Black Ice is an excellent hacking-based cyberpunk roguelike FPS RPG set in a computer mainframe, with Tron-like neon visuals and lots of Diablo-style loot.
We first covered Black Ice around 6 months ago when it was in Alpha, but with the newly gameplay improvements and the start of the Steam Greenlight campaign, we thought it time for an update.
When you start the game, you are surrounded by a variety of relatively easy to hack coloured servers, but stray further afield and things can get much tougher. Walk up to a server and right click to start hacking and a load of nasty minions will spill out of it and start attacking you. Complete the hack to earn XP and collect some lovely loot to aid your future Hacking attempts. The final goal of the game is to find and hack the biggest server of them all to release an imprisoned AI. You’ll need to level up your character considerably before you take it on though as it’s incredibly tough.
Since we covered it originally, they’ve implemented a quick but very useful tutorial section that helps to get the player started. There are also plenty of new weaponry (allowing for billions of weapon combinations), multiplayer, a hardcore (YOLO) made, better graphics, hundreds of other gameplay tweaks and the S.H.A.R.K. (a badass boss character that’s very hard to kill).
Black Ice is a thoroughly enjoyable FPS roguelike, with a great art style and an addictive quality that pushes you to just do ‘one more hack’. Highly Recommended.
Vote for Black Ice on Greenlight HERE
Play the Beta in a Unity supported browser HERE
Download the Beta HERE (Win, Mac & Linux)