The PS4 has been out in the wild for 16 months now and a three-toed sloth could easily count the number of triple-A exclusive titles available for the platform. It’s tough going for the PS4 owners out there who need to have their purchase of the console vindicated. If you’re starved for PS4 exclusives you’ve no doubt expected the arrival of third-person shooter, The Order:1886 with all the seriousness of a heart attack. It’s been in development for the last five years, so was it worth the wait? I fancy my English accent, twirl my moustache, and head to Victorian-era London to bring you this review, old chap.
Fellow dude and resident office geek, Fayyaad, is playing Echo Bazaar, a web-browser game that combines elements from RPGs and social networking with a great dollop of Victorian England aesthetic.
Created by Failbetter Games, Echo Bazaar is set in steampunk Fallen London and you play as a new visitor trying to seek your fortune in this dark, foreboding world. You get a limited number of actions that you can perform on a given day, and these actions enable you to wander Fallen London, get up to mischief, or take on quests. Performing such actions have effects on your character qualities. Unluckily you being at New Newgate Prison, a jail carved into the body of an immense stalactite – it’s supposedly escape-proof. To get your adventure started, log on to Echo Bazaar using your Twitter account. If you don’t have one, simply sign up for an account.
I’m not the biggest fan of RPGs so it’s taking me a while to get into it, and if you find yourself a little overwhelmed, this wiki page might be of help. If your friends are on Twitter and playing it as well, you can keep up with their progress. To see how horribly I’m getting on, follow onelargeprawn on Twitter. Other resident blogger Lucy Furr is also touring Fallen London.
Oh, keep in mind that Echo Bazaar is still in beta so it could be a bit buggy.
[thanks for the tip, Fayyaad]