Here's five minutes of The Technomancer, Spiders' Martian RPG

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The Technomancer

The Technomancer (opens in new tab) is Spiders' latest Mars-set RPG, and what do you know, maybe it will be alright. It's a sort of follow-up to Mars: War Logs (I say sort of because there's no mention of that game in any of the marketing materials), and the first footage has just crept out of E3. See a guy with an electro-baton and a trendy hairdo whack the living heck out of some red planet baddies; witness a brief bit of stealth; see our hero dude battle an alien creature with a bulging weak spot.

It's all very brown in a Mars sort of way, and it also looks a bit like The Force Unleashed. In The Technomancer, you play as a 'technomancer', or a cybernetically enhanced magic warrior. Devs/pubs Spiders and Focus Home reckon it's both a cyberpunk and a post-apocalyptic game, but I don't see much of the former going on. Still: electromagicpostapocalyptic soldiers are pretty interesting.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.