Just your ordinary day in the year 2058. You arrive on the lunar surface for an investigation when suddenly: things go ary. It’s up to you, Major Kane, to take matters into your own hands and discover what’s happening below ground in Moon: Chronicles from Renegade Kid, an enhanced re-release of their DS game, Moon.
Moon Chronicles is a pretty basic single-player FPS, and amazingly, the first FPS on
the 3DS. You run and gun through tight corridors and arena style rooms trying to locate secret artifacts and follow mysterious beacons. The whole game has this sort of Super Metroid/Metroid Prime feel as you explore deeper and deeper into the Moon discovering tougher enemies, new weapons or gadgets and overall getting closer to understanding a closely guarded government secret. The story is non-invasive and really allows you to enjoy the beauty of an FPS in glorious 3D. Seriously, where has this been all my life? The DS had multiple Call of Duty games and even Metroid Prime: Hunters. An FPS on the 3DS just feels right and props to Renegade Kid for being the first on this ship.
The graphics for this re-release are looking great. Not much was done in enhancing the polygon count, but the textures are now smooth as silk and the game is running at 60 frames per second, even in 3D. The art style is very reminiscent of Metroid and Alien combined which is perfect for the storyline. Cutscenes are pre-rendered and I was honestly taken back by how cinematic they are. Plus, the eerie sci-fi music fits well over the mysterious atmosphere. Overall, this is just a finely crafted game.
Renegade Kid was founded in 2007 by Jools Watsham and Gregg Hargrove, two well experienced developers who worked on games since the NES days. Their first game as Renegade Kid was Dementium, a survival horror FPS for the original DS, with the original Moon following soon after. For a full history
of Renegade Kid and interview with founder Jools Watsham, be sure to watch below.
I honestly only have one gripe coming away from Moon Chronicles and that’s the controls. While it’s great there’s something for everybody, through stylus controls, dual buttons or even the Circle Pad Pro, there isn’t much control over how things move. There’s no finessing in either control scheme to ensure sensitivity is where you like it, so it adds some time to the learning curve.
With all that being said, this is still an amazing game and a brilliant concept. I never had the chance to enjoy the original Moon and for first-time players like me, there is no better way to enjoy this story than with a wider screen, enhanced graphics and 60 frames per second smoothness, even in 3D! The storyline, while not revealing too much, feels well suited for this episodic style release and I am already looking forward to the next episode in the series and the all-new Season 2 after that.
I’ve been told that Renegade Kid aims to have all episodes released by the end of 2014 or very beginning of 2015, with season 2 following soon after based on fan feedback, which makes this whole episodic thing even more exciting.
If you’ve been hungry for a 3D FPS with an awesome storyline, then rest easy because you’ve found it. this game is FUN and with an extra unlockable mission, a challenging Veteran difficulty mode, and the prospects of future episodes you’ll have plenty to
do despite the short playtime. In fact, just writing this review has made me want to go back and play it again.
Moon Chronicles Episode 1 gets a 4.5 out of 5. Bring on Episode 2!
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