Geneshift is a Grand Theft Auto 2-inspired shooter, and it looks pretty cool

By Kin Boon on May 24, 2017

If you are born in the early 90s, it’s very likely that you have encountered certain classic games that left a lasting impression. While these games might have a system that is rarely compatible with modern standards, it doesn’t automatically render them obsolete, as shown in certain indie titles that paid tribute to the classics. It might also inspire certain developers to continuously create games based on old school systems, which is what new Steam title Geneshift is all about.

The Grand Theft Auto 2-like shooter employs the classic top-down camera angle synonymous with Rockstar’s earlier entries in the GTA franchise, with an emphasis on “brutal gunplay and insane vehicle action”. Players will also have access to mutant skills to take on their friends in online battles, or you can opt for the co-op campaign to inflict massive punishments against zombies to save the world. Here’s what you can expect to see in-game.

  • 5v5 Multiplayer Combat

Battle in game modes such as Capture the Flag, Checkpoint Racing and Zombie Survival.

  • 4 Player Co-op Campaign

Play the story solo or with friends online, and save the world from a mysterious outbreak.

  • Insane Vehicle Action

Ride with allies to do drive-by shootings, detonate car bombs and capture key objectives.

  • Over 30 Tactical Skills

Create complex skill builds as you gain experience and permanently level up your mutant.

  • Secret Base Building

Place hidden chemicals to gain secret benefits, like spying on enemies and teleportation.

  • Leaderboards & Difficulties

Replay the campaign in 4 difficulty levels and set high scores on various leaderboards.

  • User Generated Maps

Create maps in the editor and unlock sexy cosmetics whenever your maps are played.

Image credit: Steam
Image credit: Steam

Geneshift was in development for the past 8 years by Nik Nak Studios, and it’s currently available on Steam as an Early Access title. Previous demos for the game were also released under the name of Subvein and Mutant Factions, and the developer is planning to expand it based on consumer feedback, without any specific timeline on how long it’ll be in Early Access.

“I thought the game would take 2 years and I'm still going 8 years later... so I'm clearly not good at estimating time. It can become bigger and better with your feedback, so I'll keep working on it for some time,” said the developer on the Steam description page. “I know this is vague, so please only buy this game based on how it exists today - not based on how it may exist in the future.”

With that said, there are a few features Nik Nak might add into Geneshift, which the ideas were given by the community as listed below.

  • More vehicles. Stuff like tanks, motorcycles, and ambulances.
  • More weapons. Repair tools, trip-wires, and exotic superweapons.
  • More skills. Just think of all the skills in RPG games. Maybe a skill that lets you fly!
  • More chemicals. Specifically meta chemicals to play more advanced mind-games.
  • More game modes. A king of the hill or CS-style detonation mode would be fun.
  • More maps and user-made campaigns. With the editor, you can help make them!
  • More cosmetic unlocks. You want hats? I can add hats.

“To be clear these are just examples. None of these are promises!” Nik Nak reiterated. “A tank has been suggested for years and I'd love to try it out. But if it turns out to be totally unbalanced I won't add it.”

Image credit: Steam
Image credit: Steam

If you are wondering what’s the current state of Geneshift’s Early Access version, it is described as “fully playable, well balanced and low in bugs.” Most importantly, you can get it now with a 20% discount (RM18.40) till the end of May, which is pretty darn cheap for such a well-polished game. Even if you are not ready to part with your cash for a relatively unknown game, you can try out the demo first, which will most likely justify why so many user reviews are raving about how good Geneshift really is.

Kin Boon
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