Cyberpunk is an amazing genre when it’s well executed. The genre can show off the best of mankind and the worst of mankind, all with a sci-fi twist. The latest entry to the cyberpunk genre is a new game called Defragmented.
Glass Knuckle Games is attempting to fund development for Defragmented through a Kickstarter campaign.
I had the opportunity to play a bit of the Defragmented demo before writing this, and it’s clear to me that the game has a lot of potential. The visuals are very distinct, it reminded me of the sort of battle that a cyberpunk computer would simulate. While the shooting felt a bit too difficult and weird to control, I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the small amount I played.
Previously, Glass Knuckle previously developed Noir Syndrome, a procedurally generated film noir themed detective game that was right up my alley.
Defragmented doesn’t play anything like Noir Syndrome, which was a point-and-click adventure. Instead, Defragmented is a top-down shooter with randomly generated weapons and gear. Think Hotline Miami’s combat meets Borderland’s loot system.
Surprisingly the Hotline Miami comparisons don’t end at its gameplay mechanics. The soundtrack sounds a lot like a sci-fi Hotline Miami, which makes sense because some of Defragmented’s songs come from shared composers such as El Tigre. Interested readers can check out a few sample tracks on the game’s Soundcloud playlist. Those intrigued readers can also look into the Defragmented Kickstarter page for more info and to support the developers, if so inclined.