Back when everyone was trying to make ends meet through Kickstarter, Satellite Reign was one of the few Aussie games that had massive success. It also happened to be a lot of fun, and its smarter take on the Syndicate formula is available today for the sweet price of nothing.
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Even though Humble Bundle is no longer the independent little outfit we grew up with, they're still offering bundles that donate to charity every other fortnight. And their latest bundle is worthy of some attention, because it's all Australian.
The Aussie-developed Satellite Reign was a solid performer on release, though it's slowly gotten better with age. That's probably due to the fact 5 Lives Studios has been pretty dedicated with the updates and its latest patch, which includes four-player co-op, is no exception.
After the traditional quiet periods of June and July were broken up with some surprise indie darlings, including Her Story, Rocket League and the first launch of Fallout Shelter, August had a lot to live up to. And while it didn't deliver on raw numbers, there were a few surprises that definitely caught people's attention.
In case you missed it, Satellite Reign, the crowdfunded spiritual successor to the Syndicate series, has left Early Access as of today. It's not a total homage to Syndicate -- the original game doesn't hold up that well -- but as Luke discovered, that can only be a good thing. Check out his review here and the latest footage from Brisbane-based 5 Lives Studios after the jump.
I'd been led to believe that Satellite Reign was a modern-day Syndicate. Turns out it isn't. Phew.
Memory can be a strange thing. Especially with old games. We've all returned to a beloved classic to discover something unplayable and been unable to reconcile warm memories with the broken experience of something that hasn't aged well. (For me it's Resi 2, which is regularly reloaded and ditched within hours.)