*I received a review copy of this game from the developers
I am going to mainly talk about initiation and then give my first impressions of corrupition.
Game: Data hacker: Initiation and Data Hacker: Corruption
Developers: New Reality Games
Ok for laptops? : Yep, only need keyboard
Mod support: No
My rating: 8.5/10
I went into Initiation not sure of what to expect. I didn’t really have high hopes as I hadn’t heard much about it and didn’t know whether the type of game would appeal. Surprisingly I loved it! I don’t really want to talk too much about the plot because I feel as if it is best to go in more or less unknowing. Basically you are a player in an online game who’s character gets banned from the system after being accused of being a hacker. He then goes back into the game with a new character and let’s just say he isn’t too happy with the admins of the game.
Entering this game you are plunged into this world that feels vibrant and ready to be explored. I just felt good as soon I started to play this game. The graphics are great, I love the 2D feeling of the game. It sort of reminds me of the older Pokemon with the design. I really like the game mechanics of the game. The combat is in turn based combat and there is a good amount of variety with different spells as you get higher up. There isn’t any random encounters which was a good decision in my mind. You can see when you are about to attack an enemy so i found that it didn’t frustrate me getting through a place. It doesn’t take an unreasonable amount of time to level up your characters so I found that you progress at a good rate. The difficulty curve does steadily go up this was another thing that kept the gameplay fresh.
There were a couple of moments in the beginning where I was a bit confused about what I was supposed to do however it was actually fun working out what to do. The music is catchy and the dialogue interesting. It has the whole rpg feeling and there is a really good amount of gameplay.
I recommend this game just because it is fun! If you like action/adventure/rpg I highly recommend this game to you.
DATA HACKER: CORRUPTION
Corruption is a continuation of Initiation. I haven’t played as much of corruption but it seems to be very similar to initiation. One really cool thing is that you can use your finished initiation save in your corruption so you have the same party of characters etc. I think this is a really cool idea making corruption a true squeal to your own personalized game.
I did have a bit of frame rate issues at the beginning which was disappointing however it seemed to improve after a while in the game. There is voice acting in the sequel which is a nice addition. I wouldn’t recommend corruption if you haven’t played initiation because not only would it be a little confusing it seems to be a harder difficulty.
Corruption seems to be an effective sequel but not a good stand alone game. Play initiation then play corruption.
This series has real potential and I am looking forward to the next release in the series.