Let me take you back to October 1997 sitting in my dimly lit room, Airmax 97’s unscuffed from lack of use sit in their box.. Now That’s What I Call Music! 37 playing MMMBOP from my battered twin deck ghetto blaster…
That was the year my gaming life changed as I powered up my Windows 95 beast and dipped my toe into the gods eye view of the original GTA. This is the game that made me realised I truly loved gaming. The gameplay the lack of any moral compass and the fact my parents hated every thing about the game.. but I was hooked..
Jump forwards 20 years.. my taste in music and training shoes may have changed, but my love of gaming and dimly lit rooms remains the same. Once again I fire up the now Windows 10 Beast and load up Riskers..
My initial thoughts were I will be honest not too optimistic, another attempt at a GTA clone. The initial mission… emptying dustbins didnt fill me with excitement, but once the combat started.. all my 97 memories and feeling came flooding back..
After you master the slightly clunky control method, the game becomes a fun action filled joy to play. A progressive difficulty enters the game as you progress through the missions. Each tied together with minimal cut scenes that give you enough information, but leave a lot to your gaming imagination..
The driving in the game could do with a few tweaks. The top down view zooms out only sightly as you start driving at speed, I personally would have preferred more zoom to allow pre planning of junctions..
Between main mission, you can amuse your self with a selection of side missions and a crazy hard challenge mode, that none of the FATgaming team could master (But we will not be beaten).
Shota Bobokhidze (Lead Developer, Shot X Studios) Says:
“Riskers pays homage to the types of games I used to play while growing up in Georgia (the country, not the state). My main design pillar was to give players enough gameplay variety to cater to most play styles. Riskers is a game for everyone – whether you enjoy racing or shooting bad guys.”
About the game
In Riskers, you take on the role of ex-con-turned-lowly-garbageman Rick Paradis. After finding a briefcase filled with money and deciding to keep the cash, Rick must now fight to survive as he is hunted down by thugs out to get what is rightfully theirs. Things quickly take a personal turn as Rick’s brother becomes a casualty. He must now make things right – even if it means breaking the law once again.
Choose from a an arsenal of weapons including shotguns, pistols, automatic rifles, and sniper rifles. No ammo? No problem! When all else fails, you can pick up chairs and throw them at enemies to slow them down a notch. If stealth is the name of the game, it’s time to slip into darkness – thanks to the game’s day and night cycles.
Tackle the main storyline and enjoy comic book-style cutscenes – or delve into a variety of side missions. The choice is yours in the open world of Riskers.
About the Developer
Founded in 2016 by Shota Bobokhidze, Shot X Studio is a one-man company based in Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia. As a child, Shota dreamed of having his drawings and ideas come to life in the form of video games. At age 12, he came across Game Maker and was amazed by its capabilities. Game development soon became a passion, and Shota quickly latched onto Game Maker as the perfect 2D game engine – creating a variety of prototypes along the way. Out of this came Riskers, which is Shota’s first game.
Based in Montreal and founded in 2004 by Jeff Giasson, M4 is an indie-game publisher that specializes in the digital distribution of mobile and PC games. Serving independent developers aiming to reach a wider audience without compromising their vision, M4’s team of industry veterans works alongside studios such as Grave Danger Games (AFTERGRINDER), House On Fire (The Silent Age), Zeppelin Studio (Schein), and Frisky Fatal Games (Soulless: Ray of Hope) to deliver modern classics for audiences with a discerning taste.
Pricing & Availability
Riskers is now available on Steam for £6.99. (plus 25% off util 29 October 2017)