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Retrovirus is a six degrees of freedom shooter which sends players into the depths of a computer on a search and destroy mission against an invasive virus. Retrovirus is being created by Cadenza Interactive, the indie studio behind the popular tower defense game Sol Survivor.

Players take command of an antivirus program, armed with the tools necessary to erase the virus’ very existence from the system. Movement and exploration are core to the gameplay, and players are encouraged to adapt to the demands of a world where free flight is the norm. Of course, the virus is armed to fight back, and first person shooter combat features heavily as players test their level of comfort with movement within the machine environment. Each player is able to customize their antivirus program with different plugins, allowing for a variety of approaches to a given situation.

The Retrovirus single player campaign focuses on the core story of the game, with the player’s goal being the eradication of the virus and the discovery of its origins. To defeat the virus, the player must solve puzzles, engage in dogfight-style combat, and explore the depths of the virtual world.

Retrovirus also features multi-player modes, designed to engage players’ social and competitive sides. Co-operative multi-player allows players to complete the campaign of the game with a friend, teaming up to restore the system to working order. Competitive multi-player will focus on the core of the six degrees of freedom shooter, hearkening back to the action-oriented shooters of the late 90’s and early 00’s.Features
  • Discover movement within a six degrees of freedom environment, free from the limits of traditional gravity-based environments.
  • Delve into a two-layered story, exploring the real-world origins of a malicious computer virus and cleansing the inner workings of the infected system.
  • Fight battles, complete puzzles and explore an environment built for the free-flying citizens of the computer system.
  • Customize an antivirus program, focusing on strength, speed or cunning, with weapons and utilities to suit a variety of play styles.
  • Join with a friend to remove the virus from the infected computer by playing the campaign in co-operative mode.
  • Compete against other players in a variety of multi-player modes, testing the limits of combat with six degrees of freedom.
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Cadenza Interactive
Cadenza Interactive
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Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual-core CPU
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB free space
  • Graphics: VNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, AMD Radeon HD 2900, or higher
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
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Microsoft from French
Retrovirus, it's a little "it was once life", dear cartoon of our childhood, but in a computer. In which we would have the role of the Chief of police, you remember, the white gLobule, red and a little coat but always on the lookout to sulk of the behind of nasty microbes! We were then awakened, while we were in a bad way, following the invasion of a big nasty virus (it had been said not to click on this link "Jennifer Lawrence nude"...). And here we are pursuing it (from the big verse, not from Jennifer), under the orders of Oracle (either avast antivirus but with a much sexier voice), through the many systems of the machine welcoming us. We will go so far as to visit the BIOS in safe mode history to be sure to have everything cleaned up behind us. What a pleasure to find a little forgotten gameplay. Some memories of these good old descent and other forsaken resurfaced. From the first few minutes of play I was pleasantly surprised to (re) take control of a FPS without gravity, or almost. Control of the module to the hair, but I blame a slight lack of general speed. Although it is a bit soft from the knee in the travels, the places traveled are quite often restricted. Then it avoids losing too much. Good ideas in the gameplay: the system of life, ammunition/energy (share and do everything), the secondary capabilities of weapons and the diversity of enemies and dangers that will prevent many times from staying too static or stashed. On these points, with not much we bury almost already a lot of FPS concons. The game turns out to be nice to the retina. Not that it is grandiose, no, but the da proposed is no well worked, varied, very colorful and the soundtrack, admittedly discreet, is not disgusting at all. Some sympathetic dialogues dot the story. The scenario is pretty basic, obviously by playing the antivirus in an operating system it is not necessarily expected to twists of any kind and an exciting plot. In any case it is rather long, about twenty hours in my case, hard, and trying to approach the 100%. Many levels, with passages sometimes very arduful (especially when you forget that you can save and we are content with the checkpoints...!), the end is almost waiting. May be the fault to some repeatability, despite the effort to vary a bit the gameplay in some levels. In the negative points I also hold some (involuntary) flaws on some enemies, but mostly boss, which is pretty fascist. Just like bugs/problems, not necessarily blocking but fairly regular and unpleasant: engine poorly optimized, crash of the game after QQ hours of play, sound bugs, strange collisions, "exits" of the scenery, enemies reappearing or disappearing after a backup loading (embettant to finish at 100% levels, and Schmuck when it allows to instantly beat a boss...). Too bad that it is tainted by these few finishing worries, and that the multi is desperate to be empty (Yes it also offers a multi on a dozen maps, with modes of domination type or even MOBA, plus a Coop allowing to play the campaign with a friend) , because retrovirus is simply a good (6 axis) shooter.
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