Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
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Developer: The Bearded Ladies
Content Rating: Mature
A tactical adventure game combining the turn-based combat of XCOM with story, exploration, stealth, and strategy. Take control of a team of Mutants navigating a post-human Earth. Created by a team including former HITMAN leads and the designer of PAYDAY.
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If this isn’t a lesson in not judging a duck by its beak, then I don’t know what is. Sure, there are times when I get a bad impression from a game and it continues to get worse, but I am so happy to be proven wrong with Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. The gaming market is oversaturated with gritty tales that do nothing for world-building or writing, simply existing so they can pontificate philosophical quandaries without ever actually saying anything useful.
While Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden has managed to build a cohesive system for tactical turn-based battles to take place in, it’s far too difficult for the average player. Hardcore genre fanatics are sure to get a kick out of proceedings, but those looking for a more introductory take on things will find more frustration than progress.
Mutant Year Zero does have a few rough edges, though. The game’s suitably pretty and the main character voice acting is on point, but the voices of the ghouls, all fed through the same electronic filter, do start to grate. You have the freedom to explore and revisit multiple locations, but in order to get a foothold and to give your characters a fighting chance, you’ll need to grind a little.