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Dreadlands

Сontrol a gang of misfits and mercenaries, battling for survival.
$24.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 12 (75%) 4 (25%) 7 comments

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Dreadlands is a turn based skirmish game in which you control a gang of misfits and mercenaries, battling for survival and supremacy in a lush post-apocalyptic setting. Pick your crew from one of the playable gang factions, all distinctly different playstyles, lore and visuals.

Welcome to the vivid, vibrant, and violent post-apocalypse. The Dreadlands await.
Explore the wondrously diverse regions of the Dreadlands, ovecoming the wealth of challenges provided by the treacherous terrain, voracious Beastlife and trigger happy locals.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista / Windows 7

Publisher:

Blackfox Studios

Homepage:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1054690/Dreadlands/

Price:

The game is available for $24.99, but the winners of our contest will get it for free.

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Dreadlands was a limited giveaway twice last year HERE (13th March 20) & HERE (20th Nov 20) and prior to that early December 2019 we were given copies of the Beta version HERE.
It has since left eary access and is a full release. The Steam community give it a mostly positive rating HERE
Dreadlands:
In Brief:
Dreadlands is an atmospheric post apocalyptic turn based single player/online coop and PvP isometric adventure strategy game with RPG elements and character customisation on the lines of XCom meets Fallout with a Borderlands theme. It also has a Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden feel to it (given away via Epic Games last year) and even Phantom Doctrine. (w.r.t. to the turn based mechanics) .
Developers Introduction:
Dreadlands is a turn based skirmish game in which you control a gang of misfits and mercenaries, battling for survival and supremacy in a lush post-apocalyptic setting. Pick your crew from one of the playable gang factions, all distinctly different play styles, lore and visuals.
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The Game:
The game reminds me slightly of Borderlands except its has an isometric viewpoint instead of first person. It’s also got an XCom and early Fallout feel to it, so if you enjoy any of those games, this will scratch an itch. If you’ve never played XCom, then no worries as there is an excellent tutorial that helps you through the early stages of the game mechanics, teaching you the basics of the game such as your gangs home base, the mercenaries and other misfits you can hire. You’ll start out with a small bunch and have to complete missions, each of which earns you rewards such as cash, which can be used to purchase mercenaries to expand your group, as well as other items such as medical supplies for example bandages that revive downed fighters, stops bleeding and heals a fighter of some HP, repair kits that are used to repair weapons when they jam and damaged armour, as well as ammo, antidotes to poisons, weapons and other stuff such as scrap for creating weapons etc.
When purchasing mercenaries you can inspect their attributes such as the number of moves they can make, their melee and ranged attacks as well as armour and hit points plus the weapons they carry and the skills they have. Each mercenary has different attributes and skills, for example a cloud feeder shaman can move five places has a melee score of 4 and a ranged attack of 3 has no armour and 5 hit points. While in your home base you can select a gang symbol from several, with more than can be unlocked as you progress. The tutorial also shows you how to move and describes some strategies on how to survive the dreadlands. Missions are picked up via your home base or while you are out in the dreadlands. There is a world map that is accessed via the M key and will show you various regions such as Franklin Hills, Gauntglow, Eyphus Grove, The Sprawl as well as various villages and points of interest such as trader camps where you can buy and sell gear that you’ve found or picked up from downed enemies.

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There are initially two factions to choose from. The Tribe-Kin. a group of nature worshiping individuals who use their enigmatic powers to command ferocious beasts and display mystical Totems on the battlefield. Tribe-Kin hunters are know for their mastery of long range sniping. They are extremely territorial and aggressive. The second faction are the High Plains Scrappers; they are a hot tempered bunch of junk tinkerers, renowned for being able to turn any pile of scrap into a lethal weapon. they fight by utilizing their extraordinary engineering skills, using a combination of mines, poisons and other ingenious contraptions. There will be a third tribe called the Skarbacks, which won’t be available until the game leaves early access (according to the developers around six months from now).
Some tips to remember
1) ... When a fighter is hit by a ranged attack they become pinned which reduces their action points to one when the next turn starts, so it’s wise to use cover to your advantage.

2) ... When a fighters Hit Points reaches zero they are downed and will be unable to perform any normal actions

3) ... Downed fighters can be revived using bandages or by certain gang tactics

4) ... A Downed fighter will be removed from the battle i.e. go out of action after 3 turns

5) ... When shooting a ranged weapon for a second time there is a chance it can become jammed. If a weapons jams you need to use a repair kit or at a workshop using scrap.

6) ... Low cover provides moderate defence to ranged attacks, full cover provides excellent defence to ranged attacks.

7) ... Stay in cover whenever possible to reduce the possibility of being hit and avoid getting flanked; i.e. getting hit from the side by a ranged attack.
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8) ... Once engaged in melee a fighter becomes melee locked. If a fighter chooses to get out of melee the opponent will get a free attack.

9) ... While melee locked a fighter cannot use or be targeted by ranged weapons.

10) ... Whenever you perform a positive action, for example flanking, hitting or executing enemies your morale bar moves towards the enemies side.

11) ... Negative actions for example, missing attacks or hitting your own fighters results in your morale bar moving towards your own side thus reducing your morale.

12) ... So long as your gang leader remains in the battle you morale bar increases positively a little each turn

13) ... When the bar pushes behind the marked like on a teams bar they will become broken. This results in a penalty to both movement and to hits.

14) ... To carry out a ranged attack on a target, use your left mouse button and point at the target with your mouse cursor.

15) ... To charge an enemy with a melee weapon left click on the target when they are in range.

16) ... Use the keyboard key X to switch weapons.

17) ... Press the shift key for a map overview

18) ... Use the space bar to switch between characters in your gang

19) ... While in your barracks that is located in your home base you can inspect your fighters stats and upgrades as well as their inventories as well as switch their gear.

20) ... You can recruit new fighters (so long as you have enough gold) from the base bar

21) ... Burst weapons can’t use the aim function, but have a 25% chance to hit missed attacks for one third of their gun damage.

22) ... Avoid toxic pools (fluorescent green in colour) as you will receive 1 damage point per turn if you move through them. Toxic pools can be found around burst oil drums. You can also create a toxic pool by shooting undamaged oil drums.
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The games looks great and plays well (so far with my limited time in game). If you win one of the 30 Steam keys on off this time, congratulations. :)

My review is still based on my previous Beta testing of the game back in December 2019 plus a few hours of game play with the early access release which I received for free from the developers via the game giveaway team. (Thanks, appreciated). This sub genre of strategy games was one of the first of this type of game I played twenty-odd years ago (i.e. UFO: Enemy Unknown).


 PvP Rankings and Seasons
 Co-op
 Endless dungeons
 Base Management and Upgrades
 Sacrback Gang Faction
 Next chapter of the main game
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You can see Steam community reviews HERE and some videos of game play HERE (via the Steam store page and HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
You can also read a couple of reviews of the game (one of which was posted before the game went to early access) HERE and HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

It's amazing giveaway but... I had won in Giveaway number three (https://game.giveawayoftheday.com/dreadlands-3)

Never receive of e-mail message. I think it was on the spam-box, I looked never there and there keep until 30 days then automatically deleted. It's sad.

Hopefully I can obtain e-mail from third giveaway (resend from before if it's possible?).

Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by H. Mager  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

H. Mager,

Hi Mager, Try contacting the giveaway team via the contact that you'll find at the bottom of the main page. Give them the date of the giveaway and your name as well as the email you used. If they have kept a record of the giveaway, there's a possibility that they can resend the email to you. If they don't delete their sent emails there's a good chance you may still get that key. shame not to try.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you for your advised. I will do it.

Reply   |   Comment by H. Mager  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, I did send a message and after 24 hours not answered yet. Is that normal?

Reply   |   Comment by H. Mager  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

H. Mager,

Not sure. I'm sure someone will reply. Did you send a screen capture of the winners showing your name on the winners list? That should help. I cannot guarantee that it will work as I'm just a volunteer and have no control over such things. If they have kept a record of the emails sent out, it should be easy enough to find.

Did you say the email you received with the key went to your spam folder? Failing the above, i.e. that the giveaway team can't help, you could try contacting the developer directly. They have given keys away three times now and have given keys away via other Steam key sites. I reckon so long as you can show that you won a key, then explain it went to your spam folder and was lost, also show a screen capture of the Steam store to show you don't have the game on steam; I reckon there's a good chance they will give you a new key anyway. There's no harm in trying. I've contacted several developers over the years for various reason; often just to say how much I enjoyed playing their game and they have given me a copy of their latest game for free. One developer after I asked if he needed Beta testers for his latest game; plus, I'd already purchased a couple of his games, said I was really impressed with both of the games I'd purchased (Arklight and it's sequel Darkside). He sent me keys for all of his other games (Circulate, plus others) as well as giving me a beta copy of his latest game and when it was released gave me a full version copy.

There was a particular breakout game that I'd played the demo years ago, but had never purchased the game as it was too expensive (this was when arcade games cost $19.99 pre 2008). I wrote to the developer a few years ago (more than a decade after originally playing the game after finding the demo in one of my external back up drives) to see if he was still selling the game because I collect breakouts and it was an unusual one that was very different from the average breakout.. He sent me a full version for free.

Sometimes just a nice word about the game is all you need. :)

Good luck. I hope the giveaway team can send you a replacement key. If not I hope the developer ill give you one.

Ha! you were number 2 on the winners list from the last time it was given away back iin Dec 20th 2020 HERE.


H-Mager

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thank you, you are really amazing person here.

Reply   |   Comment by H. Mager  –  27 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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