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Mars War Logs Review

Mars War Logs

Release Date: April 26th, 2013
Genre(s): Action RPG
Publisher(s): Focus Home Interactive
Developer(s): Spiders Studio
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: None

Mars War Logs Review

Posted by Scott Grant | 27 Apr 2013 |

Martians are just like you and me. Sort of.

Mars War Logs Review.I’ve long been fascinated, on some level, with the Red Planet and its colonization so I’m always intrigued when a new game comes along that is set on Mars. Mars War Logs looks immediately familiar to those who are fans of the old Mars adventure fiction novels, or the more modern tales like the Red Faction series. Though Spiders Studio have mixed in their own flavor to the setting one thing remains the same; nobody is ever just relaxing and having a good time on Mars.

Single Player

Mars War Logs puts you in the boots of Roy, a prisoner of war who has been deposited in a POW camp that has seen better days, on a planet that has seen better days. The warring factions of the Red Planet have ravaged the land for so long that everything resembles a post-apocalyptic setting with people piecing together shelters and materials as best they can.

Combat in Mars War Logs follows a pretty standard third-person brawler formula where dodging, blocking, and countering are important if you want to succeed. Guns and a form of electricity control called Technomancy are secondary attacks that can augment your overall strategy, but most of the time you’ll be swinging a pipe or other improvised weapon. Sneaking around, setting traps, can make things interesting but you’ll never be too far out from having to brain a few bad guys.

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Swing for the fence.


Roy will be able to advance his skills in three different disciplines that boil down to combat, stealth, and shooting electricity from your hands. You won’t be forced into choosing one path over the other as you’ll end up with enough skill points to mix and match from all three skill trees. You’ll also be able to upgrade your weapons and armor through an extensive little crafting system. Upgrades don’t just translate into increased stat points, they’ll also change the look and style of your gear which is a neat touch.

Divided into three chapters, Mars War Logs shows off a flexible narrative and questing system that makes your choices really matter in the first chapter. Which side quests you choose to complete, and how you choose to complete them has actual impact on the events and how the conclusion of the chapter goes down. In the second and third chapter, however, you aren’t given the sense that the things you are doing are having the subtle effects they did in the first chapter. There are a few major decisions you have to make but they lack the grand scale shown off in the first chapter. Each chapter also relies heavily on backtracking, especially the second, so as long as you’re prepared for that you can still have a good time.

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Uh, sir, maybe next time we try some guns?


Though the dialog comes across a little goofy sometimes, the overall story of Mars War Logs is an interesting one, and does offer some replay value with a few major decisions and a simple reputation system at play. While I would have loved to see more of just about every element in the game, more weapons and armor, more Technomancer abilities, and more branching paths, Mars War Logs wraps up at around the ten hour mark; just the right time for its price point and level of depth.


There are no multiplayer modes in Mars War Logs.

Closing Comments

Mars War Logs is a fun and interesting take on Mars as a setting, and pays homage to the classics while adding a bit of its own flavor. While the game forgets itself at times, the non-linear and optional nature of the quests offer lot of reasons to replay the game at least once. Mars War Logs isn’t perfect but if you’re looking for a short and sweet Action RPG experience, go grab it now.

Score: 8/10

Price: $19.99
Release Date: April 26th, 2013 (PC), Coming soon to XBLA and PSN
Available On: PC, Coming soon to XBLA and PSN

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  • d

    The game is stable, the setting is interesting, combat gets easier after a certain point as you get used to its peculiarities. Still on second chapter, interested to see where the story will go.

  • Ragnu

    Game seems fine but when this developer learn to put FOV slider in they games ? I saw it on tube, Of Orcs and Men was unplayable because i couldn’t see s**t and so is Mars War Logs.

  • Grim

    It feels like an Alpha or poor man’s version of The Witcher 2.

    And there’s a lot of references to jail rape in the early parts of the game (plus a ref to “Arrow to knee” joke which I don’t know whether to laugh at or not). They (in game characters and the game maker) seem to be obsess with jail rape.

  • Icinix

    Good review – this game is some of the best 20 bucks I’ve ever spent. Not sure where Doug098765 is getting control issues from, because the games control is very responsive, and as fast or as slow as you like (Dat Q key).

    Beyond the voice acting and language translation errors – very much worth the price.

    • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

      Thanks, I didn’t have any issues with the controls either.

  • MagoIichi

    I’ve played far better and longer games at that 20.00 price point, including cheaper games.

  • doug098765

    Sorry but you must have been playing the wrong game because this one is just downright horrible. The controls are unresponsive making battle a nearly impossible task. In its current state this release should be considered a beta at best. The game still needs a ton of work before it will be an enjoyable experience for anyone without their heads stuck where the sun doesn’t shine.


Mars War Logs Gets Some New Screenshots

Mars War Logs Gets Some New Screenshots

Posted by Peter Carpenter | 10 Apr 2013 |
And a release date, sort of.
A Closer Look at Mars War Logs

A Closer Look at Mars War Logs

Posted by Scott Grant | 15 Feb 2013 |
Have we piqued your Curiosity?


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Mars War Logs Launch Trailer

Mars War Logs Launch Trailer

Posted by Scott Grant | 26 Apr 2013 |
Lose yourself in the red sand.
Fight Your Way Across the Red Planet in Mars War Logs

Fight Your Way Across the Red Planet in Mars War Logs

Posted by Scott Grant | 28 Feb 2013 |
For those who like a little action in their RPG.