The next potential gem on my list is an ambitious title from the one-man company Lo-Fi Games, a free-roaming squad-based RPG by the name of Kenshi.
An original take on the RTS-RPG hybrid genre, Kenshi features open freeform gameplay, set in a seamless dynamic world that will never seek to limit you or restrict your personal play style.
Be good, be evil; be a business man, be a thief; live in a town, live in the desert; join the army, fight the army; travel alone, travel in hordes; build a fortress, raze a city – what you do is truly up to you. In the developer’s own words: “This is not just a “game”, you are living and surviving in a simulated world.”
So much has been promised for this title – factions that you can support or hinder; buildings that you can buy and upgrade; realistic medical system that affects gameplay; intelligent AI that allows for NPCs to reason and work towards long-term goals and desires; squads that work together and can carry their wounded to safety – all this, and more.
What I love the most about Kenshi however is that every character and NPC you meet is potentially an equal, and has a name, a life. There are no “hero” characters with artificially stronger stats than everybody else. Likewise, you yourself are not great and powerful, and don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and as the developer so eloquently puts it “You are not special… unless you earn it.”
The game is currently in an early playable alpha stage, and can be purchased as an early access title from both Desura and Steam. For more info check out the official site over at http://lofigames.com/.