Steam Greenlight Spotlight: Day One: Garry's Incident
Day One: Garry's Incident is an open-world, survival FPS. You play as Garry Friedman, a veteran bush pilot in his early 40s, who crashes into the Amazonian jungle, largely due to mysterious artifacts in his cargo starting to activate. Based on the trailer (seen below), it seems these artifacts may imbue you with some magical powers. From there, you'll traverse hostile environments, explore an ancient civilization, and simply fight to survive.
Day One strives to be a true survival game. You must craft your own weapons and ammunition, search for food and shelter, and avoid traps left behind by the ancient lost civilization. The game uses Unreal Engine 3 and features a destructible environment. It's a dose of Indiana Jones, a dose of Tomb Raider, and a dose of Uncharted. The animations look a little lacking, but the environments look fairly detailed and it is an indie game after all. Besides, gameplay is more important. Seems great, right? Well, there's a bit of a caveat, which I'll now divulge...
Developer Wild Games Studio plans on releasing two-hour episodes every two months, with Day One simply being the first such episode. Each episode will cost a mere $4.99, so that's a fairly low barrier to entry. But despite the low price, one has to wonder how a game purported to be open-world has a mere two hours of gameplay. Something there just doesn't add up. Will certain sections of the game be locked until new episodes become available? I guess we'll have to see. The good thing is that the studio invites players to send suggestions of what they think should happen next, with the best ideas being put into the subsequent episodes. Day One is complete and work has already begun on episode two, with new features planned, including multiplayer and co-op support.
Despite my trepidations on the episodic nature of the game, the concept is a compelling one, so it's at least worth the "Yes" vote on Greenlight, if not also the $4.99 to see how the first episode plays out. As other adventure games move toward more action, it's refreshing to see a game trying to stick closer to the adventure roots while providing survival elements. It's definitely a game to keep your eye on.