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Indie Game Review: Epoch (PC Edition)

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Epoch is all about robot shooting, which is something oddly out of place these days. I remember way back in the day I played Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. It was a third person shooter involving robots, and shooting things. While Metal Arms and Epoch are vastly different games. I couldn't help but be interested in Epoch.

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Follow the echoes of a lost civilization in a visually-stunning post-apocalyptic world where only robots survive to fight a never-ending war. Fight towards your goal and piece together the fragments to reveal exactly what happened when the old world ended. Is this the dawn of a new Epoch? And how can you find the one person you were originally assigned to protect?

I didn't care much for the story after I played a few missions. Epoch has a very large arcade shooter vibe. It reminded me of Time Crisis. You take cover, shoot baddie, take cover, throw grenade and so on. While the gameplay is very simple, it has a steady difficulty curve and it becomes heavily skill driven. You have various methods of dealing damage. There is the primary fire, which is your main gun, you have rockets, grenades, and a time slow that lets you take pot shots at enemies. All of these refill over time in battle, however, their cooldowns are longer than you think and relying on them is not suggested.

Outside of the main story there is a store where you purchase new equipment for Epoch the Robot. All of your weapons and countermeasure skills can be changed and outfitted with something that fits your play style. Despite the small scale this game is operating on, the weapon variety is pretty big. You can also compete in the Arena where you fight until you lose. The is where the replay value comes in. While there is next to no replay value, the Arena mode is consistently challenging even if you have the best weapons.

Epoch is short, but satisfying. If you want an arcade shooter, this is certainly the game for you. You can pick it up now on Steam. I give Epoch an 8/10. It is fun, but severely lacks content and replayability.

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