- First-Person Role-Playing Game With A Non-Linear Plot.
- 3 Heroes Who Act Independently Of Each Other.
- 3 Unique Campaigns With Multiple Endings.
- The Town Constantly Changes And Reacts To Your Behavior.
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Three outsiders have arrived in a contaminated town. Each of them must survive in this hell and play a vital role in the fate of the doomed town. You'll witness dreadful images of city agony, incessant death of the infected world, and dramatic tragedies of the doomed people. Do you have what it takes to save yourself and the town? Pathologic is a unique example of a dramatic game, which directly affects the player's state of mind!
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Pathologic is a unique example of a dramatic game, which directly affects the player's state of mind.
...In the depths of the Ancient Steppe appeared a weird town. Once a small drover settlement scattered around the monstrous Abattoir, it unexpectedly developed into a mysterious, isolated establishment with an odd social structure. This odd society has managed to survive for several generations. It could have continued to aspire, were it not for a sudden outbreak of some enigmatic, lethal and inescapable disease, which begins to mercilessly slaughter the denizens inhabiting the area. Even science has proven helpless in finding a cure, or at least providing some explanation.
...Three outsiders arrive in the contaminated town. The first was a highly-educated Bachelor with a ruthless manner of investigation, assigned by the provincial authorities. The second one is a far-sighted Ripper with a reputation of an ingenious surgeon, in search of his father's terrible heritage. The last character is an eccentric girl, possessing mystic healing abilities, that could become the town's heavenly salvation were it not for the constant fear in her dejected eyes and fresh memory of the horrors of her recent past... Each of them must survive in this hell and play a vital role in the fate of the doomed town...
One of them could be you. The show is about to begin.
The atmosphere of the game reproduces the tense feeling of constant danger, maddening awareness of the enemy's invincibility. You'll witness dreadful images of city agony, incessant death of the infected world and dramatic tragedies of the doomed people
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When people ask me to describe Pathologic, I'm always at a loss. There's just so much the game has going for it. Pathologic is a dark, disturbing, intelligent, and layered game. Pathologic starts as the tale of a healer desperately trying to survive a plague and save a town, but slowly becomes much more. The narrative is convoluted, complex, and metaphorical in ways that other modern video games are too afraid to be. You struggle against lying allies, criminals, supernatural forces, and even the town itself in order to save the people you value. Everyone has a motive behind what they do. Everyone is lying to you. All you can do is your best, and frequently that isn't enough.
The plague gains a body count in the thousands, and as time marches on you are force to make hard choices. Pathologic is a game that asks, What would you do to survive? Would you lie? Steal? Kill? Would you kill someone you love? Would kill a child?
I would recommend this game to anyone who loves a great story. However I would not recommended it to the faint of heart, those looking for another Call of Duty style action game, or those with limited time (the game is intended to be played through 3 times. It took me 30 hours to play through once. On my second play through I broke down and started cheating to move faster.)
The atmosphere is creepy and bizarre,and the story is the most original I've ever seen.
There are moral choices,but not like the ones you'd find in Bioshock or any game by Bioware(Guys who made KOTOR and Mass Effect),no these moral choices WILL disturb you.Unlike those games mentioned,there's no "Little Sister" which you can either kill or save,and there's no random pedestrian who you can Force Choke for merely insulting you.No,these are REAL moral choices.
For instance,the second character you can choose,the Haruspex Burakh,has the ability to rip organs out from corpses.If your offended or creeped out by that,then good,your supposed to be.This game was designed to disturb you,and question morality as you attempt to survive the living nightmare that is happening in the city.
As for the gameplay,it feels like an open-world FPS/RPG/Adventure.The "FPS" part is from the fact that there are guns and two knife weapons,however you don't just "get" them aside from the usually pathetic weapon you start with,you have to work for them.Ammo is either expensive,or scarce,and I mean REALLY scarce to the point where you try to make sure each shot is a headshot.
The only thing close to "RPG statistics" however,is your hunger,immunity,health,stamina,and infection rate.
That's right,you have to feed you character,make sure they don't collapse from exhaustion/a lack of sleep,and make sure that if you get infected,the infection doesn't fully run it's course.At one point,I was seriously considering selling the revolver I found earlier so I could buy food.No other game has done that.
You do happen to a LOT of running around and talking to people.Sometimes,it gets confusing as to where to go,for instance it took me a while to realize that the "Silent House" is actually the same one as Isidor's house.Combat early on isn't that frequent but occurs more often as the days go on,while never turning into a shoot-fest aside from a certain awesome event towards the end that involves the army.
The music is moody,and the fight songs are not only catchy,but I couldn't resist headbanging to them as well.
An odd thing is....There is really only a couple tiny parts which could actually be called "fun" in Pathologic,but the whole experience of the game will keep you playing until the strange ends.(There's multiple endings.)
The combat AI isn't that bad,but it's far from perfect.When an NPC engages in combat,they "lock-in" on their target character,in other words they ignore all other opponents except that one particular target,so if a mugger is trying to stab some old lady,he won't turn around and attack you until the old lady is dead or is out of his range...Even if you shoot the mugger he'll just continue to attack her,not even noticing the fact that your shooting at him.
However,just get this game,and play it until the end at least once.The graphics may be outdated,and at some points the translation is laughable to the point where it's unintentional comic relief,but this is truly a unique game,not to mention that most modern computers can easily handle it.
After you play Pathologic,you will never forget it.
When you visit Isidor's house for the first time only to be denied entry,go south a bit to a large area where you shall witness a strange event.Search both of the corpses,one of them has a loaded revolver for you to take.
Muggers only appear really late at night or around 12 PM to 3 AM,but their nasty knife throw will kill you instantly if you don't have at least 90% of your health.Try to wait until they begin attacking someone else,then attack them while they are distracted.
There are two kinds of infection clouds:Static ones which never move and stay in place,and mobile clouds which you have to quickly dodge after which they disappear.
Caffeine is extremely useful,two-five of them will completely fill your stamina back up,and the health lost can be entirely regained using just one healing item.
MAKE SURE you do the Day Quest for EVERY SINGLE DAY,otherwise you will instantly get the Bad Ending upon finishing the story.
When your character updates the Day Quest in his/her journal with an entry that has asterisks in it,that means you've completed the Day Quest.