"Black Out" is a TDS stealth/horror game that takes place about 200 years in our future...
Humanity has colonised the solar system and established bases on most of the major moons of the gas giants, as well as Mars and Earth´s Moon. This is due to the advances in A.I., nano-technology, and the politically stable system-wide government. This collection of colonies (and Earth itself) is known as The Commonwealth and since it´s beginnings 150 years ago it has brought peace and stability to the human race... Almost. There are still small pockets of dissent and revolution and so The Auditry, a small but powerful department within The Commonwealth government, has its Assessors to quietly and discreetly keep a lid on things.
You play the role of an Assessor about to undertake the toughest assignment of his career... an assignment where you will discover your past, discover the truth about The Auditry, and discover the future planned for the1 5 billion people that currently live in The Commonwealth...
Customisable Charcter - Choose the name, hair colour and clothes for your player
Interactive Environment - You can interact with many things in the environment, computers, lockers, boxes, pipe keys etc...
Different Ways To Play - The game is designed to be played as a straight TDS or as a stealth game
Profound Plot - Find out about your past, discover the truth about The Commonwealth, change the future of the entire human race...
In the options menu of the game you may configure the controls to be either Absolute or Relative. Absolute controls means that the arrow keys move you up,down,left and right, while directional means that left/right turn your character while up/down moves him forwards/backwards... Apart from that the keys are as follows...
z - Open inventory when not in environment suit
x - Shoot, or, if the inventory is open, shift items left
c - Strafe, or, if the inventory is open, shift items right
space - Sneak / interact with the environment
up/down/left/right - Movement
p - Pause the game and get your statistics as well as change the game options
escape - Quit the game
Knife - Good against animals and for stealth kills
Pistol - Small and only good when you have nothing else!
Flechettes - Will put any organic enemies to sleep for a short while
Beamer - deactivates robots and other electronic enemies
Shotgun - Good at close range
Grenade Launcher - Powerful but difficult to aim
Sniper Rifle - Gives an expanded view and is VERY powerful, but takes a long time to load
Cryo Canon - This is only good against organic enemies which it freezes. This makes them vulnerable to other attacks
Cloaking Device - Allows you to pass un-seen infront of human enemies and camaras (animals and robots no!)
Spider Mine - This is a robotic mine that lies in wait for the enemy and then follows them until exploding on contact
Holo Projector - Creates a holographic image of yourself that will confuse the enemy and draw their fire allowing your escape
HINTS AND TIPS
Take your time! There are many subtle traps and different ways to do things in the game.
Observe your surroundings as maybe you have missed something?
Don´t forget your knife! It will save you ammunition for more powerful enemies. In many situations there are alternative ways to do something.
Choose your weapons carefully! Not all have the same effect on different opponents
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