solarix2It seems that these days, survival horror has become split into exactly two distinct styles of gameplay. We have third-person action games that claim to be “survival horror” because it’s dark a bunch and stuff’s spooky, and we have first-person survival horror games that, while sticking much more closely to the themes of “survival” and “horror”, are just YouTube fodder. There are certainly exceptions to these tropes, but the prevailing survival horror scene is made up almost entirely of games that fit one of those categories like a glove. Solarix hopes to mix things up a little bit by adding guns to the first-person survival horror genre and goes forth with the blessings of both Steam and Microsoft.

solarix1Solarix seems to be a mixture of Dead Space and Amnesia in both tone and theme. You’re the last remaining person left after a genetic experiment turned everyone else on the ship into a horrible, you-eating monster, and now it’s your job to survive, escape, and kill things. Horrible abominations are only half of your problems, though, because the guys in charge of accidentally creating all of these monstrosities definitely doesn’t want the word to get around. Creating an army of mindless nightmares doesn’t look good on your resume, so there’s also a military crew onboard the ship that’s dead-set on killing every last one of those mutants – and anyone who’s seen them. This of course means that there will be three factions at play here, each heavily disliking the other.

To give Solarix a closer look, you can head on over to Kickstarter and soak in some great graphics, solid music, and lots of gameplay footage. Stretch goals plan on bringing Solarix to consoles and Oculus Rift, so stay tuned if you’re not a PC gamer and try to get those stretch goals!

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Nathaniel Liles
Nathaniel Liles is a freelance writer, writing major, and indie musician based in Southern Indiana. While procrastinating or avoiding real-world responsibility, Nathaniel enjoys playing rhythm games, action RPGs, and very colorful games with many bright, flashing lights. You can listen to Nathaniel sing songs or download his music for free at http://nathanielliles.bandcamp.com/.
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