you can become a local “est-serkayuschim” soldier, a light scientist, a friend with a dark (read criminal) past, a rukastym engineer or status Manager. The choice of Wing affects the hero’s background, plot, and gameplay. There are no classes in Encased, and at any time, even a dim-witted convict can begin to be interested in psionics-local magic, to put it simply.

Russian Fallout on the way? Encased preview: a Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
Encased: a Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG, as it is called in digital stores, is the work of the Russian Studio Dark Crystal Games. It contains experienced developers of classic role-playing games who worked on Divinity Original Sin. Remembering their dashing youth spent for Baldur’s Gate, Wasteland and, of course, Fallout, they set out to create a real heir to the latter. Surrounded by novels by Strugatsky, LEM, and other science fiction writers, they set to work. Work that continues to this day.

Encased is in early access Steam, and this says, if not all, then much. Talking about the game in its current state is quite difficult, because it is very far from release and is changing right before your eyes. Even before January, gamers were waiting for a prologue in the form of images with text. And after the first large-scale patch, there were two starting locations-a small, in the form of an Elevator, where you can get acquainted with the group and even search the pockets of its members, as well as a station where the player is trained in basic mechanics.

Russian Fallout on the way? Encased preview: a Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
Right now Encased is a salad of advances, promises, bugs, and a few already working elements. For example, unlike Atom RPG, local authors did not swallow graphomaniac pills and were not read out by the “FeNi” dictionary. Dialogues convey the character’s character, and descriptions are informative, but not dry. The rest of the game right now does not stand out. The main plot, including for the Wings of C. R. O. N. U. S. will be added in the next patches, and you do not want to engage in a set of characters in the style of “how turn-based battles work in Encased”. You already know how they work if you’ve ever run Fallout, Gorky 17, or any other classic cRPG.

Russian Fallout on the way? Encased preview: a Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
Are there any bugs in the game? Of course, the developers have only recently released the first large-scale patch after the release in early access. One day, my GPU got a load of 146% and was ready to go on a space flight for Elon Musk’s Tesla. The launch process was stopped by restarting the game. There are also game problems — the gas station stubbornly did not want to load the quest with bandits and even managed to escape outside the map. But this is early access. When you buy Encased, you first decide whether you want to support developers on their way to creating a potentially good sci-Fi role-playing game.

One hour of gameplay Encased. Source: GameZine

Encased probably won’t be our answer to Disco Elysium and “Russian Fallout”, but it seems that the developers are not aiming for this. They want to create a classic role-playing game in the spirit of the old school, and so far they are good at it. Game situations are solved in several ways, you can play different characters and create your own unique hero. The graphics are nice, the art is amazing, the lyrics are not boring, the music… well, we won’t talk about it yet. Even now, you can spend 30-40 hours in Encased. Can I ask for something more from a Fallout-style game? Probably not.

Some developers follow the path that was trodden a couple of decades ago, while others bring something new to the genre. And even if you do not mention the game of an Estonian Studio, you can remember, for example, the unfinished, but original Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones. Encased is a genre in which you can and should bring something new. Especially 23 years after the release of the original Fallout.

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