By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on September 29, 2016
I was so happy when I heard about the demo of a game called ARC Continuum by Canadian indie developer Akimbo Creations. Finally, a third person game again! Not that I have anything against the first person perspective. They can work very well and there are quite a few first person perspective games that I love to death, but I still prefer third person. It might have something to do with the fact you have more overview while playing a third person game. (Especially when playing horror games which, for me, is a BIG plus)
Anyway, ARC Continuum is the game we were talking about today. Set in a sci-fi world, you are a young hero whose sole mission is to restore the peace and defeat the evil that is terrorizing the land. The demo started without any introduction or tutorial. It was like: Here you are, go out there and ... do whatever it is you think is best. The start of the game put me at the edge an abyss and several pieces of planet-platforms where floating around. The most logical thing to do was reaching the other side and there was one hint: "Use your Blink ability". I had no clue at that point what my Blink ability was or how I could use it. But I managed to reach the other side without any problems. So, points for me!
I was about to face my first enemy. You can select a weapon via a weapon wheel. I love it that a sniper, a shotgun, a machine gun are all available in your weapon wheel and all with unlimited ammo! But I suspect this will not be the case when the full game releases. There must be some earning and unlocking involved. Shooting and aiming work just fine, though it might need some fine-tuning when it comes to aiming with the controller. (thumbs up for controller support, by the way!) I'd manage to get my crosshair in roughly the right spot with no problem, but it takes some time to aim accurately. It kind of reminded me of the aiming 'problems' I had when playing Killzone. But, within fifteen minutes, I actually handled myself quite well. And you definitely want to hit the head, because only shooting your enemy's body does two things: a) it pisses them off and b) it takes a lot more shots to finally kill them.
The significant features of ARC Continuum are the several special abilities your character has, which can be controlled by using an ancient time-bending weapon: the ARC. The Blink power turns out to be a transport power, which is really handy if you want to travel from one platform to another really fast. Yes, I know. I still remember what I said in the beginning, that I made it without problems. But the platforms there where close to one another. Later one, just jumping will not get you where you need to be, so be sure to practice your Blink ability. Except from making traversing wide gaps a lot easier, it also makes it possible to reach higher places. Apart from your Blink power, you also have the power to slow down and rewind time. This power is very useful if you want to slow your enemies or rewind time to undo mistakes you might have made and try a different approach.
It does seem like the people at Akimbo Creations really know their games. Our hero has the blink ability, made famous by Corvo Attano and the time-bending abilities of the unnamed Prince of Persia. Now, that is no combination to sneeze at! Visually, ARC Continuum looks really good, especially considering the release I've just played is only a first glimpse of what the game is going to be.
All in all, ARC Continuum offers you a really nice action/adventure game that involves some puzzling and, as if amazing graphics, cool powers and action-filled gameplay aren't enough, the option to duplicate the main character so you can play this game with a friend in coop mode! So, if you like what you've seen and read here, why not go to the ARC Continuum Kickstarter page and back them up? And now, I want to hear a big round of applause for the developer, who have managed to both: launch a demo that works great already and promise us an awesome game in the foreseeable future!