Phone Home and Request Better Voice Actors
E.T. Armies is a sci-fi military FPS, set in a post-Earth world. War and energy greed have ravaged Earth to the point that it had to be abandoned. Not everyone made it off the planet, separating humanity into the Parsis and the Forsaken. You are Aria, a Parsis soldier whose dropship has been shot down over an unnamed planet. You and your squad must fight off a resurgent, invading Forsaken force.
E.T. Armies is an indie FPS built on the Unreal engine. Its design is not particularly inspired, but it works and it looks okay. A bit dated and bit too much colored lighting and effects, but it's got a consistent look. Weaponry is strictly your military FPS standards: three flavors of assault rifle, shotgun, sniper rifle. There are weapon turrets and a situational fire support that you can use against bigger flying enemies. It's all perfectly functional.
|You can kind of tell here that there's an okay looking game somewhere underneath all of the colored lighting and effects. Somewhere.
However, where it commits its worst offenses is in the sound department. The weapon sounds are weak, the music is uninspired, and voice work is all dreadfully bad. I would chalk up it up to the language difference, but there is no option to hear the voiceovers in Persian. They're all in awfully delivered English. This is an instance in which I would rather hear the lines delivered in the developer's native language, even if it means I couldn't tell whether or not the voicework is any better in another language.
E.T. Armies appears to be Raspina's first FPS, and it feels like it was a learning experience. They got a lot accomplished emulating older FPS games. Now they have to fix the sound quality, and spice up the gameplay to make something really enjoyable for 2016. Unfortunately, as it stands, E.T. Armies isn't very good and it has a lot to improve upon.
Baseline Assessment: 4/10
Bonuses: +1 serviceable if unexciting gameplay
Penalties: -1 horrible voice work and generally bad sound
Nerd Coefficient: 4/10 (not very good)
POSTED BY: brian, sci-fi/fantasy/video game dork and contributor since 2014
Reference: Raspina Studio. E.T. Armies [Merge Games, 2016]